A taste of New Orleans
Buds Louisiana Cafe is a very nice restaurant nestled into an tree lined office park, please do not let that put you off. It is a very nice place.
And their food is very good. I had the pasta jambalaya which is not very cajun but it is the dish I always get. It has duck in it!
It was very tasty, but next time I am going for some étouffée.
They have some unusual hours. They are open Monday & Tuesday 10:30 - 2:30. On Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 10:30 - 9:00
and then on Saturday Noon - 9:00 pm.
Revisit to bud’s louisiana cafe / kearny mesa – san diego, ca
May 16th, 2014
Taking a little break from the travel posts to write about a place Jake and I went to last week here in San Diego. I haven’t written about Bud’s Louisiana Cafe since 2009, when they were still located in Tierrasanta! I’ve been back a few times since that post but am finally doing a revisit post. Woo!
I had a strong hankering last week for some catfish… specifically some FRIED catfish. Maybe it was that week spent in the South that rekindled this craving since I haven’t wanted catfish in quite awhile. I hadn’t tried the version at Bud’s before but I knew they did a cornmeal crust on all of their fried things which I love, so I figured there was a good chance I’d like their version.
We went on a Friday and I wish it had been Wednesday or Thursday so we could enjoy their beignets… oh well, I guess we’ll just have to go AGAIN. Heh.
I started with an upgrade (of $1) to get a Caesar Salad. A House Salad is the standard meal starter but I love their Caesar here. The dressing is nice and garlicy and they top the salad with Parmesan shavings and garlic bread crumbs instead of croutons.
[jalapeno corn muffin / $0.75]
Even though I’m not a fan of spicy things, these Jalapeno Corn Muffins are just light enough on the heat that I can devour them easily. The dice is fairly small and they also put actual corn into the muffins which I love. I always like to see real corn in my cornbread as opposed to only corn meal. It makes it more “cornbready” to me, if that makes any kind of sense. This corn muffin was tender and not super crumbly – it kept its shape while eating it.
[sloppy roast beef po boy sandwich / $12]
We asked our waiter to cut the sandwiches into thirds for us to share between Jake, T and I so this is just one third of the sandwich. It’s “sloppy” because the roast beef is covered in gravy and served on French bread. I only had a couple of bites of my sandwich – not that it was bad, but I was way more into the catfish that not and wasn’t really interested in eating this. Well, and I don’t like gravy on bread, really. It makes things soggy and that weirds me out. Soggy = gross in my mind. The flavor of the roast beef was fine but I didn’t think the sandwich was mind blowingly awesome. I doubt I would order it again with the lure of fried shrimp and fried catfish stealing my attention away. Sorry, roast beef.
[fried catfish plate / $13]
Aha! Here we are – just what I was craving! The catfish is dusted in a light cornmeal batter than makes the catfish SUPER CRUNCHY. The coating is just incredibly delicious – it’s light, and a bit mealy from the cornmeal with a really satisfying crunch and just the right amount of seasoning.
Here you can see that the crust is not that thick at all. It truly forms it’s own crust and surrounds the fish to encase it. The catfish was so tender, very light and quite sweet. Simply delicious!
The cajun fries that came with the dish were a little on the salty side for my liking so I didn’t eat too many of those and I didn’t really touch the coleslaw. It was tangy and bleah. No coleslaw for me, ever. Thank you.
I got a little container of tarter sauce, too. I suspect this is like a “pass it around” jar and not just a jar for me alone since it has a big old “TARTAR SAUCE” label on it. It tasted housemade and I had a tiny bit of it. It had a nice flavor but I could see bits of pickle in it, so I just tried to get the sauce without pickles… which is kind of hard since they were chopped up pretty good.
[pecan pie cheesecake / $7]
I couldn’t resist trying one of their desserts. I don’t even know why I ordered it, I don’t really like other “stuff” with my cheesecake but I decided to make an exception. You can see the cheesecake layer on the bottom with the pecan pie on top – makes me wonder how they make this… does it all get baked together? I wasn’t totally into the pecan pie part since the pecans weren’t very crunchy – they tasted like it was raw pecans that went in instead of toasted. It was more heavy on the nuts than the “goo” and there was very little “goo” to go around. The cheesecake was just “eh”. Not very creamy, just okay. It was like a Frankenstein dessert put together, but it wasn’t done very well. Oh well, at least I tried it and can know to avoid it in the future.
Despite the blah dessert, the catfish made me very happy and satisfied my craving for some delicious catfish. I love anything in a cornmeal crust and was happy to see their catfish was just as good as their cornmeal crusted shrimp that I also love. Now I just need to remember to visit when they have the beignets on tap…
Bud’s Louisiana Cafe
4320 Viewridge Ave, “A”
(In the Balboa Business Center)
San Diego, CA 92123
Bud’s Louisiana Cafe – Home cooked Cajun in a San Diego Office Park?
September 8, 2010
We only discovered Bud’s a couple years ago. After a food filled trip to New Orleans, my wife and I were eager to find a Louisiana style restaurant right here in San Diego. And what do you know? Bud’s cafe was just up the street in Tierrasanta. We quickly discovered their fabulous jalepeno corn bread muffins. The muffins are crisp on the outside, sweet and moist on the inside, and accented with a hint of spice to kick things up a notch! Don’t be deceived though, the peppers are really mild. It is always well worth the $.50 price of admission to partake in one of these choice morsels. Trust me, after you get it the first time, you’ll be hooked!
Equally as tasty are their red beans and rice. For the uninitiated, they slow cook the beans by starting with some sort of salted meat. This gets infused into the beans along with a complex, but satisfying smoke flavor as well. Three pieces of Andouille sausage top off the cleverly simple, but delicious dish. I could literally eat the cornbread and red beans and rice and be a very satisfied individual! (Did I mention, I don’t typically like any kind of beans?)
Since our friends were in town this past holiday weekend, we decided to visit Bud’s cafe. They have since relocated from Tierrasanta to a small office park (on Viewridge road) just off of Balboa and the 15 freeway. It’s a quiet and unassuming location, but the food was every bit as good as the times before. I decided to try their roast beef po-boy sandwich. It was combined with some delicious fries and the roast beef sandwich was smothered in gravy. The sandwich was great, although it was a touch salty.
My wife got the fried oysters which apparently are amazing. Being that I’m not a huge fan, I can’t comment only to say that she loved the corn meal crunch on the outside.
Our friends really loved Bud’s this past weekend. Service is always great and they consistently serve wonderful cajun-style cuisine. I can’t wait to go back again.
Bud’s Louisiana Cafe
4320 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Bud's Louisiana Cafe - San Diego, CA
What do you get when you have a craving for Nawlins food?
A gem located in a business park off Balboa Avenue.
So, I went to Bud's Louisiana Cafe with a former co-worker and she swears by this place.
Here are the pluses:
1. Family Owned
2. Awesome FOOD!!
3. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Okay, I had to go to the website to get some history! Bud's has been around a long time!
I love family owned establishments. Those are the ones that have really REALLY great food.
Bud's did not disappoint at all.
So, the first time I came here with my fabulous colleagues, I had the Mardi Gras Pasta. WAIT! I have to tell you about the appetizers!!!
Okay - So we had Alligator Sausage which was on special for lunch. So....DELICIOUS and with a little kick. I can't recall what other appetizer we had (on my first visit, of course). I ordered (as I previously stated) the Mardi Gras Pasta. This was shrimp and crawfish with a tomato creme sauce on a bed of penne pasta. I enjoyed it!
I like that the entree was not drowning in sauce. I mean that is only appropriate for lasagna and spaghetti. There was so much flavor with the mushrooms and capers (Eeeeeeek!! I LOVE CAPERS!!)
So, after lunch, there is the dessert menu, right? YES!!!!
Bread Pudding. MMHMMMMMM that's right! Here is the description from the website (because my mouth was watering, again):
Creamy egg custard baked with French bread and laced with a white chocolate Frangelico sauce and topped with toasted pecans.
It was perfect! Warm, melting in your mouth. If you are allergic to walnuts, don't get this. Just slide it to me and I'll take care of it for you :)
Okay...I just want to say. I took some seafood bisque home for dinner (I had left over pasta too!). I opted for the seafood bisque. IT WAS AMAZEBALLS!!
So then, last week, we go back again.
Here is a photo of my appetizer plate:
That is (clockwise) remoulade sauce, fried pickle, alligator sausage and oyster en brochette.
First of all, fried pickles are pretty yummy! I already told you about the alligator sausage. The oyster was certainly different, but pretty good. I mean, how can you beat oyster wrapped in bacon? The sauce goes well with the oyster. Muy TASTY!! I also had jalapeno cornbread.
With my lunch, I also had cup of seafood bisque. I mean it was so good, why pass it up again.
Oh...did I tell you that I ordered Shrimp & Grits?
Shrimp & Grits
This was SOOOO Delicious! I mean, come on. Why wouldn't I order shrimp & grits? This was full of robust flavor. I personally think that this should have been served in a bowl, but hey, I just eat. I am no chef :)
And what do you think I had for dessert? Haha!! Bread Pudding....I took that to go and had it for dinner, before my dinner.
All in all, being able to come here twice and have delicious food from Louisiana was just a gem. I LOVE Louisiana and to be able to eat food from one of my favorite states is even better. High accolades from one of my co-workers, who is from Kentucky. His wife approves!! :) ME TOO!!
Check out Bud's online for location information and menu. I would recommend calling ahead for reservations.
An authentic Cajun Creole venture, Buds Louisiana Cafe is a very authentic take on it's offering to those in San Diego that desire such. This place seems to really strike a chord with people and is well liked.
The most indicative thing here to tell how good the food is is that every self-proclaimed person that reviews this place seems to love it even more than the average customer, and that tells you everything.
Simply due to how good the food is, it is almost always busy. Outside of that, the place will not knock your socks off with the decor or the location, it really doesn't need to.
The running theme with the service here seems to be that it is above average. It's not outstanding, but for the most part does the job and there are few complaints of a major note.