Sunday, March 1, 2009

Cajun Comfort Food in Ellijay

I have to admit that I was surprised when I heard about a "very authentic" Cajun restaurant in Ellijay. Not that Ellijay doesn't have some great and varied restaurants, it is just hard to find the real thing even in metro Atlanta. The Cajun Depot Grill was highly recommended by some friends and readers and did not disappoint.
The owners have done a great job of turning the old Ellijay train depot into an attractive dining space without a lot of noticable alterations.
The decor is definitely Louisiana influenced, the old plaster and brick walls with plank floors make the room seem warm and comfortable.
My son, his mother and I dined at the Cajun Depot Grill on a Saturday afternoon in late January. Son wanted to try the Andouille Po-Boy with some red beans & rice, his mom the quarter Muffaletta special and I requested another lunch special-Blackened chicken breast over rice with a house salad. While they split the order of red beans and rice I enjoyed the salad with a very tasty remoulade house dressing. The Mufaletta was huge (see below)


and served with fresh cut fries. I didn't get to see much of the Po Boy as it was being destroyed by my teenage son, but I did pinch off and sample a bit of the spicy andouille and it was very good. My chicken breast was perfectly cooked ( I generally shy away from boneless breasts as they tend to be dry), juicy and the seasoning was excellent-although it might have been just a tad "over-blackened"..but not too much.
Overall I was very pleased with the Cajun Depot Grill. Service was prompt and friendly, prices are very reasonable and it is a very neat historic location in a beautiful mountain town. I had my eye on the seafood platter from the dinner menu, planning ahead for my next visit.

Cajun Depot Grill
67 Depot St.
Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 276-1676

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