Monday, January 30, 2023

Staff Pick: Voodoo Bayou

‘Tis the season for chills and thrills, and we’ve found the perfect place to spookify your dining experience in celebration of Halloween. While its location in PGA is a drive that requires zen-like patience, enjoying Voodoo Bayou’s inspired take on traditional Cajun fare in a full-on Gothic cathedral setting is well worth the trip north.

There is an air of medieval awe as you walk under the spiked-bottom chandeliers of the outdoor seating area and into a dimly lit space adorned with memento mori-style paintings of skulls and painted wooden sculptures of crucifixes, angels and demons. The walls glimmer with red lights while a soft green glow emanates from the high stained-glass windows behind the bar. We were seated below two ornately painted wooden sculptures of alligators and had a perfect view of the small stage that sat in the corner by the entrance.

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Oysters, deviled eggs, and cornbread from Voodoo Bayou

We started with one of Voodoo’s specialty cocktails, the Snake Oil Salesman, a spicy elixir of tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, lime juice and agave, and opted for an appetizer-heavy meal, starting with a dozen raw oysters, deviled eggs, cornbread and crawfish hand pies. The appetizers arrived just in time as a band took the stage and started a guitar riff-laden cover of “Uptown Funk.”

The pink (yes, pink)-hued deviled eggs topped with smoked trout roe set the bar pretty high for the rest of the apps, and all lived up to the challenge. The crawfish hand pies were deliciously flakey and filled with savory crawfish tail meat and a creamy, spicy Cajun sauce, and the oysters were as briny and perfect as if picked straight from the sea. But the real standout was the cornbread: soft, warm and sweet with honey butter that melted on the surface.

We decided to split two entrees, the catfish court-bouillon and the fried chicken and waffles. The catfish was cooked to perfection and served in a metal dish atop rice and bathed in a creamy, spicy Creole sauce. As for the chicken and waffles, you could barely see the bottom of the plate. The chicken was fried crispy and tender, and the cornbread cheddar waffles were equal parts sweet and savory.

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Chicken and waffles from Voodoo Bayou

If you’re craving a unique dining experience to celebrate this Halloween season and don’t mind a bit of a drive, Voodoo Bayou is the place to go.

IF YOU GO

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., #5095, Palm Beach Gardens; 561/888-6703; voodoobayou.com

PARKING: Lot

HOURS: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

PRICES: $8-$30

This article is from the September/October 2022 issue of Delray magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

Tyler Childress
Tyler Childress
Tyler is the Web Editor and a contributing writer for Boca Raton magazine. He covers tech, events, education, housing and other issues affecting South Floridians. Follow him on Twitter and send story tips to tyler@bocamag.webaholics.co.

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