Thursday, March 1, 2018

La Oie Cajun Cuisine

La Oie Cajun Cuisine is located just outside Brothers Cascadia Brewing, near the corner of NE Hwy 99 and 99th Street, in Vancouver, Washington.

Mardi Gras was a few weeks back, and on Fat Tuesday (or Fluffy Tuesdays for pandas), I had a bigger craving for cajun food. Only after a google search did I find this place, and even better, it was relatively close to work, allowing me to drive down during lunchtime.

La Oie fills a void of Southern/Cajun/Creole food in the area. Happy panda is happy.

When I got to the cart, I realized that La Oie had generally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and they had only started opening for lunch on Tuesdays within the past week.

A few of the menu items are deep fried, such as Boudin Balls, waffle fries, and pistolette, a deep-fried french roll filled with creole cheese sauce and grilled shrimp.

I got the Shrimp Etoufee ($11.50), basically shrimp with a thick sauce (made from a roux), served with a scoop of white rice. La Oie's version also includes a vegetable medley in the etoufee, which I found was otherwise filled with great tomato flavors.

I might not be from the South, but this was an outstanding etoufee. Tons of flavor and excellent cajun spice that lingered for an extra bit on the tongue. I could eat this all day, every day, and probably gain about 100 pounds in the process. It was an excellent portion as well, served in a rather deep to-go bowl.

Specials (at least from the website) include Red Beans & Rice on Wednesdays, Gumbo on Thursdays, and Jambalaya on Fridays. I hope to go back and get some beignets ($6.50 for an order).

Their breakfast (or perhaps brunch) menu includes French toast, Monte Cristos, and a breakfast bowl.

Wonderful service, and knowing that family recipes are used makes it even better.

La Oie is an elite food cart in SW Washington! 9.25/10

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