Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by Detroit in hopes of turning the town Cajun. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Cajun cuisine and drinks at Bayou Grill, located in Belleville.
Fresh from a recent re-opening, the Cajun culinary composers and friendly staff at Bayou Grill welcome diners to a warm, inviting atmosphere rife with dishes spun from scratch. A scan of the menu reveals a wide array of tangy tasters. Cheer on the calamari fritti as it butterflies through a lap pool of remoulade ($7.49), or startle your family’s stamp-lickers with the heaping mound of myriad zests afforded by the Bayou appetizer plate, which includes catfish beignets, deep-fried alligator, crawfish-infused bayou pearls, and Cajun Buffalo wings ($28.99). The fried shrimp po' boy ($9.49) and Bourbon Street muffuletta ($8.99) stay faithful to the French Quarter, and an open-jawed alligator dutifully perches atop Bayou Grill's roof.
Eleven plasma screens gleefully air the NFL Sunday Ticket, and a free tailgating buffet welcomes football fans to Bayou Grill’s friendly confines on Saturday and Sunday. Find repose in the relaxing patio area with a house margarita ($4.49) or red sangria ($6).
- As good as in the great old days. Fabulous menu; friendly, efficient wait staff; superb food! – Colmel, Yahoo! Local
- Overjoyed that the Bayou has re-opened. When I first moved here this was always one of my favorite restaurants to eat at and drink with friends. Then unfortunately it closed. Now it has reopened with my favorite foods on the menu – SAllen35, Yahoo! Local
As far as impulse buys go, it's hard to beat the Louisiana Purchase. That massive 19th-century land acquisition essentially doubled the size of the United States, but more importantly it paved the way for restaurants such as Belleville's Bayou Grill. Nearly everything at this Cajun haven smacks of New Orleans, from the party beads at the hostess stand to the gargantuan alligator parked on the roof. But the food is what really stands out here. The Cajun- and creole-inspired menu features everything from baked seafood platters to spicy jambalaya. French, Italian, and Spanish influences are easy to pick out, unlike the string of beads you might accidentally drop into a bowl of piping hot gumbo.
404 Main St.
Belleville, Michigan 48111Get Directions