$10 for $20 Worth of Cajun Cuisine at Joe’s OK Bayou

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  • All-you-can-eat lunch
  • Authentic bayou flavor
  • Full bar & happy hour

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Promotional value expires Oct 17, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Not valid for nightly food special. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The West was once ruled by cruel, heavy-clawed crayfish overlords, who were vanquished by Lewis and Clark and turned into the first Cajun étouffée. Conquer cravings with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cajun cuisine at Joe’s OK Bayou.

Joe’s OK Bayou transports bayou flavors upriver with a menu filled with authentic Cajun cooking. Joe's all-you-can-eat lunches overwhelm any appetite with unending portions of gumbo jambalaya, étouffée or red beans and rice ($9.95 each). Begin evening feedings with the voodoo trio, a combination of chicken-tender bites, mozzarella stix and fried pickles ($8.95), before securing a true Cajun feast with heaping portions of boiled crawfish ($12.95 for two pounds). Specialty items such as Cajun-seasoned gator tail ($10.95 half, $16.95 full), fried frog legs ($10.25 half, $15.95 full), or fried oysters ($11.50 half, $17.95 full) allow patrons to casually munch on water-dwellers without summoning vestigial gills. Quell well-spiced stomach infernos with a towering wedge of peanut-butter pie ($4.25), made even taller with a whipped-cream fedora.

Joe's OK Bayou

Joe’s OK Bayou claims to be “da best Cajun,” but there’s also a humility to the enterprise—starting with the playful name and extending to decor that alludes to a low-country shack with a sheet-metal awning and rough wooden walls. Home-style cooking comes naturally to owner Joe Wheatley, whose father farmed grain and raised hogs before opening similarly rustic restaurant The Feed Mill with other members of the family in a former feed-storage building.

Since 1995, Joe and his team have striven to introduce Louisiana flavors to a northern audience, seasoning crawfish étouffée and chicken-and-sausage gumbo with spices that are bold but not painfully hot. Visiting in 2008, the Courier-Journal’s Marty Rosen found that this mission succeeded, with “bold, accessible flavors, friendly, quick service and extremely affordable prices.” He also found oysters “big and glossy with fine, firm textures—as fresh-tasting as any I've eaten along the Louisiana or Alabama coasts” on the menu’s wide selection of simply prepared coastal creatures—fried gator tails, catfish filets, and frog legs among them. Abita beers, the star of the drinks menu, hail appropriately from Louisiana, and join wines and other domestic and imported brews at the full bar.

Customer Reviews

Catfish was great, lots of French fries for a side item
Douglas S. · September 8, 2014
Good Aligator is hard to find. I've looked all over and the best is right here at Joe's. The crawfish and crawfish creole is also a favorite along with the jumbalaya. My wife loves the gumbo. It's all perfectly seasoned and the Abita beer tops it off. The service is good and it's clean. Clearly a favorite of ours.
James B. · November 8, 2011
Consistently great Cajun food. Catfish is wonderful too.
Sharon P. · November 5, 2011
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    East Louisville

    9874 Linn Station Rd.

    Louisville, Kentucky 40223

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