The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Enjoy a Southern immersion without having to pester your neighborhood illusionist with today's Groupon to Joe's OK Bayou. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Cajun-style fare and drinks. Items range from $6.50–$29.95.
- For $27, you get a meal for two (up to a $57.85 total value) that includes:
- One shared appetizer (up to a $9.95 value)
- Any two entrees, excluding the 5-pound boiled crawfish dinner (up to a $23.95 value each)
Joe's OK Bayou floats Cajun flavors upriver on a menu of authentic, Southern-style fare. Eight different appetizers offer to protect bare stomachs from imminent floods of hot sauce, which bounce off the crispy shells of fried gator tail and fried catfish bites. Bold flavors emanate from main courses such as crawfish étoufée, a savory mélange of onions, green peppers, and celery in a light roux, and the jambalaya, which serenades stomachs with a symphonic stew of sausage, chicken, rice, and zesty herbs fresh from former careers as kazoo papers. A quart of chili capsizes appetites with a rising tide of smoked sausage and fresh ground beef, and heaping, Cajun-spiced helpings of boiled Louisiana crawfish, fried oysters, and frog legs allow diners to munch leisurely on subaquatic eats without undergoing elective surgery for vestigial gill implants. Joe's OK Bayou soothes overheating tongue buds with pours from its full-service bar, which hosts happy hours each weekday and during televised UK and U of L collegiate sporting events.
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.
9874 Linn Station Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40223Get Directions