Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by in hopes of turning San Jose Cajun. Infiltrate its base camp for $10 with today's Groupon: you get $20 worth of New Orleans tastes, drinks, and live jams at Poor House Bistro by the Diridon Train Station. Feast on heartwarming meals that remind us that Cajun comes in countless well-spiced forms.
Poor House's menu of Southern classics can scrub the hunger off any appetite. Start with a plate of blackened chicken wings (with celery and bleu cheese dressing, $8.25) before kicking off your shoes to jambalaya (simmering chicken and sausage in a creole blend, $13.75) or crawfish pasta (tail meat sautéed in a creole cream and served over fussili pasta, $13.75). Sandwichers relish the flavors of a robust muffaletta's salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and olive salad mix ($10.50 for a half). Poor House is known for their seafood po' boys; try fried catfish, fried oyster, or fried shrimp served on a French-style roll with homemade tartar sauce, shredded cabbage, and pickles (each $9.25). Sweeten the meal with three freshly made beignets ($4.75) or sweet potato fries sprinkled with cinnamon sugar ($4.75).
Poor House Bistro serves soul through its Cajun culinaries as well as musical luminaries; local bands play Tuesday through Saturday (and some Sunday nights). The joint was voted Best of the Silicon Valley for its music scene. Play your belly's banjo to the tune of hearty portions, hot music, and juicy napkins.
Poor House Bistro won first place in Metro Silicon Valley's Best of Silicon Valley 2009 for Best Cajun and Best Pre-Sharks Game Spot, and second place in 2008 for Best Jazz/Blues Club and Best Live Music.
- The cuisine and the spirit of the Big Easy can be found right near downtown at Poor House Bistro. All the favorites of Crescent City cooking are down right, from jambalaya and catfish Po' Boys to crawdad pasta and popcorn salad with beignets for dessert. And there's lots of live blues music on the weekends to aid the digestion. – Readers' Picks, Metro Silicon Valley
- The line to order moved quickly, and people are friendly enough they'll probably share a table with you if one isn't available. The Oyster po'boy was the best I've had outside of…Galveston Island. The shrimp bo' boy was good as well. Great patio, good beer. Nice Blues band. We'll be back. – Joyce Haven, Urbanspoon
- This is my FAVORITE place in the South Bay. Bar none. Not even close. Leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. There are so many things I love about this place…You should come here every day! – Robert S., Yelp