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. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of New Orleans tastes, drinks, and live jams at Poor House Bistro by the Diridon train station.
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 blue-cheese dressing, $8.25) before kicking off your shoes to jambalaya (simmering chicken and smoked sausage in a tomato-based Creole blend, $13.75) or crawfish pasta ($13.75). Sandwichers relish the flavors of a classic muffaletta's salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and olive-salad mix ($10.50 for a half, $18.50 for a whole). Poor House is known for its seafood po' boys; try fried catfish, fried oyster, or fried or BBQ shrimp served on a french-style roll with homemade sauces, 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 and also through musical luminaries––local bands play Wednesday through Saturday (and some Sunday nights), and an open mic takes place on Tuesdays. The joint was voted second place in Best of the Silicon Valley 2009 for Best Jazz/Blues Club. 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. More than 360 Yelpers give the restaurant and performance venue an average of 3.5 stars.
- 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:
- I haven't been back to New Orleans since my one and only trip, but whenever I feel a longing for for [sic] a bit of that trip, I go to Poor House Bistro, where the beignets are just as rich, the jazz plays freely on weekends, and if you close your eyes you can hear the boats coming up the Mississippi – David D., Yelp