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New Orleans Acadiana 

While the bustle of Maple Street doesn't exactly feel like life down on the bayou, sample the specialties at Uptown Cajun (7708 Maple St., 304-7256; www.uptowncajun.com) and you'll be transported straight to Acadiana.

Chef Josh Abualjadai created a menu that includes several types of boudin, including frog-leg and alligator; jambalaya made with both roasted and ground pork; and his own recipe for a seafood bisque made with crabmeat, crawfish, potatoes and corn. The pistolettes are stuffed with seafood and various types of cheese. Another popular choice is the Uptown shrimp po-boy, dressed with melted pepper jack cheese. You'll also find daily specials: Mondays it's red beans and rice, and Wednesday's it's redfish. "Blackened is my specialty," Abualjadai says of the mid-week meal. After dinner hours (10 p.m.), the menu is reduced to staples like burgers, quesadillas, crab cakes and fries for the late-night crowd.

Uptown Cajun's bar has plenty to offer as well, from top-shelf liquors and major domestic beers to imports such as Stella Artois and locally brewed Abita beer. There are daily drink specials, including $6 pitchers of Abita on Wednesdays. Seven plasma-screen TVs surround the bar and indoor dining area, for watching football on Saturdays and Sundays (Uptown Cajun subscribes to cable packages for college and NFL games) or other shows requested by patrons.

"If a customer wants to watch something on the Disney Channel, then we'll throw it on the Disney Channel," says owner Leslie Luquette, who strives to deliver his customers a good range of offerings.

"We try to offer everybody a little bit of everything," he says. "It's a non-smoking place. So it's family friendly, and people bring their kids. But it's a bar that's a great place to watch the game, to hang out on the porch and check out Maple Street, or go inside to sit down for a nice dinner."

Senior Moment

The Jefferson Parish Senior Expo will be held Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alario Center in Westwego. Seniors will find activities and useful information from various businesses, government agencies and health care providers, including complimentary health screenings from Ochsner Health System. Call 736-4521 for more information.

click to enlarge (L-R) Employees Camille Boever and Charles David Borison - and owner Leslie Luquette sip wine and soak up the Maple - Street scenery from the porch of Uptown Cajun.
  • (L-R) Employees Camille Boever and Charles David Borison and owner Leslie Luquette sip wine and soak up the Maple Street scenery from the porch of Uptown Cajun.
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