Food Porn: Chester’s Cajun Grill

Buffalo doesn’t have many Cajun restaurant options.  Shango might be our favorite restaurant in Buffalo and while I wish I could eat their everyday, our budget doesn’t allow it.  Lagniappes French Quarter Cafe is incredibly convenient but their food can fluctuate in quality and they’ve been “temporarily” closed for the last two weeks.  Dick and Jenny’s is on Grand Island and we’ve yet cross the bridge and try any restaurants up there, let alone their well respected restaurant.  So that leaves Chester’s as our other choice for Cajun cuisine in Western New York.

I didn’t really know much about Chester’s before visiting.  I think most people will recognize the name from their large stand every year at the Taste of Buffalo.  Walking inside their restaurant, you won’t be wowed by interior, it’s pretty bare bones and you wouldn’t expect there to be a menu of anything different then your typical pub offerings of wings and burgers.  But they actually have a really large menu with several Cajun dishes.  Last week we finally tried Chester’s out, here’s what we thought…

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Bar/Restaurant, Casual
  • Cuisine: Cajun
  • Location: East Amherst
  • Prices: PoBoys 10.99, Most Entrees/Sandwiches $10-18

There’s no way that I could give you a definitive verdict on Chesters without going back several times,  their menu is really that big.  I ordered their Fried Crawfish Po Boy ($10.99, pictured above) and noticed immediately that it was much larger than any other Po Boy I’ve had in Buffalo.  There was a gigantic portion of fried catfish on top of toasted french bread and lined with their tangy creole mayonnaise.  I’ve actually never tried Crawfish before and was expecting a flavor that would be close to shrimp.  I was definitely wrong about that as the texture was closer to the meat in a crab leg and the flavor was “fishy-er” than I expected.  I really liked it even though the breading was really thick and covered some of the flavor.

Alli, a gumbo fanatic, ordered their version of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.  The broth was thick and creamy but had almost no kick or the expected Worcestershire sauce flavor, which we normally love in the gumbo from Shango and Kentucky Greg’s.  Overall it was a little bland, which was disappointing.  That said, the gumbo was packed; the majority of the bowl was full of rice, chicken, sausage and other veggies.

For a lunch time destination, I’d probably go back and get another Po Boy or try one of their sandwiches.  We stopped by on a weekday around noon and were seated right away with almost no one else in the dining room, so it can be a quick meal on your lunch break if you work in the area.  I’m not sure what the bar/dining crowd is like on the weekends or what the quality of the rest their menu is like, but based on my seafood experience and listening to what some friends have said about their various seafood dishes (albeit primarily from their Taste of Buffalo stand), I’d say it might be worth another try.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Chester’s Cajun Grill

  1. Mak

    You should definitely go back and try the Crawfish Étouffée, or the New Orleans Chicken and Rice if you want that southern kick.

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