Let the good times roll at St. Joe’s Boudreaux


A little bit of Louisiana in the Midwest. That’s Boudreaux in St. Joseph.

The Cajun seafood restaurant is located in downtown St. Joe. The food was worth the stop.

This was our third attempt to dine here. The first two times were on a Sunday. The restaurant, as most of downtown, was closed. I think a restaurant this good should be open every day.

The food was excellent. Lisa and I shared a bowl of red beans and rice. Unlike other “Cajun” restaurants I’ve eaten at, you add the rice to the beans. Lisa said this was more like Louisiana, where she and her folks lived for a little while as a kid. It was good. I added some hot sauce to mine to spice it up a bit. By the way, when using hot sauce, make sure you know which level of hotness you are pouring. When more than one bottle is on the table, odds are that one will be super hot. Just sayin’.

Red Beans and Rice

Lisa had crawfish etouffe, her favorite. She liked it. She thought it could have had a bit more kick to it. Her dish came with a side salad.

crawfish etoufee

I went to my safe zone – chicken and sausage jambalaya. It was more traditional than the dishes I’ve had at other restaurants. I added the right amount of mile hot sauce to spice it a bit. I loved my choice. When we go to New Orleans one day, I will be living that week on jambalaya and chicken po’ boys.

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

The service was good. Our server made sure our drinks were topped off, as well as checking on us.

I loved the Mardi Gras theme in the building. You get hit with the New Orleans flavor as soon as you walk in – colorful beads, masks, and ornaments abound.

Mardi Gras theme at Boudreaux's

The restaurant was built inside an old warehouse, so it has a wide open set-up.


We recommend Boudreaux for a decent meal at a reasonable price when in St. Joe. Just don’t plan on eating there on Sunday.

Enjoy your time here and Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll).