Featured Photo: The Bourbon Street chicken po-boy from BeauxJax Mobile Cajun Eatery. Photo by Chris Jay.
Some improvements are still being made to the eatery located at 5781 South Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport, but BeauxJax Mobile Cajun Eatery is effectively open for business at their brick-and-mortar restaurant. BeauxJax debuted locally as a catering trailer in May of 2015, frequently popping up at area festivals and breweries. Chef Aaron “Peanut” Hanning said that the business is in a “soft opening” phase and will launch with a proper grand opening in late November. The restaurant is located in a shopping plaza near Ford Park – an area that has seen some interesting restaurants come and go in recent years, and will benefit from the addition of a new eatery.
Hanning described the food served by BeauxJax as “a ‘down south’ kind of cooking, the kind of food that you find south of I-10,” but to me it really came across as more of a comfort food-based approach to popular Louisiana classics like po-boys, gumbo and beignets. The Bourbon Street chicken po-boy, which Hanning said was the restaurant’s top seller, features diced chicken in a peppery sauce, topped with melted provolone cheese and cole slaw.
BeauxJax’s menu also includes a handful of “Cajun Bowls” that are filling and affordable. $6 for a large serving of red beans and rice made with andouille sausage from Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats is pretty hard to beat, from a value perspective. Other bowl options include chicken and sausage gumbo and Bourbon Street chicken. In a cooler near the door, “grab and go” packages of several menu items are available. For dessert, there are hot beignets covered in powdered sugar and served with sliced strawberries.
If you’re into local eats, consider downloading the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s new brochure, Eat Here: A Food Lover’s Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.