Cheap Eats: Voodoo Kitchen
Delicious seafood with Cajun flavor!
Photo by Shawn L. // Yelp.com
Putting a little down-home bayou into Pleasanton, Voodoo Kitchen serves up Creole and Cajun flavors with an emphasis on seafood. Voodoo is located in an ex-burger joint off 680, and its mini mall decor may not transport you to New Orleans, but the food just might. Po’boys ($6–$8) with shrimp, oysters, and sausage are served on the requisite soft, squishy, flaky bread you’d find in NOLA, and smothered with house-made tartar sauce, pickles, and tomatoes. The fresh, nicely breaded fried oysters pass the taste test, as does the hearty gumbo ($3/cup, $5/bowl), with savory andouille sausage, chicken, and snappy okra, served with a side of rice (extra $1). Spicy Cajun fries hit the spot, too.
Ocean-Fresh: The fish tanks at the front should tip you off that seafood is a specialty here. Voodoo’s signature dish is a seafood boil: live lobster and crab with fresh shrimp, clams, andouille, and corn served in a bucket with wax paper. It’s meant to be shared.
Down-Home Breakfast: If you’re more in the mood for eggs than po’boys, Voodoo Kitchen offers true New Orleans breakfast specialties like Hang Town fry (scrambled eggs with bacon, oysters, mushroom, and scallions) and eggs Sardou (poached eggs with creamed spinach and hollandaise sauce).
Nightcap: Wash down your meal with a New Orleans–brewed Abita beer.
Voodoo Kitchen, 6654 Koll Center Pkwy., Pleasanton, (925) 484-4888, voodookitchenpleasanton.com. Lunch and dinner daily.