The food at the Jambalaya Shoppe was decent, but there were some dark spots within it. At it’s core the jambalaya was the best part of the meal, so that’s a good sign. It was a chicken and sausage jambalaya, and had a really good flavor. The downside is that some other aspects of the meal were pretty sad. To start, the salad was kinda pathetic. Just a smattering of iceberg lettuce, two cherry tomatoes, and a couple of croutons with a side packet of dressing. I chose Italian. It doesn’t really matter because the salad was the least of my concerns. The red beans and rice was decent, but had some sort of sweet flavor to it. I’m not entirely sure what it was about it, but it wasn’t too bad. The gumbo was pretty tasty. It had a good thickness and smokey flavor to it. I really enjoyed it. But the pastalaya. It was not good. (SEE EDIT BELOW) Obviously the flavor was okay, because it had the flavor of the jambalaya, but the consistency of the noodles made it really bad. They clearly had been cooked for far too long and were really gooey. I really didn’t like it at all. I do plan on going back though, but I’ll be getting just the jambalaya next time. I like it.
EDIT: Someone with Jambalaya Shoppe has reached out to me about the pastalaya noodles and explained that they’re having issues with the vendor. It makes me happy to see that someone there is willing to take charge and address little issues that I found. I this review up a point because of that. I’m even more likely to visit again.
Considering the place was built into an old Krystal burger, the design of the building doesn’t really do anything to make the place feel like an old Cajun place, but they do a decent job in getting close. They replaced a lot of the walls and whatnot with wood, so that helps with the aesthetic of the place. The biggest complaint I had was the choice of music. I like 99.9 KTDY as much as the next person, but playing it this loudly in a Cajun themed restaurant really did fit the mood. They should have some Zydeco playing. I feel like that would have improved the mood a little. The restroom was a little messy as well, but nothing too extreme.
Not really too much to complain about here. I was greeted immediately and the food came out quickly.
I’m not entirely sure if this place wasn’t meant to come off as a sort of fast food restaurant, but that aspect of it didn’t bother me. Other than that, this aspect of the restaurant has no issues.
The woman behind the counter was very nice. I’m not marking any points here off considering I only interacted with one person throughout my time here and she was very kind to me. I can’t think of anything that was negative about this part of the experience.
At the end of the day, I really put a lot of emphasis on the food for must of my reviews. In that aspect, the Jambalaya Shoppe did that well. It had good jambalaya, good gumbo, and decent red beans and rice. I don’t know what they’re thinking with the pastalaya, but to each his own. My opinion is to just stick to the regular stuff.