If you come to the Brandywine Valley and are in the mood for genuine cajun food, you can’t go wrong with Cajun Kate’s. This is a tiny little place in Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market.about 15 minutes from Hamanassett. Technically they aren’t actually in the Brandywine Valley but close enough. Unfortunately, they are only open on Friday and Saturday. The good news is that since I first wrote this blog, they have opened another restaurant in Wilmington that is only 13 miles from Hamanassett and less than a 25 minute drive. This restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM – 8PM. Ask Ashley for her printed directions. Or you can find them on their web site by clicking on their name below.
The restaurant consists of a counter with 5 stools and the open kitchen itself is about 12 x 15 and every inch is put to good use. Donny, owner and chef is from New Orleans and they get many of their products sent up from the Big Easy. We always order a Po Boy dressed – catfish for me and oyster for Glenn. ( Up Nawth these would be called hoagies). For those of you not used to New Orleans vernacular dressed means with everything on it – lettuce, tomato, pickles. You can also get a shrimp Po-Boy. They also have other Cajun dishes and we always take home 4 quarts of red beans and rice or gumbo or jambalaya. You’ll also find on the menu gator, muffalettas, crawfish pie, and much much more. For more about Cajun Kate’s and to see their full menu. After eating (or maybe before, we can never wait) stroll around the market. You’ll find incredible meats, cheeses, fruits, breads and other specialty items. This is like a drive into the countryside of Lancaster County but close to home.