10548A Whyte Avenue, Edmonton NW
Da De O New Orleans Diner and Bar… I can’t even count how many times I’ve been here since I moved to Edmonton. Definitely too many, but finally had the chance to write a blog post about it. I can say that I’ve had some really great experiences here, and some mediocre experiences. Da De O’s serves up some classic Cajun cuisine like Po’ boys, jambalaya, and gumbo, in the setting of a retro 50’s style diner.They have vinyl booths lining the wall, and each table has a mini little juke-box that. It’s really cool go through the songs and recognize some really old artists! The venue is long and narrow, and they always have some pretty cool music playing. It’s an 18+ establishment so bring your ID!
As with most restaurants on Whyte Avenue, parking can prove to be a little bit difficult. There are always meter parking up along the north and south side of Whyte ave, but they are often taken. What I usually do when I want to eat on Whyte is I scope out the free parking on the adjacent avenue on 83rd ave. There’s lots of parking up and along that road. Worst case scenario, there are lots of impark parking lots nearby!
I think I’ve had every single Po’ Boy (Cajun-style sandwich) at one point or another, and I’ve also had their calamari, St. Louis Ribs, amongst other things. This occasion we went on a Tuesday, which is one of their cheap Po’ Boy night, so obviously I went with that! Every time we come here, it’s always ridiculously busy. Often times, the wait can be up to 30 minutes long, but it’s always relatively easy to make a reservation, so I’ve made it a habit of always making one before going.
One thing that I really like about Da De O’s is that at the beginning of your meal, they give you a little biscuit and some of their signature jalapeno jelly! It’s really a nice way to start your meal. I really like their jalapeno jelly. It’s nice and sweet, with a generous amount of jalapeno flavour. You can even buy jars of it out front! It’s been a little while since I’ve been here, and I remember the jelly to be a lot more vibrantly green, but still really good.
Anyways, for this occasion, we opted to start with the fritters. We decided to get one of each, which is a Crab and Parmesan, a Jalapeno cheddar, a sweet potato and a corn fritter. It can be a little bit difficult to decipher the fritters apart until you actually eat them. The corn one is actually a different colour, so that one is easy. To be honest, my favourite fritter was the crab and parmesan fritter. The other ones were just so-so, nothing really amazing. I was looking for more jalapeno flavour from the jalapeno and cheddar fritter. If I were to get this appetizer the next time, I’d definitely go with four of the crab and parmesan. It’s nice a fluffy, and it’s served with a chipotle mayo-type dip! It really hits the spot.
The Po’ Boy that I decided to go with this time was the crab cake. I’ve had it before, and it was really good, and having just had the amazing crab cakes at Louisiana Purchase last week, I was craving some more. I also opted to try out their Jambalaya rice, since I always get their sweet potato fries (also, I went with three other people, and we never finish all of the sweet potato fries, so there was lots to share). To be completely honest, the crab cake po’ boy was really underwhelming. You could barely taste any crab at all. It was really dry, and you could tell there was too much binding and filler. It was very disappointing. I also got it with cucumbers, which was an extra dollar, and it’s definitely not worth it. To top it off, my jambalaya was undercooked, and not great either. It’s unfortunate because I’ve had a great crab cake po’ boy from here before, and had some great jambalaya last week, so just doubly sucky.
I split my crab cake po’ boy with the blackened catfish po’ boy that Lequyen ordered. Fortunately, the catfish was really good! It has really good cajun flavours and was cooked perfectly. It was so tender, and the tequila salsa really added to the sandwich and went very nicely with the lightness of the fish. I do recommend always getting the sweet potato fries as the side option. Da De O’s is quite famous for them, and for good reason. They are double fried, and come out with some really good cajun spice and dipping sauce. That being said though, I can definitely attest that they can be a little bit inconsistent as a restaurant. I’ve had my sweet potatoes coming out incredibly undercooked before, and again, my crab cake po’ boy wasn’t the greatest this occasion. I’d still, however, recommend you trying this place out though because the food really is great (most of the time!)
My friend, Jamie, got the Bayou burger. This sandwich is pretty decent. The burger, I will have to say, tastes pretty generic. It’s tasty, but at the same time, I can’t really describe it, but it has a mass-production kind of taste to it. To be honest, this will do the trick, and satisfy you, along with the sweet potato fries, but it’s nothing unique or out of the ordinary. If you’re the type of person that’s not too adventurous, this is a pretty safe option. I think this one comes out pretty the same and consistent every single time.
My friend, Karly, got the Sauteed Veggies Po’ boy. This was is pretty good. You can ask for cheese for an extra two dollars. The times that I’ve had eaten this before, the bun is really nice and soft and goes well with all the vegetables. I really like the sweet peppers in this sandwich. If you’re vegetarian, the sauteed veggies po’ boy or the eggplant parmesan are your only two choices. I personally like the eggplant parmesan more, because it’s a little bit more savourey, but they are both pretty good choices! And again, with sweet potato fries will definitely keep you full!
So overall, I would have to say this experience was just mediocre. As I’ve said before, this place can be hit and miss. I’ve had really great experiences here, and some bad ones. I’d definitely try going on a Monday or a Tuesday, where their Po’ Boys are only 10 dollars! Plus sweet potato fries, you can’t really complain for an 11 dollar meal! The sweet potato fries really are amazing, if they come out right. Other honourable mentions would have to be their andouille sausage, calamari, pulled pork, and philly cheese steak po’ boy. These other ones are really really good! The fried tiger shrimp po’ boy is also very good, but I feel like you don’t get your money’s worth since you get so few shrimp. Anyways, this place is definitely worth a try, just hope you go on a good night because it can be a little bit inconsistent at times!
Quality of food: 3.9 or 3.2/5 (Inconsistent)