It’s hard to believe that I haven’t done a post on this before. DaDeO on Whyte Avenue has got to be one of my favorite places to go to and I can vouch that a majority of my friends will agree. Serving up New Orlean’s traditional dishes like po’boys, jambalaya, and gumbo, this Cajun-style diner with a retro 50’s style decor is where it’s at!
Vinyl booths, black and white checkered floors, vintage juke boxes and southern style art litter the restaurant, giving it an upbeat yet chilled out vibe. Only serving 18+ (sorry kids!), it’s a grown-up only hangout.
With every order, comes with free house made biscuits and their infamous jalapeno jelly. Yum! I remember the first time I ever went to Dadeo for lunch, I thought to myself, this has got to be the oddest jelly around. Bright green yet equally explosive in flavor: sweet with a hint of jalapeno. Goes well with their crisp on the outside-soft on the inside biscuits.
If you’re hitting up Dadeo for the first time (where have you been eating?), you need to order a po’boy. A po’boy is basically a submarine sandwich, Louisiana style. Usually stuffed with meat or a fried seafood item, and usually mixed in with lettuce, a mayo-based sauce of sorts. Dadeo’s menu has 13 varieties, almost all for $12. Better yet, go on a Monday or Tuesday, or lunch from Monday to Friday and it’s only $9. YUM-MY. To be honest with you, for the last three visits, I’ve ordered the same thing: a calamari po’boy. Best combination ever! Crisp (and never greasy) squid, heavily seasoned with Cajun seasoning, on top of a baguette with their mayo sauce, tomatoes, red onions, and lettuce. Even Joe orders the same thing every time too. As a side, you get to choose from potato hash, coleslaw, or add sweet potato fries for an extra $1. Do me a favor, get the sweet potato fries. Always. Although I’m a pretty big fan of their coleslaw, not too mayo’d down, crisp texture, their sweet potato fries is right up in their repertoire next to their jalapeno jelly. Thick cut, perfectly cooked, and extremely crispy breading makes this the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever tried (has been for years now). Until I make a trip to the south, I highly doubt anybody can beat these fries. Seasoned in the same Cajun seasoning as the calamari, the fries are best dipped in the mayo sauce that comes with them.
One time, I got adventurous and tried the steamed mussels. I wrapped up my sandwich to go and decided it was time to try something else for a change. Although the bread was the same baguette used to make the sandwiches, having it there to dip the mussel juices and sauce was a bonus. A white wine cream sauce merges the flavors together, creating a nice warm dish for a cold night. Perfect appetizer to share, or could be a meal in itself!
Other dishes I’ve tried that aren’t pictured:
- Fritters: Four deep-fried dumplings with DaDeO’s dippin’ sauce. Crab and Parmesan, Jalapeno cheddar, sweet potato or corn. To be honest, by the end of the dish, you couldn’t tell which fritter was which if you ordered one of each! The fillings were mild in flavor although you could pinpoint the corn one easily. Good for sharing if you’re with a large table because the fritters are huge and very filling for just two!
- Blackened shrimp and scallops: delicious! If you’re into seafood (versus the blackened chicken option), this is a great dish. Packed with the Cajun flavor.
- Cajun calamari: for $11, you can get a dish full of crispy squid rings. Not going to lie, I’ve considered getting this to go and making my own sandwiches. But I know it won’t be the same!
- Fried tiger shrimp, crab cakes, blackened chicken po’boys: listed in the order I love, after the calamari po’boy.
Still have yet to order the banana foster for dessert, flambeed right at your table! I never have room though after eating my po’boy and fries. I promise next time I go, I’ll get it. Even if it means taking a bite out of that night’s po’boy and then wrapping it up to go right away. Tip: Reserve or go earlier than the usual lunch or dinner rush. It’s a relatively small place, popular amongst university students and Whyte Ave goers and always packed just when you’re hungry!DaDeO New Orleans Diner and Bar
10548 – 82 Ave