Kate's Southern Comfort
Kate’s Southern Comfort has moved to East 6th Street (in the same lot as Regal Ravioli), and the trailer’s Cajun pies and delicious bread pudding are now sure to gain some East Sider fans.
The menu at Kate’s includes typical Cajun options like jambalaya, gumbo and fried okra, but the Cajun pies are the savory item that makes them stand out.
The Cajun pies are similar to empanadas, and you can order several to make up one meal. My friends and I stopped by and ordered one of every Cajun pie we could. The only one we weren’t able to sample was the vegetarian Humble Pie, stuffed with sweet potato, mustard and collard greens. We also ordered some gumbo, jambo (gumbo served over jambalaya) and bread pudding for dessert.
The most satisfying of the $3 pies we ordered was the Crawfish Pie. Given the small size of the pie, it was filled with a suprising amount of large chunks of crawfish in a slightly spicy creamy tomato sauce (essentially what you would find in etouffee.) The empanada crust was entirely satisfying, crunchy on the outside and flaky inside.
The other two pies on the menu were a Bleudin Pie (blue cheese and boudin) and a meat pie called the Nak-I-Dish. The boudin was a good traditional Cajun boudin sausage with rice and meat, and the blue cheese added a nice sharp contrast to the mild flavor of the sausage. My only problem with the Bleudin was wishing that I were eating just the filling without the crust because the dish was a little dry. The Nak-I-Dish was like a tasty stew stuffed in an empanada, filled with moist beef and pork, and a peppery sauce with just a hint of tanginess.
Because we ordered both the gumbo and jambo, we were able to contrast how the gumbo worked both on its own and with the jambalaya. The straight up gumbo was hearty, with plenty of meat and a nice roux thick enough that it didn’t turn soupy over plain white rice. The meat was slightly smoky, but for my taste the gumbo wasn’t spicy enough. Fortunately, the trailer has a wide selection of hot sauces. When served over the jambalaya however, the gumbo tasted heavily smoky, presumably from the different sausage and the spiced rice in the jambalaya.
To finish off, we ordered the bread pudding from the menu, which turned out to be our favorite part of the meal. Turns out, Kate’s Southern Comfort makes their bread pudding with doughnuts in the breading and with Sailor Jerry’s Rum in the sauce. The dessert was decadent and aromatic with cinnamon, red and yellow raisins, and pecans in the breading. The sauce over it all avoided the perils of too-sweet desserts, containing a noticeable tang from the Sailor Jerry’s Rum that was smooth and rich.
Kate’s Southern Comfort makes a nice addition to the East side trailer culture.
Kate’s Southern Comfort is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Find it at 1602 East 6th Street.