Flip the menu to reveal two distinctive sets of options at this relaxed restaurant where the Far East meets the Deep South.Ignore what all those Lifetime movies and psychology textbooks have tried to warn us about—The Asian Cajun proves that multiple personalities aren’t always a bad thing. The menu here is split between a “Cravin’ Asian” side (boasting a bounty of Vietnamese staples including ten takes on pho noodle soup) and the “Cravin’ Cajun” half (which goes Creole with crawfish boils, frog legs, and deep fried oysters). Bottles of Sriracha and Tabasco stand waiting at each table, ready to be applied to the finely tuned family recipes emerging from the kitchen. There is a lot of family to work with, too: The Asian Cajun was opened six months ago by three brothers-in-law.
On the Cajun side, try starting off with a hearty helping of gumbo before moving on to one of their four varieties of po boys. Our favorite is the shrimp, whose battered, satisfying crunch is a fantastic foil to the sandwich’s fresh French baguette. If the Asian options are more your thing, consider commencing with the Lao sausage platter, a delectable dish you won’t find anywhere else in Denver. Slices of homemade sausage are seasoned with aromatic lemongrass and Vietnamese spices and served still sizzling on a cast iron skillet. For the most fun, however, follow the founders’ lead and order Sybil-style for a meal filled with vivid, unique flavors from both sides of the menu.
Pasta New Orleans with chicken and andouille sausage, $11.95
Blackened catfish opelousas, $13.50
Shrimp po boy with Cajun fries, $7.95 Lao sausage platter, $10.95
Sizzling platter, $9.95
Monday to Wednesday, noon to 10 p.m.
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to noon, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight