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“Cajun cheese curds?”

Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe
Ranked #3 of 204 Restaurants in La Crosse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This actually is not a bad place to eat; a bit on the funky side in décor and scale, as you would expect from something called Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Café. The menu is about as Cajun as you could anticipate 1100 miles upriver from New Orleans and for the most part is well prepared. Spicy hot items are so marked. The clientele is diverse and middle class, enhanced by special populations of visitors attending the convention center a half block away. The restaurant is placed close to downtown hotels, the growing arts district, and numbers of shops, bars, and other features of a small city with a lively and reasonably thriving downtown and is two blocks from the Mississippi River. The worst part of the restaurant are the restrooms; located well enough but marginally clean. The location is fine except in the snowy winter as so far, the city doesn't clean the piles of snow on the curbs and gutters; for the nimble, athletic, well padded and well insured at this point. After eating at Billy's leave room for ice cream at The Pearl, the old-fashioned ice cream parlor across the street after stopping in for a cheesehead at TJ's next door.

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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Visited here three times during several weeks' working in La Crosse. This casual restaurant is located downtown on Pearl Street just three blocks from the riverfront; the Cajun décor and music is fun. Parking is on the street or in a nearby free garage.

First visit we had a pretty good experience. The fried oysters had a good flavor and light crust, though the serving of oysters was rather small and the fries' serving huge. Husband's fried catfish was not the freshest or most flavorful, but okay. We liked the hushpuppies, tho' on all three visits they were overcooked on the outside with the resultant scorched onion flavor on the crust. On our two subsequent visits things went downhill. The oysters were hard to find in a glob of crust and the fries (frozen crinkle-cut type) were definitely stale...only ate a few of them. We thought, ok, they're having an off-night. But on the third visit with the result of the same stale fries and tasteless oysters and husband's so-so red beans, we both decided that was our last trip.

The service is prompt, but there seems to be a careless attitude toward the food quality.

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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Took my college daughter here for her birthday because she liked the food down south so much when we visited there. The fried pickles appetizer were as good as we remembered and the other southern dishes and sides, like the rice, were seasoned well. I had bacon wrapped shrimp w/pepperjack & jalapenos - big and delicious! Portions were large enough that we had leftovers. It was empty when we got there at 5:00 on a Tuesday but had filled up by the time we left. Will come back again to try something new!

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The best two aspects of this restaurant is the food and the service. The rest comes in at a close second, however.
Food: Perfect size and several unique, Cajun dishes to attempt. I had the burger and sweet potato fries; the burger was great and had a quality, large bun. The sweet potato fries are something to write home about. They had the perfect amount of salt, perfect size, and cooked to the right consistency. Yum! The bartender also created a clover in the foam of the beer for my boyfriend and he was quite impressed.
Service: The man who seated us chose a spot near the TV's with the game on and was friendly. Our waitress also checked on us frequently, but not too frequently, and was very personable.

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Had an early Saturday supper here with our daughters who are students at UWL. In the heart of old downtown, the location is perfect as part of an afternoon eating and browsing the historic part of town. The restaurant is heavily decorated with memorabilia; next to us was a old Texaco pump that people where having their photos taken in front of. I had blacken catfish with rice and vegetables, my wife and daughters had po'boy sandwiches. Mine was very good, and they enjoyed theirs. Excellent service, enjoyable atmosphere, and very good Cajun themed food - which for us is not the norm.

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