Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill is a small restaurant wedged into a West 7th street location between apartment complexes, more apartment complexes, and a location of the Mexican-food chain Chuy’s. In fact, if you call Jack’s for directions, you’ll likely be told, “We’re right before you get to Chuy’s.” That was the pitch I gave my review partner: “If Jack’s isn’t any good, we can just go next door for margaritas.”
Fortunately, a stop next door wasn’t necessary. Bayou Jack’s margaritas held their own. The frozen version even came with a swampy little drizzle of tequila on top, almost like icing. Bayou Jack’s, with an original location in Roanoke, has a spacious dining room and a patio with a five-seat bar and a few tables, perfect for a balmy Fort Worth autumn.
You could say Jack’s is proud of its boudin balls. The backs of all of the servers’ shirts tout the restaurant’s “Dirty Balls”: little bits of boudin sausage mixed with Cajun dirty rice, shaped into billiard-ball-sized orbs, dredged in flour, and fried. What’s not to like? The extremely tasty appetizer came out with a hollandaise-like sauce floating atop a spicy tomato bisque. The contrasting tastes made for really good dipping, but the balls were flavorful enough to be eaten on their own.