Austin >Food Stores > Sambets Cajun Deli & Firey
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875930.433076 -97.771568
Neighborhoods: Sonesta West
Great Boudin, Shrimp, Crawfish Etoufee.. – Was searching for a nearby restaurant on phone app and saw Sambet's had several positive reviews. We were warmly greeted and given a taste of sides while we pondered over the menu. We ordered crab cakes, boudin poboy, shrimp poboy, fried pickes, gumbo, crawfish etoufee, beans and rice. Everything tasted fantastic and was well seasoned. Sambet's has an authentic Louisiana taste. It's a very casual "Austin" atmosphere. Wear your shorts and flip flops. I would highly recommend this spot.
Great Food but shelved stock needs to be checked! – I loved the food here but my daughter ordered off the childrens menu and honestly it was a struggle to find a bag of chips on their shelves that was NOT out of date! That's frankly unacceptable and sadly casts a bad suspicion that maybe the food behind the counters that they're cooking isn't so fresh either! My daughter was put off big time - which was a shame, because my meal - the Andouille link with red beans & rice was awesome and she loved the taste of mine too. Come on owners - check those shelves for out of date products and the sauces looked like they'd never been dusted since the place opened!
Love this Place! Authentic! – I've been here several times for lunch. Love all the poboys! Have tired the shrimp, catfish and crawfish. The bread is homemade, and the portions are very filling. I usually save half for later. The best gumbo in Austin! And i'm from LA-this is authentic. :) The environment feels like I've stepped into a real deli from LA, and get to enjoy real cajun food. Have brought several coworkers here, no complaints. Except for one, the boudin poboy was too spicy for him..hehe ..amateur.. I eat here at least once a month-love Sambets!
great food and atmosphere!!! – food is great. one failed health inspection, with follow-up same day by head of the health dept giving us a 100- yes it's my business...!!! Please come check out our place- it's authentic, and the food is fabulous. 6 hour gumbo, we bake our bread...yes the shopping center is old, but come see for yourself- totally authentic!!! nothing fancy- just fantastic! it's like stepping into a grocery/ deli in Louisiana! i'm Catherine- come see us please!!! there's always people that don't get what we do- it ain't a chain, and we're proud of that !!! the only time it's dirty is after a rush!!! we'd love to have you join the fun!
Good Food / Filthy Place – We had eaten here a few years ago & DO NOT remember it being so dirty! Today we had to search for a clean table to sit at. Customer service needs some help, they were not all that thrilled to be at work it seems. Was not that crowded so just cleaning the tables off & keeping things picked up would not have been a problem. The seafood Po-Boy was good, the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo was a little too salty but had great flavor and the Baudoin Balls were fairly good. Get a cleaning service & we might consider going back.
Have they cleaned up at all? – I stopped by here a while ago. The place was absolutely filthy. I couldn't bring myself to stay there. Sounds like a good choice, too. I saw a list of restaurants with health code violations not too long after that. Turns out that Sambets managed to fail 2 health inspections in less than a year. The 2nd failure was worse than the first. If they can manage to clean up, I'd love to give them a try.
Dirty place, Delicious food – My sister first recommended Sambets when I moved to Austin 2 years ago. Its a dark, dusty dive with some truly excellent food. I don't need good customer service because I'm really all about the good eats. The red beans are the only thing I've tried that I havent been excited about.
But the Muffuletas, Po Boys, and all other sides are deliciously seasoned and fabulous. Try the Crawfish Poblano Chowder. Its my favorite and its a signature creation of Sambets. They have crawfish boils on the weekend when its in season along with live music, which is a lot of fun.
Theyre beginning to build a bar as well, which might take away the BYOB, but might add to the party fun on the weekends.
Great po' boys; terrible crawfish – I had been a huge fan of Sambets for lunch - love the poor boy sandwiches. Until tonight.
Tonight we decided to get some crawfish. While we waited for almost 10 minutes for someone to serve us our anticipation of having real crawfish was growing. When our waitress got back from her break (as the short brown hair waitress was too busy doing nothing to help us) she took our order and did a fair job of serving us.
The crawfish was gross. It was dirty and filled with grass. Not a little, a lot. I mean each crawfish was grey from the mud and had grass we had to pick off. No we were a little forgiving but by the end we both had to stop eating. Not only were they overcooked, had little to no spice (I could rub my eyes after, and that's crazy!) and the tails broke in two when you peeled.
DID I MENTION THEY WERE MUDDY AND COVERED IN GRASS?
Seriously, my wife if from Youngsville, is a Cajun and I have had many boils in yards and in restaurants and never have I had to pick out the grass or seen muddy crawfish.
Gross, we will never go back and I will never recommend Sambets ever again. WASH YOUR CRAWFISH!
Can I move in this place? – So we go to this little hole in the wall.. walk in and the place is rockin with a band. This place is small, but you feel the love as soon as you get there. The food is excellent, all of it. The specials were outstanding but I hear they run out of them often which can be tricky. Sometimes they aren't even open when they should be, which is a bit annoying but once you're there it is so worth it! The owners are so friendly and really want to make your experience enjoyable. BYOB!
Now you're talkin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Went here recently with 3 other couples and really enjoyed everything we tried. Great people, great music (Sat nights), awesome food.. Did I mention it''s BYOB? And they'll give you a cold glass to poor your drink in? Prices are very reasonable and they do catering as well.
Only downfall is it's not the cleanest place but it's easy to turn the other way once you try the food. There is a camera tv in the john which is creepy.. but I guess you have to make the most our of the space given. I agree about the strip mall but I'll take my chances to return again!
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