The Lost Cajun is a chain that picked Greenville for its first store in the Carolinas and its location — in the new development next to Earth Fare off Pelham Road — makes it a convenient destination.

Cajun food is considered the Everyman cuisine of Louisiana. Simmered stews, soups, sandwiches and fried seafood offer something for everyone.

The Lost Cajun is a casual place and though you might think it would be set up in a fast-casual style, it’s not. You’ll be shown a table and be waited on with some of the best service I’ve received in Greenville in a long time.

Say yes to the offer of a complimentary gumbo sampler and witness a clever board appear with gumbo, ettouffee, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and lobster bisque. These mini-cups offer everyone at your table the chance to try these menu items, though most are seasoned for an adult palate.

My kids, who are 11 and 8, adored the fried catfish. Amazed by their enthusiastic response, I tried a strip. It was delectable! I am picky about fried foods and not a fan of heavy breading, so The Lost Cajun’s fried catfish wins accolades for its super-light batter that didn’t fall off the filet.

The po’ boys were notable too, especially for the bread. The French loaf was what you’d expect from an authentic po’ boy and the best I’ve tasted in the Upstate. There are a myriad of options, so go crazy with your customization. My mom is a big fan of fried oyster po’ boys, but I favor shrimp or roast beef.

Eat Out! tip: If you are a house divided when it comes of dinner choices, this new development includes The Lost Cajun, Local Taco and Taziki’s. Park the car once and go crazy.

The bottom line

Introduce your family to a taste of Louisiana at The Lost Cajun.

You can go

The Lost Cajun

  • 3612-A Pelham Road, Greenville
  • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays
  • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays – Saturdays
  • 864-605-7117

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Stephanie Burnette is a food writer and mom to two kids. Connect at

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