Tim’s Cajun Kitchen

Date
5 Dec 2011
Cuisine
American
Cost
Average Cost ($8-$14)
Location
West Huntsville
Rating
3 out of 5

Inside Tim's Cajun Kitchen

Melanie’s Take

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and Crawfish Etouffee

Sometimes, I’m in a jeans and t-shirt food mood. If I’m at home, this means I’ll make chili or we’ll order a pizza. If I’m eating around town, this means I’ll hit up a fast food guilty pleasure like Taco Bell (I know; how can I? One friend suggested it was a product of original sin.), or our latest spot for review: Tim’s Cajun Kitchen. Tim’s is full of character in both its decor and its food. Both are cajun, a little rough around the edges, and unpretentious.

For my dinner entree, I chose a combo of crawfish étoufée and the chicken and sausage gumbo. For my two sides, I chose a house salad and bread pudding. When my salad arrived, it was sad. It looked like a cheap bagged salad, but possibly less interesting with simply iceberg lettuce and a few paltry mini croutons. The entree was much more pleasing. Although the portions were small, the two spicy and meaty dishes were filling. Both the gumbo and the étoufée were full of slow cooked flavor. The étoufée was my favorite because of its fresh seafood flavor, but the sausage in the gumbo appealed to my southern side.

Bread PuddingWhen the entrees were polished off, we were onto enjoy the bread pudding. After our latest visit to Tim’s Cajun Kitchen, I’m wondering if we should change our name from The Huntsville Plate to The Bread Pudding Plate. Tim’s makes our eighth Huntsville sampling of bread pudding, and it was delicious. It wasn’t Watercress good, but Tim’s isn’t trying to be them either. I told our waitress how tasty it was, and she said that some customers chose it as both of their side items: pure genius!

My only complaint about Tim’s is that some of the side dishes need improving and the dinner prices are too high. Lunch is a steal, and is just as good as lunch, so I hope next time I find myself in a jeans and t-shirt mood that it’s around lunchtime.

Shane’s Take

We’ve not been to every restaurant in town (probably not even a quarter of them), but I would claim there is a dearth of dives in this town. It’s just really difficult to find a cheap, authentically quirky, tasty place to eat. Lots of places will get two of three—say, quirky and tasty—but few of them have all three qualities. Tim’s Cajun Kitchen is among those few that get all three right.

Stuffed Potato

The atmosphere at Tim’s is quirky, dark, strange, homely, and a little scary. It’s like your redneck uncle’s house: the house is a tad strange and those walls could tell stories you don’t care to hear, but at least what’s there is authentic and, despite being weird, mostly harmless. As for Tim’s, it sits in an old Pizza Hut—not a newer quasi-cafe Pizza Hut, but the dimly-lit beer-and-pizza Pizza Hut we all remember from the 80s. The walls are decorated with odd burlesque paintings of employees laughing while doing various cajun things, like cooking and eating and laughing. Some of them are too burlesque for my taste, but they make for a unique touch, regardless. Perhaps unintentionally, the more interesting artwork sits beneath a smooth sheet of epoxy on each table, where ads of various companies instruct diners to purchase insurance, air conditioners, car paint, and all sorts of stuff. Despite apparently being installed just ten years ago, they feature ads from numerous fallen companies, making for ugly shrines to the brevity of so many economic endeavors.

Similarly, Tim’s food is a shrine to the power of cajun spices. The flavors aren’t extravagant or intricate or anything close to elegant, but it’s covered in spices and, by my measure, completely unhealthy. During our visit, I chose the jambalaya with a stuffed potato and bread pudding. The jambalaya tasted good, soulful, and like it had been in a pot for days. It was covered in spices, almost too many, but I’m not complaining. Unfortunately, the stuffed potato apparently had been under a heat lamp for too long, but it had a good flavor. I would’ve appreciated it being a bit fresher. Arguably, the best part of the meal was the bread pudding: it had a great texture, was slathered in sugary coating, and tasted awesome. Like the rest of the meal, it wasn’t elegant, but it was good.

Jambalaya

Tim’s nearly misses out on price. Our meal was nearly $30, which was too much—a bit like paying $10 for CiCi’s buffet. The food was good and the atmosphere amusing, but Tim isn’t delivering the kind of experience that warrants $30. With its jeans-and-t-shirt atmosphere and food, our dinner should have been closer to $20. Lunch, though, is much more reasonably priced at under $10 for a good meat and two or three.

All things considered, I enjoyed our visit to Tim’s. It’s a real dive, and it’s a good choice for slummin’ it with some good food.

Closing Comments

  • Tim’s is on the border of being a creepy bar. It’s not, but, boy, it’s close.
  • Count me among the people who would like to see the kitchen at Tim’s. That could be something to behold.
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2 Responses

  1. Joel

    Last time I went to Tim’s an order of jambalaya was big enough to feed two people. Also I really like the green bean casserole. It is nice and spicy.

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