Dodie's Seafood Cajun Diner: A Winning Recipe!

Industry Observer


Did you ever eat at a little "hole in the wall" type of restaurant and fall in love with their food?  You kept going back for years and years and eventually when you are not paying attention, they become a chain?

Well that's what happened to me and my love affair with Dodie's Seafood Cajun Diner.

I was first introduced to Dodie's back in 1991 when I first moved to Dallas.  My cousin Abby and I used to go to their first location at 2129 Greenville Avenue, a few blocks away from Abby's house at the time, and chow down on some very authentic Louisiana style Po Boys.  The food was always good and the beer was always cold... that makes for a winning combination in my book.

Over the past 18 years, Dodie's has been a regular on my eating circuit.  It became even more convenient for me when my office moved just 3 blocks away a couple of years ago.  Somehow I never noticed that the place I have come to love for a good Po Boy, a fried soft shell crab plate or some fried shrimp has opened several additional locations in Addison, Rockwall, McKinney, Carrollton, and Allen.

There is nothing fancy or pretentious about Dodie's... just good food and a good time for a reasonable price.  And that must be a recipe for success because they  haven't strayed from it in 1989.  Go and try it out... but be careful not to blink or they may go from 6 to 12 locations when you're eyes are closed!


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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

So long as it isn't a Friday's! So many of these "restaurants" are all frozen food!

Jun 07, 2009 04:32 PM #1
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Darn Greg... you mean that i shouldn't write a review of TGI Fridays???  LOL

Jun 07, 2009 04:36 PM #2
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


I tried to go there for lunch one day, since I was alone they would only serve me at the bar.  So I left.

Jun 08, 2009 01:55 AM #3
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Richard should take you with him next time, Steve.

Jun 08, 2009 02:23 PM #4
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Richard...  I have never had that problem and I have gone there alone.  I am surprised to hear that.

Hi Ricki... I'll go anytime.  It's yummy!

Jun 09, 2009 02:27 AM #5
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Sounds like my kind of place!  I am a seafood fanatic, especially shellfish!  Too bad it's more than an hour drive from here!  ;)  Hmmmm, maybe you could talk them into opening a place near here ....

Jun 10, 2009 12:15 AM #6
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