Poor House Bistro – San Jose, CA

Meep & I used to walk past Poor House Bistro after he picks up hockey sticks from the store next door. It was a old looking house that got turned into a restaurant and always crazy packed during Game nights at the Shark Tank.

It took me over a year and a half before I finally walked into the restaurant.

It was a strange set up – there are a lot of seats on the patio and inside the house (that still looks like someone’s home) but no servers. You check out the menu at the front, then order at a counter. They give you a buzzer and when it buzzes – your food is ready!

Outside on their patio – there is also a small stage set up for a local Jazz band that plays there a few times a week.

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We ordered our food to go since home was so close by:

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Jambalaya $13.75

The jambalaya was a tough one. I thought it was great in terms of flavours – it was spicy, salty and the rice was so tasty but a little hard. I understand al dente rice but this was just way too undercooked.

It is also a little small in portion with a lack of sausage & chicken considering the price. It was literally 2 – 3 ice cream scoops of rice.

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Corn bread $1.95

This corn muffin was delicious but a little pricey. $2 for a less-than-muffin size cornbread was a little expensive to me. But it was nice complement to the jambalaya.

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Poor House Po Boy $9.25

This was quite good. There was a generous amount of ham & beef giving it really nice complex flavour with the jus and veggies. I thought the jus gave it the moisture the toasted french roll needed and the meat was flavourful and very juicy.

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Fried Shrimp Po Boy $9.25

I was not a big fan of this sandwich. There is just way too much bread for the amount of shrimp on the french roll. The sandwich was a little dry, it needed more of the in house made spicy remoulade.

The shrimps were not bad but just tasted like small deep fried frozen shrimp.

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Beignets $4.75

These were actually very good. The dough was deep fried perfectly, with a nice golden brown outside and soft fluffy centre. The dough itself has good flavour.

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Total Damage $42.55

Personal Rating – 3 out of 5 (Good)

I found the food to be pretty good and definitely reminded me of what I expected Cajun/Creole cooking to be like. That being said, the food is a little pricey for what you get.

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Poor House Bistro

91 S Autumn St
San Jose, CA 95110

(408) 292-5837
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