When you're shopping the streets of downtown Plainfield, there
are a variety of restaurants and places you can grab a bite to eat.
However, there is no place that will show you a better time while
eating than Moe Joe's Cajun and Caribbean Cuisine.
Walking up to Moe Joe's is like stepping out onto New
Orleans' Bourbon Street. Complete with wrought iron, street
lanterns and false building fronts with balconies, the exterior of
the building looks as authentic as the food inside.
When you enter the building, you're overcome with music,
decor and a feeling that puts you in the Mardi Gras mood. There
is also a lower level, dubbed "The French Quarter Subterranean
Speakeasy," which is everything it claims to be.
This nighttime hotspot has all the makings of a French Quarter
speakeasy, including a horseshoe bar, lantern lights and a fireplace.
Owners Stu & Jamie Littell opened the restaurant in December 2004 and has
survived the many challenges that have come his way, including the
renovation to Lockport Street. Now that the renovation is complete,
they have been able to extend their restaurant out front in the warmer
months with an outdoor patio, where patrons can eat or grab an
ice-cold beverage in the heat.
The cuisine consists of two major styles. A portion of the menu is of
Caribbean influence, like Jamaican jerk chicken served with mango
relish. Moe Joe's, however, prides itself in offering the most
authentic Cajun cuisine. Jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, gumbo and
whole-boiled New Orleans-style crawfish are just a few of their
Moe Joe's also offers many classic Southern dishes, such as
homemade fried chicken, catfish, smoked ham steak, and a center cut
New York strip steak that is marinated in Coca-Cola and topped with a
bourbon sauce that will blow your mind.
If you're just stopping in for a quick lunch, try one of the
many Po' Boy sandwiches the restaurant offers, including
steak, catfish, chicken, shrimp and crab cake.
What Littell also will boast about is the many beers he has on tap
from micro breweries. Some of the beers the restaurant carries
year-round are from breweries such as Magic Hat and Abita, and there
are also seasonal beers from local breweries such as Three Floyds in
Indiana. This wide variety of beers is what brings in the seasoned
beer drinker. The restaurant also carries all the domestic beers and
several imports. One thing is for certain: You will have a tough
decision making a beverage choice.
What also makes Moe Joe's relevant is the energy staff puts
into keeping the customer happy. No matter what time of year, the
restaurant is hosting theme parties, holiday celebrations and, more
importantly, charity events.
There's always something that will make you stop in and feel
good when you leave.