Moe Joe's Cajun & Caribbean Cuisine

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Moe Joe's Cajun & Caribbean CuisineMoe Joe's Cajun & Caribbean Cuisine

Type: Bar, Eatery

24033 W Lockport St
Plainfield, Illinois, 60544-1652
United States

(815) 230-2790 | map

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Added by DownDaHatch on 11-28-2008

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had dinner at Moe Joes last night and it was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere at Moe Joes is perfectly cajun, right out of Louisiana...and had great additions of voodoo type decor. The quality of the of the food was expceptional. The server was more than acommodating for a table of 10 than included 6 kids all 10 or under. The menu was stacked with cajun selections and well as other stables so that everyone could find something they like. In addition, I had my first Aligator nugget!!! I had the traditional jumbalaya which was very good. Value....for 3 kids meals, 2 adult meals, and 3 beers we paid ~$100 including tip. The best part about MoeJoes is that I discovered my new favorite beer...Zombie Dust by Three Floyds.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of firkingroovin
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of wdberkley
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Burgman08
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Good beer selection and one of the only places around you can get authentic Cajun fare

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

They didn't have 2 of the beers I requested.
The 3 Floyds Blackheart Imperial IPA impressed me. the 2Brothers Cane & Ebel did not.
Jambalaya was very good, Jerk chicken wings just OK, Gumbo good, but not great. Prices were a bit high. Tables were too placed too close.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ahhh MoJoe's.
Many's the night I found myself light-headed and blurry-eyed flirting with the waitresses... Especially Caitlyn. She's the most adorable thing I've ever seen. Seriously.

Anyway... The Alligator Tail is fan-fucking-tastic. Order it. Enjoy it. Flirt with Caitlyn when she brings it to you.

The owner, Stu, is a cool guy. There was about a 2 month stretch I was in there 3 or 4 times per week and never picked out my own beer. I just asked him to pick something out. They weren't all winners, but it was a good experience for me to sample all sorts of different styles and breweries. Had he not been there to help I doubt I would have been so adventurous (and I would have almost certainly stuck with Lagunitas IPA on tap!). Stu knows his shit.
The bartenders and waitresses don't have a whole lot of knowledge-- a good example is they refer to any New Belgium beer as "fat tire" even when the handle is clearly marked as another offering. That's ok-- they're easy on the eyes, and I'm not there to talk to the waitresses about beer anyway! They're friendly and cute-- especially Caitlyn!

I usually sit at the bar, but there's a whole other half to the olacethat has a bayou patio feel to it. Not my cup of tea, but they have a Cajun theme and I respect the effort.

This place is about half a block east of Finnegan's, and we used to bounce back and forth between the two looking for the best beer, or the best deal.

The tap list began to decline in quality, but the bottle list was pretty extensive.

Certainly worth going-- tell em jeff sent you... And tell Caitlyn I said "hello lady." (but do it in an Andre the Giant style voice!)

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Photo of ahq514
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Not a fan at all. Ordered a GI Matilda and they charged me $8 for it. Its partially my fault for not inquiring more about prices, but I usually trust that its going to be a fair price, I don't expect them to screw me over. Waited for awhile before waitress came over, and she was not very knowledgeable or helpful. Was planning on eating and having a couple of beers here, but based on the bad service and too expensive beer I got out of there and went to Finnegans, where the beer is reasonably priced and people are much more knowledgeable and friendly. The only thing that Moejoe's has going for it is the decent selection. Will never attend this establishment again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This place seemed alright for a night on the town, the beer selection was pretty good. We had just eaten at Finnegan's, so there wasn't room for any crawfish tails or turtle soup on this visit. I have to say though, the cajun food sounds tempting.

One room had some thatched roof tiki-style decor, and the bar room was pure NOLA. Silver tin ceilings, red walls, copious beads and harlequin masks. A couple kitschy paintings, and framed Lagunitas ads. Several flatscreens behind the bar and a few mirrors around.

There was a beer list, and the bartender said to us that they only had American beer, which was clearly wrong. The list itself was broken down nicely by style. Several quality imports like Kulmbacher Eisbock and Duvel,with plenty of US craft. I just had a Gumballhead on tap, and noticed that the taps were ok, but nothing too wild like over at Finnegans down the street. A couple FFF, Rogue, Magic Hat, were all I can remember. Bottle list was much more extensive, far better than what's listed on their website. There was a ton of vodka behind the bar, which gave the impression that this was a "gimme shots" party bar after dark. During the day it was mellow, an old timer next to me praised the virtues of the $5 PBR pitcher. Worth a stop for good beer & cajun in quaint downtown Plainfield.

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Photo of ManofMead
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped here on 1-31-09 with a small group. Must say both reviewers before me are right on the mark with one exception, They have more beer than previously stated. Servers are fast and efficient. Again, knowledge of beer is limited leading to bargains. Owner now has around a dozen, maybe 15 taps, similar to what other reviewers have mentioned. Bottle selection probably reaches 80. Atmosphere is good, food was awesome! Recommend the Crawfish etoufee! had the Andouille sausage appetizer. Had a Left Hand Stout and a Dead Guy Rogue, but the one that did me in was The Reverend A Quad Ale from Avery which , I believe was around 7 dollars. We will be back, pleased with large beer selection and probably the only place to enjoy Cajun within the Area. Do Stop!! Its worth it.

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Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited this place on 12/6/2008.

As the first reviewer said, this place has a cool vibe. Its sort of a blend of Mardi Gras / New Orleans / Cajun all in one. The location is righ in the downtown of Plainfield, so parking can be a pain at times but there are no meters so it is at least free.

There are seperate entrances for the bar and the restaurant. I entered the bar and found the room to be fairly narrow and deep. The bar itself runs along the left hand wall and there are tables, dart boards, etc along the right hand wall.

The staff were especially friendly, but not at all knowlegable about beer. Several beers were described to me simply as "dark".

The beer list was as follows: 10 taps and around 60 bottles. On my visit the ten taps were three offerings from Abita as well as Mendocino IPA, Allagash White, Fuller's London Pride, Rogue Dead Guy, Warsteiner, Erdinger Hefeweizen, and Miller Lite. The bottles were made up of quality offerings from Rogue, Ska, Avery, Abita, Unibroue, Victory, Left Hand, Sierra Nevada, etc. as well as imports like Duvel, Chimay, Piraat, and Fuller's.

The food all looked good, but all I had was an order of Jamaican Jerk Wings - which were excellent and worth the $7.50 I paid for 10 of them.

The prices were very reasonable for the area. I had 2 pints at $4 apiece and a bottle of Storm King Stout at $6.

I loked this place a lot and plan on spending a lot more time here.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I hadn't been in this bar/restaurant since they updated and moved into a larger space. Can't say it changed too much. It has a cool vibe in a mardi gras like setting. What is most remarkable about this bar is the beer selection. The only problem is there is no beer list and the staff (while pleasant to look at) were less than knowledgable about craft beers. That being said, their lack of knowledge leads to tremendous bargains on beers that they either don't know how to look up or manually price in the system. Example; Mojo Risin Bomber - $7, Avery The BEAST - $6. The food is quite tasty and rather authentic, especially for Plainfield. If you live in the fox valley or Joliet areas, don't go to Heaven on Seven. Save your money and have a much better time at MoeJoes.

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Moe Joe's Cajun & Caribbean Cuisine in Plainfield, IL
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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