The Cajun Stop: Calliope's Po-Boy Has a New Name, But the Same Great Cajun Food

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Photos by Katharine Shilcutt
After shedding its former name -- Calliope's Po-Boy -- in the wake of a legal battle, the little Cajun restaurant in EaDo had been going by a handful of different names in the last few months: LC's Poboys on Facebook, in which the LC stood for owner Lisa Carnley's initials. KrazyPoBoys on Twitter. And simply "No Name Po-Boys" when you approached the shop off Jefferson, where the old Calliope's name had been painted over and removed entirely from signs.

Carnley had been determined to let her fans and patrons rename the restaurant. After all, they're the reason that the po-boy shop has been so successful and their warm welcome the reason that she decided to stay in Houston after relocating here from New Orleans post-Katrina. Her plan was to announce the new name on December 12 at a 12/12/12 party, a name chosen from the list of suggestions given to her by her guests: Peauxboy Shop, Kajun Korner, Hou Dat. One of the very names the shop had been going by was the No. 1 choice, put up for a vote on the restaurant's Facebook page: LC's Poboys.

And then it came to Carnley in a dream: The Cajun Stop.

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Carnley in her newly renamed restaurant.
"I thought about it last night," Carnley told me on December 12. She'd come up with the new name less than 24 hours before her party and the name's big reveal. "I already had new signs printed up with the new name and everything," she laughed. LC's Poboys would just have to make way for another new name, though.

Carnley printed the story on a stack of printer paper and passed out the explanation to the friends and fans who packed her little shop that night, gorging on free po-boys and jambalaya, Jell-O shots and kegs of beer.

"As simple as the name may seem and though it was not in the contest, it came to me literally around midnight this morning," read the fliers, "literally, midnight of 12/12/12 and I knew at that moment, this is it, it has so much meaning."

Carnley elaborated:

Because of Katrina, I have spent the last seven years moving through three states and in Houston, I have lived in more than eight homes and still not quite satisfied with my current home, but what I have that has always been constant in the past four years is this little po-boy shop in this very corner. Because of you and everyone else who has supported me, this is my STOP. I'm not leaving from this location unless they throw me out of here, no matter how much of a hole in a wall it may be, my home, my friends, and all of you are here for me! I love it!!!! I will continue to grow in this very Corner of Houston.

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Also coming soon: daiquiris.
Carnley had more good news for her supporters last Thursday night, too: She's bought the space in the corner of her Jefferson-facing strip mall and although it doesn't adjoin The Cajun Stop, she's busy remodeling it anyway. Her plans are to turn the massive space into The Cajun Stop's party room, which she hopes to open in time for Mardi Gras.

"Everyone always wants to rent out the space for parties," she said of her small, corner shop. "This way, they'll have a whole space of their own."

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The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Was impressed by the owner Lisa at Artopia last year and tried the place the following week. I've been a customer since. She's catering my superbowl party (sorry to say it won't be the Saints playing).


I tried the Cajun Stop a few weeks ago in the hopes of having a good bowl of gumbo. I ordered the gumbo that was supposed to have shrimp, sausage and oysters.  There were two medium size shrimp, about four pieces of sausage, and no oysters.  What I got was a bowl of thin broth that lacked any richness with some rice in it. The hush puppies were alright but all in all a big disappointment given all of the hype over this place.  


No more suffering the intolerable experience of people saying Calliope instead of Calliope


Regardless of the name, I can't wait to relocate my work space back downtown, so I can chow down on LC's wonderful po-boys and jalapeno hushpuppies once more.


This is one of my favorite places to eat in Houston.  Consistently delicious food at good prices and a simple, comfortable atmosphere.  Friendly staff.  An owner who takes time to communicate with her customers and is active in the local community.  I love everything about the place.  My only wish is that the jambalaya were available more often!


LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Lisa is a first class lady and has always been very supportive of the Houston community.

My advice, try the shrimp po-boy. #Mouthgasm


Whatever it's called, I'm headed there now for a Louisiana hot sausage po-boy and steamy bowl of seafood gumbo!  

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