Description and review of Celestin’s Gumbo and Grill “Grab and Go” Lunch.
After running a number of errands on the weekend I was extremely hungry – so I decided to treat myself and stop by Celestin’s on McKinley Blvd. to pick up a late lunch.
Celestin’s serves French Creole and Cajun influenced food. Two couples were enjoying a meal in the cozy venue when I arrived at 2:00 p.m.
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Upon entering the restaurant I was greeted and my order was promptly taken. I knew in advance what I wanted – the Shrimp Po’Boy ($11).
I took a seat while I waited for my order to be prepared. The young man who was manning the front of the restaurant and waiting tables offered me a glass of water while I waited. Although I declined, I appreciated the offer.
The neighborhood was thrilled when it learned that Patrick and Phoebe Celestin were re-entering the restaurant business and opening a venue in East Sacramento. Although there were only two couples dining while I was there that day I am under the impression that business is good – especially during the evening hours.
See related blog post: Now Open in East Sac – Celestin’s Restaurant
It was not long before my order was ready – about 15 minutes from the time I entered the restaurant. Enticing smells emanated from the bag I carried as I made my way home.
I would describe the Shrimp Po’Boy (shrimp battered in buttermilk and fine corn meal, red onion, tomato, spring mix lettuces, pretzel bun) as a petite sandwich with big flavor. The shrimp were big and plump, and the creole mayonnaise sauce very tasty. The seasoned fries were a perfect accompaniment to what was a very enjoyable lunch. I should reward myself for running errands more often!
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Celestin’s Gumbo and Grill Snapshot:
- 3610 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 258-4060
- Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesday – Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Small (shared) parking lot, on-street parking
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