(UPDATED 4/20/2021) Description and review of Celestin’s Gumbo & Grill “Grab and Go” Lunch.
After running a number of errands on the weekend I was starving – 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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What is your favorite dish at Celestin’s?
Celestins Restaurant Snapshot (as of 4/20/2021):
- 3610 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 258-4060
- Closed Sunday – Tuesday;
- Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (Noon – 8:00 p.m.); Friday – Saturday (Noon – 9:00 p.m.)
- Take-out: Call in Advance
- Delivery: Uber, Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates
- Small Outdoor Dining Area in Parking Lot
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