It doesn’t take much coaxing to get me to hop in the car and head to Cape Girardeau. It’s such a great town with excellent shopping choices and eateries. Now that the highways out of Poplar Bluff have expanded it doesn’t take much time at all to get there either. One trip stands out in my mind. My husband and I had the seemingly rare opportunity to break from our busy schedules to make the trip together. On the drive from Poplar Bluff we narrowed down our many choices of eateries to hit for lunch – which in itself was fun – and decided that Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine would be the most unique and satisfying. Boy, were we right!!!
There’s something special about heading away from the bustling mall complex that screams for your attention when you first land in Cape. All that shopping sprawled out in front of you is extremely hard to resist for sure, but winding through streets lined with pretty homes and gardens down to the old section of town that’s hemmed in by the great Mississippi River is a worthy diversion. And there in the heart of Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau is Broussard’s.
Just one step into Broussard’s and we could have been inside a New Orleans eatery, from the Cajun music that greeted us to the stunning murals and paintings wrapping the walls. The brilliantly colored paintings were created by local artist Craig Thomas, which just added to the authenticity and flavor of the overall experience. We were promptly seated at a booth overlooking the quaint antique stores along Main Street. Kudos to the planners responsible for the welcoming ambiance of the whole downtown area! And now for the yummy part….
Our first course was a pound of wildly flavorful boiled crawfish. If your taste buds aren’t awake by the time you finish those, you might want to have some lab work done on the way back through the medical complex up the street! WOW! From there it was a blissful ascent into carb nirvana with Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice and Gumbo. I swear, taking in all those deliciously rich flavors heaped on piles of white rice made me want to crawl up on someone’s front porch swing and sip sweet tea til the sun went down! Every bite was better than the last! The food, atmosphere, service and even the price of only 25 bucks made for an extremely pleasant and F.U.L.L.FILLING lunch date with my hubby. My only regret is that I saved no room whatsoever for one of their amazing desserts like that Mississippi Mud Cake I’d been eyeing. Oh well, there’s always next time!
I do like back stories and I couldn’t help but wonder how a very authentic Cajun restaurant found such strong roots in Southeast Missouri, and here’s what I found out. In 1986, a man named Barron T. Broussard and his wife, Kathy, moved from Crowley, Louisiana to live in Cape Girardeau. They are remembered as an easy-going, friendly Southern couple who wanted to bring their Cajun flair to their new home in the Midwest. That is the reputation that Broussard’s enjoys to this day. The establishment was sold in 1991 to Dennis Stockard and, again, to the current owners, Hunter and Stephanie Clark, in 2004. Through all the ownership changes, Broussard’s has maintained its cultural flavor and superb quality of food and service it rightfully boasts of today.
It was certainly clear to me why Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine has enjoyed high praise in reviews and longevity (27 years!!) as a unique cultural fixture in the Historic Downtown Cape District! Along with the superb Cajun dishes they also excel in classic American food like steaks, ribs, chicken and fish. There are perfectly constructed lunch and dinner specials that give you an array of choices at excellent prices. The restaurant is equipped and staffed to handle big crowds or romantic tables for two, as was the case for my hubby and me. They offer a carry-out option as well as catering services. Imagine what a hit that would be for your next party.
I encourage you to book extra time around your dining experience at Broussard’s. You will no doubt be enticed by the spectacle of the mighty Mississippi to a walk beside it and will be drawn into the adorable antique stores now residing in the downtown area. After the exquisite lunch or dinner you eat at Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine, you’ll be ready for a stroll….. or a sweet nap!
Broussard’s is located at 120 N. Main Street in Cape Girardeau. They can be reached for more info or to schedule a catered event by calling 573-334-7235. Visit them online at BroussardsCajunCuisine.com or catch them on Facebook and Twitter.
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Nov 1 Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm Sat hours will be 4pm - 6pm Kid Friendly (no [...]
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm
Sat hours will be 4pm – 6pm Kid Friendly (no monsters)
Sat Hours will be 6pm – 11:30pm
Sun hours will be 6pm – 10pm
Tickets will be:
$10 per person for adults (non-discounted)
$8 per person for adults (discounted)
$5 per child 10 and under (non-discounted)
Presented by Kiwanis Club – Poplar Bluff MO and Kiwanis network of school aged children enrolled in Key Club, Builders Club, K Club and other eager volunteers – ALL hoping to survive the nightmares of Kinyon School. Poplar Bluff is coming at you in full force with the science, the urban legends, the slight of hand and of course monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Come join us for a month of weekends filled with ever-changing Spookiliciousness. And we do mean ever changing. Come one week and have fun. Come the next week, get your mind blown by how different it is now. Come another time and you’ll start to doubt your own ability to remember what is real and what isn’t. This school doesn’t teach anything anymore. ITS LEARNING FROM YOUR FEAR AND ITS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT SHOWING YOU WHAT SCARES YOU MOST!
If you’re in school and want to participate – you must be a registered member of one of the Kiwanis groups this fall through the The Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff called The Builders Club and K-Kids. High School students must be a member of Key Club. There will be lots of opportunities to be mentored as we build and design and promote this huge event opening the first weekend in October.
Watch for casting calls this summer for key players in the Haunted scenes. Lots of great ideas and warped “out of the box” thinking going on these days. We are all starting to feel a little mutant.
We’ll stay in touch. Even when you don’t know we’re there, heh heh – we’ll be there – silent but deadly!
October 4 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - November 1 (Saturday) 10:00 pm
Kinyon Kinyon School
910 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Kiwanis Club - Poplar Bluff MO
Tim Funke sees October 24-30 as a week to put faith in motion. That is the week scheduled for the film, “A Matter of Faith” to be shown at
Tim Funke sees October 24-30 as a week to put faith in motion.
That is the week scheduled for the film, “A Matter of Faith” to be shown at Poplar Bluff’s AMC Showplace Theatre.
The film is about a Christian girl who goes off to college for her freshman year. Once there, she is heavily influenced by her biology professor, who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life on earth.
Her father decides he needs to take action in order to keep his daughter from drifting away from her foundations of faith.
Funke says he first ran cross the movie on a website, and it struck a chord with him.
“I just hate bad science,” explained Funke. “I don’t care whether the topic is global warming or evolution, there are a lot of people who will throw those out to you as fact, without any real basis.”
He continues to believe those of faith must speak out equally strongly about the faith side of the story.
After checking out the movie, he found that it isn’t being shown everywhere.
“Basically, I found out that to bring it to Poplar Bluff, we had to pay the costs of getting the movie here, and we basically had to be able to promise to sell at least 1,000 tickets,” explained Funke.
As a long time owner of Aire Solutions in Poplar Bluff, and as a member of both the business and faith communities, Funke felt led to get the film to Poplar Bluff.
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback from folks, and we’ve had some pre-sold tickets, but I’m guessing the majority of people who want to see it will just show up to buy tickets at the door. But all indications are that this film will do very well in Poplar Bluff,” said Funke.
“It really is one of those films that family and friends can go to see and feel that they’ve seen something of real value. It could even change someone’s life,” explained Funke. “That is very rare these days. So often we go to see things that have no real lasting value for us. This is something worth seeing.”
To buy tickets online go to AMC SHOWPLACE 8
SEMO TIMES salutes Tim Funke and Aire Solutions for their efforts to bring this movie to our community.
24 (Friday) - 30 (Thursday)
AMC Theaters Showplace 8
3525 S Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Tim Funke, Aire Solutions
The Grotto Presents:
The Haunted Grotto
October 24th thru 31st nightly open at 7pm.
Rain or Shine
3102 Kennedy Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
24 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 31 (Friday) 10:00 pm
3102 Kennedy Lane Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
It's a chance to have a great time, and at the same time raise money for a great cause. That's how Lance Inman characterizes the "Halloween BATFEST" being held Saturday, [...]
It’s a chance to have a great time, and at the same time raise money for a great cause. That’s how Lance Inman characterizes the “Halloween BATFEST” being held Saturday, Oct. 25 at McLane Park in Poplar Bluff.
The event is being sponsored by Lucas Edington of Mossy Oak Properties, Mozark Realty and by Inman with SLAMA Softball Club. The coed softball tournament is to raise money and awareness for Poplar Bluff’s Child Concern Center.
The Child Concern Center is an organization designed to help provide clothing, diapers, food, utilities and other emergency items for area low income families in need. The group was originally organized by the women of Poplar Bluff’s First United Methodist Church over 35 years ago. Now the organization is a 501(c)3 group registered with the State of Missouri. Its staff is all volunteer.
Inman describes BATFEST as a Halloween-themed tournament. “Players get to dress up in their favorite scary costumes or as super heroes. It’s going to be a very kid-friendly atmosphere with a lot of activities for kids, too,” said Inman. Some of the children’s activities include three-legged races, apple bobbing, face painting and potato sack races.
Twelve teams are expected to participate. “We will have three pools of four teams each in three fields playing. Each team gets three games in the pool play. After pool play, we will have a single elimination tournament to determine a champion,” explained Inman.
Each team will consist of five guys and five girls. Homeruns will be limited to three per team, and as an additional fundraiser, homerun bracelets will be available for $10 per player. Inman said that this event got its start back in January when he and Lucas Edington were talking about ways they could help the Child Concern Center, a favorite cause for both of them.
“I’ve hosted several charity tournaments in the past, like for UCAN and March of Dimes. So we decided this would be a good event for the Child Concern Center,” explained Inman. “Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween, and we know a lot of people love softball,” said Inman. “So this just seemed to be a natural combination.”
Inman said that a lot of people are not aware of Child Concern Center and all it does for the community. As a lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff, he’s seen the work they do, and feels it is very important for our community.
Trophies and awards will be given out to the players for best costume and other categories.
“We really want to make this a fun atmosphere for everyone, and we hope to raise a lot of money for this group. They certainly deserve it,” concluded Inman.
The event organizer said along with money raised through the tournament, the group will be accepting monetary donations along with clothing for all ages, toys for Christmas, non-perishable foods, toiletries and baby items, especially diapers of any size.
Entry fee for the tournament is $175 per team without team t-shirts, or $225 with team t-shirts. Each team will play a minimum of 4 games. Those with questions may call Inman at 573-718-1936 or 573-614-4446.
All Day (Saturday)
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, [...]
As always admission is free to the public. Some of the things we have in the works are; A Costume Contest for children 12 years old and under, A Grilled Cheese Cook Off! Live Entertainment, Games, and a Craft Area for the kids, Pony Rides, Bounce House, Yummy Foods, Vendor Booths (with all kinds of awesome things), Fire Safety House, and so much more! We will be adding as we go! Make plans to come out and have a ton of fun
(Saturday) 9:00 am
Historic Train Station
400 S Main St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Come join us for a ghostly fun time! Candy drop, haunted hayride, trunk or treat, haunted museum, haunted homestead, food, games, contests, vendors and more. Come help make this the [...]
(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program