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Banh Mi Po’ Boys and More Cajun-Asian Eats Hit the Bishop Arts District Next Month

Also on the menu: spicy seafood boils and chicken jambalaya egg rolls

This sandwich is a banh mi and a po’ boy
Krio [Official Photo]
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Krio, a new restaurant that will fuse Asian and Cajun flavors in ridiculously creative ways, will debut in the Bishop Arts District just in time for Mardi Gras.

A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that Krio will make its debut sometime in February, and that construction is underway now. The restaurant’s space at 233 West 7th Street, designed by Coeval Studio, will be a destination for sipping cocktails while digging into a host of spicy, Cajun-Asian seafood dishes.

Krio’s menu is still being finalized, but diners can definitely expect dishes like chicken jambalaya egg rolls, banh mi po’ boys, steamed bao filled with blackened meats, and char-grilled oysters. Seafood boils will also have a prominent place on the menu, made with the restaurant’s signature “Connie sauce” that’s made with coconut milk instead of butter. Former Parliament bar manager Jesse Powell developed the restaurant’s cocktail menu, which will feature fun libations like a slushy frozen milk punch.

Right now, Krio expects that it will be open in time for the Bishop Arts Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, February 23. If the space isn’t ready, the restaurant will host a seafood boil on the patio so diners can get an early taste of what’s to come.