SELLERSBURG — A new restaurant in Sellersburg characteristics an eclectic range of dishes inspired by avenue food items from about the planet.
FaiDodos opened final Tuesday at 7815 Highway 311. The eatery capabilities a rotating collection of dishes ranging from loaded fries to pizza rolls.
Operator Hunter O’Dell moved back again to his hometown of Sellersburg from Arizona for the duration of the pandemic right after dropping employment in the course of the shutdown. His father owns the FaiDodos building, which has been property to several businesses through the many years, and he inspired O’Dell to open up his very own cafe.
He made a decision to open FaiDodos with company companion Jesse Jewell, who is his good friend from higher faculty. O’Dell has experience in the cafe industry as a bartender.
The cafe is encouraged by the ambiance of New Orleans, and its title arrives from the Cajun term fais-dodo, which refers to a style of dancing bash, O’Dell explained.
“New Orleans is 1 of my preferred cities, I really like the music, I enjoy the vibrancy of it,” he mentioned. “I adore that in the French Quarter you can wander 10 feet and you may well have a cowboy bar and a rock ‘n roll bar and then like a Cajun restaurant. There are so quite a few issues packed in, and I just like that strategy of getting this side above below is a very little unique from that facet above there.”
Though FaiDodos is inspired by New Orleans, it isn’t a Cajun cafe, and the menu in fact gives a collection of food stuff from various cuisines. Highlights contain loaded fries with toppings this sort of as Canadian-style poutine, gyro, gumbo, Philly cheesesteak and pulled pork.
“We went with fries, mainly because getting a brand-new restaurant, fries are really charge-effective, and attempting to get off the ground just after COVID and being a domestically-owned spot, we wished to go with a little something that we could do superior but also get us off the ground,” O’Dell stated.
The gyro, Philly cheesecake and pulled pork selections can also be requested as sandwiches as a substitute of loaded fries, and one can just have a bowl of gumbo if they favor it without the need of the fries.
Other snacks involve edamame, samosas, dipping trays and seasoned fries with chipotle aioli sauce. The restaurant also presents “pep rolls,” or crispy egg rolls crammed with pizza elements this sort of as pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella.
“We preferred to make guaranteed you got a possibility to consider some meals that are little far more cultural and from all-around the earth,” he mentioned. “The major inspiration was avenue foodstuff from around the planet. A lot of times you have to go to particular foods-type eating places to get the things we have.”
O’Dell expects folks will tire of the loaded fries following a although, so he appears ahead to the possibility to change up the menu. He evaluate FaiDodos to a food truck “where we can be any variety of foods truck we want to be.”
“They are things that you would uncover on food stuff vehicles, like if you’ve been walking to bars and you’re going for walks down the road and there are some late-night sellers and whatnot,” he reported.
The restaurant also delivers several dessert choices. For the beignets, FaiDodos takes advantage of the classic Cafe Du Monde combine to make fried pastries. The sweet treats also include “sweet potato madness,” or sweet potato fries topped with brown sugar, apples, cinnamon sugar, marshmallow sauce, caramel and ice product.
The “dodo bites” include things like a rotating selection of deep-fried desserts, and this month, the cafe is featuring a peanut butter, banana and marshmallow “fluffer nutter.”
O’Dell stated FaiDodos has not however obtained its liquor license, but there are designs to sooner or later give beer and wine. Enterprise begun sluggish past week as the cafe opened, and the wintry climate closed it down for a couple of times.
But organization has been growing over the past 7 days, and the phrase distribute speedily, he mentioned.
“We did not make it up at all, so we sort of enable persons just organically see the open sign, see our social media, see hey, we’re last but not least open up and naturally, we’re on the busiest highway in Sellersburg with people driving by and observing that,” O’Dell claimed.