I have seen countless mentions of Ron's Cajun Connection on other threads, but I have not seen a topic devoted to this place. I feel it is overdue for that "honor"
When I moved away from the craziness of Naperville 2+ years ago, and out to the quiet of LaSalle County Cajun Connection was one of the first places I visited, and soon became a regular.
The restaurant itself is a small home that has been converted into a restaurant. There a two main rooms with a combined seating capacity of maybe 50 people.
The food is top notch cajun food, the best you can find in Illinois hands down. The food is made from scratch and daily. The gumbo is the best I have had, a rich dark brown broth with chunks of sausage, and large pieces of pork. I have tried most items on the menu, but I have my favorites. I enjoy the red beans and rice with sausage, the bubba shrimp, the shrimp creole, the shrimp etouffe, the alligator & the jambalaya. He has crawfish boils when they are in season, and my wife says they are some of the best crawfish she has had. Some of the menu specials I have seen have been dungeness crab, as well as some fish, and steak dishes. I rarely eat the appetizers since I load up on the basket of bread on the table, and my entrees, but we really like the fried corn appetizer.
The owner, Ron, is always present, and takes time from running the kitchen to stop, and chat with customers, recommending items from the menu. He will tease you inf you dont try the alligator, frog legs, or other items.
A must stop place if you are out in the Starved Rock area for a day trip, and I feel a destination point for anyone who is like myself who will regualarly drive 100+ miles round trip for some great food.
897 East U.S. Highway 6
Utica, IL 61373