Stick to your Resolution with Rabbit Food Wednesdays at Razzoo's!

Okay...so we have a confession to make…the food at Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe isn’t exactly “healthy” food.

Shocker right?!

While we love all things fried and battered (and we know you do too!), Razzoo’s does have a few things on the menu that can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions and eat a healthy, low calorie meal.

 

Introducing Rabbit Food Wednesdays at Razzoo’s!

 

Every Wednesday, join us for our lunch special, chock full of tasty, healthy goodness.

Served from 11am to 3pm, take advantage of Rabbit Food Wednesdays by ordering any of our salad entrees, including the Caesar Salad and the Chopped Salad. You’ll receive the salad, topped with your choice of blackened chicken or fried shrimp, plus a drink, for just $7!

It’s an easy way to eat your greens! And while a salad may not be our first choice for amazing Cajun food, our salads are fully loaded and delicious:

·      Razzoo’s Chopped Salad: We start with a bed of crispy greens, then stack it high with crispy bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, diced boiled egg, cheese, and fried onions. Crispy onions not on your diet? Ditch the onions, substitute a light dressing, and you’re under 600 calories! You can even add some blackened chicken for protein, and you may not even realize you’re eating “diet” food.

 

 

·      Razzoo’s Caesar Salad: Well it has greens, so that makes it healthy, right? After the greens, we’ll be the first to admit it’s not exactly low calorie, but it is tasty! Romaine lettuce, creamy house Caesar dressing, homemade croutons, and flaky Parmesan cheese make for one great salad. We love adding a few crispy fried shrimp to the top… perfection.

 

Join us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for the best Cajun food in Texas and Rabbit Food Wednesdays! Here’s to a great 2017 and keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.

Razzoo's Delicious Chopped Salad!

Razzoo's Delicious Chopped Salad!

Ring in the Holidays with Razzoo's Cajun Cafe!

We’re just days away from Christmas, and all this hustle and bustle has left us in the mood for a drink. Anyone else get the “I need to drink my stress away” blues?!

If you’re anything like us, you could use a cold one – and Razzoo’s has a menu full of stress relievers sure to make your days more merry and bright. Join us at Razzoo’s for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or late night and grab a drink or two. Here are a few favorites:

 

·      Craft Beer: Did you know that each Razzoo’s carries its own selection of amazing craft beer? Razzoo’s loves supporting local artisans, so we carry a full selection of beer crafted right here in the state of Texas. We also carry Abita Brewing Co. brews straight from Louisiana. What are some of our favorite craft beers to try now? We are loving The Badge Honey Blonde by Nine Band Brewing and Robert Earl Keen’s Front Porch Amber Ale by Pedernales Brewing Co. Check with your local Razzoo’s to see what’s available and ask about pint nights and tastings!

 

·      Gator Punch: Bring a group of friends, order a giant Gator Punch, and the holiday party has started! Gator Punch is one of our most popular cocktails, a trash can drink created with 6 liquors and served in a giant fishbowl. Oh and it comes with our gift to you – plastic Mardi Gras beads.

 

·      Cajun Sunrise: Here’s one you don’t see everyday!  Like ordering two drinks in one - we layer frozen on the bottom and punch on the top in a 22 oz mug.  And that’s not all, we offer it made 3 different ways, watermelon, strawberry coconut or mango.  Take your pick, it’s one groovy cocktail!

 

So if you need to drink off a little bit of that holiday stress, come on in to Razzoo’s Cajun restaurant and drink with us! Our bar is stocked and we’ll save you a seat.

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And if we don’t see you until the New Year, Happy Holidays from your friends at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Give the Gift of Razzoo's!

Got a coworker, teacher, boss, friend, or relative that is nearly impossible to buy for? Let Razzoo’s save you some trouble and give the gift of Razzoo’s! Who wouldn’t want some tasty goodness from your favorite Cajun restaurant in Texas?! Here are a few gift ideas sure to fit just about anyone on your holiday shopping list:

 

Gift Idea #1: Gift Cards

Gift cards are the perfect size for everyone! Available in any amount, you can easily customize the gift to suit the occasion.

Going to a White Elephant Party? Pair a gift card with the perfect gag gift, and you’ll have the gift everyone is fighting over. Or maybe you need a gift for your boss. That one can be tricky, but not when a Razzoo’s gift card is involved. Your boss will love it, and maybe he or she will even take you to lunch to use it!

And here’s another holiday shopping tip for ya: just pick up a few of our Razzoo’s gift cards and keep them in your wallet for easy gift giving when you least expect it. You never know when someone will give you a gift, and you wouldn’t want to be empty handed!

 

Gift Idea #2: Razzoo’s Swag

Razzoo’s has a large assortment of baseball caps and t-shirts, perfect for holiday gift giving. Have someone on your list who is crawfish obsessed, loves to hunt, or just Cajun to the core? Our southern style Razzoo’s swag will delight anyone looking to spice up his or her wardrobe. Available in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

 

Gift Idea #3: Treat Someone to Happy Hour!

Maybe you and your buddies don’t exchange gifts, but they won’t turn you down for happy hour! Treat your crew to craft beer and maybe a giant Gator Punch. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Make your holidays more merry with gifts from Razzoo’s Cajun Café, home of the best Cajun food in Texas!

Variations of a Cajun Favorite: Bread Pudding

In the French Quarter, you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant not serving up the Creole favorite, bread pudding. This tasty dessert dates back to the 11th or 12th century, when resourceful, frugal cooks found a new, delicious way to use old bread.

How Do You Make Bread Pudding?

Every recipe is different, but the base of bread pudding remains the same. Southern cooks take stale bread, and then soak it in a mixture of eggs, milk, and sugar – similar to French toast. The bread mixture is then baked into a cake – or “pudding” – and sliced to serve. Most cooks then drizzle the newly formed bread budding with a decadent, sweet sauce, and most of the time, they add a little booze to it too.

 

Variety is the Spice of Life

In restaurants across New Orleans, you’ll find variations of this Cajun favorite. Some will use a bourbon sauce; others add rum. (We think any booze added makes good bread pudding!) One restaurant, the Palace Café on Canal St., serves a white chocolate bread pudding that is absolutely heavenly! And who can forget the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding served at NOLA!

 

Razzoo’s Serves Peach & Pecan Luziana Bread Pudding!

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we love bread pudding! And with locations all over Texas, you don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans to get some. Each day, our team at Razzoo’s makes homemade bread pudding with our own twist. Ours is made with fresh peaches, southern pecans, and topped with a dark rum sauce that permeates every bite of the spongy bread. It’s a guest favorite, and if you happen to like it better than grandma's….let’s just say your secret is safe with us!

Join us at this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for the best Cajun food in Texas, including our famous Luziana Bread Pudding!

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Interested in Zydeco Music? Check out these Popular Artists Today!

Zydeco music is a genre all it’s own. And while it’s very popular in Cajun country, we’ve discovered that folks here in Texas have very little reference for what zydeco music is or who the top artists are!

 

Don’t fret – Razzoo’s is here to help! Here’s a little info on zydeco music and popular artists to find on Spotify today!

 

The History of Zydeco

Zydeco music dates back to the late 1600s when French colonists sailed over to the New World to settle the land now known as Louisiana. Louisiana became a melting pot of cultures, and out of that melting pot, zydeco music was birthed. French Creoles formed the genre as a blend of blues, R&B, reggae, and soul, commonly played at house dances. For that reason, you’ll find zydeco music to be upbeat and bluesy, infused with elements of traditional songs for dancing. It’s hard to listen to zydeco without getting the urge to tap your tow or sway to the beat.

 

Top Zydeco Artists

We’ll admit, knowing where to start when finding the best zydeco music can be tricky. So in order to give you the best list possible, we’ve pulled the Top 40 List from Clarence’s Baton Rouge Cajun Radio Show. Clarence is a Cajun DJ in Baton Rouge, and since he’s right smack dab in the heart of Louisiana, we’ll trust he knows a thing or two about zydeco. Below is his list of top artists, along with their top songs:

·      Boozoo Chavis - Dog Hill, Uncle Bud, Dance All Night

·      Rockin' Sidney - Don't Mess With My Toot-Toot

·      Morris Francis - Fun in Acadiana

·      Fernest Arceneau - Zydeco Boogaloo, It's Allright, Midnight Train

·      Beau Jocque - Cornbread, Get It, Beau Jocque

·      Clifton Chenier - Tu Le Ton Son Ton, Hot Tamale Baby

·      John Delafose - Joe Pete A Deux Femme

·      Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin'-Lake Charles Connection,Pass The Dutchy

·      Rosie Ledet - I'm Gonna Take Care Of Your Dog

·      Nathan and the Zydeco Chachas - Everything On The Hog, Steady Rock

·      Willis Prudhomme - My Woman is a Salty Dog, Why You Wanna Make Me Cry

·      Donna Angelle - Old Man's Sweetheart

·      Leo Thomas - Why You Wanna Make Me Cry

·      Queen Ida - Frisco Zydeco, Ful Il Sa

·      Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas - Steady Rock

·      Buckwheat Zydeco - Boogaloo, Ma 'Tite Fille

·      Zydeco Force - On My Way, Zydeco Extravaganza, Oh Madeleine

·      Step Rideau - Standing Room Only

·      C.J. Chenier - It's Alright, The Power of Love

·      Leroy Thomas - Somebody's Lookin' For Ya

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Our favorites at Razzoo’s - the best Cajun food restaurant in Texas - are Boozoo Chavis and Buckwheat Zydeco! Download a song or two today and let us know what you think!

Razzoo’s Tip Line: How to Fry the Best Thanksgiving Turkey

The holiday season is just weeks away and Razzoo’s wants to help you look like a pro when it comes to cooking the perfect bird for your Thanksgiving table. We love frying our turkeys because it seals in the moisture, and really, what isn’t better fried?!

Here are a few other Razzoo’s insider tips on frying the best turkey in all the land:

 

1.   Pick the Right Bird: Starting with the right turkey is key. Avoid the birds with those plastic pop up thingies in them – plastic doesn’t hold up to frying – and make sure you buy enough turkey for all your guests. When determining the exact amount needed, we’ll defer to the turkey experts – Butterball – and their website recommends 1-1.5 pounds of turkey per person. And lastly, don’t be shamed by buying a small bird. Go big or go home! Anything under 15 pounds just looks like a big chicken.

 

2.   Thaw Your Turkey: Contrary to popular belief, a frozen 16 lb. turkey is NOT going to thaw overnight on your kitchen counter. Trust us – it just won’t. Cook like a pro and let that hoss of a bird thaw slowly in the refrigerator for about a week.

 

3.   Mark Your Pot’s Oil Fill Line: Your goal is to have just enough oil in the pot that once the turkey is added, your oil is about 4 inches from the top of the pot. But don’t wait until it’s time to cook and just “guess” how much is needed! Put your frozen bird in the pot (wrapped up is fine) and fill the pot with water until the water is 4 inches from the top. Remove the turkey and put back in the fridge to thaw. Mark the oil fill line right where the water settles.

 

4.   Prepare the Marinade in Advance: In order to maximize the flavors in your marinade, plan to make it a day or two in advance. And bonus tip: lumpy ingredients like garlic and rosemary will not fit in your injection syringe, so you’ll want to strain out or puree those ingredients before injecting into your bird.

 

5.   Inject the Marinade: Use the syringe to pierce the skin of the meat, then move the needle around to get the marinade inside the meat. Pierce the skin as few times as possible, as every tear will shrink the skin. Next, massage the meat to work the marinade in as you’re injecting. Warning – if your friends see you do this, they might think you’re a little bit weird. Just tell them to move along, because hey, you’re working your turkey frying magic. Refrigerate for 24 hours before frying.

 

6.   Pick a Frying Location: This is critical people. Make sure your spot is at least 30 feet away from your home, on solid, flat ground, and save the booze until after you’re done frying - unless you’d like to risk a call to the fire station. And on that note, it can’t hurt to have a fire extinguisher on hand as well.

 

7.   Cook the Bird: Let that sucker cook for 4 minutes per pound, but be sure to start checking it after 3.5 minutes per pound. Once the breast registers 155 degrees, your bird is done. Let the turkey rest for another 15 minutes after cooking, and during that time the internal heat will continue to cook it to juicy perfection.

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Want an easier way out? Call Razzoo’s Cajun Café today and order your fried turkey in Texas directly from us!  Better yet – order sides to go with it and let us do ALL your Thanksgiving cooking for you! Your secret is safe with us.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Cajun Poker: Bourre

Now in the backwoods of Louisiana – from Lafayette, to New Iberia, up to Cottonport, and then over to Houma – Cajuns know and love a little game called Bourre.

 

Bourre – pronounced (BOO-RAY) is well loved in these parts of Louisiana, yet unknown to the rest of the world. Let Razzoo’s Cajun Café fill you in on one of the best kept Cajun secrets.

 

What is Bourre?

Just about everything in Louisiana has French and Spanish roots, and bourre is no different. It is a derivative of a French card game played in the 20th century, and that game likely has roots in a Spanish game called Burro, which means “donkey.”  Similar to hearts, spades, or even poker, the object of the game is to get as many tricks as possible. Get no tricks, and you are “bourre.”

 

How do you play Bourre?

The game is simple, and yet, the kicker with bourre is that you must declare your ante before the cards are even dealt. While house rules abound, here are the general rules of play:

 

Before you Start

·      Players: Grab at least 5 friends – and up to 8 – and you’re set. Technically, less than 5 people can play, but the game gets a little boring and turns into a snooze-fest. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

·      Deck: Standard 52- card deck is used; just discard the jokers.

 

Playing the Game

·      Each player contributes an ante to the pot.

·      Dealer deals out 5 cards to each player, then flips the last card (the 5th card dealt to himself) over. This determines the trump suit.

·      Before play begins, each player looks at their cards and determines if they will pass or play. If you “pass,” then you are forfeiting your right to win, but can’t lose anymore. If you “play,” read on.

·      Anyone who chooses to play can then discard as many cards as they’d like and receive replacement cards. Once all players have their 5 cards, players play a card in order clockwise. The highest card wins and takes the hand. If no card of that suit is available, the trumps suit may be played.

·      At the end of 5 rounds, or after all 5 cards have been played, the player with the most tricks wins the pot.

 

Complete rules can be found here and here, because frankly there are just too many nuances to explain here!

 

Ready to play bourre? Grab some friends and a card deck, and head over to Razzoo’s – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – where the patio is always open and we welcome a friendly game of cards. Whoever wins buys!

 

5 Things You Didn't Know abut Tabasco Sauce

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we love to put Tabasco sauce on just about anything, and it’s not just because Tabasco was born and bred in the great state of Louisiana! The fiery sauce is a pantry staple, but how much do we know about it? Let Razzoo’s fill you in on some Tabasco trivia with 5 things you didn’t know about Tabasco sauce:

 

1.   Tabasco sauce is family-owned and operated.

Tabasco may seem like the by-product of some mega parent company, but think again. Tabasco sauce is produced by the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. The company was founded back in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny and has since been passed down through 5 generations. The peppers used in the sauce were once all grown, harvested, and produced into sauce on Avery Island. As the company has grown, seeds from Avery Island have been transplanted to other parts of the world to grow on a grander scale.

 

2.   Tabasco sauce was once sold in cologne bottles.

When Edmund McIlhenny started making sauce, he used old cologne bottles and peddled it to family and friends around town. It would seem no one minded any hints of fragrance left in the bottle, and as demand grew, he just ordered more empty cologne bottles from a company in New Orleans. Today’s bottle style is made to mimic the style of those early cologne bottles.

 

3.   Even Queen Elizabeth II loves Tabasco!

In 2009, McIlhenny Company became one of the only United States companies with a warrant to supply to the royal household, because it would seem even Queen Elizabeth knows the beauty of Tabasco. And hey, if it’s good enough for the Queen, then it’s definitely good enough for us!

 

4.   Special salt for a special sauce.

You see “salt” on the Tabasco ingredient list and think it must just be your run-of-the-mill, cheapest salt available kind of salt, right?! Wrong! The salt in Tabasco is mined from Avery Island itself, making the flavors in Tabasco even more unique. Good luck finding that salt at your local grocer.

 

5.   Tabasco pepper seeds are closely guarded in a bank vault.

No kidding. McIlhenny Co. isn’t messing around with the possibility of natural disaster (they were affected by Hurricane Katrina after all). Each year, McIlhenny harvests the best plants and then dries those pepper seeds as the source of next year’s crop. Those dried peppers are split into two locations for safe storage, one in a top secret, undisclosed location, the other in a bank vault.

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In the mood to douse some Cajun food in Tabasco? Head on over to Razzoo’s Cajun Café, where you’ll find the best Cajun food in Texas and Tabasco on every table.