A Must for New Orleans Sightseeing: Preservation Hall

When planning your next trip to New Orleans, make sure your itinerary includes a trip to the world famous Preservation Hall.

 

Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall is the heart and soul of New Orleans jazz music. If you want to hear incredible New Orleans jazz, then Preservation Hall is your place!

 

Humble Beginnings

 

The story of Preservation Hall dates back to the 1950s when rock and roll and bebop were all the rage, and jazz music was on the outs.

A local gallery owner named Larry Borenstein had a love for legendary jazz music and hated that running his gallery took away from his time to see his favorite jazz bands perform, so he invited them to start playing at his gallery. Getting them to come was easy – since many were struggling to make ends meet – and word quickly spread of the jazz music hub in the French Quarter. The jam sessions began to take on a life of their own, and before long, nightly jazz concerts were held to preserve the art of jazz and to take donations for the artists.

 

The Legend Lives On

 

Today, you can visit Preservation Hall at the same address in the French Quarter – 726 St. Peter Street – and hear traditional New Orleans jazz any night of the week. The mission continues to be the same – to spread the love of jazz to a new generation.

 

Can’t make it to New Orleans anytime soon?

 

Don’t forget that Razzoo’s Cajun Café has a great and varied playlist that features zydeco, jazz, and many of the favorites you’ll hear in and around the Quarter.  Some of our restaurants even feature live music on some nights.  It may not be jazz, but it’s gonna be good! That includes your local Razzoo’s in Lewisville, Round Rock, Tyler and Harker Heights - give them a call to find out who’s playing this week and enjoy the best Cajun food in Texas while you’re at it! With 18 locations all over the great state of Texas, you’re sure to find a location near you.

Customer Favorites: Gator Tail

Want to eat like a real Cajun?!

 

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the delicious – and a little weird – gator tail. Razzoo’s serves it up both grilled and fried (an off menu favorite!) and it’s by far one of our most popular menu items.

 

When in season, gator tail is a delicacy at Razzoo’s Cajun Café. Did you know that gators aren’t really raised for their meat? Sure, it’s a nice by-product, but gator farmers raise alligators for their skins. So if the economy tanks and fancy people stop buying alligator skin boots, then we’ve got a problem.

 

It happened to us back in 2008 when the recession hit. Cajun restaurants like ours were clamoring for alligator meat, the meat was very hard to come by, prices went sky high, and we were forced to raise our prices. But you know what?! We kept selling out anyway. To try to control the demand and not run out of product we actually took the fried gator appetizer off our menu, keeping only the grilled alligator entree option.  And we sold out anyway! Our guests just can’t get enough of that Cajun gator tail!

 

Grilled Gator Tail is a real Cajun treat that we serve over a big bed of jambalaya and smother with our BBQ “ouch” sauce.  Down home cookin’ doesn’t get much better!

Grilled Gator Tail over Jambalaya - Photo Credit

Grilled Gator Tail over Jambalaya - Photo Credit

 

Fried Gator Tail - we’ll let you in on a little secret.  It may not be on the menu…but that doesn’t stop insiders from ordering up fried gator at it’s finest. It’s so popular, in fact, that Fried Gator Tail has not been printed on our menu in over seven years, but it is still the #3 most popular menu item at Razzoo’s – falling behind only the Rat Toes and Fried Pickles in total orders! So if you’re looking to try gator meat, do what the regulars do and order it crispy.

 

Gator meat is in season and available now at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

 

When Only the Best Will Do: Gold Band Oysters

Razzoo’s Cajun Café is proud to serve only the freshest, most flavorful Cajun food in Texas! And when it comes to oysters, we don’t mess around.

 

 

One of our hottest menu offerings is the raw oyster platter, and in order to provide the freshest, high-quality oysters around, we serve Gold Band Oysters in the warmer months (like August!).

 

Settle in, and let us tell you what makes Gold Band a step above the rest:

 

High Pressure Processing

 

Don’t you worry; this high-pressure wash does nothing to affect the flavor or texture of the best oysters in Texas! What it does do is rid those oysters of harmful bacteria that can lurk in the water during the warmer months. Safer oysters. Great taste. We’re sold. And it’s why these are the only oysters we’ll serve when the water temperatures rise.

 

Easier Shucking

 

Gold Band oysters are pre-shucked, giving you no headaches when trying to remove the oyster from the shell. All meat is left in tact, letting you enjoy more of the good stuff.

 

Award-Winning Flavor

 

Gold Band Oysters are not only safer to eat, but they taste better too! Gold Band has won numerous awards for taste, including the American Culinary Institute’s Best Taste Award 3 years in a row and the Best Tasting Fresh Raw Oyster Award by the American Tasting Institute.

 

Are you ready to slurp down some fresh, raw oysters?! Come on in to Razzoo’s this week for the best oysters in Texas! We serve them ice cold with crackers, horseradish, and cocktail sauce. And if for some strange reason you’d just rather have them cooked, we can grill ‘em up and serve them with garlic butter too!


See you this week for lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night drink specials, and more. With 19 locations throughout the state of Texas and North Carolina, including Dallas, Austin, Houston, and more.

Behind the Scenes: George Toomer

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re pretty proud of our one-of-a-kind menus – they’re quirky, fun, satirical, and always good for a laugh or two.  They capture the essence of Razzoo’s to a T!

 

But have you ever looked at our menu art and wondered who created it?

 

We’ve been asked this question quite a bit over the years, so let us shed some light on the man behind the artwork: George Toomer.

 

 

The Renaissance Man

 

George Toomer – or “Buffalo George” as many called him – was a Dallas icon and commercial artist, designing much of the artwork at Razzoo’s, along with plenty of work for other brands over the years. In fact, he won over 200 advertising awards in his lengthy career.  But, George was not your run-of-the-mill adman (all due respect to run-of-the-mill admen...). Every aspect of his life and work was outside of the box. He used his life experiences in Dallas to become an internationally known writer, designer, TV personality, and social critic on just about anything.

 

A self proclaimed “minor celebrity of the 1970s and 80s,” he made appearances on the CBS Morning News, Today show, Real People, and 20/20 – even had his own show in Baltimore. He also posed as a Dallas restaurant critic and social aficionado on WFAA’s PM Magazine. Oh - and he wrote columns and articles for the Dallas Morning News, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, and more. He did it all, adding his own satirical slant to everything.

 

George’s Thoughts on the Restaurant Business

 

If you haven’t figured it out yet, George had an opinion on everything. He once told us that if you owned one restaurant, you were dabbling in the business. If you owned two, you’d clearly gotten lucky enough to get something right. Three or more?  You’d sold your soul to become a heartless, corporate hack.

 

The End of an Era

 

Toomer passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on in the artwork and brand imagery he did for Razzoo’s Cajun Café and plenty of other great brands. So the next time you visit, spend a little extra time with the art on the menu. If we get one chuckle out of you, George would consider that a befitting memorial.

Artwork by George Toomer - Photo Credit

Artwork by George Toomer - Photo Credit

Bringing the Tastes of Louisiana to You: Albita Brewing Company

Razzoo’s Cajun Café is proud to serve and support so many amazing craft breweries from around the state of Texas, but did you know we offer some Cajun favorites too? One of the most popular: craft beer from Albita Brewing Company.

 

If you’ve spent any time in or around New Orleans, then you’ve heard of Albita Brewing Company. Founded just 30 miles north of New Orleans in the tiny town of Covington, Albita Brewing is cranking out some of our favorite craft brews. (If you’re ever in or around New Orleans, be sure to visit their killer taproom for tasting and tours.)

 

 

But what makes them any different from the rest of the beer we serve?

 

·      Handcrafted Small Batches: When quality is of utmost importance, you brew your beer in small, easily controlled batches. Such is the case with Albita Brewing. A team of experts takes pride on overseeing the process, testing each batch to ensure perfection.

·      Albita Springs: Beer starts with water, and the purer the water – the better the beer. Albita Brewing gets all of its water from deep wells that pull water up from Albita Springs, providing the purest water around. We’ll just call this one a major geographic advantage.

·      Finest Ingredients: Albita sources its ingredients from around the world, because only the best will do. Hops from the Pacific Northwest, British and North American barley, and German yeast strains are just a few of the ingredients that set this beer apart.

·      No preservatives or additives: What you see is what you get with Albita Brewing. They add no preservatives, stabilizers, or additives – cranking out the purest, freshest tasting beer around.

Want to give Albita’s brews a try? Visit your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Texas and ask what’s available. A few of our favorites include Turbodog, Amber, Purple Haze, Strawberry Lager, and Seersucker Summer Pils.

 

Razzoo’s prides itself on being the best Cajun restaurant around, serving up a wide selection of craft beer from Texas, Louisiana, and beyond.

 

Photo Courtesy Abita Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy Abita Brewing Company

Stormy Beginnings for the Hurricane Cocktail

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, one of our most popular cocktail drinks is the hurricane – or Hurrycane as we so affectionately call it. What many of you city folk in Texas may not realize is that the hurricane is a Louisiana original – created by accident in New Orleans in the 1940s.

 

The Hurricane was Born

It all started at the now famous Pat O’Brien’s pub on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. During Prohibition, Pat O’Brien’s was allegedly a popular speakeasy for sailors, known as Mr. O’Brien’s Bar and Tipperary. The password for entry: “storms abrewin!” (Seems fitting.)

 

Once Prohibition ended, good liquor was still hard to come by. In order to get even a little of the good stuff – bourbon, whiskey, scotch – O’Brien had to buy a ton of bottom shelf rum. Being the entrepreneur that Pat was, he covered up the rum’s cheap taste with sweet fruit juice and gave the drinks away for free to the sailors passing through, who would then tell their friends to visit O’Brien’s pub for delicious free drinks. Little did he know, the Hurricane – as it came to be called – would become a beloved favorite by all!

 

 

Why is it called a Hurricane?

The name comes from the glasses it was served in – glasses with an hourglass shape, reminiscent of the shape of hurricane lamps. Some accounts say he actually used the glass from old hurricane lamps and sealed the bottom, but we’re not buying it.

 

Come to Razzoo’s for a Hurricane today!

The popularity of the Hurricane is still going strong today! Pat O’Brien’s still makes the original on Bourbon Street; if you ever visit, be sure to grab a commemorative glass for your collection. And if you can’t make it to New Orleans, you know your favorite Cajun restaurant in Texas has you covered! Our Hurrycanes pack a category 5 punch with light and dark rums and plenty of fresh orange and pineapple juice.

 

We look forward to seeing you this week for Cajun Happy Hour in Texas!

razzoos hurricane cocktail

From Mama's Kitchen to Yours: Loaded Parmesan Grits

Over the years, Razzoo’s has scoured Louisiana’s Cajun country for the best Cajun recipes to add to our menu. Recipes so authentic and inspiring, you’ll feel like you’re eating at Bubba’s house in backwoods Louisiana.

 

During our search, we’ve amassed quite the collection of recipes. Some were tried in our test kitchen – and missed the mark. Others never made it past half written scribbles on scraps of napkin. Plenty, we’ve never even tried. And then there are the gems…some really, really great recipes that for whatever reason we’ve just never added to our menu at Razzoo’s.

 

One such recipe: Loaded Parmesan Grits. Grits so good…you’ll want to slap ya mama! Enjoy!

Loaded Parmesan Grits

(makes 4-6 side dish servings)

 

Ingredients

·      1 cup yellow corn grits

·      ½ cup heavy cream

·      ½ cup chicken stock

·      2 cups whole milk

·      ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

·      1 cup corn kernels, cut from 2 small ears corn

·      1 Tbsp oil

·      ½ cup red bell pepper, diced

·      ¼ cup green bell pepper, diced

·      ½ cup green onions, sliced very thin

·      Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

·      4 slices bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped

·      Parsley, minced, for garnish

Directions

1.   Pour heavy cream, chicken stock, and milk in a saucepan and heat until it’s reached a soft boil.

2.   Whisk in the grits. To avoid clumping, whisk once per minute for about 5 minutes.

3.   Gently fold in the parmesan cheese, then cover and remove from heat.

4.   Let the grits rest, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the desired consistency is reached. If they get too thick, use a little hot water or chicken stock to thin.

5.   Heat oil in a skillet and add corn kernels. Cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add red and green peppers, then green onions, salt and pepper, tossing to cook as you go.

6.   To serve, spoon the grits into bowls and top with the corn mixture, bacon, and parsley.

Limited Time Only: Red, White, and Blues Berry Flats at Razzoo's!

July 4 is the right around the corner, and at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we are always ready to celebrate! In honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, we are offering a down right delicious drink that will get you in the mood: Red, White, and Blues Berry Flat!

 

Blues Berry Flats

 

Razzoo’s is known for our amazing drink specials, and the Blues Berry Flat is no different. This drink special starts out with sweet white wine, blueberry vodka, blueberry schnapps, blueberry puree, and Sprite all blended to perfection, then served over fresh blueberries and ice. We even give it to you in a cute little mason jar because somehow drinking out of a mason jar is just more fun!

 

It is a new concoction we’ve been working on – just in time for July 4 - and we’re pretty sure you’ll like it. (You won’t hurt our feelings if you don’t, just order one of our other crowd-pleasers like our Hurricanes, Gator Punch, craft beers, and more.)

 

Our Blues Berry Flats are available now through the end of June, so come into Razzoo’s today to try one before they are gone!

 

Melon Jazz

 

Razzoo’s always has amazing drink specials, and if you miss our June special, no worries because our July one is just as good! Melon Jazz will be releasing July 1. It’s got all the fruity tastes of summer with moscato, melon liqueur, banana liqueur, and a little soda expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.

 

Join us this week at Razzoo’s to start your July 4 celebration a little early! Now through June 30, enjoy our delicious Blues Berry Flat. Then for the entire month of July, Melon Jazz is sure to please. Grab these delicious drink specials now before it’s too late! Proudly serving the best Cajun food in Texas and North Carolina!