It's Crawfish Season, Y'all!

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, there are few things we get more excited about than crawfish season.

At the beginning of February, truckloads of fresh crawfish start to roll out of south-central Louisiana and into Razzoo’s locations across Texas. Crawfish season, plus the arrival of Mardi Gras in just a few short weeks, has us as happy as a kid on Christmas morning!

So Where Does Razzoo’s get it’s Live Crawfish?

Great question. As the best Cajun food restaurant in Texas, we pride ourselves on only serving the best crawfish. You won’t find better crawfish than that at Fruge Aquafarms. Fruge Aquafarms is located in Branch, LA and has been supplying Razzoo’s with live crawfish for over 20 years! Fruge grows, harvests, and delivers all it’s mudbugs on site in perfectly curated rice fields, so the process is controlled from start to finish. What was once just one small pond has grown into a huge operation, supplying 15,000-20,000 tons of live crawfish to hungry Cajuns across the country each year.

How Fresh is Fresh Crawfish at Razzoo’s?

Let’s just say VERY fresh! Fruge has perfected the process of delivering live crawfish to its customers so that the process from catch to delivery is 24-48 hours max. It’s the whole reason Fruge has become an industry leader in live crawfish delivery and why Razzoo’s trusts them to only supply the best for our guests.

Crawfish at Razzoo’s = Finger Lickin’ Good!

Each year Razzoo’s Cajun Café sells over 85 tons of the best crawfish in Texas to our guests, and we can’t wait to share some with you!

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Our supply of fresh crawfish is still very limited, so call in advance to check availability on our crawfish special. For just $7.99/pound, you’ll get finger lickin’ good crawfish, boiled corn on the cob, and boiled potatoes. It’s a meal us Cajun folk just can’t pass up!

The Great Debate: Is it Cajun or Creole?!

Writers, tourists, and those vaguely familiar with the culture of Louisiana will gleefully interchange these two words, and yet, they are two different things entirely. Let Razzoo’s give you the lowdown on when it’s “Creole” and when it’s “Cajun,” because let’s face it – it’s confusing!

 

Creole = City Food

In the heart of New Orleans, food is distinctively Creole and NOT Cajun. Creole refers to the melting pot of New Orleans, blending flavors from France, Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean. As immigrants flooded into New Orleans, they brought their own unique flavors and cooking techniques, and the result is something divine. As the city folk had access to more spices and seasonings than the country folk, Creole dishes are marked by more variety and more complicated preparation methods than Cajun food. And here’s a little trick: if the gumbo has tomatoes, then it’s Creole. Cajun food never has tomatoes!

Cajun = Country Food

As you venture to the outskirts of New Orleans, you’ll start to see signs for fried alligator, boudin, and cracklins. Get excited because you’re approaching Cajun country! Cajun food originated with the Acadians who migrated to the region and were very resourceful when it came to food. They lived in the swamp and marshlands and used everything to make ends meet. That’s where delicious dishes like boudin and cracklins originated – from using every last bit of the pork. Dishes are usually simply prepared and use the “Holy Trinity of Cajun Cuisine” – onions, bell peppers, and celery. Oh – and let’s not forget the seasoning! Cajun food is well seasoned and may also include green onions, garlic, and parsley.

 

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Ready to get your Cajun food fix? Visit Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week for the best Cajun food in Texas! We look forward to serving you for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late night drinks.

Where Does Razzoo's Get its Oysters?

It’s peak season for oysters in Texas, and Razzoo’s has the best around. As you’d expect from the best Cajun restaurant in Texas, we get ours fresh from a premier oyster supplier right here on the Texas Gulf Coast: Jeri’s Seafood.

 

Family Owned & Operated

There’s something about supporting local “mom and pop” establishments that just makes use feel good. Jeri’s Seafood was founded in 1970 and is currently operated by 3 generations of the same family. Harvesting the best, highest quality fresh oysters is what they do.

 

Sustainable Oyster Farming

Jeri’s Seafood does it differently and we applaud the company for caring about the environment and not just the bottom line. Back in 1968, Ben Nelson – founder of Jeri’s Seafood – played a very active role in ending shell reef mining in Galveston Bay by proving live oyster reefs were unlawfully being mined.

Today, sustainability is at the forefront of what they do. Jeri’s Seafood builds all of its own reefs and carefully harvests them with the ecosystem in mind. They take pride in being “sustainable” before sustainable was cool! Each year, Jeri’s plants over 20,000 tons of rock and shell in the ocean, creating reefs that produce over 90% of their oyster harvest each year. That’s pretty impressive stuff.

 

Superior Quality

Each of the Jeri’s Seafood reefs are meticulously cared for and harvested with quality in mind. Jeri’s Seafood uses FDA, DSHS, and HACCP certified processing methods to guarantee the freshest product possible.

 

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Join us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week for delicious oysters fresh from the Gulf! Our raw, salty oysters are served on a half shell over ice, accompanied by cocktail sauce, horseradish, and crackers. Rather not slurp down your oysters raw? Order them grilled with garlic butter instead! Either way – our fresh Texas oysters are the perfect appetizer, happy hour snack, or cure to the late night munchies

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!