Help Razzoo's Raise Money for Children's Cancer Research and More!

When October rolls around, many start thinking about cooler weather, football, and pumpkin spice lattes, but at Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe it means all that and more. The month of October kicks off our annual fundraising drive for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Last year, Razzoo’s is proud to say we raised $40,000 for St. Jude’s! And even better, we are so proud to be associated with the fine folks who are guests at our restaurant, because the majority of that money came from their individual donations!


So why should you donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital?


1.   Medical care is FREE: St. Jude is unique in that their patients pay NOTHING for services. St. Jude believes that families in need of medical care shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for it; they just need to focus on how to help their child live a healthy life.


2.   Cancer research is at the forefront of what they do: St. Jude won’t stop until it’s found a way to cure childhood cancer. For half a century, St. Jude’s has been working to eliminate childhood cancer. In fact, because of the research done at St. Jude’s, childhood cancer survival rates have gone from 20% in 1962 to 80% now!


3.   Every donation matters: 75% of St. Jude’s funding comes from individual donations – like the ones you give at Razzoo’s! Without the burden of fundraising, St. Jude’s can focus on what matters – caring for children.


4.   Global Impact: Researchers at St. Jude’s aren’t stingy about sharing their discoveries. Every breakthrough made at St. Jude’s is shared worldwide – meaning children all over the world benefit from what your donation is doing here in the United States at St. Jude’s!


Help Razzoo’s save lives and make a global impact on curing life-threatening diseases like childhood cancer! Visit your local Razzoo’s Cajun restaurant between now and October 31 to donate today! We thank you in advance for supporting this amazing cause.


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What the Heck is a Muffuletta?!

You’re not from New Orleans, are you.


In New Orleans, it’s hard not to stumble across this delicacy of a sandwich. Let Razzoo’s Cajun Café educate you on the finer things in life – ahem – the muffaletta.


Muffalettas are all about the bread and the olive spread. Muffaletta bread is round in shape, yet flattened on top. Its texture resembles that of Focaccia or French bread, but the difference is that the outside is crusty and the inside is soft. Look for bread that is dense, yet fluffy and soft, when on the search for the perfect muffaletta.


When making the sandwich, the muffaletta loaf is split through the middle then stuffed with olive spread, cured meats such as ham, pepperoni, and salame, and a variety of cheeses such as Swiss, provolone, and mozzarella.


On your next trip to New Orleans, make sure you stop off at Central Grocery, home of the Original Muffaletta. As told by Marie Lupo Tuso, daughter of the shop’s founder, her father invented the muffaletta to combine some of the Italian immigrants favorite things into one, easy-to-eat meal. Since Central Grocery was in close proximity to the farmer’s market, her father noticed that Sicilian farmers would be eating their lunch and had trouble balancing the bread, meats, olives, etc. that they were eating. So – he put together a sandwich that had everything in one handy meal. It’s been a staple of New Orleans culture every since.

Central Grocery's Delicious Muffuletta - Photo Credit

Central Grocery's Delicious Muffuletta - Photo Credit


There are no muffalettas on the Razzoo’s menu, and we know, it’s a cryin’ shame. But if you can’t have a New Orleans muffaletta, why not join us at Razzoo’s this week for our amazing po’ boy sandwiches?! Crispy, fresh French roll is stuffed with your choice of fried shrimp, fried catfish, blackened tilapia, or blackened chicken, then loaded lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Good eatin!


See you this week for lunch, dinner, or happy hour at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – best Cajun food in Texas!

3 Things You Didn't Know about Jambalaya

Jambalaya is one of the staples of traditional Cajun cuisine. Jambalaya – a creole stew where you throw just about any meat, rice, and veggies in a pot and call it delicious – is also one of our favorites here at Razzoo’s Cajun Café. But what’s the history behind this staple of Louisiana cuisine? Read on ---


Where did jambalaya originate?


Made up of both Spanish and French influences, the earliest record of jambalaya in print was in 1837 when it appeared in a Provencal (that’s French) book. In 1849, the word first appeared in English. Credit for the recipe is given to Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, where European culture was a melting pot.

Razzoo's Jambalaya Pasta - Good Eatin'!

Razzoo's Jambalaya Pasta - Good Eatin'!


What is traditionally in jambalaya?


Well now that just depends on where in Louisiana you are!


If you’re in Creole country (the area around New Orleans), then jambalaya looks a whole lot like paella. Saffron – a key ingredient in paella - was in short supply in the New World, so Spaniards began experimenting with alternatives. The result was jambalaya, which in Creole cooking uses tomatoes instead of saffron. Other typical ingredients include celery, peppers, onions, chicken, sausage, seafood, and rice.


If you’re in Cajun country, it’s a whole lot simpler. In the swamplands, produce like tomatoes was rare. So the Cajun version relied on whatever onion, peppers, and celery they had, coupled with whatever meat they had, slowly cooked with rice. Typical meat would include chicken, sausage, seafood, alligator, venison, or whatever game was caught that day.


Jambalaya vs. Gumbo vs. Etoufee – what’s the difference?


Jambalaya: Known to be “red jambalaya” with tomatoes or “brown jambalaya” without, jambalaya is cooked with the rice and broth.


Gumbo: Adds oka and file powder, and is normally served over white rice – not cooked with it.


Etouffee: Think seafood dish. Similar preparations, but with seafood only, and again, served over rice not cooked with it.


Have a hankering for some of the best Cajun cooking? Come on in to Razzoo’s today for jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and all your Cajun favorites.


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: Abita 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 Abita Brewing Company.


If you’ve spent any time in or around New Orleans, then you’ve heard of Abita Brewing Company. Founded just 30 miles north of New Orleans in the tiny town of Covington, Abita 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 Abita Brewing. A team of experts takes pride on overseeing the process, testing each batch to ensure perfection.

·      Abita Springs: Beer starts with water, and the purer the water – the better the beer. Abita 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: Abita 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 Abita Brewing. They add no preservatives, stabilizers, or additives – cranking out the purest, freshest tasting beer around.

Want to give Abita’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