Cajun Sausage 101: What are the different types of Cajun sausage?

Cajun cookin’ is a style all its own, and if you aren’t a bubba from the swamplands of Louisiana, you have a thing or two to learn about what makes Cajun food different that Creole, or other southern comfort food in general.

So pull up a seat, and let us fill you in the different types of Cajun sausage and what makes them unique:

 

Boudin Sausage

Let’s just start with one of the region’s most famous, shall we. When driving through the Acadiana region of Louisiana, it’s very common to see signs on the side of the road, at gas stations, grocery stores, etc. that say “Hot Boudin!” Boudin is simply pork and rice sausage. In the 1800s, Spanish and French colonists who were settling the area were poor and food was meager. They stretched every last bite of food, and so the rice was originally added to the pork as filler. Today, it’s what makes boudin the Cajun sausage it is today. Try it in Razzoo’s Boudin Balls, one of the most popular appetizers on our menu!

 

Andouille

Prominently served in dishes like gumbo or jambalaya, Cajun Andouille sausage is a spicier version of a similar sausage made in France. The sausage uses coarsely ground pork and combines it with spices, onion, garlic, and wine to create a taste that is spicy and delicious. What sets Andouille sausage apart is that it’s twice smoked for extra flavor. Give it a try in our Razzoo’s gumbo or atop our Creamy Cajun Fondue dip. Yum!

Join the fine folks at Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week and order up some Cajun sausage. We source only the finest meats and seafood from the great state of Louisiana, guaranteeing an authentic Cajun meal every time. See you for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late night at Razzoo’s.

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Fun Fact Friday: The Truth about Gator Tail at Razzoo’s

When in season, there is one menu item we can guarantee will fly out of our restaurants: Cajun Gator Tail.

 

It’s a customer favorite here at Razzoo’s, and yet, many don’t know much about this delicacy of Cajun cuisine. So here ya go: a few fun facts you didn’t know about Razzoo’s famous Cajun gator tail!

 

1.   Alligator Isn’t Raised for its Meat.

Not sure why, because this stuff is good eatin’, but it’s not. The primary purpose: skin for fancy boots. The meat is simply a by-product. And when the economy tanks, so does our availability of delicious gator tail.

 

2.   Even with Sky High Prices – Gator Tail Sells Out.

Speaking of the economy tanking, back in 2008, the recession hit and fancy people stopped buying their fancy alligator skin boots. Which meant, less meat for us. All the Cajun restaurants were fighting over the meager supply, and paying a pretty penny for it too. We raised our prices, and it still sold out. We took the fried gator appetizer off of the menu to try to manage supply, and yet, we still sold out. It doesn’t matter what we do – those in the know will pay for the delicious taste of Cajun gator tail!

 

 

3. Fried Gator Tail is an Insider Secret.

 

Wait what? Razzoo’s has a Fried Gator Tail appetizer?

While not an official menu item, insiders know and love this beloved dish. So much so, that Fried Gator Tail is our #3 more popular menu item at Razzoo’s, trailing only behind our beloved Rat Toes (fried shrimp & crab stuffed jalapenos) and Fried Pickles. The moral of the story: if you haven’t given the Fried Gator Tail at Razzoo’s Cajun restaurant in Texas a try, then you need to add it to your bucket list right away.

 

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to a Razzoo’s Cajun Café near you and do what the regulars do, order the Cajun Gator Tail!

 

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The Best Lunch Specials in Texas are at Razzoo’s!

It’s really hard to beat the lunch specials at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Whether you live in Dallas, Round Rock, Lewisville, Tyler, or College Station, Texas – Razzoo’s has a lunch menu that is sure to please even the pickiest coworker.

So what’s on the menu?! Read on to learn about some of our favorites:

Tuesdays: $7 PoBoys

Pop into your local Razzoo’s in Texas between 11am-3pm, and you can get a poboy sandwich, French fries, hushpuppies, and a drink for only $7! PoBoys come with your choice of fried shrimp, fried catfish, blackened chicken, or blackened tilapia. Who said lunch specials had to have meager portions?! This lunch is filling, delicious, and cheap – the way a good lunch special in Texas should be.

Wednesdays: $7 Salads

We call it Rabbit Food Wednesdays, and it is the most delicious way to eat your greens! Order one of our massive salads – chopped salad or Caesar salad – loaded with all the goods. We are partial to all things fried, so we can’t resist the Chopped Salad, stacked high with fried onions (so good!), bacon, cheese, hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Get this amazing – and extremely filling – salad for only $7! Comes with a drink!!

Daily Lunch Specials: $8.99

Want to order off the regular menu, but thinking a smaller lunch portion might be in order? Check out the daily lunch specials! For just $8.99, you get slightly smaller lunch portions of some of our customer favorites: Zydeco Pasta, Grilled Chicken Etouffee, Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Basket, Pecan Catfish, and more. And bonus: smaller portions and cheaper prices mean you’ve got room – and money - to order dessert!

So grab some coworkers for lunch and show them what the best Cajun food in Texas tastes like! Join us everyday between 11am-3pm to get these amazing deals.

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Abita Brewing Company: Have you Tried the Best Beer in Louisiana?

While our restaurants may be throughout Texas, we pride ourselves on bringing the best of Louisiana to Texas. That’s great Cajun seafood, sausage, red beanz n rice, and of course, amazing craft brews.

 

One of our favorite beers from Louisiana is Abita Brewing Company. Some might even say it’s the best beer in Louisiana. We love importing it to our Cajun restaurants in Texas, and here’s why:

 

Tastes of New Orleans

Abita Brewing Co. is located a short 30 miles north of New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana. Covington sits atop Abita Springs – a natural underground water source with the most beautiful, purest water around. Many argue that the use of Abita Springs’ pure water is one of the reasons Abita beer is so good. It’s like the true, unique flavor of Louisiana is bottled into every batch – something that genuinely cannot be replicated.

 

Small Batch Beer

Anytime you’re working with true artisans, you’ll hear them talk about the importance of small batch brewing. It helps control the process and make sure each batch is perfectly brewed. Each batch is created with the highest levels of quality control in mind, undergoing rigorous tasting and quality control measures to ensure the best beer in Louisiana.

 

Ingredients from All Over the World

Abita Brewing has looked high and low to source the best, highest quality ingredients for their beers. The result: British and North American barley, yeast from Germany, and hops for the Pacific Northwest. It’s beer with character, infused with flavors from all over the world to make Louisiana’s finest.

 

Absolutely No Preservatives or Additives

No preservatives, stabilizers, or additives in Abita beer. Period. End of story. It’s the reason why you can take a sip of Abita beer and taste the freshness in each sip.

 

Ready to try the best beer in Louisiana? Come see us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café today! We have a wide variety of Abita Brewing Company beers available including some of our favorites like Purple Haze, Strawberry Lager, Turbodog, and more.

Are Oysters Safe to Eat During Hot, Summer Months?!

Summers in Texas are hot.

Sweltering hot.

August is the Big Daddy of all summer months, where temps in Round Rock, Lewisville, Tyler, College Station, and around the state of Texas frequently run 100 degrees.

So with temperatures so high in Texas, is it safe to eat raw oysters at Razzoo’s?!

The answer is YES!!!

Razzoo’s doesn’t source just any old oysters. We get the freshest, safest ones around. And in the hot, summer months it’s Gold Band Oysters all the way, everyday.

High Pressure = No Harmful Bacteria

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that during the warm summer months, the ocean water is also nice and warm. Warm water and raw oysters don’t go well together because the warm water can lead the oysters to harbor harmful bacteria. With Gold Band Oysters’ high pressure wash, it’s not even a worry.

Won’t the High Pressure Processing Make My Oysters Taste Weird?

Nope! Not one iota. Gold Band Oysters pride themselves on giving Razzoo’s customers the best oysters in Texas year round, all without compromising any taste. The taste is the same. The feel of the oyster is the same. Just without the harmful stuff. In fact, both the American Culinary Institute and the American Tasting Institute have given Gold Band Oysters Best Taste Awards for their flavorful oysters.

Bonus: Ease of Shucking!

Ever tried to shuck an oyster, only to find you mangled it? Yeah, we have too. That’s why we love that Gold Band Oysters come pre-shucked leaving you more time to focus on the good stuff: eating your oysters!!

Ready to slurp down the best oysters in Texas?! Razzoo’s Cajun Café has you covered! Come on by today to order up our raw oysters on the half shell. They’ll be ice cold, served with lemon, crackers, horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Not into raw? No problem! We’ll gladly grill ‘em and coat ‘em in garlic butter. Good eatin!

5 Ways to Eat Catfish at Razzoo’s!

Catfish is a staple of Cajun cuisine. It’s pretty hard to beat pipin’ hot, flaky catfish fresh from the Gulf.

Good news: Razzoo’s Cajun Café has not 1 – but 5 – different ways for you to enjoy catfish this week. So dig in and grab one of these delicious platters today!

 

Fried Catfish

Ah yes – one of our most popular dishes and for very good reason. Razzoo’s has a knack for frying up just about anything, and the catfish is sure to please. Ours is cut into strips and fried, giving you plenty of fried goodness, then served with French fries, corn on the cob, hushpuppies, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce. Decide how hungry you are though…this one comes in 2 portion sizes: Fried Cat Basket (big) or Fried Cat Platter (bigger). Prepare to be full either way!

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Jalapeno Catfish

If you like the taste of fried catfish but want to try something new, go with the jalapeno catfish! Our fried catfish filet is drizzled in a creamy jalapeno gravy and served with fresh vegetables and buttered French bread. Good eatin’!

 

Blackened Catfish

Equally as delicious, the blackened catfish is generously basted in butter and coated in Cajun seasonings, then blackened to perfection. Plus: you get a generous dose of dirty rice, veggies, and French bread.

 

Stuff’d Catfish

If you’ve come hungry, then look no further than the stuff’d fish. You’ll get tender catfish filet stuffed with shrimp and crab stuffing, then slathered in crawfish butter sauce. It’s mighty delicious, just not great for your waistline.

 

Combo Platter Catfish

Can’t decide between catfish and your other seafood favorites?! You don’t have to! Order the Combo Platter: fried catfish, shrimp, and crawfish tails, all served with French fries, corn on the cob, and hushpuppies.

 

What are you waiting for?! Head to a Razzoo’s Cajun Café near you to enjoy the best catfish in Texas – just the way you like it! Proudly serving guests in Round Rock, Lewisville, Tyler, College Station, Fort Worth, and more.

Cajun vs. Creole – Do you Know the Difference? 

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re always talking about Cajun “this” and Cajun “that”. And then someone starts asking about the term “Creole.” Where does that fit into the mix?

 

Don’t you worry – Razzoo’s – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – is here to set the record straight on Cajun vs. Creole.

 

Country Food vs. City Food

 

Louisiana is a melting pot of cultures, inspirations, and in turn, flavors. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to get the different cuisines mixed up! So think of it this way: Cajun is “country food” and Creole is “city food.”

 

Cajun country consists of the low-lying, swamp regions of Louisiana. Mainly settled by the Acadians (French Canadian immigrants), the original colonists were resourceful. (I mean, if you settle in a swamp, you kind of have to be, right?!) They used every part of the animals – pig for example – to create their meals, hence the unique Cajun sausages we have today. Cajun food is marked by great seasoning and the use of the “holy trinity of Cajun cooking,” celery, onion, and bell peppers. You’ll pretty much never find tomatoes in Cajun food – so if you find some – then you know it’s Creole!

 

As you might have guessed by now, Creole cooking is for the city folk. New Orleans is the hotbed of Creole cuisine, which is traditionally food made in the homes of the New Orleans upper class. They had access to spices, creams, butters, and vegetables that the Cajuns didn’t normally have, so the dishes are normally richer and offer more variety (hence the addition of tomatoes.)  

 

Whether it’s Cajun or Creole, Louisiana cuisine is hard to beat! Get your fill of Cajun jambalaya, etouffee, boudin, dirty rice and beans, and so much are Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Located in Lewisville, Round Rock, College Station, Tyler, and throughout the state of Texas.

Poll: Cajun Fried Chicken or Cajun Fried Steak?!

So here’s a tough one for our Razzoo’s regulars: do you prefer our Cajun fried chicken or our Cajun fried steak?

We’ll be the first to admit, it’s a tough decision, because there are a ton of similarities:

·      Cajun Fried Goodness: Both are Cajun fried – which just means we use our own specialty blend of spices in the batter to give traditional Chicken Fried Steak that perfect Cajun twist. Let’s just say our version is a Southern staple just kicked up a notch.

·      Sausage Gravy – Cajun Style: Both are served with amazing Andouille sausage cream gravy for sloshing your meat around in. It’s spicy and oh so good on just about anything.

·      Southern Sides Mama Would Be Proud to Serve: Both come with red-skin mashed taters and veggie de’jour – which just means whatever veggie of the day Razzoo’s is cooking up that day. Could be green beans, corn, okra, or the like.

·      The Price is Right: Both of these amazing Cajun dishes can be had for just under $12! And with the amount of food piled high on that plate…it’s a steal of a deal!

With so many similarities, chicken vs. steak really just comes down to a matter of preference.

So the folks here at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun food restaurant in Texas – would love to hear for you! Are you into a little bit of chicken fried?! And if so – is it chicken or steak?

If you’ve taken the time to read to this point, surely your mouth is now watering for Cajun Fried Somethin’! Come into Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week to get Cajun Fried Steak, Cajun Fried Chicken, and all sorts of other delicious fried Cajun offerings. Shrimp, catfish, the best gator tail in Texas…you get the idea! It may not be good for your heart, but it sure as heck tastes good!