George Toomer: The Artist Behind the Menu

Ever see the Razzoo’s artwork on an ad and think, “yep – that’s Razzoo’s” before you ever see the restaurant name?

 

Our artwork – in advertising, on our menu, and around the restaurant - is fun, eclectic, and unique, and we owe that style to the great George Toomer.

 

Buffalo George – The Artist

 

George, or “Buffalo George,” as many called him (no one seems to know why), had a unique style, iconic style of art that he lent to many brands during his career, and we were honored to be one of them. In fact, he received over 200 advertising awards during his career, awarded for designing commercial artwork, logos, and icons. His style was truly one-of-a-kind, light-hearted and quirky, just like the man himself.

 

Jack of All Trades

 

But good ‘ol George, he was more than just an artist. He was a full-fledged jack of all trades. In the 1970s and 1980s, he considered himself a “minor Dallas celebrity,” making a name for himself as a designer, TV personality, writer, and social critic with a comment about just about anything.

 

During that time period, George was making a name for himself in Dallas and beyond. He wrote for the Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly, as well as People Magazine, putting his signature satirical spin on just about everything he penned. He gave his own restaurant critiques in WFAA’s PM Magazine. He also appeared in his own TV show in Baltimore, as well as making guest appearances on the Today Show, 20/20, the CBS Morning News, and Real People. Basically – Buffalo George had opinions on everything and he was willing to share with just about anyone who would listen.

 

One of Our Own

 

George Toomer passed in 2009, but his legacy at Razzoo’s Cajun Café lives on. We love George’s quirky style and how it’s defined so much of our business at Razzoo’s. He just “got us” and our mission, to bring great Cajun food to great people, and he did it a way that was lighthearted and down-to-earth. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither did George.

 

The next time you’re at Razzoo’s and chuckle at the menu art, raise a glass to good ‘ol Buffalo George. It’s what he’d want ya to do.

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Summer is Wine Time at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Whether you consider yourself a wine aficionado (you know, wine snob) or know nothing about wine except that you like it and that’s good enough for you, Razzoo’s is the place for you!

 

This summer, we’re highlighting our delicious selection of wine, with deep discounts and specials each day of the week!

 

Happy Hour Specials

 

It’s been a long day at the office, and it’s time to wind down with a  glass of wine! Join us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café and get that glass of wine for $2 off during Happy Hour. Happy Hour is 3-7pm, Monday-Friday, and we’ll have a seat waiting for you! Tell your friends and make it an after-work tradition.

 

Winey Wednesdays

 

In addition to happy hour specials, Razzoo’s will be offering half price glasses of wine, every Wednesday this summer – all.day.long! Say WHAT?! Get your favorite red, white, or rosé for just a fraction of its regular price. And we’ve been expanding our wine menu so there is a great selection to choose from. So stop whining and get over to that Wednesday hump with Razzoo’s and Winey Wednesdays!

 

New Wines Added to Our Summer Wine List

 

Two new wines have been added to our summer wine list: the Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc and the Charles & Charles Rosé. You will absolutely love the way the Sauv Blanc crisply balances the spice in our Cajun dishes. Shrimp creole and red beanz ‘n’ rice never tasted so good! And let’s talk about that rosé…. Rosé is the hottest wine out there right now, and this one from Charles & Charles is one of our favorites. Light and summery, it’s perfect for enjoying on the Razzoo’s patio with friends.

 

We look forward to seeing you for Wine Time at Razzoo’s – home of the best Cajun food in Texas!

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Razzoo’s Gives Back: Buy Tito’s Cocktails and Help a Child in Need

One of our core values here at Razzoo’s Cajun Café is service and serving our community that supports us. It’s just the neighborly thing to do.

 

That’s why we’ve currently partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to raise money for an organization near and dear to our hearts, CORE. CORE stands for “Children of Restaurant Employees” and each donation to CORE helps a child in dire living circumstances rise above and get the support he or she needs. This includes situations where there might be a loss of home, abuse, family illness, or even family death. Since 2004, CORE has been able to raise over $3 million to help about 350 families get back on their feet around the United States and in Puerto Rico! CORE doesn’t want to see the expenses that come along with these catastrophic life changes affect the quality of life for the children. Their goal is to ensure each child is well cared for and has what he or she needs to thrive.

 

Buy Tito’s Cocktails and Help CORE!

 

So how can we help? Glad you asked! It’s simple really: with every Tito’s cocktail purchased at Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Texas or North Carolina, Razzoo’s will donate $1 – and Tito’s will match that $1 donation! So for you slow folks, that’s a $2 donation for each and every Tito’s cocktail purchased!

 

Drink Up!

 

Tito’s is our vodka of choice is most of our vodka cocktails, but for a limited time, we also have some seasonal summer cocktails – each made with Tito’s, handcrafted right here in the state of Texas!

 

Tito’s Peach Thyme Smash

 

Fresh fruit and herbs make this cocktail shine! It’s Tito’s vodka, muddled with fresh peaches, sweet and sour, and thyme. Delicious.

 

Tito’s Twizted Strawberry

 

Looking for something fun and refreshing? The Tito’s Twizted Strawberry is it! First off, it has a Twizzler straw and what’s not to like about that? Second of all, it’s all the refreshing flavors of summer – vodka, fresh strawberries, lemon, all combined for one light and flavorful cocktail. Have some fun this summer and grab the Twizted Strawberry, a summer cocktail at Razzoo’s.

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Thanks in advance for helping us give back to such a worthy cause! See you at Razzoo’s this week for delicious summer cocktails and the best Cajun food around!

 

You’re Invited to our Birthday Celebration at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Let’s get this party started!

 

Each year at Razzoo’s we love celebrating our birthday by thanking those that make it possible – our amazing guests of course! So what does that mean for you? Drink specials, swag, surprise giveaways, and maybe a few more tricks we’ve got up on our sleeve.

 

Tell us more!

 

Glad you asked! Our Razzoo’s Birthday Bash will take place on Wednesday, June 13. It’s an all day event, with drawings, prizes, and of course, drink specials! In addition to some delicious deals on craft beer and cocktails, our birthday celebration marks the beginning of a brand new tradition – Winey Wednesday.

 

What is Winey Wednesday?

 

Every Wednesday beginning June 13, you can visit your local Razzoo’s Cajun restaurant in Texas or North Carolina and get any glass of wine for half price! That’s right – all day long! Reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines are all half price by the glass. It’s a great chance to try something new at a fraction of the cost. Or a chance to get two glasses of your favorite for the price of one. It’s whatever floats your boat. All we know is, Winey Wednesday is the place to be for lunch, happy hour, or dinner.

 

New Wines Added for Summer!

 

And just in time for our Winey Wednesday promo, we’ve added two more wines to the wine list for summer: Charles & Charles Rose and a Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc. If you haven’t heard, Rose is the hottest wine around right now, and we love the crispy, light flavor of the Charles & Charles Rose. As for the Joel Gott Sauv Blanc, it’s the perfect compliment to all the spicy Cajun favorites on our menu. Gator Tail, red beans & rice, and a glass of Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc please!

 

Join us Wednesday, June 13, for our Razzoo’s birthday celebration! We can’t wait to party with you!  

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Summertime Shrimp Fix: How to Make Razzoo’s Shrimp Lettuce Wraps at Home!

Of course, Razzoo’s Cajun Café is known for its delicious fried seafood – smothered in gravy or sauce – but we do have a few lighter things on the menu too! We recently revamped our menu and added a few new items, including the Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps that are getting rave reviews! They are pretty perfect as an appetizer or even as a light lunch or dinner.

 

Our very own Andrew Tyler recently spoke with WBTV Charlotte to share a few secrets about our Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps and to teach viewers how to make this delicious dish at home. In case you missed it, here’s the recipe:

 

Copycat Razzoo’s Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps

 

Ingredients

 

·      Popcorn Shrimp (about a cup)

·      1 cup of mayonnaise

·      1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

·      2 T. lemon juice

·      1 T. roasted jalapenos

·      2 T. finely chopped celery

·      1 T. finely chopped red onion

·      1 T. finely chopped red bell peppers

·      6 pieces of bib lettuce

·      Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper to taste

 

Directions

1.  Boil your popcorn shrimp in water with your choice of spices for 2-3 minutes. Do not over boil! We use our own proprietary Swampwater Boil, but flavoring your water with Cajun seasonings, lemon juice, salt, and pepper would be a delicious start!

2.  While the shrimp is boiling, prepare your dressing by combining mayo, Old Bay seasoning, 2 T. lemon juice, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, and a dash of Tabasco sauce in a large bowl.

3.  When shrimp is done cooking, remove it from heat and run it under cold water to prevent it from overcooking.

4.  Place shrimp in a separate bowl from the dressing and add roasted jalapenos, celery, red onion, and red bell peppers.

5.  Add approx. 1 oz. (or one full ice cream scoop equivalent) of the dressing to your shrimp mixture and stir to combine.

6.  Lastly, spoon as much – or as little! – of the shrimp mixture as you want into a piece of lettuce, wrap it up, and go to town! Good eatin’!

We love these lettuce wraps because they are light and easy to eat, yet they still pack that Razzoo’s punch you’ve come to love from our down home, Southern cookin’. Visit a Razzoo’s Cajun restaurant near you or try them at home – either way – we know you’ll love them!

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Brand New at Razzoo’s: Crafted Cocktails for Summer!

Yep – we’ve gone Uptown on you here at Razzoo’s and released a new menu of craft cocktails that you are sure to love! Don’t you worry – we’re still the Cajun restaurant you’ve come to love – with the rowdy, fun atmosphere and great down home cooking – we’ve just added a few fancy drinks in case you get a wild hair for something high brow. And if not, there is nothing wrong with an ice cold pint of beer or a gator punch for 2!

Want to hear what’s on the brand new crafted cocktails menu? Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Dixie Passion Lemon Drop

If you’ve got a passion for lemonade with a twist, then you’ll love our Lemon Drop! Vodka paired with the flavors of Cointreau, passionfruit, and lemons is a match made in heaven.

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Dixie Passion Lemon Drop

 

Dirty Cajun Martini

True to our Cajun roots, this martini is extra dirty and extra good! It’s gin with Dill Bean juice, plus the rim is dipped in Zydeco spice that will light you up – in a good way.

 

Razzoo’s Smoked Old Fashioned

Now this is a fun drink if you haven’t tried it yet! We capture the essence of the wood by smoking it, then capturing the smoke in a glass and preparing the drink. Sounds weird – but it’s totally delicious.

 

Grilled Lemon and Cherry Sazerac

The unique flavors of grilled lemon, Jack Daniels, absinthe, and bitters - with a few filthy cherries mixed in – make this cocktail absolutely delicious. Give it a try if you haven’t yet!

 

These are just a few of our favorites from the brand new crafted cocktails menu. Try it now at your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas and North Carolina – with locations in Lewisville, Round Rock, Tyler, College Station, Arlington, Cedar Hill, and more.

Cajun Sausage at its Finest: Syracuse Sausage at Razzoo’s!

When it comes to authentic Cajun flavors, we’re picky.

That’s why we vet each and every supplier for quality production processes and taste to make sure it meets our standards for the best Cajun food around.

One such supplier that gets our Razzoo’s seal of approval is Syracuse Sausage and this is why:

It’s In the Family

We love supporting local, family owned businesses, and that’s one reason we love Syracuse Sausage. Syracuse Sausage has been around since the early 1980s when Joe Mussacchio arrived in Texas and realized he couldn’t find any good sausage anywhere. Given his resourceful Italian roots and background in making sausage at his family’s sausage business back in New York, he figured good sausage was in his blood and he gave it a shot. Syracuse Sausage was born, and is still family owned and operated by the Mussacchio family to this day.  

All Natural Sausage

Raise your hand if you’d like to eat fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavors in your sausage! Nobody? Yeah, we’re not fans either. That’s why we’re proud to say that Syracuse Sausage is produced without all that crud.

Original Spice Blends

So what does Syracuse Sausage use to flavor their sausage? Why only their own proprietary blend of spices of course. You’ll love the authentic flavors of good ole Cajun food that spill out of each bite of sausage.

Texas Proud

Yep, Ponder, Texas is home to Syracuse Sausage, meaning we get to shop local and support local businesses that support our business. I think they all this being a part of the slow food movement? We just know it tastes good.

Ready to sink your teeth into some tender Syracuse Sausage at Razzoo’s Cajun Café? Come in this week to a location near you and enjoy the best Cajun food in Texas – complete with Syracuse Sausage!  

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Po’Boys & Burgers – The Sandwiches of Razzoo’s!

Razzoo’s isn’t really known as a sandwich shop.

 

And we’ll be the first to admit…we don’t do traditional “sandwiches.” What we do have are some pretty darn amazing New Orleans style po’boys and even burgers! Read on to learn more about Cajun po’boys and more:

 

Cajun Po’Boys

 

What were once served to the “poor boys” on the streets of New Orleans (yes, that’s how they got their name) are now a house staple to the guests here at Razzoo’s Cajun Café! There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into that crusty French bread and savoring the flavors of fried seafood inside. At Razzoo’s, you’ll find our traditional po’boys can be ordered 4 ways: with fried popcorn shrimp, fried catfish, blackened tilapia, or blackened chicken breast. Each sandwich comes loaded with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and our house sauce, plus you’ll get some fresh jalapeno pups and French fries on the side! And we use a crusty French baguette that is the perfect balance of crunch on the outside, and spongy soft bread on the inside.

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Burgers

 

For the mighty few who just have to order a burger in our Cajun restaurant, we’ve got you covered! Try the Big Easy Cheeseburger which is a half pound patty on a buttery, toasted bun, served with all the trimmings including bacon, cheese, and our homemade smoky sauce. Looking for something more adventurous? Then give the Pimento Cheeseburger a try! This tasty burger is slathered in our pimento cheese, then served with bacon – because what burger isn’t better with bacon? You’ll also get some pretty delicious fried onions on the side as a garnish – score!

 

Ready to try one of our “sandwiches” at Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe? The po’boys and burgers are calling your name! Join us for lunch or dinner for the best Cajun food in Texas and North Carolina! We’ll save you a seat.