Celebrate National Gumbo Day with Razzoo’s Cajun Café! We’ll be slingin’ $3 Abita’s all day!

Few dishes conjure thoughts of down home, Cajun cookin’ like gumbo. Hearty, hot, and no doubt delicious, gumbo is a signature of Cajun cuisine and one to be celebrated! (Or at least we think so.)

Since there’s now a holiday for just about everything, you can celebrate your allegiance to this pot of Cajun gold on Oct. 12 – National Gumbo Day! This year, we’ve partnered with Abita to bring you $3 Abita drafts and bottles all day! For every Abita you order, you get a raffle ticket to win a pretty cool prize!

Join Razzoo’s Oct. 12 for National Gumbo Day!

Ready to celebrate the deliciousness that is gumbo?! Join us at Razzoo’s on Oct. 12 and let’s party! We’re partnering with our friends at Abita Brewing Co. – Louisiana’s best craft beer – to bring you $3 drafts and bottles all day long! Pair that with a piping hot bowl of gumbo and you’ve got a match made in gumbo heaven.

History of Gumbo

Ever wonder where gumbo began? Yeah – we all know it came from Louisiana – but it appears it’s really a melting pot dish who’s origins are murky. The earliest reference to the word “gumbo” dates back to 1803 when it was served at a New Orleans political event. As with many dishes in Louisiana at the time, it was made with French, African, Spanish, and Indian influences. In fact, the word “gumbo” is actually derived from a West African name for “okra.” (This is interesting since there seems to be an ongoing debate on whether gumbo should be made with or without okra.) Those that don’t use okra in their gumbo, generally use another spice – filé – which is commonly used in Choctaw and other Indian dishes. And the “roux” used in gumbo – that comes from a French influence. There are as many variations of gumbo as there are crawfish in the bayou – and we think they are all pretty great.

Ready to get your gumbo on?!

Mark your calendar for Oct. 12 at Razzoo’s Cajun Café as we celebrate National Gumbo Day with Abita Brewing Co. and $3 bottles and drafts!  

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Bringing the Heat: 3 Fun Facts About Tabasco Sauce

When it comes to Cajun food at Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, Tabasco is one of those condiments our guests just can’t live without! It’s a household staple, but did you know there’s quite a storied past for this hot little number? Impress your friends with these fun facts about tabasco sauce, courtesy of your friends at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

1. Tabasco Pepper Seeds are Stored in a Vault

Thinking about growing your own Tabasco peppers and making your own sauce? Think again. The McIlhenny family (the family who founded the Tabasco company in the first place) owns Avery Island, a small island just west of New Orleans where all of the prize peppers are grown. Once harvested, the heirloom pepper seeds are stored away in a vault to keep them safe and secure.

2. Tabasco Labels are Printed in 22 Different Languages

In 1868, Tabasco hit the shelves as a high end condiment worth having in every kitchen in America. It started in the South and quickly spread throughout the United States, with the help of the armed forces who gave it to soldiers in the Vietnam War and began serving it in MREs. Today, the delicious flavors of Tabasco can be found in 185 countries with labels printed in 22 different languages! Even the Queen of England has Tabasco on her table.

3. Three Ingredients – Never More, Never Less

The recipe for Tabasco sauce hasn’t changed one bit in its 150 years of existence. Tabasco sauce has simply three ingredients: Tabasco peppers, salt, and vinegar. The flavor is all in those prize peppers and it doesn’t need any fancying up to make it delicious.

Feeling smarter? We hope so.


Now ready for some Tabasco-laden Cajun food? Visit Razzoo’s Cajun Café for the best Cajun food in Texas and North Carolina! You’ll find a bottle of Tabasco on each table, so dress your food up to your heart’s content.

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Boudin vs. Andouille: Which Cajun Sausage is Better?

Do you ever visit your favorite Cajun food restaurant – Razzoo’s Cajun Café of course – take one look at the menu, and go “what the heck is that?!”

We’re got some “funny” names on the menu, and that’s simply because Cajuns have a language all their own and many Cajun ingredients just sound funny. Sound funny…but taste awesome!

For example, you might notice that we’ve got two types of Cajun sausage listed in various dishes across the menu: Boudin and Andouille. Not sure what either one is? Want to know which is better? Read on as Razzoo’s Cajun Café explains:

Boudin

Boudin is one of those staples of Cajun cooking. Just take a drive through the Cajun country of Louisiana and you’ll see many a gas station offering hot boudin! Boudin dates back to the 1800s when French and Spanish settlers were moving into Louisiana. Times were hard, people were hungry, and they did everything they could to stretch the meat they had. So, when they made sausage, they started adding rice as a filler to make it go further. Boudin is made a variety of ways, but each is made of a combination of meat, rice, and spices.

Andouille

Andouille sausage is the “high brow” counterpart to boudin. Andouille became popular as French settlers came over and began settling the cities of Louisiana. These city folk began making Andouille with pork, spices, garlic, onion, and wine and using it in their Creole cooking. Each batch is smoked twice to really draw out the flavors and spices in each bite.

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Can we pick a favorite? No way! Both are delicious! Try them both by ordering our Boudin Balls for a starter, then order our delicious Cajun Combo Skillet for an entrée, complete with grilled Andouille sausage, shrimp creole, crawfish etoufee, and red beans ‘n’ rice.

We’ll save a seat for you at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for the best Cajun food in Texas!




Cookin’ Up Cajun: How to Make the Best Gumbo

Football season is here, and pretty soon (we’re hoping really soon!), the days will begin to cool down. Football + cooler fall weather puts us in the mood for some Cajun comfort food!

One of our favorites is without a doubt Cajun gumbo, and Razzoo’s Cajun Café is here with a few secrets on how to make the best gumbo at home:

Invest in Cast Iron.

If you’re going to make the best gumbo, then you’re going to need a high-quality, cast iron Dutch oven. Cast iron heats up fast and maintains consistent temperatures, making it perfect for even sautéing and simmering.

It All Starts with the Roux.

All good gumbo recipes start with a stellar roux. If yours doesn’t, then it ain’t gonna be good. Follow the directions based on your recipe, but roux is essentially a mixture of flour and fat that has been cooked to golden brown perfection. It might not sound like much, but roux is the key to a thick gumbo with tons of flavor.

Don’t Ever Leave out the Cajun Holy Trinity.

Seriously – if you get nothing else from this post, remember the importance of the Cajun Holy Trinity: bell peppers, celery, and onion. This combination of Cajun deliciousness is what adds authentic flavor to gumbo, and without it, it just ain’t gumbo.

Choose Your Favorite Meat.

Some people will tell you it has to be seafood gumbo; others prefer chicken and sausage. Really – it’s whatever you like! Search the fridge. Got some leftovers? Throw them in! If you get the flavors right, the meat will taste great – no matter what combination of seafood, chicken, or sausage you choose.  

Finish with Cajun Seasonings.

Buy the pre-made Cajun seasoning mix or make your own from a combination of celery, garlic powder, onion, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil, etc. – but by all means – make sure you add Cajun seasonings to give it that authentic Cajun gumbo flavor you crave.

Want to learn more on how to make the best Cajun gumbo? Watch this video we produced on how to make our Kitchen Sink Gumbo at home!


And of course, if you aren’t feeling up to the task, don’t beat yourself up. Just run to your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café and order the best gumbo in Texas!




Looking for Busy Weeknight Dinner Ideas? Bring the Family to Razzoo’s!

Weeknight family dinners can be rough.

 

Between work schedules and evening activities, it’s hard to find time to cook – let alone stop by the grocery store and pick up groceries.

 

If you find your fridge is empty and you’re bored of the standard busy weeknight dinner ideas, then we’ve got a new one for ya: dinner at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – where we serve the best Cajun food in Texas!

 

Something for the Whole Family

At Razzoo’s, we’ve got something for everyone. Of course, we’re known for our delicious fried fare with a southern spicy kick, but there’s more to the Razzoo’s menu than that. Try our po’boys, pasta, or blackened chicken or shrimp for a change. If you’re looking for something lighter – rabbit food as we call it – then grab one of our signature salads or maybe the new Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps. And did you know we even have cheeseburgers?! The Pimento Cheeseburger is pretty awesome with our house pimento sauce, fried onion strings, and bacon.

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Kids Menu

Ahhh yes, by now you’re thinking, “that’s great – but what about my kids who won’t eat anything but mac and cheese and chicken nuggets?” We’ve got you covered with a Razzoo’s Kids Menu full of stuff your kids love. Choose between chicken strips, grilled cheese, corny dog, cheeseburger, fried catfish, popcorn shrimp, or grilled chicken. Each kids meal is served with your choice of French fries, mashed taters, green beans, potato chips, or corn on the cob and a drink.

 

So the next time your family is struggling to figure out what’s for dinner on a busy weeknight, make it easy on yourself! Join us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café instead! We are conveniently located throughout the state of Texas  - including Lubbock, College Station, Round Rock, Lewisville, Garland, and Tyler - and in Concord, North Carolina.

 

Grand Opening NEXT WEEK: Razzoo’s Cajun Café Lubbock, Texas!

We can barely contain our excitement!

 

Lubbock friends, you’ve been heard. We know you crave that Cajun goodness that only Razzoo’s Cajun Café can provide, and next week, you shall have it! We are excited to announce that Razzoo’s Cajun Café Lubbock, Texas will open its doors next week! 

 

New to Razzoo’s? Here’s what you can expect:

 

Best Cajun Food

 

We hate to brag, but our food is Cajun goodness at its best. If you enjoy southern, down home cookin’, fried food, or seafood in general, then we’ve got you covered! We pride ourselves on being the best Cajun restaurant in Texas, with a menu loaded with favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, red beanz n rice, and so much more. Oh – and don’t forget our two most popular dishes on the menu: gator tail and rat toes (breaded stuffed jalapenos). It’s finger lickin’ good and you Lubbock folk won’t be able to get enough!

 

Daily Drink Specials

 

Ready to party? Razzoo’s is the place! Visit us any day of the week and receive various drink specials on cocktails, wine, and beer. Razzoo’s is known for its impressive, crowd pleasing cocktails like the ever popular Gator Punch, Hurrycane on the Rocks, Swamp Thing, Mardi Rita and so much more! We recently expanded our craft cocktail menu to include many new and delicious drink offerings. Of course, we’ve got great draft beer, craft beer, and wine too – so there is something for everyone at Razzoo’s.

 

Good Times

 

It’s hard to leave Razzoo’s without having a good time! Our atmosphere is lively and fun and we want to keep it that way! Bring your friends and make Razzoo’s Cajun Café the best new restaurant in Lubbock, Texas!

 

Visit us next week at Razzoo’s for the Lubbock grand opening, and enjoy a great meal, great drinks, and great memories! We can’t wait to serve you, Lubbock! 

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Storms A’Brewin! – Tall Tales of the Hurricane Cocktail

“Storms a’brewin!”

 

More than just a description of the weather, back in the old days that phrase got you a FREE drink! Read on to learn more about the storied beginnings of one of our favorite cocktails here at Razzoo’s – the hurricane (or Hurrycane as we call it!):

 

The year was 1940, and in those days, Prohibition was a very real thing. Business owner Pat O’Brien opened a speakeasy in New Orleans, the perfect stop for sailors along their travels. If they wanted to get into the speakeasy, the phase was simple: “storms a’brewin.”

 

Once inside, sailors could order a variety of drinks, but one was free  - the hurricane. You see, getting quality liquor was difficult and the liquor suppliers knew it. In order to get even just a little bit of the good stuff, they made business owners order a ton of the cheap stuff. Well, Mr. O’Brien found himself with a heap of cheap rum and nothing ot use it for, so he came up with a plan. Why not mix it up with some fruit juice, then serve it to sailors for free as a gimmick to get them into his bar vs. others! The trick worked, but the joke’s on O’Brien because not only did they drink it – they liked it! The hurricane as we know it today was born.

 

The drink is still widely popular in New Orleans, and if you’re there, you’ll most likely see people carrying it around in plastic cups because carrying around glass cups are prohibited.

 

If you visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we can pretty much guarantee the best hurricane in Texas or North Carolina! It’s affectionately known as the Hurrycane on the Rocks, loaded with Bayou Select and Bayou Silver Rum, Don Q 151, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice. It’s 22 oz. of fruit punch heaven, served in a hurricane glass with beads. What’s not to love?

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See you this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

 

Razzoo’s Giveaway Time: Win a Trip for 2 to Napa!

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re all about having a good time - and we want you to have a good time too!

 

One of our favorite ways to say “thank you” is with a good old-fashioned giveaway! Want to hear what you can win now from Razzoo’s Cajun Café, the best Cajun restaurant? Read on ---

 

Win a Trip for 2 to Napa with the Razzoo’s Beat the Heat Napa Getaway!

 

Razzoo’s has partnered with Trinchero Family Estates to bring you a giveaway you can’t pass up! One lucky winner will win a trip for 2 to spend the weekend in Napa Valley, complete with round trip airfare, accommodations, winery tours, wine tastings, and more! It will be a weekend to remember, and best of all, it’s on us! Just one small way we want to say “thank you” to our loyal guests for making Razzoo’s the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

 

Win More Prizes!

 

Even if you aren’t the grand prize winner, Razzoo’s has some other great prizes to give out as well! Not only can you win the trip to Napa, but you could also win Razzoo’s giftcards, VIP guest passes to our grand opening party in Lubbock, Texas, Razzoo’s swag, and more. It’s worth entering because you just never know what you might win!

 

How Do I Enter?

 

Great question. Entering is easy! Visit us at our Napa Beat the Heat landing page and follow the instructions to enter. Want more entries? Simply share our giveaway on Facebook after you enter and you will receive an additional entry.

 

At Razzoo’s, we love wine and having a good time, and that’s why we’re so excited to partner with Trinchero Family Estates on this awesome giveaway. And as always, if you’re looking for the best Cajun food in Texas, visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late night dining.

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