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!

Razzoo’s: More Than Just Fried Food

When people think Razzoo’s Cajun Café, they normally think about all of the delicious fried foods on our menu. We’re talking Rat Toes, Fried Shrimp, Fried Pickles, Fried Catfish, etc.

But folks – Razzoo’s is so much more than that!

Sure, our fried food is pretty fantastic if we do say so ourselves, but Razzoo’s has other non-fried menu offerings that are just as delicious.

Ready to hear about some of our favorites? Read on—

Stuff’d Fish or Shrimp

The menu even says this one is “real great” – and for good reason! Who wouldn’t want to experience tender, flaky fish, stuffed with our crab and shrimp stuffin’, then drizzled with creamy crawfish butter sauce. Is shrimp your favorite? Then order our jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab, coated in a creamy sauce. It’s the stuff of dreams I tell ya.

Grilled Gator Tail

A delicacy of the Gulf coast, when in season, gator tail sells out fast! Try this Cajun favorite served with jambalaya and our special BBQ “ouch” sauce. No frying required.

Cajun Tricky Fish

Razzoo’s has perfected the art of creating moist, tender, melt-in-your-mouth blackened chicken and fish, and the Cajun Tricky Fish is no exception. Pair with our crawfish etoufee and dirty rice, and it’s a match made in heaven.

Cajun Combo Skillet

Love experiencing the best Cajun food in Texas but have a hard time choosing just one thing? Order the Cajun Combo Skillet and enjoy grilled Andouille sausage, crawfish etoufee, shrimp creole, red beanz and rice, corn on the cob, and French bread – all in one meal. We might be rolling you out of here, but we guarantee you’ll be fat and happy!

So you see – Razzoo’s is more than the best fried Cajun food. We’re the best Cajun food period – fried or not. Enjoy one of these non-fried favorites on your next visit to your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Summer Fun: What’s Happening at Razzoo’s?!

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, summer is one of our favorite seasons. It’s a time to pop in and celebrate the little things in life with drinks on the patio and the best Cajun food around. But that’s not all - here are a few events to watch for over the summer:

 

·      Pint Nights: Who doesn’t love cheap beer?! Case in point: Pint Nights!! For example, every Tuesday at Razzoo’s Lewisville and Razzoo’s Tyler you’ll get $3 pints all day and all night! Yall – that’s cheap beer! And we’re not just talking about the cheap-cheap beer. We’re talking about the good stuff: Community Beer, Dos Equis, Karbach, and more. It’s all on draft. All ice cold. And all just $3 on Tuesdays! It’s almost a crime not to come on out and join us!

 

 

·      Live Music: Summer is about sitting on the patio with a drink and listening to some great music. Visit Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Lewisville, Tyler, Round Rock, and Harker Heights for live music Thursdays! Check with your local Razzoo’s to find out times and who’s playing. P.S. Don’t forget to an order of Rat Toes or Fried Pickle Puckers to munch on while you listen! Or maybe a glass of one of our brand new wines?

 

·      Lunch Specials: Everyone’s gotta eat lunch, why not head to Razzoo’s Cajun Café to get great deals on the best Cajun food in Texas! Wednesdays are Rabbit Food Wednesdays, which means you’ll get a salad loaded with your choice of fried shrimp or blackened chicken plus a drink, all for just $7! Tuesdays are for $7 Po’Boys! There’s all this and more at Razzoo’s for lunch!

 

Make this summer a summer to remember and spend it with us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café! – home of the best Cajun food in Texas!

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A Stormy Past: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Hurricane Cocktail

Cocktails aren’t normally created by accident, but some stories are just more interesting than others.

The Hurricane – or Hurrycane as we Cajuns at Razzoo’s call it – is one such cocktail with a storied (or should we say stormy?) past. Tall tales or truth is anyone’s guess, but here are 3 little known facts about the popular cocktail brought to you by your favorite Cajun restaurant, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe:

#1: The Hurricane Originated in Louisiana

Ahhh – now you see why we love the Hurricane so much! Back in the 1940s, Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana concocted the drink out of sheer necessity – and we couldn’t be happier he did!

#2: The First Hurricanes were Free!

Yes you read that right – free drinks for all! Back in those days, Prohibition was a very real thing, and Pat O’Brien’s – then known as Mr. O’Brien’s Bar & Tipperary – is said to have been a speakeasy for sailors passing through New Orleans. Just say the words “storms abrewin!” and they’d let you in. (No lie.) As Prohibition came to an end, liquor was still in short supply and all the bars were vying for their share. In order for anyone to get even a small share of the good stuff, you had to order a ton of the bottom shelf liquor, so Pat ended up with crates of bottom shelf, cheap rum. So what’d he do?! Mix it with fruit juice and hand it out to sailors for free as a marketing gimmick! The first Hurricanes were born!

#3: The Name is in the Glass

Pat O’Brien named the popular cocktail after the type of glass he served it in – hourglass shaped like a hurricane lantern. Some accounts even say that the first glasses were in fact old hurricane lamps, turned into drinking glasses by having a bottom sealed on, but that seems a little far fetched even for us to believe!

Ready to try the best Hurricane in Texas? Visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for a delicious Hurrycane and other Texas drink specials!

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New Wines at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

That’s right folks – we’re upping our game and giving you more than just “white, red, or pink.” You’ve asked and we’ve answered – Razzoo’s Cajun Café brings you new wines available on our menu now! Here are just a few of the new wine specials in Texas offered now at Razzoo’s:

 

Joseph Carr Chardonnay

If you are a white wine drinker, then you will love our new chardonnay – the Joseph Carr Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Sourced from (you guessed it!) the Sonoma Coast in California, the grapes were harvested at their peak for perfect acidity and flavor. As the wine hits your lips, you’ll taste notes of fruity lemon, peach, and even almond. Pairs great with our blackened fish or chicken!

Coppola Pinot Grigio

Razzoo’s selected this as one of our new wines because it offers great versatility and drinkability. Coppola picks the grapes at their peak age, ensuring maximum flavor before pressing. We’re pretty sure you will love the hints of citrus, honey, and floral blossoms that can be tasted in each delicious sip.

Simi Merlot

This rich red Merlot is from the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. (Yeah, that doesn’t mean much to us country folk either, but we know it makes this merlot taste pretty darn good.) Each sip brings a bold, full-bodied flavor with hints of spice and cherry. We love it with our Crawfish Etoufee and other Cajun food at Razzoo’s.

Decoy Pinot Noir

Looking for a lighter option to compliment the bold spicy flavors of our shrimp creole? Decoy Pinot Noir is another great red! The versatility and fresh flavor of this wine can’t be beat! If you’re a red wine drinker, order a glass of this and you won’t be disappointed.

Razzoo’s offers daily drink specials at all of our locations, including wine specials in Texas at our locations in Lewisville, Round Rock, College Station, Garland, Fort Worth and more. Join us today for a glass of wine on the patio!

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Moscow Mules: Why the Copper Mug? 

Just a few short years ago, Moscow mules weren’t even on the radar, and now, you’ll see them at just about every bar in town  – always served in a copper mug of course.

But why copper?

Why can’t they be served in a regular low ball or something?

Razzoo’s Cajun Café is here with all the answers to your Moscow mule ponderings. Read on---

 

Copper Keeps Your Drink Icy Cold

We’ve all had cocktails where the ice melts way to fast and you’re stuck with a lukewarm, watered down cocktail. No bueno.

Copper is a natural insulator, so as soon as your drink hits the copper mug, the mug begins to cool down, while simultaneously locking in the cool temps of your mule. That’s why you get that refreshing chill the minute your lips touch the copper and take that first sip. Plus – it insulates the heat from your hand as you grab the handle. Can your low ball do that when serving drink specials in Texas?!

 

It Just Tastes Better in a Copper Mug

We’re not sure if it’s our imagination or what, but Moscow mules just taste better when served in a chilly copper mug! Some say the copper and vodka react, causing some oxidation of the copper that can then bring out the flavors in the vodka. Others say the cold mug makes the ginger beer extra fizzy, enhancing the flavor. At Razzoo’s, we don’t get involved in all that scientific stuff. All we know is we love a Moscow mule in a copper mug!

Craving a Moscow mule?! Visit your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café for drink specials in Texas, including the famous Moscow mule. And if a mule isn’t your thing, grab an ice cold craft brew or a Hurrycane. With locations in Lewisville, Round Rock, College Station, Plano, throughout Texas and even Concord, NC - you’re sure to find a Razzoo’s near you!

Don’t Miss National Bubba Day at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Whether your name is Bubba, your friends’ nicknamed you Bubba, or you just know someone named Bubba, National Bubba Day is for you!

 

What the Heck is National Bubba Day?

Yeah…we’ll be the first to admit it. National Bubba Day sounds a lot like one of those made up holidays that someone, somewhere thought was worthy of putting on the calendar, kind of like National Wiggle Your Toes Day, National Frog Jumping Day, or National Lumpy Rug Day. (Yes, those are all real holidays, people.)

Anyway…

At Razzoo’s, we’re always looking for an excuse to party, so on June 2nd we’ll be observing National Bubba Day and celebrating all the “bubbas” out there that you love and hold close to your heart!

Mark your calendars for June 2 at Razzoo’s!

Come celebrate National Bubba Day with Razzoo’s Cajun Café on June 2! Experience the best Cajun food in Texas, craft beer and drink specials, and if you’re lucky, there might even be some live music. Razzoo’s has you covered with all your southern favorites.

Happy National Bubba Day!