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!

See you at Razzoo’s for National Shrimp Day – May 10th! 

At Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, seafood is the name of the game.

 

As if we even needed an excuse to celebrate great Gulf seafood in Texas, National Shrimp Day is right around the corner and we encourage YOU to join us for shrimp cooked right. Here’s a little refresher course on some of the amazing Cajun seafood options available at Razzoo’s Cajun Café:

 

·      Stuff’d Shrimp: Who needs plain ole shrimp when you can have stuffed shrimp?! We use the biggest, fattest shrimp around, then stuff them with a homemade crab stuffing, then drizzle it all with a decadent cream sauce. It’s the stuff of dreams, I tell ya!

 

·      Shrimp Baskets: You can’t go wrong ordering one of our signature seafood baskets. Whether you like your shrimp fried, grilled, or paired with some other seafood (like fried catfish – yum!), Razzoo’s has a seafood basket for you! Each one comes with fries, corn on the cob, pups, and of course – tartar and cocktail sauce.

 

·      Shrimp en Brochette: Looking for something a little more fancy? Yeah, Razzoo’s doesn’t really do “fancy,” but we do have a spectacular Shrimp en Brochette. Juicy Gulf Shrimp is wrapped in bacon and jalapeno, and comes with our famous dirty rice and a spicy dippin’ sauce.

 

Join Razzoo’s May 10th for National Shrimp Day and indulge in one of these delicious Cajun seafood dishes in Texas! We are open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Many of our locations have live music and a patio; just call ahead to find out what’s happening at your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week! We have 19 locations throughout the great state of Texas and North Carolina, including Round Rock, Lewisville, College Station, Fort Worth, Plano, McKinney, and more. The best Cajun food in Texas is at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

 

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Musicians of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint 

As the best Cajun food restaurant, we feel it’s our duty to spread the culture of Louisiana to Texas, North Carolina, and beyond. Whether that means serving new dishes from the backwoods of Cajun country or sharing the latest on the unique culture of New Orleans proper, Razzoo’s Cajun Café has you covered.

Ready to learn a little about New Orleans culture? Good because we’d like you to meet a true legend in the New Orleans music scene: Allen Toussaint.

Few people have had the impact on the New Orleans music scene at Toussaint. Born in 1938 to working class parents in New Orleans, Toussaint began to pick up a love for piano at an early age. He honed his skill, and by the time he was in his teens, he was playing with piano alongside some of the top musicians in New Orleans.

From there, his piano career just seemed to take off. He went on his first tour in his early 20s, filling in for Huey Piano Smith, a known New Orleans bandleader.

Not only was Toussaint a talented piano player, but he also had a knack for songwriting and producing. By the time he was in his 30s, he was writing and producing songs like “Working in the Coal Mine” by Lee Dorsey, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, and “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill – highlighted everyday life in a way people could understand and relate to. As a producer, Toussaint worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, and other legendary chart toppers of the day. While he never won a Grammy for any of his music (he did receive a Grammy Trustees Award in 2009 as a tribute to his long music career), many of his songs jumped the Billboard charts, with the widely popular “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell jumping to No. 1 on the charts in 1977.

In his later years, Toussaint was an ambassador for New Orleans jazz music. Always performing in flashy suits and ties, Toussaint was a staple at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and had a huge impact on reviving New Orleans after Katrina.

Toussaint died in 2015, but his legacy lives on! Join us for lunch or dinner and Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – and you may just hear a song or two by Toussaint as you eat.

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4 Reasons to Love Cajun Food in Texas at Razzoo’s!  

Hey folks – Razzoo’s has some good news for you! Lent is over, so it’s time to loosen up and indulge in delicious fried food, cocktails, craft beer, and desserts you’ve been avoiding for the last month and a half!

Need an excuse to visit? Here are 4 reasons to love Cajun food at Razzoo’s Cajun Café:

1.   Best Cajun Food in Texas

We’re not bragging (okay so maybe we are!), but we’re pretty darn sure we have the best Cajun food in Texas. When you’re craving those soulful flavors of backwoods Louisiana, nothing satisfies like jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, Andouille sausage, or red beanz n rice from Razzoo’s.

2.   Weird Names, Great Food.

If you aren’t born and bred in backwoods Louisiana, some menu items at Razzoo’s might be less clear than others. Rat toes are one of our most popular dishes. Rat toes?! No, not those rat toes…just delicious morsels of jalapeno, stuffed with shrimp and crab, then beer battered and fried. And what about menu items like Chicken Tchoupitoulas (pronounced chop-2-las) and Fish Ah! Yee! that are don’t really roll off the tongue? Don’t worry – we won’t laugh too hard when you mispronounce something!

3.   Made Fresh Daily

Razzoo’s Cajun Café only uses the highest quality ingredients, prepared fresh daily. The result – delicious, piping hot Texas Cajun food even mama would be proud of!

4.   Kickin’ Cocktails

Where else are you going to find a giant fishbowl loaded with a signature trashcan drink and bedazzled in Mardi Gras beads?! Yes – if you’re looking for unique cocktails to indulge post-Lent, head over to Razzoo’s Cajun Café and get a signature Gator Punch, Worm Burner, Purple Haze Rita, and so many more favorites.


Join Razzoo’s this week and give yourself over to the delicious tastes of fried, southern food! The best Cajun food in Texas is at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, conveniently located throughout the state of Texas and North Carolina.

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How to Eat Boiled Cajun Crawfish

It’s crawfish season, and Razzoo’s Cajun Café has the best crawfish in Texas!

We’ve learned over the years that some Texans who are new to eating crawfish find it a little daunting. Don’t you worry! Razzoo’s is here with step-by-step instructions to make Cajun crawfish eating easy as pie.

Step 1: Order Cajun Crawfish in Texas at Razzoo’s!

Head on over to your local Razzoo’s and order a giant helping of Cajun crawfish, shipped fresh from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s just $8.49/lb. and comes with boiled corn on the cob and boiled potatoes.

Step 2: Twist and Pull

PIck up a nice, big crawfish to start with; now hold the tail in one hand and the head in the other hand. With a firm grip on the head of the crawfish, gently twist the tail until it pops apart. Want to do like the true Cajuns do? Now suck the head! If you’re a little too squeamish for that, then just discard it. We won’t hold it against ya.

Step 3: Remove the Tail Meat

Now on to the good stuff! Peel off the first few rings (maybe 2 or 3) of the tail so that part of the tail meat is exposed. With one hand, pinch the end of the tail, and this should release the tail meat. Now all you have to do is gently pull it out and eat!

Step 4: Eat your Weight in Cajun Crawfish!

Razzoo’s prides itself on offering the freshest, tastiest crawfish around! Each order comes complete with butter for dipping (this is a must!), boiled potatoes, and boiled corn on the cob. Be sure to wash it all down with a craft beer, Gator Punch, or a Hurrycane. After all, it’s what the Cajuns would do.

See you this week for the best crawfish in Texas at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

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