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Behind the Scenes: George Toomer

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re pretty proud of our one-of-a-kind menus – they’re quirky, fun, satirical, and always good for a laugh or two.  They capture the essence of Razzoo’s to a T!

 

But have you ever looked at our menu art and wondered who created it?

 

We’ve been asked this question quite a bit over the years, so let us shed some light on the man behind the artwork: George Toomer.

 

 

The Renaissance Man

 

George Toomer – or “Buffalo George” as many called him – was a Dallas icon and commercial artist, designing much of the artwork at Razzoo’s, along with plenty of work for other brands over the years. In fact, he won over 200 advertising awards in his lengthy career.  But, George was not your run-of-the-mill adman (all due respect to run-of-the-mill admen...). Every aspect of his life and work was outside of the box. He used his life experiences in Dallas to become an internationally known writer, designer, TV personality, and social critic on just about anything.

 

A self proclaimed “minor celebrity of the 1970s and 80s,” he made appearances on the CBS Morning News, Today show, Real People, and 20/20 – even had his own show in Baltimore. He also posed as a Dallas restaurant critic and social aficionado on WFAA’s PM Magazine. Oh - and he wrote columns and articles for the Dallas Morning News, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, and more. He did it all, adding his own satirical slant to everything.

 

George’s Thoughts on the Restaurant Business

 

If you haven’t figured it out yet, George had an opinion on everything. He once told us that if you owned one restaurant, you were dabbling in the business. If you owned two, you’d clearly gotten lucky enough to get something right. Three or more?  You’d sold your soul to become a heartless, corporate hack.

 

The End of an Era

 

Toomer passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on in the artwork and brand imagery he did for Razzoo’s Cajun Café and plenty of other great brands. So the next time you visit, spend a little extra time with the art on the menu. If we get one chuckle out of you, George would consider that a befitting memorial.

Artwork by George Toomer -  Photo Credit

Artwork by George Toomer - Photo Credit

Razzoo's Is On Your Side

Well, not literally on your side. More like, we’re on your side because we have an amazing menu of sides that you just going to love – on the side.

 

Have we mentioned the word “side” enough?!

 

So yeah – Razzoo’s Cajun Café has some sides that will knock your socks off! Here are just a few of the side items you can order with your Cajun cuisine:

 

·      Red Beanz ‘N’ Rice: Yall this is a staple in Cajun meals, and you must give it a try! Our red beans and rice are both prepared fresh and hot daily, and don’t worry, the beans have plenty of juice to sop up with your rice.

·      Fried Okra: A southern staple. Homegrown okra, breaded and then fried to crisp perfection.

·      Dirty Rice: White rice that is “dirtied up” with spices and stuff. It’s good. Just try it.

·      Jambalaya Rice: It’s dirty rice, but stepped up a notch! Seared sausage is mixed in for extra spice and extra kick.

·      Side Salad: Looking for something a little lighter? Go with a side salad. House salad or Caesar salad, either one is loaded with greens and will make you feel better about all that fried food you are inhaling.

·      Steamed Vegetables: Order a side of seasonal vegetables to accompany your meal.

·      Potato Mashers: Pillowy, fluffy potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to just about anything.

·      Hushpuppies: Speaking of pillowy, fluffy sides…you may want to give our ‘pups a try. Because fried bread never tasted so good.

 

Order any of these sides to accompany one of our fish, crawfish, shrimp, or sausage entrees. These are especially great to add to a meal if you are planning to split a meal with someone and don’t want to share your rice and beans.

 

razzoos red beanz n rice

Join us this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, serving authentic Cajun food in Texas and Concord, North Carolina.