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Get Ready for Fat Tuesday Specials at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Fat Tuesday starts early at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

What do you mean, it starts early?

Well, at Razzoo’s Mardi Gras is our jam. It’s basically our favorite time of year, so we wanted to get the Fat Tuesday party started early! Why wait until March 5 to let loose and have some fun?!

Fat Tuesday Specials at Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Beginning Feb. 21, it’s like Cajun Christmas here at Razzoo’s because our gifts to you are some pretty amazing food and drink specials in honor of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. All day everyday, from 2/21 to 3/5, get the following Fat Tuesday Specials:

·      $5 Green Beans – Southern style, just the way grandma makes ‘em.

·      $5 Boudin Balls – Crispy fried boudin served with a zippy dip, what’s not to love.

·      $5 Rat Toes – Our famous and most ordered appetizer, jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and crab.

·      $5 Fried Pickles – Exactly what they sound like, and they’re crispy fried to perfection.

·      $0.75/each Peel & Eat Shrimp – Eat as many, or as little, as you want. Served with cocktail sauce.

·      $6 Loaded Cracklin’ Dip – Cheesy goodness; the perfect Cajun dip.

·      $4 Frozen Hurrycanes – The New Orleans favorite done right at Razzoo’s!

·      $4 Frozen Mardi Ritas – Let’s get the party started with Razzoo’s margaritas.

·      $3 Abita Amber Drafts – Craft beer straight from Louisiana.

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See you this Week at Razzoo’s!

Razzoo’s is the place to be for Fat Tuesday and Fat Tuesday Celebrations! We look forward to seeing you this week to celebrate for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late night drinks. Remember – these deals are going on all day, every day, so there’s no bad time to celebrate! For example - order an order of Rat Toes, a few Abita Amber drafts, and Gator Tail, and you’ve got a full meal at a fraction of the price with these Fat Tuesday deals!! Now that’s a reason to celebrate!



*Specials and menu items subject to change. Ask server for current offers.

New Year’s Celebrations are Better at Razzoo’s!

After the presents are exchanged and the family gatherings have ended, don’t forget to make plans to ring in the New Year. What’s that – you don’t have any plans? We’ll save you a seat at Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Texas!

 

At Razzoo’s, you know what to expect. Good people. Delicious food. And of course, fantastic Cajun drink specials. Here are a few of our favorite drinks, perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration:

 

Gator Punch

Nothing says festive like a big ole fish bowl of Gator Punch! The drink serves up to four – if you’re willing to share! – and is filled with 6 different liquors. You’ll even get complimentary beads to wear and 2 ft. long straws to slurp it down. Let’s just call it the trash can drink to top all trash can drinks.

 

Craft Beer

Call you local Razzoo’s Cajun Café and find out what’s on tap now! We love sourcing craft beer from local artisans, many of which are right here in the great state of Texas. Of course, we’re also partial to our roots, and that’s why you’ll find brews from Louisiana’s own Abita Brewing Co. as well. Many of our locations offer pint nights and tastings too; just ask the bartender about it the next time you’re in.

 

Swamp Thang

Get crazy with two of our most popular Cajun drink specials mixed into one! The Swamp Thang is a blend of our Mardi Rita and Hurrycane Hell, drizzled with melon and raspberry liqueur on top. Too chicken to give it a try? Then just opt for either the Mardi Rita or the Hurrycane Hell by itself. Both are classic Cajun cocktails you’re sure to love.

 

Are you ready to party?! Then spend your New Year’s Eve with us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café! With a wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, it’s the perfect place to ring in the New Year.

 

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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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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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Cajun Poker: Bourre

Now in the backwoods of Louisiana – from Lafayette, to New Iberia, up to Cottonport, and then over to Houma – Cajuns know and love a little game called Bourre.

 

Bourre – pronounced (BOO-RAY) is well loved in these parts of Louisiana, yet unknown to the rest of the world. Let Razzoo’s Cajun Café fill you in on one of the best kept Cajun secrets.

 

What is Bourre?

Just about everything in Louisiana has French and Spanish roots, and bourre is no different. It is a derivative of a French card game played in the 20th century, and that game likely has roots in a Spanish game called Burro, which means “donkey.”  Similar to hearts, spades, or even poker, the object of the game is to get as many tricks as possible. Get no tricks, and you are “bourre.”

 

How do you play Bourre?

The game is simple, and yet, the kicker with bourre is that you must declare your ante before the cards are even dealt. While house rules abound, here are the general rules of play:

 

Before you Start

·      Players: Grab at least 5 friends – and up to 8 – and you’re set. Technically, less than 5 people can play, but the game gets a little boring and turns into a snooze-fest. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

·      Deck: Standard 52- card deck is used; just discard the jokers.

 

Playing the Game

·      Each player contributes an ante to the pot.

·      Dealer deals out 5 cards to each player, then flips the last card (the 5th card dealt to himself) over. This determines the trump suit.

·      Before play begins, each player looks at their cards and determines if they will pass or play. If you “pass,” then you are forfeiting your right to win, but can’t lose anymore. If you “play,” read on.

·      Anyone who chooses to play can then discard as many cards as they’d like and receive replacement cards. Once all players have their 5 cards, players play a card in order clockwise. The highest card wins and takes the hand. If no card of that suit is available, the trumps suit may be played.

·      At the end of 5 rounds, or after all 5 cards have been played, the player with the most tricks wins the pot.

 

Complete rules can be found here and here, because frankly there are just too many nuances to explain here!

 

Ready to play bourre? Grab some friends and a card deck, and head over to Razzoo’s – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas – where the patio is always open and we welcome a friendly game of cards. Whoever wins buys!

 

A Must for New Orleans Sightseeing: Preservation Hall

When planning your next trip to New Orleans, make sure your itinerary includes a trip to the world famous Preservation Hall.

 

Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall is the heart and soul of New Orleans jazz music. If you want to hear incredible New Orleans jazz, then Preservation Hall is your place!

 

Humble Beginnings

 

The story of Preservation Hall dates back to the 1950s when rock and roll and bebop were all the rage, and jazz music was on the outs.

A local gallery owner named Larry Borenstein had a love for legendary jazz music and hated that running his gallery took away from his time to see his favorite jazz bands perform, so he invited them to start playing at his gallery. Getting them to come was easy – since many were struggling to make ends meet – and word quickly spread of the jazz music hub in the French Quarter. The jam sessions began to take on a life of their own, and before long, nightly jazz concerts were held to preserve the art of jazz and to take donations for the artists.

 

The Legend Lives On

 

Today, you can visit Preservation Hall at the same address in the French Quarter – 726 St. Peter Street – and hear traditional New Orleans jazz any night of the week. The mission continues to be the same – to spread the love of jazz to a new generation.

 

Can’t make it to New Orleans anytime soon?

 

Don’t forget that Razzoo’s Cajun Café has a great and varied playlist that features zydeco, jazz, and many of the favorites you’ll hear in and around the Quarter.  Some of our restaurants even feature live music on some nights.  It may not be jazz, but it’s gonna be good! That includes your local Razzoo’s in Lewisville, Round Rock, Tyler and Harker Heights - give them a call to find out who’s playing this week and enjoy the best Cajun food in Texas while you’re at it! With 18 locations all over the great state of Texas, you’re sure to find a location near you.

Bringing the Tastes of Louisiana to You: Abita Brewing Company

Razzoo’s Cajun Café is proud to serve and support so many amazing craft breweries from around the state of Texas, but did you know we offer some Cajun favorites too? One of the most popular: craft beer from Abita Brewing Company.

 

If you’ve spent any time in or around New Orleans, then you’ve heard of Abita Brewing Company. Founded just 30 miles north of New Orleans in the tiny town of Covington, Abita Brewing is cranking out some of our favorite craft brews. (If you’re ever in or around New Orleans, be sure to visit their killer taproom for tasting and tours.)

 

 

But what makes them any different from the rest of the beer we serve?

 

 

·      Handcrafted Small Batches: When quality is of utmost importance, you brew your beer in small, easily controlled batches. Such is the case with Abita Brewing. A team of experts takes pride on overseeing the process, testing each batch to ensure perfection.

·      Abita Springs: Beer starts with water, and the purer the water – the better the beer. Abita Brewing gets all of its water from deep wells that pull water up from Albita Springs, providing the purest water around. We’ll just call this one a major geographic advantage.

·      Finest Ingredients: Abita sources its ingredients from around the world, because only the best will do. Hops from the Pacific Northwest, British and North American barley, and German yeast strains are just a few of the ingredients that set this beer apart.

·      No preservatives or additives: What you see is what you get with Abita Brewing. They add no preservatives, stabilizers, or additives – cranking out the purest, freshest tasting beer around.

Want to give Abita’s brews a try? Visit your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café in Texas and ask what’s available. A few of our favorites include Turbodog, Amber, Purple Haze, Strawberry Lager, and Seersucker Summer Pils.

 

Razzoo’s prides itself on being the best Cajun restaurant around, serving up a wide selection of craft beer from Texas, Louisiana, and beyond.

 

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Photo Courtesy Abita Brewing Company

Cookin' Up Cajun with Syracuse Sausage

Mama always told us your food is only as good as the ingredients you put in it.

 

 

We tend to agree with Mama, and that’s why Razzoo’s Cajun Café only uses the highest quality ingredients in all of our dishes. No overly processed foods here. Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe relies on quality – and many times regional – suppliers to give us the freshest meat and produce around.

 

One such supplier is Syracuse Sausage from right here in the great state of Texas. Founded by Joe Mussacchio in the early 1980s, the company’s roots really date back to the 1960s when Joe honed his craft working in the family sausage making business in Syracuse, New York. When Joe relocated to Texas, he couldn’t find good quality sausage anywhere, and Syracuse Sausage was founded. Leave it up to a family of Italians to make some pretty darn good sausage.

 

Here are a few reasons we love this sausage:

 

·      All Natural: You won’t find any fillers here! All of the Syracuse Sausage is minimally processed with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.

·      Authentic: Syracuse Sausage uses it’s own custom spice blends, giving the sausage a truly unique and authentic Cajun flavor.

·      Locally Owned and Operated: It just feels good to shop local. Located in Ponder, Texas, Syracuse Sausage is gives us the opportunity to source great meats from our own backyard.

·      Family Company: The Mussacchio family still owns and operates Syracuse Sausage, loving every minute of it.

 

Want to try some great sausage? Come into your local Razzoo’s Cajun Café today for Boudin, Cajun Andouille with Red Beanz N Rice, and more of your favorite Cajun foods. Razzoo’s is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. See you this week at Razzoo’s for the best Cajun food in Texas and North Carolina!

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