Saturday, April 21, 2012

Visiting Texas: 5 Houston Area Cajun/Creole Spots

Some refer to it as "Cajun food" while others call it "Creole food" but nevertheless if you're from the South like me you probably have heard of and love them both. The words Cajun and Creole both derived from the French language.

By definition Cajun is used to describe the French-speaking Acadian or "Cajun" settlers of 17th century Nova Scotia, a colony in Canada they named Acadia, from akade, the Micmac Indian word for ‘plenty’, who were driven off their land and into exile by the British to the Acadiana region of Louisiana. Creole is the term used to refer to the descended from the colonial settlers in Louisiana normally mixed-race people of African and European (such as German, Irish or Italian) ancestry but primarily of French, Spanish, and Native American heritage.

My mom is a proud Louisianan, born and raised (lucky me) so in the simplest of terms most Cajun/Creole dishes normally consist of an array of spices, rice, and seafood. Some of my favorite Cajun dishes are: Boudin, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Etouffee. What's your favorite Cajun or Creole cuisine?

My Top 5 Houston Area Cajun/Creole Restaurants

1 Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen

Favorite Dish: Boudin Balls or Jambalaya Pasta

2 Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe

Favorite Dish: Fried Alligator Tail or Red Beans & Rice

3 Treebeards

Favorite Dish: Gumbo

4 Ragin' Cajun Restaurant

Favorite Dish: Etouffe

5 Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Favorite Dish: Fried Shrimp

1 comment :

  1. I love boudin! So the thought of boudin balls has my salivating in this very moment!


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