Ragin Cajun Houston Reviews
A Taste of Louisiana in Texas Mar 21, 2010
If you cannot visit Louisiana, the Ragin Cajun in Houston, Texas is the next best thing. Since 1974, this family-run restaurant has offered Cajun food to Houston locals including boudin (sausage), po-boys (sandwiches), gumbo, catfish, bread pudding and boiled crawfish.
Crawfish are also called "mudbugs" in the southern U.S. and are in season in the spring. Boiled crawfish are especially popular and cooked in a large pot with lots of seasoning, along with corn on the cob or potatoes. I actually prefer my "mudbugs" in a po-boy, but boiled crawfish are very tasty (and can be seriously spicy).
The atmosphere at the Ragin Cajun is casual as diners share long tables covered with red and white calico tablecloths. Buckets of boiled crawfish line the tables as diners peel their "mudbugs" and enjoy their corn and potatoes. Tables are lined with bottles of tabasco sauce and there is even a spice cabinet in the corner for diners wanting extra seasoning.
Zydeco music (which is Louisiana Creole music performed on an accordian) plays in the background and it almost feels like a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. You almost forget you're not in Louisiana.
The walls are decorated with sports memorabilia (including several New Orleans Saints football banners) and lots of Mardi Gras beads.
Food is ordered at the counter and service is very friendly. Expect to pay roughly $7 to $9 for a po-boy while boiled crawfish will be based on the market price. Other menu options are in the $10 to $15 range.
It's hard to find good Cajun food outside Louisiana but luckily Houston has an option. Customers will drive miles and miles just for some spicy crawfish. It's a taste of Louisiana in Houston, Texas and highly worth the visit.
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