Mardi Gras has us thinking about Cajun and Creole cuisine like crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, and more! Check out these NOLA-inspired eats & laissez bon temps rouler!

Updated February 2024


Aunt Irene's Kitchen

Aunt Irene's


This hidden gem is known for its no-fuss, Cajun-spiced seafood. Try their famous “Black Box”, aka a packed-to-the-brim to-go special that's delish! Each order can be customized to your tastes -- fill your box up with delicious items like lobster, crab, potatoes, sausage, lemon pepper shrimp, and more.

South Dallas | Directions


Bayou Jack's

This spot in the Unique Dining Capital of Texas serves fun takes on classics like Boudin Egg Rolls, Louisiana Street Pasta, and Crawfish Ceviche. Try the fried "Dirty Balls" with rice, sausage, cheese and peppers!

Roanoke | Directions

Big Shucks

The family-owned oyster bar has been serving delicious Cajun eats since 1983! Pick up some crawfish at $10.95 per pound, and even build your own boil with add ons like spices, corn, potatoes, and more.

Multiple locations | See locations


Blends Daiquiri

Come for the Cajun food, stay for the daiquiris! Blends offers all the classics like po boys, seafood baskets, boudin bites, red beans and rice, and nine different daiquiri flavors to try. Our personal fave is the chicken and sausage gumbo -- it's spiced to perfection!

The Colony | Directions


Boiling Crab

Build your own Cajun seafood boil! Simply choose your catch, add sauce, and pick your spice level for a custom experience straight out of a Louisiana backyard crab boil. Don't skip on the sides either!

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Bongo Beaux's

The chef here is a Louisiana native, so you know their Cajun and Creole dishes are on point! Get all your classic favorites like Jambalaya, é’touffée, cajun pasta, crawfish queso, and more.

Celina | Directions

Charlies Creole Kitchen

This casual spot serves classics like étouffée, jambalaya, and more, and might have one of the best lunch specials in town! Their Uptown Lunch is just $13, and includes stuffed shrimp, three fried shrimp, Cajun-spiced fries, and a cup of red beans and rice. The fried shrimp po boy and the shrimp creole are also amazing!

Lower Greenville | Directions


Dan's Seafood

This spot has all your faves like fried fish, shrimp, and boiled seafood! If you've never tried catfish nuggets, they are a must -- little pieces of catfish are battered in spices, fried, and served with the dipping sauce of your choice.

Wolf Creek | Directions


Dodies Allen

This spot serves up flavors straight out of NOLA, and recently launched their Cajun Brunch! Stop by for dishes like Beignet French Toast, Cajun Chicken and Waffles, Crab and Crawfish Benedict, and more. You can even pick up some crawfish to boil at home for just $10 per pound!

Allen | Directions


Dodies Reef

Dodie's New Orleans Seafood Cafe


You don't have to go all the way to New Orleans for delicious food and a great party! This lively spot serves classics like boiled crawfish and seafood gumbo, and unique dishes like Cajun tamales and blackened seafood nachos. Enjoy hurricane buckets and live music with your meal too! 

Lower Greenville | Directions


Fish City Grill

Fish City started as a small, 12-table restaurant, and has now expanded to over a dozen locations across Texas! It's popular for a reason, serving all your faves like shrimp, catfish, oysters, and even Cajun-style pasta and tacos. Their crab bisque is absolutely to die for!

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Granny's Cajun Cooking

This fast-casual spot is whipping up staples like boudin balls, gumbo, and more southern faves. Their baskets can be filled with pork chops, fried catfish, wings, or even turkey legs. They even have a veggie option -- Cajun Spiced Fried Cauliflower!

Lovers Lane | Directions


Le Bon Temps Beignets

Find a taste of NOLA’s Cafe Du Monde, right here in Dallas! Just like the famous restaurant, you'll find hot chicory coffee and French fried beignets cooked by a Louisiana native.

Deep Ellum | Directions


Bayou Market

Head to the market to shop all the staples for Cajun and Creole cooking! Find everything from spices and hot sauces to crawfish and sausage, or order a family meal, featuring fried chicken or fish and all the fixings, to skip the cooking. 

Lewisville | Directions

MudBugs Bar & Grill

This spot is family-owned by Louisiana natives and serves all the classics, some with unique twists of their own! Try the Bayou Boudin Nachos, Gator Bites, Cajun Patty Melt -- or get the sampler if you can't decide!

Frisco | Directions


Nates Seafood

This family-owned seafood joint has been serving up crave-worthy seafood for over 30 years, with amazing weekly specials! They have an $8.95 crawfish special on Mondays and Tuesdays, with live blues music every Thursday.

Addison | Directions



This Houston chain is a Texas staple, serving upscale Cajun and seafood classics. Get the seafood platter to try fried catfish fillets, shrimp, oysters, stuffed shrimp and stuffed crab, or the Pasta Mardi Gras, which comes with crawfish, andouille sausage, and jumbo grilled shrimp, topped with mushrooms and a marinara cream sauce!

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Po Melvins

Melvin's will transport to the French Quarter via a sandwich! Their menu featured 10 different 'po boys, like fried catfish, roast beef, meatloaf, blackened pork chops, and more. Wash it all down with a hurricane or daiquiri!

Irving | Directions



Head to any of their locations around DFW for crawfish at $9.99 per pound, plus comfort faves like gumbo, é’touffée, and more.

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Red Crab

Build your own boil with options like snow crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, and more! Once you pick your catch, top it with Cajun, lemon pepper, or garlic butter sauce, or all three. You can also customize your spice level -- warning: their extra hot will leave you sweating!

Addison | Directions


Restaurant Beatrice

restaurant beatrice


This upscale Cajun spot is a James Beard Award nominee, and also has a great patio! Their entire menu is incredible -- our faves are the cajun carbonara and cajun egg rolls.

Oak Cliff | Directions


Roots Southern Table

This award-winning farm-to-table spot serves traditional Cajun dishes, following lots of family recipes! Check them out for jerk lamb chops, duck dirty rice, and more. 

Farmers Branch | Directions


Shells & Tails 2 Geaux

Find the Shells & Tails food truck at locations around DFW, or stop by their permanent one! Snow crab legs are a must here, and the best way to get them is in the Cajun Munch Sampler! The massive bag comes with a half pound of shrimp, a half pound of snow crab, corn on the cob, sausage and potatoes.

De Soto | Directions


Shell Shack

This casual seafood joint serves all the classics like snow crab, gumbo, peel-and-eat shrimp, and more. Don't skip on the apps, their Crab Nachos and Crab Stuffed Tater Tots are a go-to every time!

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Shuck n Jive

This spot has been a local staple for over 30 years! Find over 100 items on the menu, ranging from crawfish to red beans and rice. They also have amazing lunch and drink specials!

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Swamp Cafe

Originated in NOLA, Swamp Cafe serves Cajun-inspired meals all day long in a casual setting, even with Halal options. We love the seafood gumbo & delicious crawfish é’touffée!

Addison | Directions

Tasty Tails

Try out the Tasty Tuesday special, including $6.99 per pound crawfish and specialty “Who Dat” sauce. Plus, try adding ramen to your seafood boil!

Addison | Directions


The Free Man

The local favorite pairs Cajun specialties with live music every night! The crawfish é’touffée is delish, and their Cajun Brisket is the perfect combination of Texas and Louisiana flavors!

Deep Ellum | Directions