Mardi Gras has us thinking about Cajun and Creole cuisine like crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya and more! Check out these 28 NOLA inspired eats & laissez bon temps rouler!

Updated February 2023




Aunt Irene's Kitchen

Aunt Irene's


No fuss, Cajun-spiced seafood! like their “Black Box”, aka a packed to the brim to-go special that's delish!

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 since 1983 celebrates Fat Tuesday with exclusive crawfish and drink specials! Pick up some crawfish at $10.95 per pound.

Multiple locations | See locations


Blends Daiquiri

Try the chicken & sausage gumbo!

The Colony | Directions


Boiling Crab

Build your own Cajun seafood boil! Choose your catch, add sauce, and pick your spice for a custom experience straight out of a backyard crab fest

Multiple locations | See locations


Bongo Beaux's

Get your classic Louisiana favorites like Jambalaya, é’touffée, cajun pasta, crawfish queso, and more.

Celina | Directions

Charlies Creole Kitchen

Try the fried shrimp po boy or the shrimp creole! This casual setting serves classics like étouffée, jambalaya and more.

Lower Greenville | Directions


Dan's Seafood

This spot has all your faves like fried fish, shrimp, and boiled seafood!

Wolf Creek | Directions


Dodies Allen

Pick up some crawfish for just $10 per pound.

Allen | Directions


Dodies Reef

Dodie's New Orleans Seafood Cafe


Celebrate their Mardi Gras party with boiled crawfish, hurricane buckets, and live music. Plus Tuesday specials all February long!

Lower Greenville | Directions


Fish City Grill

Their crab bisque is to die for!

Multiple locations | See locations


Granny's Cajun Cooking

Fast casual spot whipping up staples like boudin balls, gumbo, and more southern faves. Try granny’s gumbo or the catch!

Lovers Lane | Directions




Cajun meets Asian with crawfish, lobster tail boil, and more! Their Mardi Craw Pop-Up will host boiled crawfish, cocktails, and a DJ. 

Bishop Arts | Directions


Le Bon Temps Beignets

A taste of NOLA’s Cafe Du Monde, aka hot chicory coffee + French fried beignets from a Louisiana native

Deep Ellum | Directions


Bayou Market

Head to the market for crawfish at $8.50 per pound.

Lewisville | Directions

MudBugs Bar & Grill

Family-owned by Louisiana natives serving all the classics, some with personal twists. Get the salmon-over-sinner and saint hash!

Frisco | Directions


Nates Seafood

Family-owned seafood joint serving for over 30 years, with amazing weekly specials! They have an $8.95 crawfish special Mondays & Tuesdays, with live blues music every Thursday.

Addison | Directions


Nola Brasserie

Cajun dishes handmade from scratch and NOLA inspired cocktails. We love the fried catfish & the NOLA bread pudding!

Downtown | Directions



A Texas staple! This Houston chain serves upscale Cajun and seafood classics. Get the seafood platter or the pasta Mardi Gras!

Multiple locations | See locations


Po Melvins

Go for the 'po boys and the boiled crawfish deal! Just $29 for 5 pounds.

Irving | Directions



Head to any of the locations for crawfish at $9.99 per pound, plus comfort faves like gumbo, é’touffée & more.

Multiple locations | See locations


Red Crab

Build your own boil with snow crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, & more!

Addison | Directions


Restaurant Beatrice

restaurant beatrice


This upscale Cajun spot is a James Beard Award nominee, and also has a great patio! Try the cajun carbonara or cajun egg rolls.

Oak Cliff | Directions


Roots Southern Table

Check them out for jerk lamb chops, duck dirty rice and more. They were even nominated for a James Beard Award!

Farmers Branch | Directions


Shells & Tails 2 Geaux

The snow crab legs and Cajun munch are so good!

De Soto | Directions


Shell Shack

This casual seafood joint serves snow crab, crab legs & more.

Multiple locations | See locations

Shuck n Jive

Local staple for 30+ years with crawfish, yummy red beans & rice and jambalaya. They have Jell-O shot and hurricane specials on Fat Tuesday!

Multiple locations | See locations


Swamp Cafe

Originated in NOLA serving Cajun-inspired meals all day long in a casual setting 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 speciality “Who Dat” sauce. Plus, try adding ramen to your seafood boil!

Addison | Directions


The Free Man

The local favorite pairs Cajun specialities with live music every night. The crawfish é’touffée is delish!

Deep Ellum | Directions