The Original Rajun Cajun Restaurant in Houston, Texas: A Review

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The restaurant is located at 4302 Richmond Street and was established in 1974 by Luke B. Mandola Sr. who actually graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana known as the “Ragin’ Cajuns”. The restaurant is well known for the New Orleans flair to it which includes crawfish and po-boys. The location on Richmond is where it all started and then they expanded in other areas of the city; the restaurant does not have a fancy look to it and it is very casual but the food is worthwhile.

To start out you can order one of their famous drinks such as a Hurricane for $6.50 and get a feel of New Orleans or a Rajin Rita. All the drinks on the menu are half priced during happy hour which happens Monday through Friday from 3:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M.

For starters you can try their gumbos, such as the shrimp and crab gumbo which is fresh Gulf Coast shrimp and lump crabmeat with fresh vegetables in a rich, dark roux. served over rice or their shrimp and chicken gumbo which is pan-braised chicken and fresh Gulf Coast shrimp with vegetables in a rich, dark roux, a cup is $5.29 or a bowl for $7.99.

From the Bayou section of the menu you can order their crawfish etouffee’ which is Crawfish smoothed with blond roux, onions, bell peppers, celery and tomato sauce in a rich seafood broth served over rice for $11.99 or red beans and rice with sausage which are red beans cooked Acadian style served over a bed of rice with sausage for $6.49.

Of course they also offer their famous po-boys like their Boudin po-boy served with lettuce, onion, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise, their Buffalo chicken served with fried chicken tenders tossed in homemade buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise for $7.99 or their special seafood ones like the oyster or crawfish po-boy for $8.99.


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