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Apr 20, 2007 02:33 PM

Good Cajun

I've tried several of the Cajun places in Dallas and most have been total crap. Can anyone recommend a good cajun place?

I've been to Papadeaux's and place on the corner of Lover's and Greenville. I've forgotten the name of it. They've been two of the better places I've tried but still not great.

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  1. I personally like Big Easy on Park & 75 in Plano. They are quite reasonable and their Gumbo is among the best I have had include in South Louisiana.

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    1. re: irodguy

      I also like Big Easy. I usually get the crawfish etouffee. I also like Pappadeaux's, and haven't tried Nate's. I ate at Alligator Cafe once and wasn't impressed.

      1. re: luniz

        I've only been to Big Easy once, but I really enjoyed the shrimp po boy that I had.

        1. re: luniz

          Did Big Easy for father's day a few weeks back, we ordered the whole gamut of the menu and found most of the food to be underseasoned.

          We had pan fried tilpia special - underseasoned
          meatball sandwich - ok
          boudin balls - not too shabby
          gumbo - ok
          tilapia w/ stuffed crab and shrimp - underseasoned
          key lime pie - good stuff
          blackened chicken salad - ok

          I'm really thinking we really should've eaten more from the fryer.

          1. re: DFDubster

            I'm curious what you mean by "under"seasoned? Do you mean hot or bland?

            1. re: CocoaNut

              Bland, my brother's tilapia with stuffed crab and shrimp was also a little cold in the center. We both had to add alot of hot sauce to both fish plates to salvage the meal. Suprising to me too, because when I think of Cajun food, there's always plenty of seasoning to go around.

              1. re: DFDubster

                I used to love their crawfish cake, which uses the same sauce as the crawfish etouffee. A few months ago when I had it, it tasted different (maybe bland/underseasoned?) I don't know if the chef has changed, but until luniz confirms that the crawfish etouffee tastes as it used to, I'm not going back!

                1. re: kuidaore

                  I went back once after my last post about the sauce seeming different, and it was back to normal for the most part. That was early June iirc. But I'll probably wait until next spring to go back as some of the offseason crawfish can be disappointing. Although I can always get something other than the etouffee I suppose.

                  As far as underseasoning...if the shrimp are good, you don't want to kill the flavor with too much spice. Also they do seem to prefer to leave the heat levels up to the customer to adjust which is fine with me. It seems like the only thing you really found "underseasoned" were the tilapia dishes, which doesn't surprise me much.

      2. Alligator Cafe on Live Oak. Crustaceans in Deep Ellum. Dodie's on Lower Greenville.

        1. For boiled crawfish, there's none better than Nate's in Addison. I can't tell you about the rest of their food because I only eat the crawfish.

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            1. Alligator Cafe has very good lunches and lunch specials - I eat lunch there about once a month. Their homemade root beer and cream soda is great (not always available, order it if it is). I really like the gumbo at Crustaceans - thinner than what we usually get here - more like what I had growing up in New Orleans (but keep in mind everyone in New Orleans has their own version). Nate's would be my choice for north of 635. I haven't tried Big Easy, but will based on the earlier posts.