Where to get your Cajun fix, catch the LSU game, and other lagniappes
As much as I want to give a big Texas welcome to our Louisiana neighbors, who came en masse last weekend, I know firsthand they aren’t here by choice. With power still out in places that were lucky, and infrastructure wiped out in places that weren’t, Irving might be playing host for a while.
Which is why I’m taking it upon myself - as someone whose passions include all-things Louisiana (topping that list is my own family of Ida evacuees from Baton Rouge) - to point out a few places to help our gulf coast guests feel a little more at home.
Best of the Big Easy
Whether looking for somewhere to watch the LSU Tigers kick off their season Saturday night against the UCLA Bruins, pick up grub for your own Death Valley Tailgate, or just get a taste of home, these are the places you’ll want to geaux.
4070 N Belt Line Rd, Ste 100
(972) 255-3919Sat – Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm Fri: 11 am – 10 pm
One of the aforementioned relatives from Baton Rouge is my Uncle John, whose compliments are few and complaints are many. Especially when it comes to food. So imagine our surprise when he declared the Colossal Seafood Platter we brought from Po’ Melvin’s – fried catfish filet, fried shrimp (Louisiana Whites, the best in town), fried stuff crab, french fries and tossed salad – “a winner.” I was so happy I not only wanted to slap my momma (catch phrase at Mel’s), I actually did! For authentic Cajun cuisine and southern hospitality, this homegrown restaurant with deep Louisiana roots is hard to beat.
Toyota Music Factory
340 W Las Colinas Blvd, Suite 100
(469) 706-6190Mon – Fri: 3 pm – 10 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 10 pm
If you’re looking to laissez le bon temps rouler, this is your place. Located in the heart of the Toyota Music Factory, there’s always something going on at this Cajun-themed sports bar. Saturday night you can bet it’s LSU football on one of their many HD TV’s, followed by live music. And if you’re not in the mood for the Green Gator’s N’awlins style food, you’re in luck as they have an entire menu of non-Cajun items.
Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux
3165 Regent Blvd
(469) 779-2500Sun – Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm Fri – Sat: 11 am – 11 pm
I don’t have to tell anyone from southern Louisianna about Walk-Ons. This popular sports bar was founded by two LSU basketball walk-ons who, after traveling with the team and seeing some of the best restaurants and bars in the country, decided the LSU campus needed something similar. Almost a quarter of a century later, they’ve not only franchised, but picked up the G.O.A.T. himself, Drew Brees as a co-owner.
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
1414 Market Place Blvd
(972) 373-9400Sun – Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm Fri – Sat: 11 am – 10 pm
Razzoo's is a festive restaurant serving both Cajun and Creole food, straight out of their “Zydeco Kitchen.” I’m kinda fond of this place since I have a dog named Zydeco. Plus, their Cajun fondue is heaven on earth and pairs well with their frozen drinks, especially the perfectly-named Hurrycane Hell.
2950 N Belt Line Rd
(972) 600-8226Sun – Wed: 10:30 am – 9 pm
Thurs: 10:30 am – 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:30 am – 11 pm
Fast-casual and affordable, The Catch is known for their large portions, baskets of fresh seafood, outdoor dining and excellent customer service.
Tiger Bait and Open Late
If you’re looking for local sports bars showing all the big games with more traditional fare, we’ve got you covered there, too. And with late-night hours and other entertainment, you’re certain to pass a good time.
Toyota Music Factory
330 W Las Colinas Blvd
(469) 351-7112Open Daily 11 am – 2 am
Located on the Texas Lottery Plaza at the Toyota Music Factory, Reservoir is an open-air, late-night hot spot loaded with 42 HD TV’s and surround sound. Their brunch menu includes a dish called 'Everything but the Kitchen Sink' and is served in an actual kitchen sink. This Sunday night you can catch the Paul vs Woodley fight with no cover, followed by a live DJ spinning tunes until 2 a.m.
4030 N Mac Arthur Blvd
(972) 717-7575Open Daily 11 am – 2 am
Popular with locals, the Spirit Grille has multiple sports packages broadcasting across 15 TVs and six big screens. Located across from the Four Seasons Resort and Club, it’s also popular with visitors, offering darts, billiards, sports arcade games, live and touch screen trivia, and karaoke on weekend nights. Bonus is the food, which is far above par for a sports bar. I highly recommend the Flag Sticks, a.k.a. the best fried cheese around.
Often used to describe something good, lagniappe (lan-yap) is a Cajun-French inspired noun that means “a little extra.” So, here’s a suggestion for a little something extra to enhance your Labor Day weekend.
Life at the Lakehouse: The Last Summer Splash
The Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge at Omni Las Colinas Hotel
221 E Las Colinas Blvd | (972) 556-0800
On Sunday, September 5, enjoy one last hurrah for the summer season at the Omni Las Colinas’ Life at the Lakehouse outdoor party during Labor Day weekend at The Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge on the shores of Lake Carolyn. A DJ will be live from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Party Machine, the upbeat party band, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Activations by Corona Premier, Chandon Garden Spritz, Belvedere Organic Infusions and Aperol will be spread throughout the lawn with “Instagram-worthy” moments and games.
The party will take place from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. with no cost for entry. Day Passes can be purchased on Resort Pass for access to the pool area. Resort Pass for cabanas is based on availability.