LYD Recommendation: Louisiana is famous for the Cajun expertise in fine dining! Alligator Café is fine dinning at a reasonable price. They even have a drive-thru! Just a few minutes to darn good Creole dishes brought to the comfort of your ride!
Creole is a term used to describe groups of peoples, languages, and styles of cooking that are locally born with foreign ancestry, often represented in formerly colonized regions of certain countries. In the United States, Creole cooking involves European and French influenced cuisine blended with the essence of Cajun home cooking. The melting pot of eatables brewed in the heart of Cajun country, also known as Louisiana, is known for its simplicity, smoked meats, aromatic vegetables, and rustic local ingredients. Louisiana is the home to the current Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints, the biggest Mardi Gras party ever, and some of the most flavorful, spicy, and ever-so appetizing food you might ever eat! Gumbo, craw-fish, jambalaya, po' boy, oh my! Let LYD lead your taste buds on a road trip down the bayou by heading to Alligator Café in Dallas. Alligator Café’s Chef Ivan Pugh says his main goal is to “provide the best Cajun and Creole food, made from scratch, to the most important people in the world- the customer.” It is an establishment which is overflowing with Cajun pride and Louisiana loyalty! However, this zippy fast food eatery is located in downtown Dallas, whose culinary scene has begun to be defined by the merging of cultures, personalities, zest, and atmosphere. If LYD could make a request to the BBB of Dallas, it would be bring on more Creole eateries to D-Town! LYD is a zealous fan of Louisiana cooking and spicy food in general, so this experience was a real tasty treat!
The menu at Alligator Café covers its bases by adding a Creole punch to all its dishes. A little Cajun flavor to chicken fingers, enchiladas, pasta, chicken wings, and even salad. Also offered are standard Cajun meals such as jambalaya, boudin, and gumbo which will trick your tastes into believing you are getting the fare straight from the streets of New Orleans. Allow your mouth to savor the seasonings of the meat stocks and vegetable roux, which are the base to every Cajun or Creole meal. You also have the option to add a dash of one of the 30 hot sauces offered to make your meal super spicy. Alligator Café has a diverse repertoire and even three choices of gumbo; you can get the alligator and craw-fish, chicken and andouille sausage, or shrimp and oyster gumbo, all of which are served on a bed of rice and with a slice of French bread. Alligator isn't a staple for just any ol' menu in Texas, so why not branch out and go for the deliciously uncommon? And if you have never had alligator, we can assure you it tastes and almost looks like chicken sausage. If you're looking for a meal that's gonna stuff you, there are options such as the Atchafalaya, Craw-fish Enchiladas, Etouffée, a Muffaletta, or a Po' Boy sandwich. Everything is made from scratch and combine the history of Louisiana with a mouth watering lesson in flavor! Geographically, Atchafalaya is the largest-toured swamp basin located in South-Central Louisiana, and the history of the Po' Boy is rumored to stem from the Great Depression era and has most definitely had the biggest impact on the local diet over any other meal. It's freshly fried fillings with simple and appealing New Orleans French Bread make it hard to beat! Even if you are a real poor boy, Alligator Café will give you beau-coup servings of all their meals for just a workman's price. But even after you stuff yourself, don't forget dessert, because your Cajun experience won't be over until you have tried the homemade bread pudding. This is a delightful bread pudding made with a whiskey sauce and will keep you wanting more bite after bite! Grab some beads and your favorite hot sauce and head to Alligator Café for a real heaping of Creole and Cajun food!
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