Last night, while doing laundry across the street, my boyfriend and I decided to try out Ragin Cajun Cafe on Pier Ave. in Hermosa Beach (422 Pier Ave, www.ragincajun.com). As we walked in, we were greeted by an adorable little boy who tugged at my pants and said, "Wubba, Wubba, Wubbzy" over and over. His mother, who I can only assume is either the manager or the owner, explained that they just rented "Wubbzy" which is his favorite movie and he's really excited, then told the little boy, "Leave her alone. She doesn't have a DVD player. Sit wherever you guys want." This may turn off some of you but, I LOVE down-home places where everyone feels like family and this is just the place. It's one of those places without formal dinnerware and if you went there a million times, you'd still see something new on the wall.
We saddled up to the bar, unsure if we were going to "splurge" or to just have a drink. Looking at the menu, which is handprinted on a brown paper shopping bag, there was such a combination of things I'd never think to cook! For example, fried EVERYTHING from hush puppies (which I seriously thought were some type of shoes, until I found it on Wikipedia and found out that in fact, basically, it's a type of fried cornmeal) to alligator and frog legs.
We ordered the shrimp etouffee combination that came with rice, beans, Jumbalaya and French bread to share. The plate was huge and I was so happy that we decided to share it. Now, to be fair to all you Cajun fans, I have never had this dish before, so my review is simply based on someone who was hungry and wanted something good. That being said, this was DELICIOUS! It had seasoned sausages everywhere, the etoufee was perfectly spicy (not too crazy but, enough to clear my sinuses a little), there were plenty shrimp cooked to perfection and mixing it all together was heavenly. We loved the sauce so much that we dipped our bread in it.
The bill's total was $38 (the shrimp etoufee, 2 bottles of Corona and 2 glasses of house merlot- which was 14 hands, a brand I'd never heard of before but, it was so good!). The only reason I didn't give it a perfect 5 is because they don't have a Happy Hour menu, which might be a good thing because if they did, I'd probably live there!