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5 Cajun Food Dishes To Try Next Date Night

Cajun food has been an American staple since the 1700s, when French-speaking Acadians were displaced from their homeland in Eastern Canada and re-settled in present-day Louisiana. Contending with a very different climate than the one they had come from, the Acadians gradually lost their former culinary traditions and began using locally-available ingredients and simple cooking techniques to create spicier and more flavorful dishes. Over time, they developed what is now one of the most popular cuisines in the world — delicious and full-flavored Cajun food!

At Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles, we have proudly been serving up authentic Louisiana Cajun cooking for more than five decades. We invite you to join us for your next date night to experience some of the richest, tastiest cuisine in Lake Charles — after all, what’s more romantic than sharing delicious food?

Contact us to make your reservation today and enjoy Cajun food classics like:

1. Crawfish Étouffée

Étouffée (translation: “stifled”) is a popular Cajun stew, typically served over steamed white rice and cooked using a technique called “smothering.” A mixture of crawfish (or other meats and seafoods) and vegetables are cooked in a covered pan over low heat and covered (or “smothered”) with a generous amount of broth and various spices. The result of this patient stove-top braising? Delicious, slow-cooked, tender meat and vegetables, infused with flavor in every bite.

Visit our steak and seafood restaurant to try an étouffée tonight — our chefs have created mouth-watering varieties for crab lovers, shrimp lovers, and crawfish lovers alike.

2. Boiled Shrimp

There are a handful of meats and seafoods that pop up time and time again throughout the best Cajun cooking, and shrimp is at the top of the list! Flavorful yet versatile, shrimp is the perfect complement to a wide range of popular Cajun dishes. At Pat’s of Henderson, you can order your shrimp fried, grilled, stuffed, or broiled — in gumbo dishes, pasta dishes, and bienville dishes — with oysters, or okra, or steak — au gratin or on a po’ boy sandwich.

However, there’s something to be said for the simplicity and full flavors of simple fresh-boiled shrimp. With quality ingredients and delicious seasoning, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything tastier. Make your reservation tonight to taste for yourself!

3. Gumbo

Even though gumbo is technically a Creole food, and not a Cajun one, it shares the strong flavors and spices of our favorite Cajun cuisine, so we’re including it in the rundown. Typically consisting of a strong-flavored stock or broth, meat or shellfish, roux, and the “holy trinity” of vegetables (celery, bell peppers, and onions), gumbo is one of the most popular dishes in Louisiana.

At Pat’s of Henderson, we offer a wide selection of gumbos, all seasoned with our own spicy Cajun mix. (Hint: For your next date night, you can order your own Perioux seasoning to cook a romantic and delicious meal at home!)

Drop by our Cajun restaurant to enjoy:

  • Crawfish Gumbo
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Shrimp and Oyster Gumbo
  • Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
  • Crab Gumbo
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

4. Alligator

Louisiana is full of marshy coastal regions and swamplands, the perfect habitat for alligators. The Acadians took advantage of this widely-available local meat to create a variety of tasty dishes! Today, alligator remains a staple meat of Cajun cooking throughout the state.

Although alligator meat may sound exotic to some, it is similar in taste to chicken or rabbit. At Pat’s of Henderson, we prefer to serve our alligator deep-fried. Ready to try a unique, delicious, and authentically Louisianan entrée? Schedule date night and contact us to make a reservation!

5. Po’ Boy Sandwich

Po’ boys are one of the most popular traditional pieces of Louisiana cuisine. Consisting of a meat like roast beef or fried Cajun seafood sandwiched between a baguette-like New Orleans French bread with a crispy crust and fluffy center, this is a simple dish that packs major flavor.

“Dressed” po’ boys usually come with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise. At Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles, all of our po’ boy sandwiches come fully dressed and served with french fries. Choose from a variety of traditional Cajun flavors:

  • Shrimp and Oyster Po’ Boy
  • Shrimp and Catfish Po’ Boy
  • Shrimp and Crawfish Po’ Boy
  • Catfish and Oyster Po’ Boy
  • Catfish and Crawfish Po’ Boy
  • Crawfish and Oyster Po’ Boy

Experience Authentic Cajun Cuisine at Pat’s of Henderson

At Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles, we are proud to create excellent Cajun cuisine inspired by our local history and heritage. Every dish is prepared from scratch using locally sourced ingredients and secret family spices and recipes passed down through generations.

View our full menu online and give us a call to schedule your reservation. We look forward to helping you make your next date night out an unforgettable experience. Treat your taste buds to the best Louisiana has to offer — contact us today.