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Best Cajun Food In Charlotte

March 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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New Orleans is hot and so is the cuisine, honey. It’s hot in terms of popularity and the hot sauce laced with capsicum, the source of heat derived from hot peppers. The blend of French and African influences has yielded a very popular style of cooking. If you are not familiar with Cajun cuisine and want to learn the joy of biting into a fresh, warm beignet or a smoky andouille sausage, visit one of these restaurants. It will change your life. If you already know, then read on and “bon appétit.”
Barré Homestyle Cooking
1928 Randolph Road, Suite 116
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 372-7962
www.facebook.com/Barre-Homestyle-Cooking

Formerly known as “Bite Your Tongue AUTHENTIC New Orleans Cuisine,” the emphasis is on authenticity, and for good reason. Barré Homestyle Cooking puts Louisiana touches on everything. The proprietors relocated to Charlotte in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina and have gained a great reputation in short order. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. One “Soup of The Day” is called “Who Dat Chunk Chicken Chili.” Among the pasta specials is “Shrimp Alix Pasta,” comprised of shrimp and green onions sautéed in cream sauce with a penne pasta base. The meats and fish are baked, broiled, fried or smothered. Try the electric lemonade, a mix of peach tea and raspberry lemonade.

Eddie’s Place
617 S. Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 442-0147‎
www.eddiesplacerestaurant.com

A trip to New Orleans in the 1990s inspired the Eddie’s Place menu, a blend of Cajun with classic American tastes. Once affiliated with the now defunct Hotel Charlotte – remember the live Maine lobster special for $15? – Eddie’s Place specializes in gumbo and much more. Have your red beans and rice with smoked sausage, chicken or crawdads. “Po’boys,” a Louisiana specialty submarine sandwich, comes with all kinds of seafood choices. This family-oriented restaurant has another location in South Charlotte.

Cajun Yard Dog
8036 Providence Road, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 752-1750
www.cajunyarddog.net

The inspiration for the name of the restaurant comes from the term Cajun yard dog, which is what they call an alligator in Louisiana. Louisiana natives say it tastes like home. Located in the Arboretum Shopping Center, all of the standards are offered at Cajun Yard Dog. From jambalaya to crawfish etouffée, the goal is to offer “authentic food at an inexpensive price.” If you like it hot, be advised that this spot has more than 35 kinds of hot sauce.

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Cajun Queen Restaurant
1800 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 377-9017
www.cajunqueen.net

Known as one of Charlotte’s best Cajun restaurants, the Cajun Queen got started in 1985. It is located in the Elizabeth area in a 100-
year-old house that is rumored to be haunted. That doesn’t stop a steady stream of customers from eating there. There’s fresh fish every day. Live jazz is offered nightly. According to management, “the Queen” is the place where “everyday is Mardi Gras.”

Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen
501 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 331-9898
www.boudreauxs.com/Charlotte

Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen is in Noda, Charlotte’s alternative art district. Located next door to the Neighborhood Theatre, Boudreaux’s is ideal for pre- or post-concert dining. The Sunday brunch features all types of Cajun fare, from beignets to Cajun (Bloody) Marys. The bread pudding is laced with brandy. Can you say yum?

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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