By Kelly Baughman
When you’re born and raised in Louisiana, Cajun cuisine is in your blood. That’s the case for Cory and Ava Trahan, owners of The Crazy Cajun located at 1220 Gulf Shores Pkwy in Gulf Shores.
Having visited the Gulf Shores area for many years, the Trahan’s decided it was time to make their dreams of sharing Cajun hospitality and the taste of Bayou to the Gulf Coast a reality. In 2017, armed with just his part time restaurant experience and the secret recipes of his grandmother, Cory took the leap and opened The Crazy Cajun.
With creative new ways to serve up some of your favorite foods “Cajun style” like the Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler, a Cajun sushi roll wrapped in soy paper and stuffed with sautéed crabmeat, crawfish, cucumber, and cream cheese, or the Crawfish Mac & Cheese loaded with creamy pepper jack cheese, crawfish tails, and topped with a parmesan crust, The Crazy Cajun takes the flavor of Louisiana to a whole new level.
The Crazy Cajun is growing fast, and according to its patrons, it is easy to see why.
“The food is a fantastic fusion of many different things, so it’s unlike any other Cajun restaurant I’ve been to. I’m always impressed with the quality of the food and the service is fantastic as well,” said local Matthew Orendale of Gulf Shores.
Maggie Starkowski and her husband Bill, snowbirds from Minnesota, agreed, saying, “We haven’t really tried authentic Cajun food before, but the Boudin Cakes were delicious. So were the Crawfish Etouffee Nachos! We even got to watch the game and we were greeted and checked on by the owner himself. That goes a long way in my book.”
If you’re in the mood for some Cajun classics, The Crazy Cajun has you covered there too! Try menu favorites like Acadiana Gumbo, a homemade recipe with chicken thighs and breast, fresh pork sausage, and smoked Louisiana andouille, made just like the gumbo you’ll find in the heart of Louisiana, or Boiled Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffee with Crawfish and shrimp marinated in Louisianan crab boil seasoning, incorporated with a creamy homemade etouffee served over rice.
And don’t forget to try the comfort food selections like Maw Maw’s Collard Greens, Cajun Cornbread, and Mom’s Red Beans and Rice!
The Crazy Cajun has great winter time specials like All You Can Eat Fish or Shrimp served with French fries and coleslaw for just $10 every day from 3-6 pm. Other daily specials include these for just $8.99:
Monday: Pork tenderloin sandwich fully dressed with pom frites and a drink
Tuesday: Chili served with a side of cornbread
Wednesday: Fried catfish served with pom frites, coleslaw and a drink
Thursday: All you can eat Jambalaya served with cornbread and a drink
Friday: Petite fried seafood platter (shrimp, fish, crawfish, crab boulette & pom frites)
Join The Crazy Cajun on Saturday and Sunday for Beignets and Coffee from 7 am to 10 am for just $6.99, try a selection from their full breakfast menu, or for lunch, a choice of meat and two sides for just $10.99.
Stop by and enjoy a little ‘hair of the dog’ or let off some steam after a long day with The Crazy Cajun’s Happy Hour Specials. From 11 am to 6 pm, you’ll enjoy $3 well drinks, $4 house wines, $2 PBR’s, and $3 Bushwhackers.
For more information about The Crazy Cajun, visit www.crazycajun.net or call 251-948-0862.