From Gumbo To Catfish And Hush Puppies, These Dallas-Area Cajun Restaurants Are Serving Up A Staple In Southern Cuisine.

Aside from infection itself, the pandemic is disproportionately affecting minorities in other ways, including economically. 

Research has shown that since the pandemic began, Black-owned businesses have disappeared at a rate of 41 percent from February through April. The Center for Responsible Lending found that even with Congress’ Payment Protection Program proved to be equally disadvantageous for small businesses owned by people of color. 

This is disappointing when considering that despite equal opportunities for upward mobility among Brown and Black-owned businesses, they’re often giving back to their community be it through local fundraisers, or offering their food up to protesters

So, how can you counter that? By supporting Black-owned businesses — always, but especially right now. And, factoring in the cultural shift we’re seeing in fighting racism with the Black Lives Matter movement, frequenting a local Black-owned businesses is a way to sustain your support. 

Plus, food is a comfort that can bring people together, and a good home-style meal with plates full of crawfish and biscuits and gravy isn’t a bad place to start,

There are so many great Black-owned Cajun restaurants in DFW worth trying if you have a palate for mouthwatering southern classics, and with the combination of a pandemic and a new form of the Civil Rights Movement, we could all probably use a bit of comfort right now. 


Aunt Irene’s Kitchen

Aunt Irene’s Kitchen is a Dallas Cajun eatery located on Malcolm X Boulevard serving up an array of delicious seafood. Owner Dresha Harrison learned to cook from watching her Aunt Irene in the kitchen, hence the name. From hearty gumbo to shrimp and sausage, it’s a good little spot for takes on southern seafood classics. Can’t decide what to get? Try the Backyard Box with steak, lobster, shrimp and crab.  It’s typically a long wait, but one that seems to be worth it. Right now Aunt Irene’s Kitchen is only open for takeout and delivery. 


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Catfish Floyd’s

Catfish Floyd’s is a family-owned Cajun institution in Dallas. Along with a variety of catfish, this spot also offers southern sides like hushpuppies and fried okra. If you’re one of those “anything but seafood” people, the menu also offers a small selection of white meat in the forms of chicken fried steak and Cajun fried turkey. 


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Sharks Fish and Chicken

Sharks Fish and Chicken is a “late night comfort food” spot in Dallas that has a large selection of fish and chicken to choose from. The Forest Lane eatery boasts a 100-piece wing basket along with mixed baskets of fish fillets with classic sides to pair. 


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Damian’s Cajun Soul Cafe 

Damian’s Cajun Soul Cafe is a mom-and-pop shop in Arlington with full of flavor. With owners from Louisiana, the food tastes like a trip straight down to the bayou. Damian’s offers a large menu of classics like seafood etouffee and pork chops. Main menu and sides change daily, so you might want to check the website before you go. However, the desserts which include pecan peach cobbler and vanilla pound cake are offered daily. As of now this spot is open for both dine-in and takeout. 


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Two Sisters Restaurant 

Two Sisters Restaurant out in Hurst offers a wide menu of Cajun classics like pastas, etouffee, crawfish boil platters and po boys. Eaters especially enjoy the po boy, which is offered with selections like catfish, oysters, roast beef and more. Two Sisters is only open for takeout at the moment. 


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Shells and Tails 2 Geaux

Shells and Tails to Geaux is a food truck in Desoto that specializes in crawfish boils but also has a small menu of other Cajun eats. Beyond crawfish, the truck offers boiled crab and shrimp, as well. Shells and Tails posts its weekly schedule on all of its social media pages so patrons and Creole food fanatics can find out where the truck will be parked next. 


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Thibadeaux’s Cajun Cookin’

Thibadeaux’s Cajun Cookin’ is a family-friendly Cajun restaurant in Duncanville that operates by traditional Creole recipes dating back five generations in the Thibadeaux family. The menu has a varied selection of chicken, shrimp and burgers and a special, Fully Loaded Cajun Tater Bowl. After you clear a plat of one of the many Cajun entrees, you can finish it off with a slice of warm peach cobbler or pecan pie.  


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