Cajun food developed out of a mix of Spanish, French and African cultures. While the birth of Cajun cooking is thought to have taken place in the South, other parts of the United States have been lucky enough to have the tradition travel to their area. In Minnesota, several places serve Cajun food to locals that like its unusual combination of spices and heat. Check out any of these places for a delicious Cajun meal to remember.
New Louisiana Cafe
613 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Open early morning through the afternoon, New Louisiana Cafe offers Cajun breakfast and lunch options in a diner-style restaurant. Have a cup of fresh coffee accompanied by a Cajun breakfast or a chili and cheese omelette. Other Cajun menu options include a catfish sandwich and the chili chicken salad for those who like a little green with their meals. One of the best breakfast menus in the state is offered at New Louisiana Cafe.
Mallards on the St. Croix
101 5th Ave. S.
Bayport, MN 55003
Dine along the St. Croix and enjoy some of Minnesota’s best Cajun cuisine at Mallards. A local favorite for special occasions or just an enjoyable night out, Mallards on the St. Croix offers a menu with a wide range of options from burgers to premium sea bass. Cajun specialties include jambalaya, shrimp and grits and seafood gumbo. Check out weekends for live music selections and a Friday fish fry every Friday night.
Dixie’s on Grand
695 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Experience dining in a bayou-style setting at Dixie’s on Grand. Dixie’s offers one of the best selections of Cajun menu items and pushes Southern hospitality to another level. Gorge yourself on fried catfish, gumbo, po’ boys, Andouille and paella while listening to a live jazzy blues band on the patio. Dixie’s also hosts events throughout the year so check out its website for tips on when there is a champagne brunch or a special dinner event.
600 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
An organic farm-to-table restaurant that embraces Southern cooking and Cajun-style flavors, Brasa Rotisserie is a delicious treat. Its menu offers slow-roasted meats including rotisserie chicken, pulled pork and beef, as well as traditional Southern sides. Order up some collard greens, red beans and rice or andouille sausage along with your protein and enjoy a slice of homemade cornbread on the side. Vegetarian options are also available along with take-out and a St. Paul location for those across the river.
The French Hen
518 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Feel like you’re having breakfast in the French Quarter. The French Hen specializes in Creole and Cajun cooking with just the right amount of French influence. Breakfast and brunch is served daily along with fresh coffee and a warm atmosphere. Try the Cajun omelette, bouillabaisse or pork belly for a delicious Cajun experience. The French onion soup is also a house favorite for a traditional treat.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.