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Cajun and Seafood Restaurants
Although I was born and raised in Louisiana I chose to move in 1981. One of the many things I miss about home is the food. Below are a list of restaurants around Dallas that I visit now and then when I get the craving for home cooking. This isn't mom's cooking, but it's pretty good.

Average complete dinner per person, including appetizer, entree and dessert:
$ Less than $10.00
$$ $10.00 - $25.00
$$$ $25.00 - $50.00
$$$$ More than $50.00

CAJUN

SEAFOOD

    Cajun Catfish ($ to $$)
    This locally owned spot on Lake Ray Hubbard serves good gumbo, oysters on the half-shell & whole fried catfish. Pecan fried pie atreat, too. Very nice.
    I-30 E at FM 740,Rockwall. (972) 771-9898. Mon-Sat 5-10:30, Sun noon-10.
    Catfish Cove ($ to $$)
    Excellent catfish, fried or grilled, served up in down-home atmosphere. Other offerings incl shrimp, oysters, frog legs.
    3839 Belt Line, Sunnyvale. (972) 226-7210. Tue-Thur 5-9, Fri-Sat 11:30-10, Sun 11:30-8.
    Fishmonger's ($ to $$)
    A long-standing favorite market-cafe often puts Cajun or Tex-Mex twist on seafood dishes. Boudin & gumbo great starters; winning entrees incl tuna fajitas & fried catfish.
    1915 N Central Expressway (Chrisholm Plaza), Plano. (972) 423-3699. Mon-Thur 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 11-9.
    Galveston Island Seafood ($$)
    Convivial, laid back place where more challenging items, such as scallops & crab cakes, often outshine standards. Live jazz Sun 2-5.
    9901 Royal. (214) 348-8844. Mon-Thur 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun 11:30-9:30.
    Hook, Line & Sinker ($)
    Great, near greaseless fried fish, coleslaw, fried okra & seasonal seafood delights. Check out cool presentation of tasty whole catfish.
    3103 Lemmon at McKinney. (214) 965-0707. Sun-Thur 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11.
    Joe's Seafood ($)
    Super oyster bar serving all seafood essentials, incl gumbo & shrimp. Immaculate setting w plenty of seating indoors & outdoors.
    4224 Ash (S of I-30 at Peak/Carroll exit). (214) 823-3681 or (214) 823-3682. Mon-Thur 11-mdnt.
    Mainstream Fish House ($$)
    Tricoastal seafood spot full of unexpected rewards, such as killer New Orleans bread pot shrimp & lightly glazed fish dishes.
    11661 Preston (at Forest), Ste153. (214) 739-3474. Sun-Thur 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10 pm.
    Newport's ($$ to $$$)
    Irreproachably fresh seafood served in restored setting in West End Historical District. Reservations recommended.The Brewery,
    703 McKinney. (214) 954-0220. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30; dinner ntly 5-10:30.
    Nicholini's ($$ to $$$)
    Familiar dishes done well & w style at small, buoyant N Dallas spot. All dishes reflect impressive attention to detail, from flawless lobster bisque to pan-seared Atlantic salmon (house speciality) to house-made potato chips that accompany crab cakes w smoked red pepper sauce. Some nonseafood items, too. Great novelty desserts. Mainly Calif wine list.
    17370 Preston. (972) 735-9868. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2:30; dinner Sun-Thur 5:30-10, Fri-Sat 5:30-11.
    Okeanos By Avner ($$ to $$$)
    Normadic chef Avner Samuel serves up trademark Asian-influenced seafood creations, incl perfect halibut on leek compote w sweet herb sauce & crab fingers w kaffir lime appetizer. Some dishes survived Yellow transition as well, incl colorful salads & several entrees. Well-chosen wine list. Professional service.
    5290 Belt Line at Montfort. (972) 490-8686. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2; dinner Mon-Sat 6-10.
    Today's Seafood ($)
    Good grilled shrimp & snow crab legs at modest, inexpensive counter - service spot. Tasty fried catfish and shish kebab, too.
    1220 N. Town East Blvd, Ste 135, Mesquite. (972) 686-1666. Mon-Thur 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-9.
    Yoli's Seafood & Grill ($ to $$)
    Bargain basement prices keep N Dallas seafood spot packed. Try crab Rangoon appetizer, shrimp scampi w linguine.
    9220 Skillman at LBJ, Ste 124. (214) 341-3533. Mon-Thur 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat noon-11, Sun 11:30-9.

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