Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill
12528 Olive Blvd.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
This local Bourbon Street-style taste of “N’Awlins’” restaurant is proud of “homemade, hand-cut, done right” Cajun food. When you step inside this smoke-free establishment, the amazing aromas to waft past will be the scent of fresh spicy goodness. Look to the left for a small chalkboard that displays each day’s specials and then get your taste buds ready for some Louisiana goodness. Start with a hot bowl of gumbo, and move on to hand-battered shrimp, fresh ocean selections or handmade crab cakes. Top it all off with a slice of pecan pie, peach cobbler or key lime pie.
Riverbend Restaurant & Bar
701 Utah St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
As the Mississippi River flows through two distinctly tasteful cities, St. Louis and New Orleans, Riverbend Restaurant brings the two together in one place. This historic Soulard eatery selects the best flavors of both, so you will never have to choose between the down-home tastes of the Midwest and the Creole flair of Louisiana. Both are wrapped up into delicious menu items, such as oyster bread, po-boys and crabmeat-stuffed shrimp alongside a large Greek salad, panini or turkey sandwiches and mouth-watering bread pudding. For a true combination of both the Midwest and Bourbon Street, bite into a BAT which consists of bacon, avocado, tomato and Creole mayo.
1860’s Saloon and Hardshell Café
1860 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Step away from the decadent mayhem of the Mardis Gras parade celebrations to enjoy an inside dining room designed to look as if you’re eating on an outside patio in the heart of the action of Louisiana. Sit next to a full-sized fish tank or a waterfall, and enjoy the best of St. Louis blues and other music every night of the week. Sink your teeth into fresh crab legs, fresh fish and oysters while enjoying authentic red beans and rice, crawfish or gumbo. One could even soak in the Louisiana surroundings with some St. Louis-toasted ravioli or a hardshell pizza.
Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Step inside and you just might think you’re in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This is the place where you’ll find music, late-night eats and some of the best seafood specials in the area. Choose favorites and be a bit adventurous with choices from a host of Cajun-Creole cuisine, like crawfish fondue, pork sliders, shrimp smothered with Sriracha “voodoo” sauce or even alligator sausage and shrimp cheesecake. Satisfy your Cajun taste buds with a New Orleans’ original: muffuletta. This blend of salami, ham and cheese olive spread is served hot on a round seeded loaf. Or select from a variety of po’boys, burgers and grinders.
7344 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
Satisfy your diverse taste buds with flavors of Cajun, along with a dash of Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. Get a taste of the Bayou without giving up your hometown roots when you order delicious Creole-smoked St. Louis-style ribs. Or dive into a completely satisfying New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp, served with a sweet potato biscuit. Savor an order of the chicken and andouille gumbo with a small tapas plate of Louisiana crab cakes. Or one could even order a side of cornbread to complement any spicy entrée.
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