The Lost Cajun has opened a second spot on the North Side that continues the tradition of being a fun, family-friendly place full of flavor, said franchise owner Barry Kruger.
“We are about the closest thing to authentic Cajun food you can get outside of South Louisiana,” Kruger said.
The full-service restaurant debuted Sept. 4 at 226 W. Bitters Road in the Embassy Oaks shopping center. Kruger also owns the first Alamo City location at 5602 W. Hausman Road, as well as one in Lubbock.
Raymond “Griff” Griffin and his late wife, Belinda, founded the chain in 2010 after leaving their home and fishing lodge on the island town of Barataria, Louisiana, south of New Orleans, and moving to Colorado.
Belinda Griffin came up with the name. At the time, she said it was a “crying shame” that two lost Cajuns couldn’t find food from their home after fleeing several hurricanes.
“The whole basis of what we do is comfort food, family food, (a) nice family-friendly atmosphere and our menus are very basic,” Raymond Griffin said.
The couple went on to open a second spot in 2012 and started franchising in 2014. Today, there are 21 locations nationwide.
The menu includes gumbos, po’boys, seafood platters, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffée and more. Samples are given to each table before diners make a selection.
Beignets are available for dessert in both traditional and bite sizes. Wine and beer are also offered.
A dish called cat-touffée is one of the restaurant’s best sellers, and a favorite of both Kruger and Griffin. It includes three strips of southern-fried catfish, glazed with crawfish etouffée, served over a bed of rice along with hot garlic French bread.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
THE LOST CAJUN
226 W. Bitters Road. For more, call 210-455-2757 or visit thelostcajun.com.