Cajun Food Amarillo
Posted on May 20, 2021
The Drunken Oyster is a Cajun food Amarillo oasis that will make you feel like you stumbled into a first-class New Orleans restaurant during a Mardi Gras celebration. Filled with the best drinks in Amarillo, amazing Cajun-Creole food, the best service, a renown Amarillo absinth bar and spirited, upbeat live music, The Drunken Oyster has taken Amarillo dining to new heights. We know that there are plenty of Amarillo restaurants to choose from, but if you are in the mood for Cajun food, we’re going to make your decision pretty easy – we promise!
If you are not familiar with Cajun food, you are in for a real treat. Cajun food is one of the most distinct cuisines coming out of Louisiana, with a culture just as complex as its dishes. Founded in 1718, New Orleans is over 300 years old and is steeped in history, heritage, and unique flavor. Cajuns are the descendants of Acadians and French Catholic colonists who came to New Orleans after they were exiled from Canada by the British. Given this, it makes sense that the backbone of every Cajun dish is a variation the French “mirepoix” – which is chopped onions, celery, carrots. They call it the “Holy Trinity” – onions, celery, bell pepper. The trinity, plus garlic, parsley, and scallions, makes for an authentic Cajun dish. When you see the phrase “Holy Trinity” on our menu, this is what we are referring to.
If you have ever been to New Orleans, the whole Cajun food experience is usually associated with fun and good times! We couldn’t agree more, which is why we are known for having the best happy hour in Amarillo! (If you haven’t heard about it, you should check it out!) In fact, ever since we opened our doors, The Drunken Oyster has been heralded as raising the bar in the Amarillo restaurant scene and Amarillo nightlife. We are grateful for the accolades for sure – and we work tirelessly to continue to deliver. Cajun cuisine isn’t typically associated with fine dining; this isn’t pretentious food. However, it can (dare we say – is should) be elevated in ways that can further tantalize the five senses. We think of our Cajun menu as the backbone to delivering an amazing dining experience. That’s how we deliver value. We care deeply about quality. We cook with love, we treat our guests as family, and we use our food and service to uplift. You can buy a sandwich anywhere – but you can’t buy our Shrimp Po’ Boy on our fresh baked bread, with our house made spicy remoulade sauce, featuring our freshly caught, perfectly cooked, and expertly seasoned shrimp. (Seriously though… if you love shrimp, this baby is lifechanging.)
Just because we are serving red beans and rice, it doesn’t need to be boring! Our patrons can enjoy amazing Cajun fare and an oyster bar with dishes such as Blacken Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, Jambalaya and Crawfish Etouffee.
And yes, we are serving up some serious fresh seafood in Amarillo to some raving reviews. From our amazing oyster selection to our Seared Mahi Mahi, all of our seafood is fresh caught or harvested and flown in daily. Our Cajun Seafood Boil is a showstopper – your fresh catch is boiled, then tossed with our signature seasoning before being served. It comes with corn, potatoes, catfish, shrimp, calamari, clams, and Andouille sausage and some garlic butter for dipping! Add in your favorite seafood options, such as crawfish, lobster tails, and snow crab legs. You can order it mild or spicy depending on your preference.
On the weekend and special holidays our menu expands to deliver the best brunch in Amarillo. And our brunch is not to be missed. We often have awesome Amarillo live music and if you haven’t heard yet, we are the home of the One Dollar Mimosa Refill! (Yes, it’s a real thing.) From Crab Croquette Eggs Benedict to Bananas Foster Pancakes, The Drunken Oyster Brunch is to die for. TOP TIP: We are known throughout the city for the best Mother’s Day Brunch in Amarillo, and if you want to treat mom, you need to make your reservation early! (And don’t forget about dad! He doesn’t want another tie. He wants an order of Crab Lollipops and some Louisiana Bread Pudding French Toast with Warm Bourbon Sauce at the best Father’s Day Brunch in Amarillo!)
So if you are looking for amazing Cajun food experience and you don’t have the time to hop a flight to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, then come to The Drunken Oyster for the best Cajun food in Amarillo! Hope to see you soon!