Cajun staples offered at New Orleans Fry House in Temerson Square

Cajun staples offered at New Orleans Fry House in Temerson Square

New Orleans Fry House recently opened in downtown Tuscaloosa, serving cajun cuisine such as seafood gumbo. Wikimedia Commons

While driving downtown, you may have noticed a glittery purple and gold addition. Next to Edelweiss in Temerson Square, New Orleans Fry House hints at the tantalizing prospect of serious creole cuisine in Tuscaloosa.

Dan Robinson, the restaurateur behind downtown’s sparkling new location, has a passion for Cajun food and Tuscaloosa, as well as a knack for supplying T-Town residents with a specialty experience. His already-established Tuscaloosa Burger & Seafood Company offers a wall of craft beers, delicious food and, more recently, wild game burgers, giving customers a chance to try bison, elk, venison and wild boar.

Drawing from seven years of experience as the owner and operator of French Quarter restaurant Storyville in New Orleans, Robinson aims to bring the complex flavors of the bayou to Dixieland. He said some of his favorite menu items are seafood gumbo, spicy red beans and rice, Cajun steak po’ boy and crawfish tail po’ boy. Of course fried shrimp is on the menu, and Robinson promises only the highest quality Gulf White shrimp will make it on your plate. These jumbo-sized snacks feature a firmer texture and a sweeter taste, he said.

The sports bar feel, welcome across town at T-Burger/Seafood, has certainly followed its sister restaurant downtown. Televisions and a full service bar make it hard not to picture a crowd of transplanted Saints fans filling up the restaurant on Sundays. Plus, a kitchen open until midnight on the weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends should draw a crowd from hungry college night-lifers. New Orleans Fry House is open everyday except Monday, and the proximity to the rest of downtown nightlife makes for an ideal meeting place for a pre-“going out” dinner.

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