Cajun Roulette

Estimated meal cost per person:

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Downtown

The Boiling Pot Sample fresh, boiled seafood of every variety: shrimp, blue crabs, and crawfish (in season). Also try the boudin, gumbo, oysters on the half shell, and red beans and rice. 700 E. Sixth, 472-0985. $$

Gumbo's Louisiana Style Cafe This decade-old seafood emporium, located in the historic Brown building, keeps both regulars and newcomers coming back for the redfish Francine. 710 Colorado #100, 480-8053. $$$

South

KATE'S SOUTHERN COMFORT This popular trailer near Zilker Park turns out Nak-i-dish (ground pork and beef mixed with onions and stuffed inside a puff pastry crust), red beans and rice with juicy chunks of andouille sausage, and terrific crawfish pie. 1900 Barton Springs Rd. $

The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop The subtle kick from the red beans and rice, combined with the perfect breading on the fried shrimp and oyster po'boys, makes everyone a crazy Cajun. 2105 S. Congress, 406-9237. $

Red's Porch The slogan promises "half Cajun, half Tex-Mex, half Southern." Enjoy ambivalence in the form of dinner. 3508 S. Lamar, 440-REDS. $$

UT

Flying Falafel & Po-boys The Haddad family serves up some Mediterranean-Cajun fusion that will make a regular out of you. Try the oyster po'boys Mediterranean-style. 2001 Guadalupe Ste. A-1, 494-1400. $

North

Captain TJ's Seafood They say the breading on the fried shrimp is perfect and crunchy, and the boudin sausage balls keep the line of regulars stretching to the parking lot. 1200-D W. Howard, 990-8000. $

Cherrywood Coffeehouse Tacos, sandwiches, burgers, draft beers, and a broad selection of juices and kombucha made on-site complement the neighborhood staples of coffee and live music. 1400 E. 38½, 538-1991. $

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar The menu here is simple: Gulf seafood boiled, fried, or prepared in authentic versions of Creole and Cajun specialties. Try the soft-shell crab po'boy. 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #106, 252-7556. $$

Freda's Seafood Grille offers a challenging but often rewarding menu. Start with the fried pickles and a cocktail or two from the superior spirits list. Don't forget about the live music and catering. 10903 Pecan Park, 506-8700. $$

Louisiana Longhorn Cafe During crawfish season, peel a few with happy hour cocktails at this casual family restaurant. 200-B E. Main St., Round Rock, 512/248-2900. $$

MoJoe Room Bar & Grill Knock back a few Flaming Mojoes at Austin's latest late-night boîte, piquing your appetite for Creole-style favorites. 6406 N. I-35 #1600 (Lincoln Village), 206-4110. $$

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Items here include po'boys, dinner plates, and combos with shrimp, oysters, and crab. Order the fish fried, blackened, or charbroiled, and sample a variety of side dishes. 6319 N. I-35, 452-9363. $$$

Quality Seafood Market is where all your favorite restaurants get their seafood, so you know it's the freshest. Daily specials could include lobster, shrimp pizza, king crab, or even Crack Pie. This place gets packed. 5621 Airport, 454-5827. $

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