In Deep Ellum, Alligator Cafe Has That Special Sauce

And we're not (just) talking about the Voodoo.

If you're craving fried seafood, choose the coconut shrimp over popcorn for a bigger, sweeter bite. The catfish is farm-raised and tastes a little flat, though it's not greasy and the mild flavor is preferred by some, and the oysters stay crisp when other dishes fall limp. If any of the combinations of fried things, soups and sandwiches on the menu don't suit you, speak up. The staff seem almost excited to make substitutions.

During my last visit I ordered two desserts, hoping I could find one that had half the personality and character of that Voodoo sauce. I ended up with a chocolate pie with a collapsed meringue and a terrible banana pudding. Still, the dessert order was telling.

Put yourself in the treadless shoes of a young, soft-spoken food runner instructed to deliver a banana pudding with absolutely no bananas in it — as if suddenly the restaurant is BYOBananas. In a confident yet properly apologetic way, he did exactly that, winning over the table.

A gator po'boy is served with a side of serious Southern charm.
Catherine Downes
A gator po'boy is served with a side of serious Southern charm.

Location Info


Alligator Cafe

2912 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Category: Restaurant > Cajun

Region: Fair Park


Alligator Cafe

2912 Elm St., 214-748-6901, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday. $$

Boudin $7.95

Oyster po'boy $11.95

Gumbo $8.95

Coconut shrimp $12.95

Étouffée $13.95

The pudding was less loved, with a stiff consistency closer to cannoli filling than the cascading ribbons of glistening dairy that made Jell-O Pudding commercials so seductive. The dish went unfinished, but everyone left with a desire to return, maybe for that oyster po'boy and maybe for the boudin, but more likely because the staff has a little Voodoo of their own.

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My go to dish is the shrimp and grits with a cold PBR.


Good gumbo at Flying Fish and Pappadeaux.


A dish as "simple to make" as red beans and rice is actually quite easy to ruin. Being from Louisiana, I've tried it many times at numerous restaurants in Dallas. Alligator Cafe' has the best. Good stuff!

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Now If only macs made gumbo.

I hear their jalapeño sausage is the best.