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Best Cajun Restaurant Dallas 2009 - Alligator Café

Alligator Café

Alligator Café

9540 Garland Road

Dallas, TX 75218

214-821-6900

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What can we say? There's a lot of half-assed gumbo sold in this town, but Alligator Café ladles out a rich, reeking stew that oozes bayou. Their red beans and rice remind you that this was never meant to be an elegant dish, but something to fill working-class bellies. And, of course, there are mudbugs in season and gator meat if you wish to venture in that direction. Their fried green tomatoes feel like they were made in some old skillet by some old grandma. It's a straightforward, down and dirty, messy festival of Louisiana-ness. We don't know how to put it better.

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ivan pugh
ivan pugh

This woman Cj has written this slanderish lie on all websites available. Just to set the record straight. I threw an abusive, rude, awful person out of my restaurant. If there had been anyone there at the time it would have been met with applause. Anyone who knows me and my staff, knows we are good people out to serve the best food we can in a friendly courteous way. Sometimes there are people out there who don't know what that is. I hope this woman realizes at some point that she has to treat people with respect and just because we are in the business of service it doesn't mean we have to take abuse. I would throw her out again if I could. If you are in the restaurant business beware of this woman. And thank you to all of our loyal friends and customers.....see you soon.

Chef Ivan

TM
TM

The review on the Allegator Cafe sounds appealing. However, with unemployment hitting 20%+, a lot of people, like myself, just don't have the luxury to go out as much as we used to do. We're finding ourselves staying home and cooking more meals on our own. If you like cajun, we found a website called: Best Cajun Recipes. Its at: http://bestcajunrecipes.com/

They have some good cajun recipes that aren't too difficult to prepare. Hope it helps.

Greg
Greg

The guy in the review above sounds lonely, provocative idiot, I am saddened to know the owner did slap him in the face with said fried oysters.

Dale Johnson
Dale Johnson

We visit Dallas at least twice per year and always make it a point to visit the Alligator Cafe. You would have to drive clear to Luziana to find any better.

cjs
cjs

I don't want to make it seem like I questioned $.25. There were other price differences in my order. Cheers!

cjs
cjs

I decided to try the alligator caf�/c I had an entertainment book coupon. I went to their website and called in a to-go order. I spoke with Jessica and the first thing I did was confirm that the menu was current. She said that it was, so I placed my order. After reviewing the menu further, I decided that I wanted to add a half order of fried oysters, which are listed on the menu at $3.00 when ordered with a meal. So I called back. A different person answered the phone and didn�t seem to understand what I was adding, so I confirmed what I saw on the menu. He said that I could add the half order for $3.25. I questioned the price difference, and he said he didn�t know what was on the website, that he �just served food� there. I stated that the online price should be honored, and she continued to blame the webmaster. I told her that I was not going to debate the issue with her, despite her seeming desire to ramble. When I went in, I again questioned the price difference and a lady came over to the register and said that the prices on the over head board are what they use. She furthered that they are not responsible for the website and that the webmaster made a mistake and would be notified. The cashier proceeded to ring my order, with the total I asked her to explain the cost, which she did with no problem. As she bagged my food I asked if the oysters came with fries and hush puppies. I wasn�t sure if they would, though the full order does. I looked to make sure I had everything I ordered. The first thing I noticed were oysters the size of my thumb nail. If you have ever had fried oysters, you know that typically a fried oyster that small is going to be very chewy and hardly edible. As I was looking, what turned out to be the owner/chef approached the counter. He made a comment about me complaining, prior to that I wasn�t going to even ask for a refund on the oysters, but given his attitude, I did. He told me that he wasn�t giving me anything and to get out of his store! At this point I demanded my money back for everything and he told me to go f__k myself. I was in SHOCK. I called me a b__Ch and continued to spew profanities at me, with a restaurant filled with customers. He was so irate, I thought he may attempt to strike me. He spilled the oysters on the counter, so at this point he had to refund my $3.25 (no tax�.lol), still screaming profanities. I took my bag and proceeded to leave. At my car door, I see that he has now come OUTSIDE and has continued to curse me out. He is now yelling that he is the chef and owner and his food is the best, that I am an awful person, etc. This behavior is so amazing to me, but I actually tried to have a conversation about what seemed to have started his rage, my questioning their website menu. Seeing that he was not interested in anything other than being right and ignorant, I got in my car and left. Apparently this restaurant owner and staff thinks that their food is so good that, you shouldn�t ask questions, shouldn�t think that a web price should be honored, shouldn�t check your order before you leave and shouldn�t expect a refund if something isn�t to your liking. As for the food, my family is from New Orleans, and I have had much better. If you go, don�t question them, that is not allowed. Apparently they don�t feel that customer service should come with the self proclaimed �great food.�

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