Blackened catfish smothered with crawfish étouffée: Mark Davis

Blackened catfish smothered with crawfish étouffée: Mark Davis

On those days when you’re craving flavor and spice and everything nice, Alligator Café should be at the top of your hit list. As you can probably guess from the name, Alligator Café is a Cajun food restaurant with some seriously N’awlins vibes, and lucky for us, it’s right in the heart of Casa Linda Plaza. On any given weekend, crowds from all over Dallas swarm to the White Rock area so they can sink their chompers into Alligator’s crawfish enchiladas, or the blackened catfish smothered with crawfish étouffée. Founder and owner Ivan Pugh has a theory about that: “I always say, ‘Start with the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.’ It’s all the little things that add up.” We, however, have a theory that Pugh’s impressive return rate might have something to do with his top-secret spice mix. The entire menu is a product of Pugh’s imagination, although he mostly has turned the actual execution over to his cooking staff. However, there’s one thing he’ll never share: “To this day, I still make all my own spices. I don’t trust anyone with my spice recipe. People ask me, ‘Why do you own a restaurant?’ and I say, ‘Because I have the best spice mix in town, and it can’t be duplicated.’”

Alligator Café

9540 Garland
Suite 362

Sit-down Cajun food restaurant

Price range:
$7.95 to $20.95

Tue-Wed: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thu: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Sun: 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.

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