Cajun cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Cajun cuisine at Ragin' Cajun located in Belmar. Ragin' Cajun serves up spicy southern fare with Yankee style—the founder is a former waitress whose irrepressible frankness had angry chefs lobbing steak sandwiches, a hard-boiled egg, and an entire 18-place serving set at her head over the course of her serving career. She now serves up an extensive menu of her own Louisiana-inspired creations, such as extra spicy chicken ($17), at her intimate, UFO-free restaurant. Stop in for a southern lunch or check the schedule to catch some live music with dinner.
- Start off with delicious gator bites as a starter then get ready for some Creole or Jambalaya. – yotafan, TripAdvisor
- For dinner I had the snapper creole a special [sic]. Ordered with as much heat as I desired, it was bursting with heat in addition to flavour that lingered even through the heat. – VeraBlue, TripAdvisor
Chef Tracie Orsi put in years of service in the resort circuit and culinary industry, taking verbal abuse from irate chefs, working under unskilled cooks, and—the final straw—nearly taking a steak sandwich to the face. After discovering the rich flavors and deep-rooted traditions of Cajun cuisine, Tracie decided to run a kitchen her way, cutting up with her friends as she crafts authentic feasts of stew, seafood, pasta, and chicken infused with the rich spices and seasonings of southern Louisiana.
She dices up fresh veggies and jumbo shrimp and sprinkles them throughout a spice-laden array of étouffée, gumbo, and jambalaya. Mouths warm up with tender morsels of alligator sausage and spoons swan dive off noses and breach a layer of gruyère cheese before plunging into onion soup. Broccoli, carrots, and squash soak up spicy tomato stew in the veggie creole, and the chicken and shrimp étouffées smother chunks of meat with spicy brown gravy. For dessert, dining companions make telepathic arguments for who should get the bigger halves of bananas-foster and pecan-pie servings. While diners partake, live blues and jazz bands inspire them to pop the corks of BYOB bottles along with the basslines five nights per week.