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Do you love Cajun cuisine? Dudley's may be just the place you need

Dec. 27, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.
Updated Dec. 27, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.

The Blackened Combo at Dudley's Cajun Cafe on Wednesday November 15, 2017. Blackened catfish, blackened shrimp, white rice, corn on the cobb, new potatoes, hushpuppies and a roll.

If you’re in the mood to laissez les bon temps rouler (“let the good times roll”) this Mardi Gras, there’s no better cuisine to accompany your celebration than Longview’s finest Cajun restaurant, Dudley’s Cajun Café.

Owner Dudley Lang opened his restaurant in 1992, a few years after he moved to East Texas from Louisiana. When he first moved here, he sold boiled crawfish and other Cajun dishes from a trailer he brought with him from Louisiana. His recipes were so popular and the food so tasty that East Texans practically demanded a restaurant. Today, his tried and true recipes and consistently well prepared food still draw thousands of East Texans and visitors alike to his restaurant each year.

It was a recent day this past November when we were craving his Cajun food ourselves. Dudley’s serves up a selection of traditional Cajun dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, meat pies, crawfish etouffee and more. You can also find catfish, chicken, shrimp, tilapia and other meats blackened to perfection and seasoned with Cajun spices.

When you walk through the doors at Dudley’s, you’ll notice it’s a very relaxed atmosphere, where people feel at home. It’s a place where the staff members, many of whom have worked for Dudley for a long time, get to know the regulars and it is not uncommon for Dudley himself to visit your table.

As you look over the menu, your waiter will ask if you’d like some complimentary coleslaw. SAY YES! Seasoned to perfection, it’s the perfect little appetizer to set the mood for the meal you’re about to have.

When we went in November, our waiter promptly came to our table to ask if we wanted coleslaw and to take our drink order. When he returned with our drinks and coleslaw, he promptly took our food order. We chose to eat the blackened chicken, served over dirty rice with a roll, and the blackened combo. The combo features blackened catfish and blackened shrimp, served atop white rice; it comes with corn, potatoes, hush puppies and a roll on the side.

At Dudley’s the food is prepared when you order it; nothing is premade. That means the food is hot and the flavors taste fresh when you receive your meal. When we went everything from the meats to the veggies had been cooked to perfection!

While we were too full to have dessert in November, we can attest to Dudley’s bread pudding and banana pudding. If you want dessert, we highly recommend both as they are absolutely delicious.

From the friendly service and relaxed atmosphere to the quality food that you will receive, we highly recommend Dudley’s for lunch or dinner. You won’t be disappointed!

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