Cajun food is more than just a mix of spices tossed onto fried chicken and thrown into a bucket. As a native of Louisiana, I’ve encountered my fair share of good and bad

cajun in Texas, and the Free Man Cajun Café is a prime example of the real cajun cuisine in Dallas.

Cajun Pasta. Cajun Cuisine in Dallas.

Cajun Pasta.

The Free Man Cajun Café captures the spirit of Louisiana and combines it with a unique Deep Ellum perspective. Here are three reasons why a meal there will have you saying laisser le bon temps rouler!

1. Live music. From local bands. EVERY DAY.

While enjoying a scrumptious bowl of crawfish étouffée, your foot will be tapping to the live jazz, swing, blues, or zydeco from a local band. The Free Man provides a stage for the talents to entertain diners while promoting their musicality. Think you’re the next Beyonce? They also invite any courageous individual from off the street to showcase their Mariah Carey or Luther Vandross-like vocals on Open Mic Night, every Tuesday evening.

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Hot Crab Dip. Cajun Cuisine in Dallas.

Piping Hot Crab Dip.

2. The space doubles as an art gallery for local artists.

Adorning the brick walls of The Free Man are paintings from local Dallas artists. The native Baton Rouge owners welcome local artists to showcase their work, and invite patrons to purchase the art that’s hanging over their heads as they dine.

3. Homemade cajun dishes… Need I say more?

Even before Hurricane Katrina transplanted many New Orleans natives in the Big D, Dallas has always had a robust population of residents from the Cajun South. The Free Man provides an atmosphere and cuisine that are reminiscent of their (and my) hometown. It also provides a food style that is vastly different from the Tex-Mex style consuming all of DFW. The sausage jambalaya, the fried shrimp & oyster basket, THE HOMEMADE ROLLS! I could go on-and-on-and-on, but I think you get the idea. The Free Man is a real winner if you’re looking for authentic cajun and creole-style food.

The next time you’re at Prophet Bar enjoying a show or looking for a place to grub after touring the Deep Ellum Brewery, head over to 2626 Commerce Street for great music, atmosphere and real cajun cuisine in Dallas.