What you’re getting: Oysters Contraband and Crawfish Evangeline
Way down South, on the complete opposite end of the city, Evangeline Cafe is serving up boudin, frog legs, and jambalaya the likes of which can be hard to find in a central state location. Shoal Creek Saloon is the more well trafficked of Austin’s Cajun cuisine scene, but Evangeline has a wider selection that errs just a smidge on the fancier side (if you ignore the kitschy decor).
What you’re getting: Blackened "naughty" catfish and jalapeño hush puppies
Praised by critics and revered by fans, Turf N Surf Po’ Boy can still be easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for -- particularly some of the best catfish tacos in town. The Lavaca Street Bar restaurant offers a straightforward menu with no-nonsense guidelines: order your surf or turf blackened, grilled, or fried, stick it in a po-boy, on a salad, within a taco, or over nachos, and eat up.