Those who crave a taste for The Big Easy can simply make a trip to Crazy Creole Café in Downtown Long Beach to enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole fare. The restaurant, owned by Guy Deplantier, whose family arrived in New Orleans in 1781, and his wife, Chef Aliza, features a lengthy menu of authentic dishes reminiscent of the bayou.
“I was born in California, but went to live near family after high school,” said Guy. “What I missed most when I returned to this area was the food. So when I opened Crazy Creole Café a few years ago I knew that the only way it would be a success is if I used my family’s recipes along with ingredients from New Orleans. I’m at the airport a few times a week picking up boxes of spices, herbs, rice, beans, etc. that we use every day in our kitchen.”
It’s in the kitchen where Aliza Deplantier can be found creating the flavorful jambalaya, etoufee, catfish, gumbo and more.
“Our guests are always surprised when they meet me,” said Aliza. “I’m originally from Cambodia, and they can’t believe that someone with my ethnic background can cook such authentic Cajun and Creole food. My standard line is that I put the Asian in da Cajun. Most of what I make is the food you’d find in New Orleans, but I have been known to add a bit of my culture into the mix, too. I make a really amazing Asian Cajun seafood boil.”
It’s about this time of year when Guy makes the pilgrimage back to Louisiana to do some alligator hunting. Alligator is a rather common dish in New Orleans where a license is required to participate in hunting season–but not so easy to find in Southern California.
“I spend the first few weeks of October hunting alligator back home,” added Guy. “Whatever I catch will be flown back to Long Beach and used in the restaurant. It may seem like an exotic meat to Southern Californians, but in Louisiana it’s almost as common as chicken.”
In addition, Crazy Creole Café caters off-site events for up to 500 guests with a menu that includes its signature Cajun and creole fare along with Soul Food. Hosts can enjoy their own party with full-service catering options for business lunches, corporate events and wrap parties, weddings, cocktail receptions, repast or backyard gatherings.
Crazy Creole Café is located at 900 Long Beach Boulevard at 9th Street and is open daily from 11:30am-9pm. The restaurant offers free delivery within a four-mile radius and $20 minimum. For more information, call 562.507.5494 or visit online at crazycreolecafe.com.
This article was a courtesy release.