The Cajun House
By YP Contributor

Flavourful Cajun Cuisine in St. Albert

Gordon Gidora and Crystal Orlecky opened The Cajun House in 1991. When they first started out, they noticed that locals were initially wary of the “spicy” cuisine. “Sure, there are some spicy dishes,” says Gordon, the chef and co-owner. “But that’s not all of the menu items here. Cajun and Creole cuisine is flavourful – not always spicy. We cater to many different palates and diets, especially with the intensity of the spice.”

Considering the food allergies that crop up when serving a diverse population, Gordon and Crystal make sure to put a lot of care and attention into the food they serve. “We have never had a complaint about an allergic reaction from our food,” Gordon informs. “Because we make everything fresh, we can closely control what goes into each dish.”

We make all our sauces, spices and dishes from scratch. - Gordon Gidora, co-owner
The Cajun House: Cajun cooking, Creole cuisine, gumbo, po'boy sandwiches, jambalaya, crawfish
Gordon Gidora and Crystal Orlecky opened The Cajun House in 1991.

Fresh Food from Scratch

“We make all our sauces, spices and dishes from scratch,” Gordon says. “We have a smoker, so we smoke halibut and salmon and ribs. Very few things are not from scratch here.” This dedication to real, fresh food is the staff's way of showing their appreciation to customers at The Cajun House. “We have a lot of regulars and we really appreciate them. We want to make sure that we’re giving them the best, so that’s what we do.”

The restaurant's monthly featured items include fall favourites, Christmas specials, summer BBQ and even some new recipes to beat the January blues. These dishes are meant to keep the regulars interested, instead of seeing the same menu all the time. “It’s a lot of fun,” Gordon says. “I read a lot of cooking magazines and books to get new ideas and recipes.” The Cajun House’s ever-evolving menu is featured on their business website, where customers can check out the most up-to-date info.

The Cajun House: Cajun cooking, Creole cuisine, gumbo, po'boy sandwiches, jambalaya, crawfish

Close Attention to Dining Details

Customers really appreciate how The Cajun House's fresh-first approach helps reduce the chances for some allergic reactions, since it allows for greater control over a dish’s preparation. “We always have options for people with allergies. We have celiac and lactose intolerant-friendly options for a lot of dishes on the feature main menus. And because we make everything in house, we can inform the customer about the ingredients. If someone needs a modification, it’s easy – and we love to do it for the challenge.” The detail-oriented service that The Cajun House provides, along with the delicious, ever-changing selection of menu items, is what turns a first-time customer into a regular.

The Cajun House: Cajun cooking, Creole cuisine, gumbo, po'boy sandwiches, jambalaya, crawfish
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