Popular Louisiana-style restaurant set to open next month on Pelham Avenue
The restaurant scene in Huntsville is about to get a little spicier thanks to a heavy dose of southern comfort sent straight from the bayou.
Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill will open its doors at 301 Pelham Ave. SW, located at the corner of Gallatin Street in Twickenham Square. Opening day for the new restaurant is tentatively scheduled for the mid-January to early-February timeframe. Festivities will consist of a ribbon cutting compliments of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Tommy Battle and other local dignitaries. The new restaurant marks the popular Louisiana-style chain’s first restaurant in Huntsville and its third in the state of Alabama.
Founded by Louisiana-native-turned-Alabaman Jeff Thompson, Cajun Steamer is known for its wide array of low-country classics and original creations, prepared in authentic down-home fashion. The extensive menu features gumbo, jambalaya, boudin and etouffee, as well as oysters, crawfish and Po-boys. In addition, a variety of grilled fish and shrimp entrees stand alongside hearty land options and seasonal favorites. It’s a classic Louisiana kitchen, complete with homemade beignets for dessert.
“The Cajun Steamer chain started from very humble beginnings. Growing up in Louisiana, I developed a passion for Cajun cuisine at a young age. So when I moved to Birmingham, I had to bring it along with me,” Thompson said. “I started with a little roadside stand, and today the very recipes that I grew up with are served up fresh and fiery every day at all five of our restaurants.”
The first Cajun Steamer opened 10 years ago in Hoover, AL, with a second location following shortly thereafter across town in Trussville. Embarking on a proactive and deliberate pace into markets lacking authentic Cajun dining options, the restaurant moved into Franklin, TN, just outside Nashville, in 2009. The expansion across the South continued with the opening of its first franchised restaurant in Longview, TX, this past summer.
Boasting 100 percent freshness from only local resources, like crawfish from Louisiana, shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and oysters from the coasts of Louisiana and Texas, even the most hardcore Cajun connoisseurs won’t be disappointed.
“We’re very excited to introduce Cajun Steamer to Huntsville,” continued Thompson. “Having been welcomed whole-heartedly by the people of Hoover, Trussville and beyond these past few years, I have no doubt this town will also fall in love our food, our ambiance and our genuine Cajun hospitality.”
Cajun Steamer will serve lunch and dinner, and will also offer catering services. To view its full menu, visit CajunSteamer.com.