The Roux: Cajun and Creole Creations

Maya Agnew

The Roux, located in the ultra sleek Santana Row, is a popular New Orleans-themed restaurant and lounge.

Since opening its doors in 2008, the Roux has been an instant attraction. Known for their delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine and exotic drinks, the Roux is a magnet for those that want to experience the New Orleans atmosphere.

What sets the Roux apart from all the other restaurants located on the Santana Row strip is the food.

The Roux is known for their unique signature Southern flavor, and their Cajun and Creole cuisine is mouth-watering and different, which adds to the excitement of people wanting to experience something new.

The chef, Rocio Gomez, prepares popular New Orleans dishes that attract hungry enthusiasts wanting to try some great Southern food. Standouts on the Roux menu include gumbo, shrimp, crab meat, andouille sausage and okra Cajun fries.

Alligator skewers are offered, made up of blackened grilled alligator skewer served with dirty rice and sautéed broccoli. Jambalaya, another favorite, features andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, celery, tomatoes and onions.

Must haves on the dessert menu include The Roux’s famous Beignets, which are a New Orleans favorite, covered in powdered sugar and served with delicious chocolate sauce. The homemade sweet potato pie is served with bourbon cream. Dinner prices are a little pricey and range from $10-$25.

The Roux is also known for their exotic drinks that are popular on the weekend pregame. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar is packed and the bartenders can be seen putting on a show for customers.

Liquor bottles being tossed among the bartenders set the mood for happy patrons. Must-haves on the drink menu are the Roux Orleans Hurricane, Creole Bloody Mary, Sazerac and Jeremiah Daly. Drink prices range from $9-$15. The drinks are creative and great tasting and only add to the beauty of this restaurant and lounge.

What’s unique about the Roux is that it stands out from other restaurants with a warm Louisiana feel that not many restaurants have.

From the elaborate décor of feathered masks, brightly colored walls and shiny beads, the Roux portrays New Orleans in all its splendor. The echoing of blues and jazz in the background takes one back to the birthplace of this music genre and enlightens people on what it would be like to be in New Orleans for a day.

The next time you have the urge to experience Cajun and Creole Southern cooking or want to experience a place reminiscent of New Orleans, the Roux is the place to be.

An old expression in New Orleans that is often quoted in the Roux is: “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” which translates into: “Let the good times roll!” The Roux is just the spot to make memories, have a great time and let the good times roll.