A new fish restaurant in Cajun is celebrating its opening: Called N’Awlins Seafood Sportsbar, it’s a New Orleans / French Quarter inspired restaurant and sports bar on 1400 Hi Line Dr. # 116, in the room previously used by Primo’s.

According to an announcement, the concept of the N’awlins Seafood Sports Bar originated from an idea of ​​the company’s founder and owner Blair Johnson in 2003. The aim is to bring Cajun flair to game days through food and Bourbon Street decor. (Bottle service is also mentioned in the publication, although bottle service appears to be more Dallas than NOLA.)

It has finally borne fruit.

“We’re all excited to finally bring the N’awlins vision to the Design District,” Johnson said in a statement. “Once you’ve experienced the atmosphere, food, and service, you’ll quickly understand why I chose this concept for my first restaurant project. I want everyone to feel the New Orleans hospitality when they’re here.”

N’awlins has had its share of setbacks on the way to opening. This included the change of location and COVID-19. They first opened in May but had some technical issues before they could get hold of the equipment.

Now guests can finally step into a Mardi Gras wonderland, with hand-painted murals on the walls and bar tops, Mardi Gras-themed decor, chandeliers, and 25 flat-screen TVs.

Compiled by Johnson, Chef Stefen Briley and Chef Ryheem Lumpkins, the menu features classic hometown Crescent City dishes with a wide variety of options including:

  • Oysters

  • Jambalaya

  • Lobster Etouffee

  • gumbo

  • donuts

  • Crab and spinach dip

  • Lobster Mac & Cheese

  • Creole crab cakes

  • blackened catfish with shrimp & lobster

  • grilled redfish with crabs and prawns

  • Steak & Lobster

  • Cajun smoked trio: turkey barrel filled with lobster, shrimp and lobster

  • Shrimp & Grits

There’s a whole fried section with baskets and platters with wings, chicken tenders, and seafood with hand-cut fries. There is also steamed and cooked seafood such as crab, prawn, and lobster.

The cocktail menu features craft cocktails such as Bourbon Street Tea, Oak Cliff and Highland Park Martin. Bottles can also be bought. The drinks menu was created by N’awlin’s bar manager Domenique Slaughter.

In addition, the restaurant has a dog-friendly seating area on the terrace so that guests can dine al fresco.

They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday 11 am-10pm.

At the grand opening on June 19, beverage specials on draft beer, starters and cocktails will be offered. It will be a celebration of women’s empowerment and Freedom Day / Junieenth with live music from Unfaded and drink specials.

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