Big Easy in Austin

There is no way to replicate New Orleans. The city has a charm, uniqueness and history all its own. The only way to truly experience the Big Easy is to plan a New Orleans vacation. But for when you need a little N?awlins fix in Austin to get you in the mood, we have the inspiration in these restaurants, bars and more that channel the French Quarter and beyond.

Updated: August 10, 2011

Big Easy in Austin

Nubian Queen Lola Cajun

1815 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

When homesick New Orleans transplants have a hankering for the flavors of home, this quirky Cajun restaurant is where they go. Known for authentic dishes such as shrimp po'boys, gumbo and crawfish etouffee, the Eastside restaurant will have visions of New Orleans dancing in your head.

Shoal Creek Saloon

909 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

As if you couldn't tell by the larger-than-life New Orleans Saints helmet mounted to the roof: This is the place to get your New Orleans team spirit on. Die-hard Saints fans convene at this West Austin bar and restaurant on Sundays during NFL football season. Expect the crowd to spill onto the back patio as busy servers fly by with Cajun classics such as crawfish etouffee, fried catfish platters and piping hot bowls of gumbo.


3600 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746

The restaurant's name is a good first clue to its classic Cajun roots. Leave your crawfish bib at home, though; here, the tablecloths are white, and the menu items upscale. Not-to-be-missed dishes include the escargot and the fish of the day finished with an herb beurre blanc. Bon appetit!

Storyville Apparel

2001 Guadalupe St Ste A, Austin, TX 78705

The story about Storyville is all about what's printed on your T-shirt. This well-known Louisiana retailer works with local artists to create quirky tees indigenous to the locale. The retailer started in New Orleans and now has a shop in the West Campus neighborhood, allowing Austinites to proudly sport their own story.