Wining & Dining
What’s New at Blue Dog Café
7/3/2018 9:52:12 PM
Blue Dog

Nothing says Louisiana quite like delicious food or the iconic Blue Dog that artist George Rodrigue made famous during his lifetime. One can go into the Blue Dog Café, Lake Charles, and experience the joie de vivre that Rodrigue captured in his paintings communicated through a beautifully prepared dish. And while Southwest Louisiana has been able to enjoy the delicacies that can be found at the heart of Cajun country for a while, the Blue Dog Café is changing things up.

Blue Dog Café now features Ryan Trahan as their new Executive Chef. Trahan is most recently known from the restaurant Dark Roux, an acclaimed and regionally inspired, sustainable Southern concept in Lafayette. In 2017, he was named a Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine. Trahan was raised in Crowley, with roots firmly established in Louisiana home cooking. He will focus on fresh, regionally-inspired, sustainably-sourced cuisine with a side of southern hospitality and Cajun culture.

"We have been watching Ryan make an impact on the Louisiana culinary scene for a while now and could not be more excited to have him join the Blue Dog Café,” said Jacques Rodrigue, co-operator of Blue Dog Café and son of artist George Rodrigue. "Ryan is the perfect chef to continue the Blue Dog Café’s tradition of serving as a destination and cultural hub that pays tribute to Dad, his artwork, and Cajun culture.”

Last month, Chef Ryan won the annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off and was named the 2018 King of Louisiana Seafood. To earn the crown, Trahan reigned over 11 other Louisiana chefs and prepared a crackling-crusted red snapper with pickled crawfish tails, buttermilk chili consommé, spring vegetables, burnt leek oil, fermented cream, and bowfin caviar. On August 4, he’ll represent our state and compete against the best seafood chefs in the country at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.

Trahan brings inventive cuisine and reimagined classics to this landmark establishment. Rodrigue says, "Inspired by the elevated hospitality that defines Blue Dog Café, Chef Ryan’s menu features new dishes like a Crawfish Cake, Cajun Macaroni Gratin, Charbroiled Oysters, Pork Fried Catfish Chips, Pompano En Papillote, Half Roasted Chicken, and Buttermilk Pie.” 

If you’re a faithful patron and lover of the Crawfish Enchiladas, there is no need to panic. The Crawfish Enchiladas, the Seafood Wontons, the Corn and Crab Bisque, and the Louisiana Purchase are still on the menu. However, the new menu also features modernized Cajun classics as well as several healthier options through Blue Dog Café’s partnership with EatFit of Southwest Louisiana.
 
The Blue Dog Café is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Brunch will feature their new menu offerings in the same buffet-style, and when you come in, be sure to enjoy a cocktail from their seasonal craft cocktail menu. Bon Appetit! 
To see their full menu, visit their website. http://lakecharles.bluedogcafe.com/full-menu/
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