This Cajun Restaurant Has a Year-Long Waiting List

This Cajun Restaurant Has a Year-Long Waiting List


(playful piano music) – [Woman] Deep in the bayou,
on this street, down this road, in this windowless tin
shack, is a restaurant run by one woman, whose
dishes are so good, you have to wait a year to try them. – I’m Alzina Toups and I’ve
been cooking Cajun food for at least over 60 years. (playful piano music) (upbeat jazz music) – [Woman] Welcome to Alazina’s. A Cajun restaurant with
no staff and no menu. Just Chef Alzina and her kitchen. And it’s housed in one of
the most unassuming places. A former welding shop that
was once owned by her son. – I turned this into kitchen
because I loved cooking. And you don’t have that
big bump in the middle. – Right. – My son was in the process
of moving to a bigger place so instead of closing it, he asked me if I wanted to convert this. So I converted into a kitchen. I wanted to be open. Where I cook and where they eat. Because they can see what you’re doing. Most of the people that come, they want to take part in what you do. Cajun food I think is the
best food in the world. I was raised on it. To me it’s simple cooking. You start with your bell pepper. You have onion, you have
garlic, a lot of garlic, celery, and then you saute
that in a small amount of oil. And then you start adding
your other ingredients. Whatever you’re cooking, if
it’s a gumbo or jambalaya or fried shrimp, what’s better than that? (playful instrumental music) – [Woman] As good as that sounds, eating at Alzina’s can be tricky. There are no walk-ins and reservations can only be made by calling
her on her landline phone. – Thank you for calling. I didn’t want walk-in because I think I would have been very unhappy. I live a simple life and this
is the way I like my life. Simple. No computer, just a simple telephone. I’m booked up until next year. I’m always booked up in a year advance. And I like it better that way. – [Woman] Over those 40
years, Alzina’s has been pretty successful garnering
the attention of magazines, politicians and celebrity chefs. People from all over
the world have flocked to Alzina’s kitchen for
her authentic Cajun food. But for Alzina, the experience is all about making people feel at home. Like a family. – When people come, it’s a tin building. So they see where we’re
at and you don’t realize that it’s here. But when they step in the kitchen, it’s a different world. I really think they’re happy. I feel the peace in the
kitchen and then they mingle, family that haven’t seen
each other for maybe a year, two, three years. It bring happiness to them. And it bring happiness to me. I was born to serve, not to be served. (playful piano music)

18 thoughts on “This Cajun Restaurant Has a Year-Long Waiting List

  1. All good on her..Living her life, her way and making a contribution to society. Now that's excellence.

  2. A year waiting list. What does that tell you about people. I’m sure it’s good. But I eat to live. I don’t live to eat.

  3. No offense to this sweet lady, but Cajun food is absolutely disgusting I dry heave when I walk by a Cajun restaurant

  4. I’m gonna repeat something since some people have been talking about Gordon Ramsay. He would probably love to learn tips from her. He’s always trying to broaden his tastes and expand his cooking experiences. He recently made a video in Hawaii learning how they use spam in their traditional dishes. He shows a ton of respect to those who aren’t conceited about their cooking capabilities.

  5. I'm of Acadian background (Northern Cajun's) The food is a slight different and the culture But both have wonderful things to share We have many Native Canadian twist foods and slangs Cajuns have River / Seafood and a kick of spice that dates back to the carribean and Africa ..In the east coast of Canada There is a place in Nova Scotia You can camp out at night drinking beer And eat clams fresh from the beach not 300 ft away while you lay back and look up at the thousands of stars so clear We seen satellites moving across the sky. With the ocean sounding off the shoreline.. Next morning you jump in the car And head over to the local bakery Everything hand made The coffee was pretty good But the baked goods were a top notch Swiss milk chocolate donuts was tossed cocoa powder we sat on the bench and watched smile after smile and widened eyes at first bite

    I can only wonder what the jambalaya is like at her place It's places like these that don't lose the touch by bottling and mass sales

  6. Im being tortured so badly im very ready to pass away i meant nothing. Why did stalker sergey brin want to do this because he couldnt control me

  7. "I was born to serve not to be served"

    even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

    Matthew 20:28 ESV

    Wow that was beautifully said.

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