Port Arthur Cajun Foodie Passport

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Get ready to dine and tour your way through the official Cajun Capital of Texas! You’re coming for the 9th annual Cajun Heritage Festival to hear Jamie Bergeron and all the other performers on April 6. Come early, stay late and eat big.

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Enjoy some of what is great about Port Arthur, get a stamp and get entered to win a prize. It will take you to some of the best Cajun/Seafood restaurants in our area along with museums, heritage houses and events. Enjoy these through April 28 and read below how to enter. Dine and explore these places to get your Cajun stamp.

You’ve Eaten Your Way Through the Passport, Now What?

Patron as many of our passport participating venues and get the official Cajun Capital sticker from each one. Slap ‘dat sticker where it goes and mail it on back to the Port Arthur CVB for your prize! The more stickers you have, the more entries you get for the GRAND PRIZE. Now don’t worry cher, even just one sticker gets you a special prize from us!

2024 Cajun Fest Entries must be received by
April 28th, by dropping off or mailing to:

Port Arthur CVB
3401 Cultural Center Drive
Port Arthur, Texas, 77642

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Participating Venues


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Cajun Heritage Festival
Saturday, April 6th @ Bob Bowers Civic Center
3401 Cultural Center Dr Port Arthur, TX 77640
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Ready for some crawfish? Dancing? The Cajun Heritage Festival is back with music to make you shake a leg. Expect more entertainment updates for the April 6, 2024 event. The event’s new site is the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center. Our Louisiana friends love to visit us.

man playing the accordionAccordion Contest and Cajun Jam
Friday, April 5th @ Texas Artists Museum
3501 Cultural Center Drive Port Arthur, TX 77640
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Something new this year will be a Friday Evening Jam and Youth Accordion/Fiddle Contest! Join in a gumbo and a fais do-do jam session with some of the Golden Triangle’s legends in Cajun music and all award winners and masters of their crafts, Jude Moreau, Ed Poullard and Freddie Pate!


crawfish and corn in port arthur texasReel Cajun Seafood Restaurant and Bar
7500 Twin City Hwy, Port Arthur, TX 77642
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A VietCajun twist on our favorite seafood dishes, like VietCajun Eggrolls and Garlic and butter infused boiled crawfish, seafood buffets, colorful drinks and bottom-up beers in a cool and casual setting.




Big Doobie's Food Truck in Port ArthurBig Doobie’s Boudin & Cracklins
6247 W Port Arthur Rd, Port Arthur, TX 77640
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Big Doobie’s food truck is a must-stop. Want to taste our culture? Go for traditional Cajun-style boudain links. But know they are really famous for cracklings. The Cajun music is always playing.  “Texas Country Reporter” featured this local favorite.



platter of fresh crawfish and cold beer in port arthur texasLarry & Rita’s Mexican Cajun Bar & Grill
3701 Pure Atlantic Rd, Groves, TX 77619
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Crawfish? A Cajun two-Step? Up for the buffet? Larry and Rita’s is a restaurant and an institution. On the weekends, it’s a dance hall, too. Live Cajun and classic rock music gets the dance floor full of couples, grandparents and even the youngest revelers out to cut a rug. They serve up spicy crawfish in season and a buffet laden with fried fish, shrimp and savory goodness. Murals of swampy and coastal scenes complete the mood.


cajun food and menuTouch of Cajun Cafe
1147 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX 77627
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Bowl of GumboThe Schooner Restaurant
1507 U.S. 69 Access Rd, Nederland, TX 77627
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Since 1947, this family owned and operated restaurant has continued its tradition of serving the best quality and freshest Gulf seafood. They aim to provide friends, family and neighbors a high quality dining experience, serving only the freshest seafood and finest steaks in a casual and friendly atmosphere.



a cutting board holding a steakNeches River Wheelhouse
720 Lee Ave, Port Neches, TX 77651
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NRW entices hungry customers to Port Neches’ scenic waterfront. Sit out on the deck and watch the ships pass by as you enjoy items such as crawfish po’boys, shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. Stay and play a game of washers out on the lawn, or take a walk on the newly built riverside trail. The Wheelhouse is a place where you can eat and drink the entire day away


boiled crawfish at dylans on 9th in porta arthurDylan’s on 9th
8601 9th Ave, Port Arthur, TX 77642
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Kevin Rico’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
3148 Gulfway Dr Suite A, Port Arthur, TX 77642
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This local favorite is famous for its seafood, Chinese and Vietnamese plates & Oyster Bar

porch and entrance to sombrero'sSombrero’s Mexican Restaurant
2095 U.S. 69 Access Rd,

The menu at Sombrero Mexican Grill features classic TexMex dishes such as:  Tacos, Enchiladas, Burritos,  Nachos, Tamales, Fajitas, Birria Ramen.. and oh so good MexiCajun Boiled Crawfish!




Miss B’s Takeout
2675 Texas Ave, Bridge City, TX 77611
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historic Cajun home at Riverfront Park in Port Neches Cajun

La Maison Des Acadienne
1500 Boston Ave Nederland, TX 77627
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Completed in 1976, La Maison Des Acadienne – or “house of Acadia” – is a replica of an authentic Acadian dwelling. It offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the Cajun pioneers who settled the area alongside the Dutch.



set up of cajun dwelling in the museum of the gulf coastMuseum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640
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In addition to a model of an Acadian home, visit the music hall of fame. Wayne Toups, Harry Choates and Clifton Chenier are Cajun and zydeco musicians honored here. Learn about Jivin’ Gene Bourgeois and his Swamp Pop style.  Janis Joplin, Tex Ritter and Tracy Byrd are a few other talents from this area.




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