with Cajun flair or a Cajun restaurant with Italian flair? At Fezzo’s, the answer is a bit of both.
We were out and were locked into a specific time period for lunch. We pulled into one of our local favorites and found the parking lot packed with trucks. I had forgotten that between the hours of noon and 1:00 p.m., many—if not most—local workers in Scott, LA, head to CaJan’s Eatery. Even if we had found a place to park, finding a seat inside would be nearly impossible. So we needed to come with an alternative and do it quickly. It was then that I remembered Fezzo’s where we had eaten a number of years ago. If my memory serves me right, we liked it. But then my memory isn’t always that sharp. But it was worth a try.
Now if you thought that the name “Fezzo” is the family name of the owner, well you’d be wrong. “A long time ago when Phil Faul's father was a young boy in Church Point, LA, he was very creative with his toys. His favorite play-things were those made from his mother's empty wooden thread spools. In Cajun French the word for these wooden spools is fezzo (pronounced FEE-zo). Everywhere Phil's father went he took these wooden-spool toys with him. One day a local postmaster began calling young Phil, Fezzo, a name he still carries with him. In July, 1979, Phil's family opened a grocery store in Rayne, LA and called it Fezzo's Supermarket. Both Phil and his childhood friend Pat Bordes II worked in the family grocery store for many years. In July, 1999, exactly 20 years later, Phil Faul and Pat Bordes II opened their first restaurant as co-owners. When it came time to name the restaurant, it was clear what name was to be given. In honor of Phil's dad, they named it Fezzo's Seafood, Steakhouse and Oyster Bar” (travel.yahoo.com).
The two Fezzo’s (one in Scott and another in Crowley) restaurants are local favorites. They have been named Best Cajun Restaurant for four consecutive years in the readers’ poll conducted by The Times of Acadiana. And Fezzo’s is listed in an article at backstage.com/advice-for-actors/top-10-places-to-go-in-americas-finest-cities.
The menu (same at lunch as at dinner) contains all of the local Cajun favorites—gumbos, bisques, étouffées, and fried fish and seafood in almost any form. I will admit that, as adventurous an eater as I am, the two local favorites I have yet to try are alligator and frog legs. And I suspect that I will die happy without trying either.
I made a lunch from one of the appetizers—the Cajun Shrimp and Grits. The dish started with a pool of rich sauce that contained small pieces of shrimp. And while I couldn’t find any corn in the sauce, it did have that sweet taste that you get from fresh sweet corn. On top of the sauce was a grit cake which then was topped with more of the same sauce and two beautiful shrimp.
Well, my memory was correct. We still liked Fezzo’s and liked it enough to give it 4.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.