Big Easy

Big Easy Restaurant /
Big Easy owner Patti Elrod with son Kyle

Editor’s note: Since publication, Big Easy has CLOSED its doors and now offers some of the same menu items at its sister restaurant Fishmongers at 1901 North Central Expressway in Plano.

Big Easy’s owners Patti and Jim Elrod grew up in New Orleans, and thankfully they brought their family recipes with them to Plano. When the restaurant opened in 1994, Big Easy New Orleans Style Sandwiches only served classic sandwiches like muffalettas and po boys. Now you can order all kinds of Cajun goodness, like Basin Street chicken, crawfish étoufée, gumbo and fried green tomatoes.

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Fried catfish with fried okra and red beans and rice

Cajun staples, like shrimp, oysters, boudin and andouille sausage, are brought in from Louisiana. The roux and all of their sauces are made from scratch. They’ve stocked the place with Louisiana favorites, like Zapp’s potato chips, Abita beer, and Community Coffee. And you get to finish your visit with a plate of hot beignets or homemade pecan pralines. On Sundays, a big creole brunch is served, with specialties like Grillades and Grits and Pain Perdou.

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Two exterior walls of the restaurant are actually rows of New Orleans style french doors. Mardi Gras masks and neon signs with gators and saxophones adorn the place. It’s nice and open and pretty low-key, just like some of the best places in New Orleans.

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Homemade pralines and Abita beer

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