Casa Linda’s Alligator Café will have expanded menu

Alligator Café is coming to the former Frankie’s Little Europe space in Casa Linda, and owner Ivan Pugh hopes to open the second location of his popular Cajun restaurant by November 1.

The original Alligator Café at Live Oak and Carroll has been a best-kept secret in East Dallas for years. The new location will have the same tried-and-true menu as the original plus baby-back ribs, pulled pork, crab claws, voodoo jambalaya and more. “We’re adding more pork dishes to the menu to make it more Creole, plus a full bar, more jazz and blues bands, and a patio,” Pugh says. Pugh describes the intended atmosphere as that of a “nice restaurant in the French Quarter.”

A Woodrow Wilson High School alumnus, Pugh is considering a move back into East Dallas, and he can’t wait to return. “I chose this location because I liked the look of the building and the area’s high traffic,” Pugh says. “This one is going to be even better than the first. This gets my creative juices flowing … You’ve got to keep going further in life, and I’ve been bored.”

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  • HB

    Mmmmm, mmmmm!!  I love The Alligator Cafe!!  Chef Ivan and his crew knock it out of the park daily.  Great food, great employees, great music and now closer to the house–GREAT NEWS!!! 

  • Going 504

    I’m still mad that this new location (in my back yard) of my favorite restaurant is opening the same time that I move to New Orleans!  The irony! :)

  • erica

    Chloe,Don’t knock it till you try it.I drove by the Alligator many years till I stopped in.We have now eaten at the Alligator Cafe on Live Oak many times or just stop by for a beer and live music.
    I don’t know where you have sampled Cajun food but the menu is really great and the quality is wonderful.Ivan and his staff are so friendly they make it feel you are home.
    My favorite is the fried whole catfish and greens.

  • Chloe

    Yuk! A Cajun restaurant? After all the fabulous restaurants that wanted to lease this space they put in Cajun? Horrible for Casa Linda. So unoriginal and boring. I wish investors would step it up in Lake Highlands. Such a waste of a good location.

  • Ivan pugh

    Thank you for the nice article and the nice comments. We are working hard and hope to be ready soon!!

  • Eliot Landrum

    I. Can’t. Wait!

  • CitizenKane

    How about soft shell crab po boys ?????????