What is Cajun Food?

Cajun food is a style of cuisine that developed in Louisiana by the Acadians, who were originally from France and brought lots of French traditions with them, including French cooking styles. The Acadians were originally immigrants who settled in what is now Canada in a colony called New France. After being expelled by the British during the French and Indian War, many Acadians settled in Lousiana, where they came to be known as Cajuns, and where their descendants continue to live today.


While Cajun food is a product of the French Acadians, it also has Canadian, African, and Native American influences. Gumbo is one of the most well-known Cajun dishes and is used to describe a variety of stews under the Cajun umbrella. The word gumbo actually comes from West Africa and means “okra” which is the main ingredient in these stews. The Cajuns used natural resources in Louisiana such as sugar cane, rice, and crawfish to develop their own unique cuisine. Fish, pork, chicken, turkey, and shrimp are all also found in Cajun food.


Traditional Cajun meals are cooked in 3 pots. One pot is used for rice and cornbread, the second for vegetables, and the third for the main dish. Onions, bell-peppers, and celery are three staples found in many Cajun meals. Cajun food also uses seasonings like cayenne pepper, parsley, scallions, and bayleaf, though real Cajun food isn’t as spicy as common belief would hold. The emphasis is on a nice balance of flavors with a kick to it.


Cajun shrimp

Cajun-style shrimp.

Regions Restaurant is the on going creation of restauranteur Craig Rinkerman (Owner) & Chef/Owner Rob Rehmert. We focus on offering diners a variety of Small and Big plates from several different regions of cuisine. These Regions of focus include Maryland, Asian, Cajun, Italian, French, Southwest & Classic American comfort food. Each night, diners can choose from Small & Big plates from a variety of cuisines, along with seasonal specials. This allows diners to sample the menu “Tapas” style with small plates & appetizers. Enjoy a burger or salad off the lite fare menu, or choose a “Big Plate” entrée or special. Whatever plate or cuisine you choose, it is our goal to use the freshest, local ingredients to produce the highest quality product!

Regions also servces Brunch on Sunday’s from 10 till 3 p.m., featuring items such as Crab Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon French Toast crunch and our famous Scrapple Apple Sandwich. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are also offered to complete your mid day meal.

If you have any questions about Maryland Cuisine at Regions Restaurant, or if you are interested in booking Regions, please use the “Contact Us” form on RegionsRestaurant.com or call (410) 788-0075. You can also find Regions Restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

Location: 803-805 Frederick Rd. Catonsville, MD. 21228



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Catonsville Gourmet
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829 Frederick Rd Catonsville , MD 21228
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