Ragin Cajun Cafe, Hermosa Beach, CA
The Ragin Cajun Cafe opened in 1992, in beautiful Hermosa Beach, California, and continues to serve Gulf seafood.
It was founded by Stephen Domingue, originally from Cajun country, Lafayette, Louisiana. When he moved to Southern California in 1987, Steve missed the one-of-a-kind cooking he had grown to love back home.
Realizing that no authentic Cajun restaurants existed in Southern California, Steve hit upon the idea of bringing the unmatchable taste of fine Cajun cuisine to the L.A. area. Quickly, he prepared some of his mother’s own Cajun specialties and began previewing them at local food festivals. These "practice runs" were a huge success, and just about everyone who sampled the delicious food asked, "Where’s the restaurant located?" The response confirmed what Steven knew: the time was perfect to make the Ragin Cajun a reality.
The restaurant opened in April of 1992, with an original seating capacity of 36 patrons. Using the food as its own advertisement, Steven and the other employees passed out free food samples to the beach-going crowd walking on the boardwalk. Before he knew it, Stephen had a 45-minute waiting line of eager customers stretching down the sidewalk. By December of that year, the original Ragin Cajun Cafe had been selected by the local paper as the Best Cajun Restaurant in the area – the Ragin Cajun craze had begun.
Now, five years later, Stephen and the Ragin Cajun team keep the menu items limited to only the best, most authentic Cajun dishes, as they continue with their mission to bring the best of Cajun cuisine to more and more people. And every night, the line continues to form on the boardwalk at Hermosa Beach.
Stephen Domingue, Owner/Manager
Ragin Cajun Cafe