Café Zydeco: A Casual Cajun Experience

Photo by Emma Nielsen

Café Zydeco has the atmosphere of a sit-down restaurant, but the casual air of a diner — an unusual and pleasant combination. Accordions adorn the walls and music plays in the background, providing a unique sense of hominess and an amazing place to eat, whether you’re with family, friends or a good book.

About a month ago, the café moved out of its deteriorating home on South 15th Ave. and Main St. and into the same building as the Old Hatchery Winery on West College St. Café Zydeco continues to serve the same classic Cajun food it always has — but now you can enjoy it with wine or a cold glass of sangria from the bar.

The new location has its own style — seating options include outdoor seating, booths, café tables, high-top tables and bar-top stools. Usually, it’s not too crowded and you can sit anywhere after ordering at the main counter.

Though quiet, Café Zydeco has a lively atmosphere. The employees are friendly, and the customers vary from families on a night out to couples having a peaceful dinner at the bar to friends carrying on animated conversations at the high-top tables.

Photo by Emma Nielsen

The atmosphere is just the icing on the cake when it comes to Café Zydeco, because the best part about this café is, and always will be, the food. The menu ranges from stir fry to tacos while always keeping Cajun influence in mind. I tried the French dip, Philly cheese steak and jambalaya while sitting comfortably at a booth enjoying the music. Everything was amazing, but above all I would recommend the French dip.

What makes the food even better is the fact that eating it does not also mean eating your paycheck. Most entrees at Café Zydeco are under $10, so instead of eating fast food, you can have a unique dining experience. Let’s face it: Very little Cajun food ends up in Montana.

I have never eaten much Cajun food, but Café Zydeco made me want to try more and more. This is one absolutely necessary stop for every MSU student. It’s homey, unique, scrumptious and affordable. What more could you ask for?