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Eats Beat: Cajun, Baja tacos, catfish — Allie’s has a full plate

Posted 7:06am on Wednesday, Sep. 04, 2013

Allie’s Cajun Kitchen is so much more.

Houston restaurateur Miranda Garcia moved to Fort Worth with Cajun recipes and Baja flavor, and the result is a seafood restaurant with the best of both coasts.

You want Baja fish tacos with chipotle sauce, but also blackened Louisiana-style? Allie’s does it.

You want fried catfish fillets but also a coctel de mariscos? Allie’s does it.

You want nachos with fried oysters and fresh-cut pico de gallo? Allie’s does it.

You want a big chicken burrito, but a side of boudin bites, and beignets for dessert? Allie’s does it.

The little counter-service restaurant on Altamesa Boulevard could just as easily have been named Allie’s Catfish or Baja Seafood, but Garcia said her father, an attorney, grew fascinated with Cajun cooking and fresh fish when the family moved there from the Rio Grande Valley.

The fried catfish fillets come lighty dusted in cornmeal, served on bargain platters (two fillets for $4.99 at lunch, three fillets for $5.99, five for $7.99, grilled or blackened $8.99, ranchero $10.99, or $8.99 on a huge po-boy).

A combo platter with shrimp or chicken costs $7.99-$10.99 (fried, grilled or blackened). A larger combo is $13.99.

But the surprises aren’t as obvious on the menu, including blackened fish tacos (2/$5.99 at lunch), jambalaya ($10.99), etouffee ($4.99) or the “cook’s special” fried oyster nachos.

Allie’s — as in alligators — is just a small cafe, but seems off to a great start like the family’s Houston catfish restaurants.

Allie’s is open for drive-through breakfast daily, for lunch daily and for dinner daily except Sunday; 3329 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-346-7444, alliescajunkitchen.com.

More at Mariposa’s

If you like the homespun sincerity of Enchiladas Ole in Fort Worth, you’ll also like Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen.

Owners Irma Gamez and daughter Crystal Padilla have expanded what began as mostly a take-out shop.

Now, Mariposa’s serves made-to-order, flavorful Tex-Mex lunches and dinners daily, and has added margaritas, beer and South American wines.

Don’t miss the grilled pineapple cake.

5724 Locke Ave., 817-570-9555, mariposaslatin kitchen.com.

The Wasp nests

The new Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar, the latest from Grace’s Dain Adam Jones, opened on Tuesday.

More to come on it, but the menu features dishes such as Windy Meadows Farm roasted chicken with couscous ($22), salads and large “knife + fork sandwiches” such as a cheeseburger, a Reuben and an oversized chili dog ($11).

Little Red Wasp will add lunch and brunch hours in coming weeks. It’s at 808 Main St., between two prime steakhouses; 817-877-3111, facebook.com/ littleredwaspfw.

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