Good eatin’ on the bayou

Although Georgie herself isn’t on the menu, Peggy’s does serve alligator, both f
Catfish and Shrimp Combo with fries, onion rings and hush puppies.

If you’re in the mood for some good Cajun food and bayou scenery to boot, we know just the place for you.

Peggy and Richard Albair, natives of Sulphur, Louisiana, have something special going on East Roundbunch Road in Orange. The couple’s restaurant sits on the north bank of Cow Bayou, with the back porch offering an up-close view of boats, catfish and even an occasional visit from Georgie the alligator, who isn’t the least bit shy.

Originally a commercial fisherman by trade, Richard decided to enter the restaurant business. Although the couple’s business began as a seafood market in a portable building, in 1999, they moved into their location on East Roundbunch and opened as The Old Salt Po’ Boy Shop.

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the restaurant, flooding it with 13 feet of water.

“We lost everything,” Peggy says. “We didn’t know what we were going to do.”

While the couple was trying to get their property cleaned up and recover from the storm, regular customers began showing back up.

“The Coast Guard boys began showing up. They loved our food,” Peggy says. “We bought a little chuck wagon, fixed it up, and started cooking out of that.”

Peggy and Richard repaired the restaurant and reopened it in June 2009 with a new name — Peggy’s on the Bayou. They also expanded their menu to include other items besides seafood and have become famous for their burgers, made with homemade hamburger patties on a jalapeño sourdough bun.

The restaurant is a hit with nearby plant workers from DuPont, Chevron and Honeywell who, among other items, enjoy Peggy’s seafood gumbo, which she describes as “just like Grandma used to make.”

“We deliver to the plants and when they have special meetings, they’ll call us up and we give them a good price for a platter of food,” she says.

The Cajun Nachos and Pistolettes can’t be beat. Both contain crawfish, crab, shrimp, Velveeta cheese and the restaurant’s special seasoning.

“Now we’re doing BBQ Crabs, which is another hit,” Peggy says. “My husband wanted a seasoning like Sartin’s (Seafood), but he not only wanted it spicy, he also wanted it sweet. We sell the seasoning here and use it to barbecue our crabs with and people love it.”

Made with jalapeño bread and served with a whiskey sauce, Peggy’s bread pudding is also a must try.

A Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) establishment with a back porch overlooking Cow Bayou, many customers enjoy a drink while sitting out back at Peggy’s and watching the alligators swim by. One alligator, whom the customers and staff have nicknamed Georgie, seems to show up quite often.

And although Georgie herself isn’t on the menu, Peggy’s does serve alligator, both fried and grilled, and even has a huge alligator taco called the Coastie Gator. It was named after the U.S. Coast Guard member who requested the taco, which is usually served with 9 ounces of catfish.

Instead of using delivery services like Waitr or Gofer, Peggy decided to have her own app made. Customers can order from their smart phone device and have the order delivered to their home or business in Orange, Orangefield, Bridge City, West Orange and Little Cypress, she says.

Peggy’s also serves breakfast all day long.

Don’t forget to go out back and look for Georgie!


Kevin King can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 227, or by e-mail at kevin [at] theexaminer [dot] com.