Serving Charlotte since 1985, the Cajun Queen is located in historic Elizabeth in a 100-year-old house with all of the southern charms one would expect. Seven days a week guests can experience live jazz music in the upstairs dining room with quieter dining options located in the downstairs dining room.
For food, Cajun Queen serves up favorites from the bayou including Andouille sausage, grits, and catfish to name a few. Throw in live jazz music every day of the week and guests will agree it feels like Mardi Gras every day.
Speaking of Mardi Gras, visitors are welcomed by colorful beads hanging from the trees. While the owner attempted to expand in a nearby town, the effort was unsuccessful. It was missing one major ingredient: the house itself.
The house was originally built in 1918 as a private home and later became a boarding house. It's rumored to have an extra special guest around, the house ghost, which has been known for tossing straws around in the upstairs bar. She is believed to be a former owner of the residence and is apparently upset that there’s now a bar with loud music in her old bedroom.
While the delectable food and perfectly charming house would be enough to make this a popular joint, it's the music that gives it that extra life. The 7th Street Gator Band, a group of 12 regular musicians, along with a few who drop in to jam, plays every night and at brunch on Sunday. Local legends like Bill Hanna and the late Skinny Harris also frequent the Queen.
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