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Robin's

1409 Henderson Highway, Henderson, LA - (337) 228-7594
Posted By Steve Tomashefsky on 2/9/2006 11:02:00 PM
I have been a regular at Robin's every spring for almost 20 years. It never disappoints. While I can't say no one equals their crawfish etouffee or bisque, I can say I've never had better - and I've tried almost every place of note in southwest Louisiana at one time or another. They really know their dark roux, their crawfish fat, and their herbal seasoning.

I can't speak of other items on the menu, since I've never had them! You come to Robin's for the etouffee and the bisque, and that's what you should have. Don't wimp out and go for the shrimp versions out of a fear of trying crawfish (which is not fishy or gamy). The crawfish "fat" provides a richness that shrimp dishes don't seem to achieve. I also love the homemade Tabasco ice cream, though it can be an acquired taste: mostly vanilla with just a hint of fire in the background.

Places come and go (Henderson, which used to be the real world capital of crawfish eating, has seen several close in recent years), but Robin's is consistently satisfying. Try lunch at Robin's and then take a swamp tour at McGhee's down the levee. There's no more pleasurable way to spend an afternoon in Cajun country.

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Lionel Robin has perfected the preparation of crawfish etoufee to the extent that he sells it canned or frozen, ready to go. While it isn't the same as dining here, it's pretty darn spectacular.
"Lionel Robin has perfected the preparation of crawfish etoufee to the extent that he sells it canned or frozen, ready to go. While it isn't the same as dining here, it's pretty darn spectacular."
Michael Stern





A glorious sight in Robin's kitchen was this giant vat of local crawfish, ready to be made into etouffee.
"A glorious sight in Robin's kitchen was this giant vat of local crawfish, ready to be made into etouffee."
Michael Stern


Robin's crawfish dinner includes crawfish bisque (not shown), fried crawfish, crawfish cocktail, stuffed bell pepper, boulette, crawfish etoufee, and crawfish pie.
"Robin's crawfish dinner includes crawfish bisque (not shown), fried crawfish, crawfish cocktail, stuffed bell pepper, boulette, crawfish etoufee, and crawfish pie. "
Cliff Strutz


Lionel Robin preparing his famous crawfish etouffee
"Lionel Robin preparing his famous crawfish etouffee"
Michael Stern


Lionel Robin is understandably proud of his homemade ice cream.  Clockwise from left: vanilla, coconut, Tabasco, and fig.  Three of us voted the vanilla the best, the other thought coconut was tops.  Truthfully, all were excellent!
"Lionel Robin is understandably proud of his homemade ice cream. Clockwise from left: vanilla, coconut, Tabasco, and fig. Three of us voted the vanilla the best, the other thought coconut was tops. Truthfully, all were excellent!"
Cliff Strutz


In the heart of crawfish country, Robin's is the one restaurant to visit if you want to taste the best.
"In the heart of crawfish country, Robin's is the one restaurant to visit if you want to taste the best."
Michael Stern



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