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Razzoo's Zydeco Dancer

From: Nick 
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:50 PM
Subject: Recipe search


Can you find the recipe for a zydeco dancer?   It is a dessert from Razoo's cajun restaurant chain.  
It is pretty much a runny cheesecake, in a bowl with a graham cracker crust bottom, and a raspberry 
sauce topping.  It is awesome food and I have tried to find the recipe to no avail.  


Hello Nick,

Razoo’s Cajun Cafe has a website at: Razzoo's Cajun Cafe

Their menu describes the “Zydeco Dancer” as:

Cheesecake fillin’ on a graham cracker crust with strawberry toppin’ and whup cream!

Sorry, I had no success locating a recipe or a copycat for it. I’ll post it on the site.


From: Anny
Subject: 1/19/15 Case - Razzoo's Zydeco Cheesecake
Date: Monday, January 19, 2015 12:12 PM


Hello again.  I found this recipe for a copycat of Razzoo's Zydeco 
Cheesecake that Nick was looking to find.  The only thing missing was the 
raspberry sauce.

Razzoo's Cheesecaske

Maybe this is close to it?

Thank You!


Note that while Nick and Anny say raspberry topping, Razzoo's menu says strawberry topping.

Brown Derby Appetizer

From: kerrie 
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:53 AM
Subject: Recipe


I've been searching for this recipe for such a long time;

The crabmeat (possibly shrimp?) appetizers from the Brown Derby.

It was served on a seashell serving dish.  I've even gone as far as to buy a cookbook that 
the Derby put out hoping it might be included, but alas no joy.

Thank you.

Hi Kerrie,

Not knowing any specifics makes this problematic. The Brown Derby was in operation since 1926, and changed their menu several times. There is a Disney version of this restaurant currently in operation. You can view photos of many of the old Brown Derby menus here: Google Images

The appetizers with crab or shrimp that I could read on those menu photos are these:

1/2 cracked crab
jumbo shrimp on ice
blue lump crab cake with potato crust
cracked dungeness crab with mayonnaise
Louisiana shrimp
blue lump crab spring rolls
andouille crusted prawn
shrimp cocktail
shrimp remoulade

You should look at those menus and try to narrow it down to a particular appetizer. I don’t like to guess, but perhaps you are talking about the blue lump crab cake with potato crust. If so, there is a photo of it here: MouseChow and another photo here: Yelp. I could not find a Brown Derby recipe for this dish.

If it’s not any of those, then I have no idea of how to find it without more information from you.

You say you bought a Brown Derby Cookbook, but there have been four of them. It might be in one of the others:

The Brown Derby Cookbook by Robert H Cobb, Leonard L Levinson and M Elizabeth Byrd (2009)

The Brown Derby Cookbook 50th Anniversary Edition 1924-1976 by Walter P. Scharfe (1976)

The Brown Derby Cookbook by Brown Derby Staff (1949)

Original Hollywood Brown Derby


From: kerrie
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2014 11:22 PM
Subject: Re: Brown Derby appetizer
Dear Kind Sir,

I apologize for not giving you more information.  

The Derby was located in Warren, Ohio and I think it closed in the mid 1980"s .
I've looked at the information you have given me but I still can't find it. 
I'll try to find the other recipe books and see if I stumble upon it.
But I thank you for your help.


Hi Kerrie,

Often something as simple as a location can make a huge difference.

When you say “Brown Derby Restaurant” to anyone outside Ohio and environs, what comes to mind is the famous Brown Derby Restaurant (opened in 1926) on Wiltshire Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The restaurant was actually built in the shape of a derby hat. It was a place where Hollywood movie stars hung out. Other than the original location, there were later several others, mostly in Los Angeles and environs. In most of the U.S., that’s often the only Brown Derby Restaurant people know of.

The Brown Derby you are talking about is no relation to the Hollywood restaurant. The cookbook you have is probably from the Hollywood restaurant, not the Ohio one. Same with those other three cookbooks.

Your Brown Derby is “Girves Brown Derby”, a steakhouse chain started by Gus Girves in Akron, Ohio in 1941. This restaurant has had several locations in Ohio. I believe the one you are referring to was actually in Niles, OH rather than Warren, although it was at 1231 Youngstown Warren Rd in Niles. This chain has also gone by the name of “Brown Derby Roadhouse.” It is currently operating as “Girves Brown Derby”, with locations in Bagley, Belden Village, Lyndhurst, Medina, Mentor, and Streetsboro. This chain has a website at: Brown Derby USA Their menu is on that site, and there is currently no appetizer on it with shrimp or crab except for the “seared jumbo shrimp.”

I had no success locating any recipes or cookbooks from the Ohio Brown Derby restaurant chain.



Thank you so much for your help.  Have a Merry Ho ho, and a safe new year.


Crickets Restaurant Rolls

-----Original Message----- 
From: Diane 
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: Crickets at Fanueil Hall roll recipe

I am in search of a recipe from a restaurant that has closed.  Crickets, which was in
Faneuil Hall in Boston, had a fabulous roll in their pre-dinner or lunch bread basket.  
I would LOVE to know the recipe!  I don't know that it had a particular name.

Any help is appreciated!  Thank you.

Hello Diane,

I found a few mentions of Crickets, but I cannot find even one mention of these rolls. I'll post this on my site in case a reader can help.


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