The Rougaroux: A Taste of New Orleans in Birmingham's Forest Park

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If you’ve been to Forest Park lately, you might have noticed a werewolf-looking creature, sharp claws out, hanging out near the entrance of the little pink house at 817 39th St. S. It’s a resident of the newly opened restaurant called The Rougaroux, where the unmistakable smell of gumbo and fresh seafood permeates the air.

The name, restaurant consultant Ed Stacy said, plays off the south Louisiana folk legend “rougarou,” which is known as a bayou werewolf and swamp creature, while “roux” is an often-used base for a lot of Cajun and Creole cooking. 

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