For most of us, family, friends, fun, and food just go together; this is a winning combination that has inspired many successful culinary ventures. In the heart of the American South, LJ’z Backyard Bayou certainly embodies this spirit. It was not long ago that its owners discovered a void in authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine in their little corner of Alabama – a void they have since filled to the delight of the community.

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Many thanks to Larry and Wendy Johnson for sharing the story of LJ’z Backyard Bayou. You can learn more and support this iconic Alabama restaurant by visiting the LJ’z Backyard Bayou website and Facebook page.

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