Still Giving Lake Dallas A Cajun Kick

  • BY Steve Gamel
  • November 14, 2019
By Steve Gamel

When Kevin Lively was three years old, he would stand eagerly in a straightback chair in front of the stove in his grandmother’s modest Louisiana kitchen and help her cook one of her many famous Cajun recipes. They’d do everything from fry eggs and prepare out-of-this-world gumbo, shrimp, and jambalaya to bake homemade biscuits and desserts.

That was nearly 50 years ago, yet the smells and soulful flavors from that kitchen are strong in Kevin’s mind and heart.

Kevin-and-Mom “And I’m sure I was also getting in the way,” Kevin said with a smile. “But we were cooking. Back then, they had the big bowls – you’d sift the flour, work the dough, and pinch the biscuits off. I remember doing all of that.”

With so many vivid memories of his late grandmother, Edith Lively, and his mother, Judy – both epitomize southern cuisine in his eyes – it stands to reason why Kevin, now 52, named his Lake Dallas restaurant Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection. And over the last year, the Lively way of filling a tummy with a taste of the bayou continues to give this fishing community a welcome Cajun kick.

Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection is a full-tilt taste of Louisiana with an amazing variety of made-from-scratch Cajun meals that will
satisfy any customer. Every dish, whether it be their gumbo, crawfish, alligator ball basket, blackened fish, or boiled shrimp, is prepared daily with fresh ingredients and cooked with only the finest signature spices. And let’s not forget about their mouth-watering desserts like pecan cobbler, buttermilk pie, and bread pudding.

The menu has expanded since they’ve settled in. And with the holidays quickly approaching, Kevin doesn’t want anyone to overlook the fact that they have plenty of catering options available for any occasion. The restaurant also offers live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night and a banquet room.

“My niche is to offer a family-oriented restaurant where a family can come in and get a good meal, a place that’s upscale enough to dress up and go out on a date but is still comfortable for the group of people coming in from a day on the lake,” Kevin said. “The taste of the bayou comes from my roots. My grandmother’s and mother’s pictures are in the hallway, and we use both their recipes. I invite you to come in and get to know mom and me.”

Call Ahead For Seating | 940.279.4299 | 721 E Hundley Dr. Lake Dallas, TX 75065

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