Newton may be a long way from New Orleans, but community members still can get a taste of authentic cajun cuisine at a new restaurant in town called Taste of New Orleans.


Newton may be a long way from New Orleans, but community members still can get a taste of authentic cajun cuisine at a new restaurant in town called Taste of New Orleans.
The restaurant is at 411 N. Main St. and celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 9.
“I want to bring an additional touch to Newton with Louisiana cuisine,” said owner Pam Edwards.
She was born and raised in Louisiana but has lived in the Newton area for the past 15 years. She and her husband have been running a cajun catering business but kept receiving requests to start up a sit-down restaurant.
“We had a large demand for it,” she said.
Edwards said the restaurant specializes in cajun/creole favorites, such as pit-smoked barbeque, seafood, Louisiana gumbo, jambalaya and chicken etouffee. There also is sweet potato pie and banana pudding for dessert.
The Edwards have decorated the inside of the restaurant in a Mardi Gras theme, and authentic masks can be found hanging on the walls.
The couple’s family used to have a Mardi Gras restaurant in the Cedar Village Shopping Center in Newton, but the restaurant closed after the owners retired.
Edwards said she sees opening this new restaurant as continuing on the family legacy.
Although being the owners and cooks at the restaurant makes for a full-time job, Edwards said she and her husband don’t mind the work.
“We love cooking,” she said.
The Edwards hope community members will give their restaurant a try.
“There isn’t anything else here like that,” she said.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays and is closed on Mondays.
For more information, call 804-7041.