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Now open: Rougarou Gumbo in Leander, Chen Z Noodle House in Austin

Matthew Odam

John LaCaze opened Rougarou Gumbo at 1909 U.S. 183 in Leander this week. The small shop serves Louisiana staples gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice ($4 cup, $6 bowl). The joint, named after the legendary swamp werewolf in Louisiana, is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. until LaCaze sells out.

Chen Z Noodle House from Chen’s Noodle House Ronald Chen opened at 6705 W. U.S. 290. The restaurant has a menu similar to the original Chen’s Noodle House on Spicewood Springs Road. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You may remember the Chen Z name from the hot pot restaurant Chen helped open on Anderson Lane that now goes by the name Shabu Shabu.