In just its first two months in business, Pelican Pointe — which bills itself as “authentic Southwest Louisiana Cajun cooking infused with an Italian flair” — has made quite a splash on Lufkin’s dining scene, catering to a packed house with parking spilling into the large lot out back almost nightly.

From the first of my four times dining there, it was easy to see why.

Brie Bradford is a pseudonym for the food critic of The Lufkin News. Her email is