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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rajun Cajun Restaurant Review: Thomas Armstrong has to be Hartford's most peripatetic chef; he has probably seen the inside of more kitchens than any other chef in town. Since relocating Rajun Cajun to Main Street, however, he may have grown roots. We hope so, since when he's on, this Louisiana-raised chef can make everything from a mean jambalaya and noteworthy blackened catfish to shrimp Creole that'll have you smelling magnolia blossoms and mouthwatering barbecued ribs you won't be able to finish by yourself. But wait, there's more: you'll find fried alligator on the menu most days; the bold, spicy gumbo is one of Armstrong's signatures for good reason; baked mac 'n' cheese is a must, while many of the other fresh-made sides---including candied yams, spicy red beans and collard greens---are so hearty and served in such large portions that they're practically meals in themselves. And huge breakfast plates are served all day long. Though you can't expect much else---the old-fashioned diner contains little more than a large lunch counter and a row of window booths; the service isn't all that prompt or concise---what more do you need? How Armstrong manages to provide so much good food for so little has always been baffling. But his heart, like his soul, is clearly in it.