It's almost Mardi Gras time -- what better way to get in the mood than with some cajun or creole food? Check out these spots around metro Atlanta to get your gumbo, crawfish and po'boy fix:
AJ's Famous Seafood & Po'Boys -- A laid-back spot for Cajun classics including muffuletta sandwiches, gator chili, gumbos and a variety of po'boys.
2100 Roswell Road, Marietta. 678-999-0767
Adele's on Canton -- New Orleans-bred Chef Marc Wegman serves up po'boys of both the traditional (oyster, catfish, shrimp) and unconventional varieties (roast beef, veggie), as well as muffulettas and entrees including shrimp creole and jambalaya. Don't to wrap things up with an order of the French Quarter beignets.
1169 Canton St., Roswell. 770-594-0655, adelescajun.com
Big Easy Grille -- Chow down on dishes such as gumbo, po'boys, fried alligator and crawfish etouffe, and check out brunch specials including bayou benedict and Cajun Bloody Marys and margaritas.
1193 Collier Road, Atlanta. 404-352-2777, bigeasygrille.com
Bon Ton -- Go for something a little offbeat with this New Orleans-style Vietnamese-Creole restaurant that serves up dishes including a Nashville hot oyster roll, a Cajun shrimp burger, crawfish smoked Gouda mac and cheese, and an unusual applewood-smoked snow crab preparation.
675 Myrtle St. N.E., Atlanta. bontonatl.com/.
Bourbon Street Ice. If you’re looking for New Orleans-inspired desserts, this is the spot: King cake, pecan pralines and a variety of sno-balls are on the menu. The spot also offers three kinds of gumbo, including a vegetarian option made with jackfruit and okra.
1635 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw. 770-693-5947, bourbonstreetice.com/
Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou -- This spot from husband and wife Jodi and Vinny Chieco, who also own Brick House Pizza and Pasta in Roswell, serves up creole classics including shrimp andouille, blackened redfish and po’ boys.
52B N. Main St., Alpharetta. 470-242-5458, flatlands52.com/
Frank's Cajun & Soul Kitchen -- The cajun cuisine at this family-owned restaurant, named for owner David Simmons' father, shares a menu with Southern and soul food specialties. Cajun dishes include the fried fish and chicken platters and po'boys, as well as boudin balls with creole tartar sauce.
1175 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 678-383-6703, frankscajunsoul.com
Hugo's Oyster Bar -- The Cajun seafood restaurant offers classics including po'boys, muffulettas and Cajun-prepared seafood, as well as Sunday brunch dishes and drinks including Eggs Sardou, oyster benedict. gin fizz and milk punch.
10360 Alpharetta St, Roswell. 770-993-5922. hugosoysterbar.com/
The Juicy Crab -- Get your of Cajun-style seafood boils, fried fish and more.
Locations in Conyers, Douglasville, Duluth, East Point, Fayetteville, Kennesaw, McDonough and Smyrna. thejuicycrab.com
Just Loaf’n. The popular food truck and brick-and-mortar offers a variety of po’boys and other Cajun sandwiches, as well as sides including gator bites and boudin links.
371 Boulevard SE, Atlanta. 404-537-6269, justloafnpoboys.com
Louisiana Bistreaux -- Get a taste of New Orleans with gator bites, gumbo, eggplant atchafalaya, etouffes, blackened and fried seafood and po'boys, and stick around for bourbon bread pudding.
1496 Church St., Decatur, 404-963-1463 and 1375 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, 404-762-6755. louisianabistreaux.com
McKinnon's Louisiane Restaurant -- This Atlanta institution has been serving up New Orleans cuisine for more than 40 years. Check out the Bourbon Street Scallops, shrimp creole and crabmeat au gratin.
3209 Maple Drive, Atlanta. 404-237-1313, mckinnons.com/
1369 Clairmont Road, Decatur. 678-974-8725, thepoboyshopatl.com.
Roux on Canton -- The Cajun-inspired menu features po'boys and a jambalaya-stuffed pepper.
946 Canton St., Roswell. 770-993-0007, rouxoncanton.com
Serpas True Food -- This Old Fourth Ward spot features Southern cuisine with a Louisiana twist from South Louisiana native Scott Serpas, who offer up flash-fried oysters and beignets and a creole omelet for brunch.
659 Auburn Ave. NE #501, Atlanta. 404-688, 0040, serpasrestaurant.com/
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