It’s almost Mardi Gras time — what better way to get in the mood than with some Cajun 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, ajsoysterbar.net.
BayouQ. Open since summer 2020, BayouQ offers a menu featuring a cross-section of tradtional barbecue and Louisiana cuisine. Look for shrimp and grits, po’boy sandwiches, roux-based gumbo, housemade sausage, oysters and smoked meats served alongside sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw, cornbread and creole mac ‘n’ cheese.
982 Canton St., Roswell. 678-694-8330, bayouq.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.
674 Myrtle St. N.E., Atlanta. bontonatl.com
Cafe Bourbon St. The food truck that serves up New Orleans-inspired specialties including jambalaya egg rolls, chicken and beignets, Bourbon wings and fried shrimp recently opened its first brick-and-mortar in Marietta Square Market. The truck also continues to park at 787 Windsor St. in Atlanta.
68 N. Marietta Pkwy, Marietta. cafebourbonst.com
Cajun Bones. This College Park spot serves cajun-fried catfish and shrimp, breakfast items, more than 10 kinds of wings, and pork sausage links.
4803 Old National Hwy, College Park. 404-343-4170, cajunbonesatl.com
Copeland’s of New Orleans. Find traditional Cajun dishes at two metro Atlanta locations of Copeland’s, including hot crab claws, cajun gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and blackened seafood. Each spot also offers a weekend brunch buffet with a number of cajun items.
1142 Barrett Pkwy West, Kennesaw, 770-919-9612 and 3101 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, 770-612-3311, copelandsatlanta.com.
Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou. This spot from husband and wife Jodi and Vinny Chieco serves up creole classics including shrimp andouille, blackened redfish and po’ boys.
52B N. Main St., Alpharetta. 470-242-5458, flatlands52.com
The Food Shoppe. There are two locations of the Food Shoppe to get your cajun fix, both offering breakfast items like a shrimp creole omelet and creole potatoes and lunch options including jambalaya, creole chicken pasta and gumbo. Don’t forget to save room for Angie’s bread pudding.
123 Luckie St., Atlanta and 860 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-941-7036, thefoodshoppeatl.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
Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Chef Henry Chandler cooks up specialties from his native Louisiana.
4835 N. Main St., Acworth. 770-966-1515, chefhenrys.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 like Eggs Sardou and oyster benedict and drinks like gin fizz and milk punch.
10360 Alpharetta St, Roswell. 770-993-5922. hugosoysterbar.com
The Juicy Crab. Get your fill of Cajun-style seafood boils, fried fish and more.
Multiple locations including Acworth, Duluth, East Point, Kennesaw, Smyrna and Tucker. 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, justloafnpoboysga.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.
Locations in Decatur, Dunwoody, Buckhead and East Point. 404-762-6755, louisianabistreaux.com
The Po’Boy Shop. Looking for authentic New Orleans po’boys? You’ll find more than a dozen options at this Decatur spot, which also offers sides including gumbo and muffuletta salad, as well as a basement bar.
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
Vieux Carre. Head to the Municipal Market in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood for a variety of grilled, blackened and fried seafood, gumbo and po’boys.
209 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-655-2717, vieuxcarrebistro.com.
Wegman’s Bayou Louisiana Kitchen. Taking the place of cajun restaurant Adele’s, which closed in late 2021 after 10 years, Wegman’s retains Adele’s co-owner Marc Wegman. The New Orleans-bred chef-owner 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 forget to wrap things up with an order of the French Quarter beignets.
1169 Canton St., Roswell. 770-594-0655, wegmansbayou.com
Yay Beignet & Bistro. Treat yourself to New Orelans’ favorite sweet treat with a variety of dipping sauces and a cup of coffee at this spot just off the Eastside Beltline.
660 Irwin St., Atlanta. 470-289-1613, yaybeignet.com.
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