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Best Cajun/Creole restaurant

A sampler appetizer platter of various gumbos, red beans and rice and jambalaya at Gumbeaux's in Douglasville, which was your pick and our pick for best Cajun/Creole restaurant in and around Atlanta. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

A sampler appetizer platter of various gumbos, red beans and rice and jambalaya at Gumbeaux's in Douglasville, which was your pick and our pick for best Cajun/Creole restaurant in and around Atlanta. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

1.Gumbeaux’s Cajun Café
You say, “So worth the drive. The food is incredible and inexpensive. I just got back from New Orleans and it tastes just like the food there” and “Great food great atmosphere, most of the staff have been there forever and really make you feel part of the family. They always have great specials and 50¢ shrimp night. Their food is amazing and the portions are huge. Also the best banana pudding I have ever put in my mouth (sorry grandma ) lol. Seriously we go here on a regular basis and always refer our friends, clients and family. Check it out you will not be disappointed.”

2. Henry’s Louisiana Grill
3. Big Easy Grill
4. Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience
5. AJ’s Famous Seafood and Po’boys
6. Cajun’s Cookin’

French Quarter Shrimp at Gumbeaux's, which topped both the readers' list and our critic's list of best Cajun/Creole restaurants in and around Atlanta. Photo: Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

French Quarter Shrimp at Gumbeaux's, which topped both the readers' list and our critic's list of best Cajun/Creole restaurants in and around Atlanta. Photo: Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

1. (tie) Gumbeaux’s Cajun Cafe, Douglasville and Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience, Roswell
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “Both of my top picks serve the spicier cajun fare and both have mastered the depth of flavor frequently neglected in favor of naked heat. Opt for the sampler platters at each so that you can taste a range of dishes including shrimp creole, jambalaya and gumbo. At Gumbeaux’s, which opened in 1994, don’t miss the jambalaya bursting with smoky heat. At Adele’s, a relative newcomer, having opened in the last 6 months, try the shrimp creole, which is brothy, tangy and packed with tomato flavor.”

3. Beignet Connection
4. AJ’s Famous Seafood and Po’boys
5. Henry’s Louisiana Grill

360 comments Add your comment

sp

January 23rd, 2012
2:29 pm

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville and Henry’s Louisiana Grille in Acworth. Both are excellent – Both serve Abita beer on tap

johnny fontane

January 23rd, 2012
3:02 pm

sp is right on with those choices. Pappadeaux is not bad for a “chain”. Mckinnons is still going strong.

Ben

January 23rd, 2012
3:05 pm

Gumbeaux’s is excellent Cajun. Henry’s is good food, but not really authentic creole.

TH

January 23rd, 2012
3:13 pm

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville and Big Easy Grill on Collier Rd are both great!

Efuzz

January 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Boudreaux’s Cajun Seafood Market in Duluth. Real Cajun food and real fresh ingredients.

FoSho

January 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Henry’s in Acworth—Oooh LaLa!!!

JRHD

January 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Boudreaux’s is the way to geaux (sorry, couldn’t resist) if you want some serious down on the bayou food. Pappadeaux’s is consistent chain food that remains true to the type.

Thomas

January 23rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Big Easy Grill is as good as you will find in Atlanta

D-ville

January 23rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is fantastic!

DL

January 23rd, 2012
3:53 pm

AJ’s in Marietta is very good. Really like Big Easy Grill in Atlanta.

Sneakers O' Toole

January 23rd, 2012
3:56 pm

Henry’s In Acworth! Worth the drive and Henry will personally stop by your table to make sure everything is perfect, maybe even buy you a round.

loki44

January 23rd, 2012
4:15 pm

Big Easy Grille!

BK

January 23rd, 2012
4:52 pm

HENRY’S!!!!!!

Betsy

January 23rd, 2012
5:13 pm

Not true Cajun, but more cajun-inspired, I suppose…we like The Crawfish Shack.

dagnabit

January 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Pappadeaux’s can screw up anything on the menu. Without apologies.

ROD

January 23rd, 2012
10:28 pm

Henry’s In Acworth

Kate

January 24th, 2012
12:48 am

I’m a NOLA transplant and Boudreaux’s is the best we’ve found so far. The Cajun Depot in Ellijay is also true to Creole tradition.

Matt

January 24th, 2012
6:35 am

I’m not telling because it is nearly impossible to get a table, but here is a hint if you want to have the best Creole/Cajun anywhere, yes anywhere and that includes New Orleans, drive to Rabbit Town, Georgia and you’re getting close.

Jbk

January 24th, 2012
6:47 am

Henry has nothing on Robby r- go to gumbeaux’s. Better food and price!

Carolyn

January 24th, 2012
7:36 am

Carolyn Keita makes the best gumbo in the world, hands down.

Me Too

January 24th, 2012
7:40 am

Mais, jamais d’la vie!

Ann

January 24th, 2012
8:04 am

Pappadeaux’s off Jimmy Carter – Best crawfish bisque ever! Fantastic Cajun food – great ambiance!!

raleturn

January 24th, 2012
8:05 am

Atlanta Highway Seafood Market in Gainesville can throw down po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya with the best of them. They worked on fish boats out of New Orleans before moving to Gainesville, and returns to New Orleans twice a week to get fresh fish.

JacketAlum07

January 24th, 2012
8:07 am

Red Lobster is my favorite, they have the BEST shrimp and cheddar biscuits!

Lovegoodfood

January 24th, 2012
8:09 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best!

LaTechDawg

January 24th, 2012
8:17 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is my favorite, but Henry’s in Acworth is right there as well. The owner of Gumbeaux’s is from Columbia, La., just south of Monroe; and Henry is from Natchitoches.

mmcsrcwnc

January 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Big Easy Grille off of Collier Road – Hand’s down! Claude knows how to throw down in the kitchen. Their Alligator Ettouffee, Shrimp PoBoy and Crawfish are the best. They usually do nightly specials such as Oyster on the half or Crawfish boils, depending on what’s in season. They have a great brunch as well.

Princess P

January 24th, 2012
8:38 am

Gumbeauxs in DOuglassville give me my Louisiana fix!

Elliot Garcia

January 24th, 2012
8:39 am

Big Easy off of Collier!! Just sitting at the bar reminds you of NOLA….great food too!!

BenR

January 24th, 2012
8:42 am

Parish in Inman Park.

jefe in marietta

January 24th, 2012
8:43 am

We make the drive to Dallas, GA for Cajun’s Cookin! Best gator bites and fried shrimp po boys I have ever had!

Hanky Panky

January 24th, 2012
8:45 am

Popeye’s in Snellville has the best shrimp and red beans and rice EVER!!!!!!! Captain D’s in Lilburn also just put some really good tilapia on the menu.

Steve

January 24th, 2012
8:46 am

Henry’s in Acworth.

LaKisha

January 24th, 2012
8:50 am

Gumbeaux in Douglasville is great!

Jeff C.

January 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville.

Debra

January 24th, 2012
8:55 am

You R kidding right… Red Lobster? Since when do they fall into the “Cajun” category!!

WhoDat

January 24th, 2012
8:57 am

I know who should NOT be on the list – Copelands. Especially the one by Cumberland Mall. Food is subpar at best, and the management and wait staff at this location make it an easy place to AVOID.

RT

January 24th, 2012
9:03 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is top notch.

gw

January 24th, 2012
9:07 am

Adele’s in Roswell.

Hard_Head_WhoDat

January 24th, 2012
9:09 am

New Orleans Seafood has the best boiled seafood, they are located on Lawrenceville hwy maybe .5 miles from 285,.,.
They taste like Hanks,.,,. if you are from New Orleans you know that’s a compliment.,.

PLEASE, PLEASE, Please, do not go the New Orleans Seafood on Pleasant Hill,.. they are horrible,.,. they don’t purge their crawfish and they put mustard on seafood po-boys.,.,

Todd Alkire

January 24th, 2012
9:14 am

Coach’s Cajun Kitchen!

Hard_Head_Whodat

January 24th, 2012
9:15 am

sorry guys,

the spot is called Southern Seafood, they are located on Lawrencevill Hwy.,.

sorry for the type’o

St Bernard Parish

January 24th, 2012
9:15 am

From down on the bayou I know a thing or two about good eats….as much as I love Henry’s in Acworth, it’s not a true representation of New Orleans food (although his seafood trio oh lala is amazing). The best overall menu and taste that I’ve come across is Gumbeaux’s in downtown Douglasville. And believe it or not, AJ’s Poboys in Marietta on Roswell Rd. is the best Po-boy I’ve had in GA. Hands down. Everything I’ve had some AJ’s has been fantastic.

GaBlue

January 24th, 2012
9:18 am

Yes! Adele’s in Roswell!! OMG, that place is awesome!

MJ

January 24th, 2012
9:21 am

Gumbeaux in Douglasville. The hush puppies are fantastic. Portions are huge.

Hardlyeverposts

January 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Adele’s in Roswell is AMAZING!! I have friends that rave about Gumbeax’ but have never been. My husband has eated at Henry’s and says it’s good but Adele’s is WAY bettter!!!

sambo

January 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Flat rock grill

JOD

January 24th, 2012
9:33 am

Henry’s in Acworth!!! Yeah, baby!

GC

January 24th, 2012
9:33 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best!!! Real down home cajun food!! Reasonable prices and they are not shy with the portions. Best deal for your money.

carnic

January 24th, 2012
9:35 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best