accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

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

Hanky Panky

January 24th, 2012
9:37 am

I love it when IHOP puts BIGNETS on the menu!!!

TheDebutante

January 24th, 2012
9:37 am

We love McKinnons. The late great Billy Mckinnon knew how to cook and the food has not changed since his death a few years ago.

kap

January 24th, 2012
9:42 am

AJ’s in Marietta

robert

January 24th, 2012
9:49 am

Big Easy Grill on Collier and Adele’s in Roswell are my favorites. I love the feel and food of both those places.

Gulf Coaster

January 24th, 2012
9:50 am

I grew up on the Gulf and spent quite a lot of time in New Orleans before moving to Atlanta. I considered it my second home and because of that, I take my shrimp po boys seriously. My favorite place is Gumbeaux. There used to be a place called On The Bayou, in Chamblee. Anyone know what happened to them? The owner was from New Orleans and their food was quite good too.

Skipper

January 24th, 2012
9:52 am

Henry’s in Acworth…. Gumbeaux in Douglasville is a close second…

Gulf Coaster

January 24th, 2012
9:53 am

Oh! And I had McKinnon’s for the first time last weekend! Fantastic but I still prefer Gumbeaux… the whole atmosphere fits my memories of New Orleans.

K-Dog

January 24th, 2012
9:55 am

Henry’s in Acworth….without a question.

gojackets!

January 24th, 2012
10:00 am

Henry’s in Acworth!

Delta Hog Moss

January 24th, 2012
10:01 am

Crawfish Shack Buford Hwy hands down. A Vietnamese owned, Cajun inspired fare. And it is as good as your gonna get outside the Delta! Fresh oysters delivered directly by plane from across the street at PDK. Craw daddys sent the same way LIVE! Take them home live and boil them up yourself (my personal preference). But get there early cause they close at 7:00. Trust me, any restaurant that closes at 7:00 ain’t struggling for a reason.

Mary

January 24th, 2012
10:08 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville. The BEST!!!

katie

January 24th, 2012
10:09 am

Me The Foodie

January 24th, 2012
10:10 am

Tough to decide but Henry’s and Gumbeaux’s are the best in GA!

Amy

January 24th, 2012
10:17 am

Henry’s in Acworth gets my vote!

Keno

January 24th, 2012
10:17 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville #1, Henry in Acworth a close second. For great Louisiana foods head to Cajun Meat Co on Roswell Rd in Marietta

snatchandgrab

January 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Personnaly, I love Copelands. My friends from Louisianna swear bby Guumbeauxs in D’ville. I haven’t made it out there to try it yet.

andy

January 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Boudreaux’s in downtown Duluth is a great place!!!

Gulf Coast Girl

January 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Parish in Inman Park. Beautiful space, good food. Need to get out to Douglasville now.

Stacey

January 24th, 2012
10:27 am

Gumbeaux in Douglasville and Pappadeaux’s in Marietta!

KK

January 24th, 2012
10:36 am

Big Easy Grill and McKinnons

Britt

January 24th, 2012
10:38 am

Atkin’s Park in Smyrna!

LawDawg

January 24th, 2012
10:40 am

Why even do this as a Best of the Big A. There is only one good place in the state: Gumbeaux

Susan

January 24th, 2012
10:44 am

Without a doubt, GUMBEAUX’s in Douglasville. 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.

GREG

January 24th, 2012
10:45 am

Looks like the Gumbeaux owner notified everyone on his email list to this blog

Kandi

January 24th, 2012
10:46 am

Front Page News off Moreland Ave has the best jambalaya, gumbo & crawfish & shrimp etouffee I’ve ever had in a long time. I also had an excellent gumbo dish from Fox Sports Grill in Atlantic Station some time ago as well.

RSC

January 24th, 2012
10:47 am

Henry’s Lousianna Grill in Acworth!!! Ooh La La!!!

Jay

January 24th, 2012
10:48 am

Henry’s Lousiana Grill in Acworth; heck, Henry invented the genre in metro Atlanta

BigDawg

January 24th, 2012
10:49 am

Recently moved back to ATL and happened to find Zuffy’s at Druid Hills. It is the reincarnation of the old Fuzzy’s, complete with Joe Dale’s recipes (salad dressing, mussels, bread pudding, yummmmmm). The Jambayaya, Etouffe, PoBoys and numerous crawfish recipes take me tastewise near some rolling good time memories. The food is great and to make it perfect, many of the Fuzzy’s staff is there and they remembered me! Can’t get much better than great food, service, location and memories!

Patrick

January 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best Cajun Restaurant in Georgia hands down. It is also one of the best restaurants overall in the state. If you have not tried it, you are missing out.

ben

January 24th, 2012
11:00 am

gumbeauxs hands down!!! As far as henry’s goes, how many dishes can you put the same cream sauce on?

zekeZ

January 24th, 2012
11:02 am

McKinnon’s, Henry’s, Gumbeaux, in that order. I have not eaten at McKinnon’s since the early 90’s because I no longer live in Atlanta, but, as I remember IT WAS GREAT!!

Megan

January 24th, 2012
11:02 am

Big Easy on Collier Road!!!!!!

Bonannie

January 24th, 2012
11:04 am

Henry’s Louisiana Gill in Acworth – best corn bread ever and great atmosphere!!

Best Po Boys, Gumbo Red Beans

January 24th, 2012
11:15 am

AJ’s in Marietta. Fantastic po boys and red beans, and their chicken and sausage gumbo is perfect combination of flavor and heat. We live in town, but AJs is one of the few places we’re willing to go OTP for, for lunch on a Saturday or Sunday. I’ve been to Big Easy Grill on Collier a few times. It’s not bad if you don’t want to make the trip, but AJs is less expensive and worth the trip in my opinion.

Lorie

January 24th, 2012
11:16 am

Big Easy. No contest.

Andrew

January 24th, 2012
11:16 am

RL’s off the square in Covington. Excellent Food.

Ashley

January 24th, 2012
11:17 am

Henry’s in Acworth! Fabulous food.

Call it like it is

January 24th, 2012
11:20 am

Tell you like it is, I live in Acworth a couple miles from Henrys’s and nothing bad about his place, but if I want real cajun at a better price I ride to D-ville and eat at Gumbeaux. His seafood chowder is off the hook! No contest.

Chrissy

January 24th, 2012
11:25 am

Henry’s in Acworth! It is the best cajun food I have had in this area. I felt like I was back home in New Orleans… Make a reservation or get there early there is always a wait:)

AA

January 24th, 2012
11:26 am

Henry’s in Acworth is the best Cajun/Creole food I have had. Very true to form and worth the drive.

JacketAlum07-you are an idiot.

Swamp person

January 24th, 2012
11:29 am

Seriously…..did someone put Captain D’s earlier?

must not get out much….lol

RealBuckhead

January 24th, 2012
11:29 am

RL’s in Covington right off the square.

Swamp person

January 24th, 2012
11:30 am

…and Pappadeaux is not any better than Captain D’s…

ugagirl

January 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Big Easy Grille on Collier – hands down! One of my favorite places in Atlanta – cajun or not!

Three Jack

January 24th, 2012
11:37 am

AJ’s – East Cobb – almost time for Oyster Wednesdays, Henry’s of course.

guy

January 24th, 2012
11:37 am

fyi… douglasville is not even close to atlanta. so, automatic disqualifier in my book. Parish in Inman Park = fail for LA food (but their desserts are awesome). If your gold standard for Louisiana food is Pappadeaux, or even worse Red Lobster, I feel sorry for you. The poboy at the Tavern at Phipps is ok, but never has enough oysters (plus the fat freaky boy george waiter is gross if you know who i’m talking about). the red beans and rice w sausage at Zuffy’s isn’t too bad flavor-wise, except their rice is always old. mckinnon’s and copelands are ok, but both are overpriced. let’s face it, atlanta needs a good cajun/creole seafood restaurant…right now!

DAR

January 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best!
Forget the rest!

Three Jack

January 24th, 2012
11:37 am

AJ’s – meant to write ‘Crawfish Boil Wednesdays’

No Name Yet

January 24th, 2012
11:50 am

Gumbeaux’s! (I think Henry’s is pretty good too.)

Fred

January 24th, 2012
11:51 am

I see that the whole population of Douglasville and all the employees of and friends of Gumbeaux’s have shown up on the blog. Isn’t Douglasville a suburb of Birmingham and about an hour west of Atlanta on 20?