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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

Rob K

January 24th, 2012
11:53 am

AJ’s on 120 in Marietta makes an amazing Po-Boy. They do it right in the LA tradition. Hard to beat an AJ’s Po-Boy and an Abita Restoration Pale Ale draft…

KDP4TH

January 24th, 2012
11:53 am

Boudreaux’s Cajun Seafood Market in Duluth.

Louise

January 24th, 2012
11:59 am

from Baton Rouge and miss the great food. I like Henry’s and Gubeaux’s…where is the place mentioned in Dallas, GA????

Fred

January 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Anyone who nominates Papadeaux’s for “Best Cajun” also thinks Captain D’s is ‘Best Seafood” lol.

@Gulf Coaster: IE Beyond the Bayou. They moved from their Johnson Ferry Road location to that old house in Chamblee. They moved right as the economy tanked. It was hard to find them and there was a lapse in time between when they closed one place and opened the other. They never recovered from it. That area was supposed to be developed and wasn’t. As such Beyond the Bayou went to the Great Beyond lol. They served to ONLY authentic roast beef po’boy I’ve had in over 20 years that i didn’t make myself. Since they closed I have yet to find a real Cajun place.

I guess I’ll have to make sure my passport is up to date and head out to Douglasville and try that gumbeaux’s place. but hell, by the time I’ve driven that far I’m half way to Louisiana anyway and may as well keep heading west for the real stuff……….

Andrew

January 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

For someone that has lived in Louisiana. RL’s is the closest to the real thing I have found in this area. that reminds me of the food of my childhood. I have gone to Douglasville to eat at Gumbeaux’s and it is O.K. but it’s food is not of the quality of R.L.’s. Coving is lucky to have a Restaurant like RL’s.

Don't Get Out Much?

January 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

Apparently, Fred and Guy don’t get out much. Douglasville is part of Metro Atlanta and takes all of 15 minutes to drive to from downtown Atlanta. This also means they have never experienced Gumbeaux. Seriously, if you enjoy Cajun food…it’s worth the drive!

Boney

January 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

there is no such thing as good cajun or creole food, it is all horrendous

Fred

January 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

I agree with guy about places in Acworth or Douglasville (especially DALLAS), being called “Best of Atlanta.” However when it comes to Cajun food/Creole food, there just aren’t 5 places worth nominating. Front Page News is decent food, but I wouldn’t call them authentic. The Oyster Barn makes a pretty decent Gumbo. 98% of the places that serve a “po’boy” haven’t a clue what a po’boy even is, they just have some kind of fried seafood they throw on any type of roll they can get cheap and CALL it a “po’boy.” i mean just damn, one place in Lawrenceville (forget the name) had a “po’boy” as they called it on Cuban bread. Why didn’t he call it an oyster CUBAN Sandwich for pete’s sake?

I have tried every new “Cajun’ place I hear about with hope and anticipation, but I know of any still open IN ATLANTA that are worth really calling a ‘Cajun” or Creole place. Most do to Cajun what a $2.00 all you can eat buffet does for Chinese……….

Gulf Coaster

January 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

Thanks for the update Fred! Yes, we went there a few times after it moved to Chamblee. One day we showed up for lunch and the place was closed. That was too bad because we enjoyed going there.
Definitely update the passport and take a trip to D’ville. My husband and I share some of our best pre-children memories of New Orleans and love to go to Gumbeaux on our date nights. It has a similar atmosphere to Beyond the Bayou (pre-Chamblee) and I love their po boys. The price is much more reasonable than McKinnon’s too.

LCS'er

January 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is BY FAR the best in the entire Atlanta area! Hands down, authentic Cajun that is obviously homemade by someone from Louisiana who knows what he’s doing! Not a “wanna be” like others…

M Sanders

January 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

My hubby is from “Nawlins” and is the world’s worst food critic……….in his mind unless it’s from Louisiana it aint gonna be good! That being said we LOVE Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville, just went last Friday as a matter of fact and have been happy patrons for over 11 years. We’ve tried Cajun joints all over the metro area and this is the ONLY one he will return to. NEVER had a bad bite of anything on the menu!

St Bernard Parish

January 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

For the morons assuming Gumbeaux’s is begging friends and family to spend time on this blog, you are just sad. It’s 2 minutes from Six Flags and 20 minutes from the heart of Atlanta….close than Henry’s I might add….and if you all had half a brain you’d know this blog was asking for Metro Atlanta, not just downtown. I am grew up 11 miles from the french quarter, down on the bayou and trust me when I say, if I wanted to eat good LA dishes, I’d go to A. Gumbeaux’s and B. AJ’s in Marietta. A few other places dable with a good dish or two here and there…but consistently, those are the two worth closing your eyes and picking anything on the menu. I would like to get over to Adele’s soon, it’s relatively new so I hadn’t the chance to make it Roswell yet….but soon.

Fred

January 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

@Gulf Coaster: Since you knew about Beyond the Bayou, I’ll take your word about Gumbeaux’s and take a day off to travel out there…….. Thanks.

Seriously though, when there is such an overwhelming positive response for a place like there has been for Gumbeaux’s it usually means they are doing something right. Also enough people have mentioned Henry’s to make me want to try them as well.

Swamp person

January 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

@Boney, “there is no such thing as good cajun or creole food, it is all horrendous”

you must be one of those New England Yankees where good food is boiled meat and potatoes…

Arthur Treacher

January 24th, 2012
12:29 pm

Long John Silver’s

Nick Saban

January 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

Miss Betty’s BBQ shrimp in Old Metairie, LA

Boudreaux

January 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

Give me some all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster–hhmmmm, heaven on earth!

Dirk

January 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Love long john silver’s, especailly their crispy droppings!

mar1jdh

January 24th, 2012
12:37 pm

Adele’s in Roswell is fantastic. Perfect po boy and great jambalaya. (Didn’t try the gumbo, but my friend did and said it was fantastic.) plus the owner/chef is always around showing a true hands on approach.

William

January 24th, 2012
12:46 pm

New Orleans N’Athens, aka NONA

kitchen diva

January 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

Gumbeaux’s top quality assured products. Each item is speced out to meet exacting standards, prepared fresh daily and topped off with great service.Awesome food and drink for a great value.

ATLAS

January 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

McKinnon’s in Buckhead

Mr. Acadian

January 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

you said best cajun food. well, I’ll put my gumbo up against anyone in the city. True to the region, the best cajun food isn’t found in any restaurant, it’s found at home. It Atlanta, the home belongs to me, Mr. Acadian.

grnidkjun

January 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

The Big Easy Grille
Po Boys, ettoufe, gator bites, voodoo sauce, abita…it’s worth The ninety minute drive to me when I’m homesick! The atmosphere is like places I would frequent at home.

St Bernard Parish

January 24th, 2012
1:31 pm

Mr. Acadian, please post your address….TIA.

Elizabeth Vercruysse

January 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Big Easy Grille, hands down!!! Having lived in New Orleans myself, you realize how hard it can be to get authentic Cajun, and Claude has it mastered!!! Every time we are in town, we make it a must to stop by and fulfill our Cajun Cravings!!!

love it

January 24th, 2012
2:05 pm

Do any of these places mentioned serve fresh beignets? Thats what I am looking to find.

Fred

January 24th, 2012
2:10 pm

Mr. Acadian: Your gumbo is a pale shadow of a weak broth when compared to mine lol. I’ll bet your roux is still white when you start adding stuff and if it isn’t it’s because you burnt it :) You probably take the heads and bones and skin off the fish, and the shells off the crabs, crawfish and shrimp. Do you use echrich farms instead of a good REAL andouille or boudin? Boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of the whole damn chicken?

LOL I challenge you.

Fred

January 24th, 2012
2:17 pm

Hey Love it, this is as close as I can get you to good beignets…………….

http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/02/french-market-beignet-doughnuts.html

Mr. Acadian

January 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

I take all challenges!!! Com on down St. Bernard Parish. We will eat inside while Mr. Fred stays on the porch…but don’t worry Mr. Fred you won’t be cold cause my GUMBO is HOT…btw, I make my own andouille

The Truth

January 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

@Ben – Henry’s isn’t authentic? Seriously? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read on the AJC, and that’s saying an awful lot!

Henry’s is definitely the best – bar none. Gumbeaux is alright, but definitely not worth the drive unless you’re already in Douglasville.

Danielle

January 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best: very authentic Cajun cooking, great service, reasonable prices, and generous portions. YUM!

Ooh La La

January 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

Henri’s in Acworth is my favorite. Gumbeaux is Douglasville is good too, but the atmosphere isn’t as nice. Shrimp Ooh La La at Henri’s is wonderful!!!

Audrey

January 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill. Best local restaurant around!

John

January 24th, 2012
4:27 pm

N’awlins in East Atlanta!

Bubba

January 24th, 2012
4:29 pm

Harry Bissetts in Athens!

LDD

January 24th, 2012
4:29 pm

Pappadeaux is AWFUL!!!!!

BigA

January 24th, 2012
4:31 pm

Henry’s!!! In Acworth!

Valinor

January 24th, 2012
4:33 pm

Adele’s in Roswell is the REAL DEAL!!!

Acworthian

January 24th, 2012
4:34 pm

Gumbeaux- A- Geaux Geuax

January 24th, 2012
4:43 pm

Not trying to boast but have yet to find a restaurant that comes close to my cooking.
I’m from LA and sorry, but Henry’s is fair at best. Eaten there numerous times hoping it’ll get better but the scorched roux, mushy rice, wierd flavors make it tough.
Parish doesn’y cut it either. Guess I’ll have to make the drive out to D’ville and check out Gumbeaux’s.

Dale

January 24th, 2012
4:47 pm

Rupricht

January 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

For elegant Creole and Cajun – McKinnon’s Louisianne. For fantastic Po-Boys, Red Beans & Rice & unbelievable Cheese Grits – A.J.’s in Marietta.

Claude

January 24th, 2012
4:56 pm

To Dale and all others who have read and or posted. Big Easy Grille is OPEN (in fact starting the tenth year) The Big easy Dale referenced is Big Easy Cajun Kitchen. No affiliation

tom

January 24th, 2012
4:59 pm

Big Easy Grille on Collier Rd. in Atlanta IS open and has been going strong for 10 years. It not a big place like Henri’s or Gumbeaux’s. A neighborhood joint, just like being in NOLA. The real deal.

Typical Redneck

January 24th, 2012
5:00 pm

Harry Bissets is closed.

Dirty Dawg

January 24th, 2012
5:03 pm

If you haven’t done Boudreaux’s in Duluth, you should…if you have and don’t rate it the best around these parts then you don’t know Cajun from coona$$.

ms.alabama

January 24th, 2012
5:03 pm

Henry’s in acworth…

Bill Sherman

January 24th, 2012
5:04 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TeamHenry

January 24th, 2012
5:05 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill!!! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!!!