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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

fltattjen

January 26th, 2012
12:07 am

Geaux Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is simply outstanding!

Cheryl Baltzer

January 26th, 2012
1:25 am

Love, love, love GUMBEAUX’S in Douglasville. We drove from Ohio just to try their food. Wonderful place to eat and great people. We’re planning another trip down. Thanks!

Cynthia Campbell

January 26th, 2012
2:49 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is the best Cajun food in the Atlanta area! Robby is from Louisiana and prepares authentic Cajun dishes. The menu has something for everyone. The only problem is in deciding what item to order, because everything is delicious!

Phydeaux

January 26th, 2012
3:23 am

@matt, don’t be a dingus. Woo boy you told us, right!

Kenneth.Wiggins

January 26th, 2012
4:36 am

Big Easy… No contest.

KeriW

January 26th, 2012
8:07 am

Adele’s in Roswell! And the nicest cajun owners too – great food, great experience!

Diane

January 26th, 2012
10:19 am

For the person who said Red Lobster, really?? Their seafood is not the best either. We basically stopped eating there.

Pappadeaux is ok, but I would not consider it the best in town.

Right now the best Cajun restaurant I have been to lately is Adele’s in Roswell. Awesome Po Boys, and great gumbos! Chef Marc used to work at some awesome restaurants in New Orleans and he brings his experience to the Atlanta area. It is a must try!!!

Citadel11mom

January 26th, 2012
10:28 am

Adele’s in Roswell is fantastic. The food is delicious and authentic and the staff makes you feel right at home.

Joe Siler

January 26th, 2012
10:30 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville is Great!

Ted

January 26th, 2012
10:42 am

Gumbeaux is DA best

Ashley

January 26th, 2012
10:54 am

Adele’s in Roswell is the best! Having grown up on the gulf coast, with family in NOLA, I know creole and New Orleans cooking. Adele’s has amazing po’boys. The bread is the best I’ve had outside of NOLA. The seafood is always cooked to perfection and is never tough. And, that’s just a start! The gumbo, red beans, étouffée, jumbalya, always take me home. The chef specials are a treat and we finish off with a chicory coffee and biegnet.

We have introduced many to Adele’s, all love it. It’s not just the food that will keep you coming back. The ambiance, the friendly service and the feeling of family makes you want to stay.

Durand

January 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Henry’s, #1 on my list!! Chef Henry and staff places at the top!! Entire menu is awesom!!

Lis

January 26th, 2012
12:45 pm

GG’s Fine Foods has the real deal if you’re looking for Creole! I came across GG at the Roswell Farmer’s Market. She sells frozen heat and eat Creole items like Crawfish Pie (her Grandmother’s recipe!), Seafood Gumbo (the best I’ve had outside Louisiana!) and other delicious dishes. She had a restaurant in New Orleans and relocated here after Hurricane Katrina. GG’s Fine Foods has a website where you can contact GG. Call her, she loves to visit & she can help you with all your Louisiana food cravings!

bet-c

January 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

Henry’s is just delicious!

J Steen

January 26th, 2012
3:10 pm

Henry’s is where it’s at!!! YEAH BABY!!

Nick

January 26th, 2012
3:44 pm

Gumbeax’s is great!!!

Della

January 26th, 2012
4:53 pm

Hands down, Henry’s Louisiana Grill in downtown Acworth.

ALP

January 26th, 2012
5:41 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth!!

Amber

January 26th, 2012
6:16 pm

Henrys in Acworth!!. Best service and Cajun food in the metro area!

JT

January 26th, 2012
6:32 pm

It has to be Adele’s in Roswell. Absolutely superb!

Allyson

January 26th, 2012
9:51 pm

Henry’s in Acworth!!! Everything is delicious, service is great, you even get a visit from Chef Henry. Try the Sat brunch.,also delish !!!

Kim

January 27th, 2012
7:27 am

Gumbeaux’s Cajun Cafe in Douglasville is absolutely the BEST!!

Ray From NY

January 27th, 2012
9:29 am

Amazing over 300 comments for only 5 Restaurants.

TCB

January 27th, 2012
10:49 am

Gumbeaux is the best cajun ever. The entrees are awesome and the atmosphere is great. We have all of our celebrations there.

cajan girl

January 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

By far HENRYS in Actworth. AS AUTHENTIC AS IT GETS, AND HE IS REALLY FROM NEW ORLEAN, NO PRETENDING

THE REAL DEAL

January 27th, 2012
1:07 pm

Hands down Henrys, the real deal

HRpufnstuf

January 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

You’ll have to come to my house, because everything we have tried in ATL just sucks. Even Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville had a nasty gumbo. You could tell there was no love put into the food. But I’m a little biased, being married to a true Cajun who can cook up a storm.

Tim

January 27th, 2012
3:16 pm

Best food and atmosphere! Family friendly and real down home cooking!

Meagan

January 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth is the ABSOLUTE BEST for cajun/creole food in ATL!! It is a great atmosphere and Henry has such a great attitude and it really makes going to Henry’s such a great experience! And of course the food is DELICIOUS! It is the most amazing cajun/creole food I have ever had! Love it!! :)

Martha

January 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth without a doubt!! They are hands down the best and we have been to a lot of Cajun restaurants around the country since my husband loves Cajun food, music, etc.. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it, and if you have then you know what I am talking about.

Mary

January 27th, 2012
3:50 pm

Are you kidding me? There’s no contest! Adele’s Authentic Cajun Cuisine in Roswell has the most delicious, delectable, and authentic Cajun food anywhere! And on top of that, they’re fun, they want to get to know you, and everyone there does their best to make sure your experience is the best! Adele’s!!!!!

Charlynn

January 27th, 2012
3:58 pm

Henry’s in Acworth – The best Blackened Jumbo Shrimp EVER!

Tim

January 27th, 2012
4:00 pm

It is Henrys in Acworth no question about it!

Beth T.

January 27th, 2012
4:03 pm

You have to love Henry’s in Acworth. Great environment and great food. Just thinking about it makes me want to leave work and go there now!

Victoria

January 27th, 2012
4:58 pm

Grew up in Douglasville, now live in Marietta – but I will happily drive back home to eat at GUMBEAUX!! Better get there early or be prepared to wait. French Quarter Shrimp is the BEST!!!

H. E.

January 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

Traveled the world a lot and had some great food. But, my favorite stop in GA is Henry’s.

Ashley

January 27th, 2012
7:46 pm

Henry’s in Acworth!!!

Matt

January 27th, 2012
9:09 pm

Henry’s Lousianna Grill in Acworth has the best Cajun/Creole food in Atlanta Metro Area. Been all around the Cajun cities of New Orleans, Lafayette, Breux Bridges and Mamou Lousianna. If you want the taste of authentic cajun food, then make reservations and make the trip to Henry’s in Acworth.

THE REAL DEAL

January 28th, 2012
1:39 am

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THE REAL DEAL

January 28th, 2012
1:42 am

Henry’s in acworth is so woth the trip, a slice of the no’leans

J R Walker

January 28th, 2012
4:40 am

Big easy just for the voodoo shrimp.

Jimmy

January 28th, 2012
10:06 am

Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville!!!!

Tracey

January 28th, 2012
10:51 am

Cajun’s Cooking is where I would go in Hiram GA. Run by a true Cajun. Delish, fun – they are creative and always experimenting with new recipes to please their guests – they want you to feel at home and part of the family. I can’t say enough – worth the drive from East Cobb!

Lola-Lucy

January 28th, 2012
2:02 pm

Henry’s in Acworth is THE BEST !!! Love cajun food. Being from NOLA, we eat cajun anytime we can. We eat out a lot. We’ve eaten at some of the other restaurants mentioned. But nothing beats the Ooh La La and the great hospitality at Henry’s. Worth the drive!!

Laura Martin

January 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

Gumbeaux’s hands down. Best restaurant ever and it happens to be cajun!

Angi Lund

January 28th, 2012
10:16 pm

Gumbeaux’s has THE BEST Cajun food!!! Love the people and the the food.

Sam S

January 29th, 2012
9:28 am

Heck yeah, Gumbeaux’s…. it’s the best that I have ever had:)

Jeff

January 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Claude’s Off the Bayou in Loganville-Awesome seafood gumbo, fried alligator, and catfish.
The best I’ve had in Atlanta.

Steve point

January 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

Henrys in Acworth is a joke, Cajun/creole? The food there is far off base as the distance from the big easy to Atlanta , he might fool those folks in Acworth, but not a magazine st native
Best I’ve found is Adele’s in Roswell, no smoke and mirrors menu or faux chef

USMC DAWG

January 29th, 2012
4:27 pm

Gumbeaux’s wins hands down. Henry’s is ok, but if I wanted Zatarin’s cooked out of the box, I would do it myself @ home.