Who doesn't love the rich bold flavors of authentic Cajun
? Simmering pots of rice and beans, crawfish, and
spiced heavily with cayenne and black pepper are making me hungry just
thinking about them. Traditional Cajun meals came in three pots: a main
dish, a plentiful vegetable, and a hearty base such as rice, sausage,
or crawfish. It's not normally served that way at restaurants, but you
can still get all the dishes you crave. Get your holy trinity fix at
restaurants in Atlanta
AJ's Famous Seafood and Po'boys
Cajun Meat Company:
2207 Roswell Road, NE
Suite 200, Marietta
First, let's get one thing out of the way. Many Louisiana
Natives will say that you can't get good authentic Cajun food at a
restaurant. It's got to be made at home with fresh ingredients. The
biggest complaint is finding the proper meat products, like crawfish
tails and andoullie sausage, in a city far from the roots of the bayou.
My Cajun friends, this is your hookup. Cajun Meat Company has a wide
range of specialty meats including crawfish tail meat from Louisiana,
alligator, tasso, jarred roux, pickled pork, and yes, andoullie
sausage. They provide full-service butchering, and serve pre-made
dressings and etouffee. Pick up some beans and rice from their side
store and a few Cajun cooking tips and you can't go wrong.
2100 Roswell Rd Ste
Just up the road from Cajun Meat Company and tucked right
next to a Kroger is an awesome Cajun joint. The po'boy is Louisiana's
answer to a submarine sandwich, but with some important differences.
First, it must be served on French bread with a crispy outside and a
soft center. Second, it's got to have flavorful toppings packed thick
to the point of messy. Try a crawfish or oyster Po'boy followed with
some gumbo as a main meal. If you're feeling adventurous, the gator
tacos appetizer is awesome. They also have a rotating bar menu serving
Louisiana-based beers. This place is claimed by many to have the best
po'boys in the city. Give it a try and see if it holds up for you!
Adele's Authentic Cajun Experience:
690 Holcomb Bridge Road,
Suite 260, Roswell
I don't know why it's this way, but all the best Cajun
restaurants in Atlanta are outside the perimeter! This place is a bit
more formal than AJ's. Chef Marc Wegman has studied under many chefs in
New Orleans before coming here to open a Cajun restaurant with fresh
ingredients and from-scratch cooking. Most of the items on the menu are
po'boys, but it's the more formal dishes that really shine. Skip down
to is Lauren's Trio, where you can pick three signature Cajun dishes.
Try Red Beans & Rice, Crawfish Etouffee, and Marc's Seafood
Gumbo, with a side of Mardi Gras Cole Slaw. Finish it up with some
sweet beignets. That's a good traditional Cajun meal!
It may be a bit of a journey, but going a little OTP for
Cajun food is better than driving 10 hours to New Orleans! Cajun food
is simple in look but complex in flavor and big on size and heart. Try
one of these places today and see if I'm wrong.