Cajun cuisine is the soul behind Louisiana. Named after the Acadian (or Cajun) immigrants (French-speaking from Acadia, Canada who were forced to immigrate to Louisiana), Cajun took on a whole new meaning. Known for its trinity of vegetable ingredients (peppers, onions and celery) and its traditional three main courses (a seafood dish, a sausage dish and a rice dish), Cajun food is a Southerner’s event every time you sit down at the table. Here are the five best restaurants in LA for Cajun. Think stewing pots of gumbo, jambalaya and rice and beans made with the likes of seafood, poultry, meat and game, seasoned with the depths of cayenne, Bay leaves, oregano, Sassafrass and pepper.
734 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The intense notes of creole and Cajun fill NOLA’S downtown LA restaurant. For a fun and festive traditional Louisiana dine out, NOLA’S specialty buffet, Sunday brunch and live jazz entertainment keep the ‘Like’ button hot on social media. Customary gumbo (usually made with shellfish, celery, peppers, onions, okra and rice), jambalaya (a dish originating in the Carribbean), etouffee (typically shellfish served over rice) and po’ boys (shrimp, oyster or catfish) made with NOLA’s house specialty roasted garlic tartar sauce are highlights here. The sides are traditional and delicious: Cajun fries, green bean casserole, cheesy macaroni ‘n cheese and collard greens.
The Gumbo Pot at Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Suite 312
Los Angeles, CA 90036
An LA favorite at the popular Farmers Market since 1986, The Gumbo Pot serves authentic Southern Louisiana cuisine. Flavorful dishes served with The Gumbo Pot’s ‘killer cornbread’ include gator gumbo (gator tail, sausage and shrimp), frog legs, old fashioned red beans and rice made with smoked ham hocks and Andouille sausage, traditional jambalaya and a Cajun meatloaf seasoned with Louisiana spices and a BBQ glaze sauce. Beignets, New Orleans’ traditional dessert, are a perfect finishing touch.
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Sal’s Gumbo Shack
6148 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90805
The Southern Cajun dishes at Sal’s Gumbo Shack are homestyle recipes created by owner Chef Sally. Chef Sally started cooking more than 25 years ago for her friends, which evolved into a catering business, and then in 2012, she opened Long Beach’s first creole restaurant. It’s all down-home cooking here, even though Sally isn’t from Louisiana. Her passion for the Southern cuisine comes from the pure love of the foods and flavors. Jerk turkey necks, oxtails, fried chicken, seafood gumbo and homemade peach cobbler pie are some favorites. Check @salsgumboshack on Twitter to catch when and where the food truck is out and about.
6541 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Voodoo, dirty and blackened are just a few adjectives Five0Four (named for the New Orleans area code) whips out to authentically describe pure Louisiana fare. Whether you are coming in for dinner or Sunday brunch, the New Orleans-style restaurant gives patrons the whole Southern table. From small bites such as hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, voodoo fries made with habanero puree and bacon and dirty fries smothered in house-made gumbo and cheddar cheese to Southern classics including chicken and sausage, seafood gumbos and Louisiana jambalaya, Five0Four prides itself on quality cuisine. Sunday brunch is a fun option here with the Big Bayou breakfast, lobster omelet and a crispy Andouille sausage egg scramble. The cocktail menu highlights Southern libations including Hurricanes, Swamp Waters, Cyclones and Moonshine.
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
3249 W. Century Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen is a Los Angeles landmark restaurant for Southern food. Owned by father-son team, Adolf and Greg Dulan, Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen gives the Los Angeles area a true taste of down-home cooking. The restaurant’s Sunday dinner special (served all day on Sunday) is $17.95 per person and includes an entrée (baked turkey wings, baked or fried chicken or fish, smothered chicken and short ribs), rice and gravy or cornbread dressing, choice of two sides (mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, corn, okra and tomatoes, collard greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, etc) and dessert (peach cobbler or sweet potato pie) and a raspberry iced tea. The regular lunch and dinner menu has ox tails, smothered pork chops, meatloaf, fish and a veggie plate. Portions are definitely generous here.
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