When you hear jambalaya, gumbo, po’boys, and étouffée strung together, your mouth waters and you dream of roaming Bourbon St in New Orleans, well, you’re not alone. There is nothing like the cuisine in New Orleans, it is spicy, flavorful, seafood-heavy, and made from the heart. Whenever you feel like fixing your cajun food craving, hopping on a plane may not make the most sense. In Metro Detroit, there are a number of great restaurants that serve New Orleans-inspired fare. Here are a few of the best places to get them:
BAYOU GRILL– Located on Main Street in Belleville, (404 main Street to be exact) the bayou grill is deeply rooted in cajun and creole cuisine and their menu is definitely a reflection of that.
BEIGNETS 2 GO- They are typically parked at Eastern Market, but can also be found at other locations around Metro Detroit. They serve fried dough covered in powdered sugar, nothing better.
BISTRO ORLEANS- Located on Old 13 Mile Road in Warren, Bistro Orleans is like walking into New Orleans without leaving town, with highlights such as Boudin Balls, Fried Frog Legs, and Muffaletta Salad on the menu. And don’t forget to get some of their famous Bananas Foster bread pudding for dessert!
FISHBONE’S- With three locations in Detroit, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield, from the food to the live jazz music, Fishbone’s is an entire New Orleans experience right here in Metro Detroit. Their menu consists of New Orleans favorites like crawfish, étouffée, po’boys, Oysters Rockefeller and traditional New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp
HOWE’S BAYOU- Located in Ferndale, Howe’s Bayou touts itself as “New Orleans in Ferndale” and offers an extensive menu of po’boy sandwiches and three types of étouffée.
LOUISIANA CREOLE GUMBO- With three location in Northwest Detroit, Eastern Market, and Farmington Hills, Louisiana Creole Gumbo offers authentic New Orleans cuisine, following recipes over 100 years old from their Creoles, gumbos, and jambalayas. In addition to gumbos and jambalayas, they also offer traditional Southern staples like red beans, rice, cornbread, and fried catfish.
Check out any ( or all) of their restaurants and celebrate Mardi Gras in Detroit.