A fixture in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter since opening in 1979, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen is the brainchild Paul Prudhomme, the late Louisiana-born celebrity chef credited with popularizing Creole and Cajun cuisine across the globe. Alongside classic staple eats like gumbo, étouffée and po’boys, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen also serves some of the best-loved jambalaya in NOLA. A Cajun take on the popular dish, the restaurant’s jambalaya recipe sees onions, bell peppers, celery, tasso, sausage, chicken, tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic and rice slowly simmered in rich stock and served with sauce piquant.
A lively, quirky venue located in a converted gas station in Shreveport, Marilynn’s Place proves you don’t have to stick to southern Louisiana to find a tasty jambalaya. Since owner and chef Robert Baucom opened the joint in 2011, it’s become a local hot spot with guests flocking to it for its Cajun and Creole eats, New Orleans-style po’boys and regular live music. The restaurant’s regular jambalaya is a chicken and andouille sausage-based affair, but keep an eye out for the special super jambalaya when the classic dish is jazzed up with fried chicken strips and Marilynn’s homemade ‘wow’ sauce.
Marilynn’s Place, 4041 Fern Ave, Shreveport, LA, USA, +1 318 868 3004
A lively, no-frills joint that has called Decatur Street home since 1983, Coop’s Place serves some of the most highly recommended jambalaya in The Big Easy, and better yet, there are a few different kinds to try. Its signature jambalaya uses boneless rabbit, smoked pork sausage, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, rice and local seasonings, while the jambalaya supreme, once hailed by New Orleans-based journalist Ian McNulty as the best in the city, sees the dish jazzed up with the addition of shrimp, crawfish and tasso. Alternatively, opt for the pasta jambalaya in a Creole-flavored olive oil sauce.
Coop’s Place, 1109 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 525 9053
Though it might be better known for its crawfish, Crawdaddy’s Kitchen, a family-owned and operated Shreveport restaurant opened in 2000, serves a mean jambalaya too. It comes as a standard with Crawdaddy’s grilled shrimp and grilled tilapia dishes, and guests can add the jambalaya as a side to any of the restaurant’s fare. Add to that its relaxed ‘laissez les bons temps rouler’ atmosphere and a whole host of other classic Cajun dishes, and diners could be forgiven for thinking they’re in southern Louisiana rather than Shreveport.
Crawdaddy’s Kitchen, 9370 Mansfield Rd, Shreveport, LA, USA, +1 318 688 7532
Opened in 2012, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop is a laid-back, diner located at Metairie’s Galleria just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown New Orleans, and while gumbo might be owner and chef Ron Lafrate’s forte, indeed, there are five different gumbos to choose from, his jambalaya is certainly worth a look too. A Creole version, Chef Ron’s jambalaya is packed with tomatoes, smoked sausage and diced chicken and available either on its own or as a side to complement dishes like bayou scampi, Southern fried chicken and bronzed drum fish.
Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop, 2309 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA, USA, +1 504 835 2022
Fast and casual is the name of the game at Rice & Roux, a laid-back Baton Rouge joint laying claim to some of the tastiest jambalaya in the state capital. There are three different varieties to choose from, chicken and sausage, pork and sausage or pastalaya, and the dish comes as a standard with Rice & Roux’s hearty combo samplers alongside fellow Cajun and Creole classics like gumbo, boudin and crawfish pie. Better yet, Rice & Roux’s takeout service and jambalaya by the bucket menu means guests can enjoy the tasty, traditional dish at home too.
Rice & Roux, 2158 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, +1 225 752 9099