It's almost Mardi Gras time -- what better way to get in the mood than with some cajun or creole food? Check out these spots around metro Atlanta to get your gumbo, crawfish and po'boy fix:
AJ's Famous Seafood & Po'Boys -- A laid-back spot for Cajun classics including muffuletta sandwiches, gator chili, gumbos and a variety of po'boys.
2100 Roswell Road, Marietta. 678-999-0767
Adele's on Canton -- New Orleans-bred Chef Marc Wegman serves up po'boys of both the traditional (oyster, catfish, shrimp) and unconventional varieties (roast beef, veggie), as well as muffulettas and entrees including shrimp creole and jambalaya. Don't to wrap things up with an order of the French Quarter beignets.
1169 Canton St., Roswell. 770-594-0655, adelescajun.com
Big Easy Grille -- Chow down on dishes such as gumbo, po'boys, fried alligator and crawfish etouffe, and check out brunch specials including bayou benedict and Cajun Bloody Marys and margaritas.
1193 Collier Road, Atlanta. 404-352-2777, bigeasygrille.com
Bon Ton -- Go for something a little offbeat with this newly-opened New Orleans-style Vietnamese-Creole restaurant that serves up dishes including a Nashville hot oyster roll, a Cajun shrimp burger, crawfish smoked Gouda mac and cheese, and an unusual applewood-smoked snow crab preparation.
675 Myrtle St. N.E., Atlanta. facebook.com/bontonatl.
Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou -- This spot from husband and wife Jodi and Vinny Chieco, who also own Brick House Pizza and Pasta in Roswell, serves up creole classics including shrimp andouille, blackened redfish and po’ boys.
52B N. Main St., Alpharetta. 470-242-5458, flatlands52.com/
Frank's Cajun & Soul Kitchen -- The cajun cuisine at this family-owned restaurant, named for owner David Simmons' father, shares a menu with Southern and soul food specialties. Cajun dishes include the fried fish and chicken platters and po'boys, as well as boudin balls with creole tartar sauce.
1175 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 678-383-6703, frankscajunsoul.com
Hugo's Oyster Bar -- The Cajun seafood restaurant offers classics including po'boys, muffulettas and Cajun-prepared seafood, as well as Sunday brunch dishes and drinks including Eggs Sardou, oyster benedict. gin fizz and milk punch.
10360 Alpharetta St, Roswell. 770-993-5922. hugosoysterbar.com/
The Juicy Crab -- Get your of Cajun-style seafood boils, fried fish and more.
Locations in Conyers, Douglasville, Duluth and Smyrna. thejuicycrab.com
Louisiana Bistreaux -- Get a taste of New Orleans with gator bites, gumbo, eggplant atchafalaya, etouffes, blackened and fried seafood and po'boys, and stick around for bourbon bread pudding.
1496 Church St., Decatur, 404-963-1463 and 1375 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, 404-762-6755. louisianabistreaux.com
McKinnon's Louisiane Restaurant -- This Atlanta institution has been serving up New Orleans cuisine for more than 40 years. Check out the Bourbon Street Scallops, shrimp creole and crabmeat au gratin.
3209 Maple Drive, Atlanta. 404-237-1313, mckinnons.com/
Roux on Canton -- The Cajun-inspired menu features po'boys and a jambalaya-stuffed pepper.
946 Canton St., Roswell. 770-993-0007, rouxoncanton.com
Serpas -- This Old Fourth Ward spot features Southern cuisine with a Louisiana twist from South Louisiana native Scott Serpas, who offer up flash-fried oysters and beignets and a creole omelet for brunch.
659 Auburn Ave. NE #501, Atlanta. 404-688, 0040, serpasrestaurant.com/
Beaudreaux’s Cafe Acadiana, Boiling Crawfish, Crawfish Shack and The Bayou Boil -- Check out these four spots for some of the best boiled crawfish in metro Atlanta.
Beaudreaux’s Cafe Acadiana, 2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 770-814-8388 or 770-861-7950 (catering), cafe-acadiana.com.
Boiling Crawfish, 5412 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-559-5839, boilingcrawfish.com.
Crawfish Shack, 4337 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 404-329-1610, crawfishshackseafood.com.
The Bayou Boil, 5091 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-733-1460, thebayouboil.com.