Are you a New Orleans native craving Cajun and Creole cuisine in Nashville? The city is alive with all of the spices and sensations from back home that you can imagine. Many chefs straight from New Orleans have taken up shop in Music City to bring their hot flavor notes to locals. Where’s the best place to get Cajun and Creole food in Nashville? Take a look at a few of our top picks for this tasty cuisine in Nashville, Tennessee.
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J. Gumbo’s Cajun & Creole Co.
2 Arcade, Nashville, TN 37219
There’s no better place in Nashville for po’ boys than the famous J. Gumbo’s. The spicy, savory menu here boasts gumbo, jambalaya, drunken chicken, crawfish etouffee, white chili, and much more! The relaxed, friendly atmosphere at J. Gumbo’s makes it easy to try new dishes for the first time without pressure. The Southern bread pudding on the dessert menu is a crowd-pleasing treat for all ages!
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Louisiana Seafood Company
206 North 1st Street, Nashville, TN 37213
People come from around the country to feast on the crawfish boils at this iconic Nashville eatery. Be prepared for a truly raw experience while dining at simple outdoor tables. While the “hot and ready” menu offers gumbo, boiled crawfish, and etouffee, Louisiana Seafood Company actually does most of its business by selling raw seafood to the public. Be sure to order online ahead of time if you need to make sure your order gets filled!
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7114 Hwy 70 S Ste 109, Nashville, TN 37221
You’ll be under the spell of Voodoo Gumbo from the first bite of fried catfish, fried alligator, or seafood gumbo. This eatery’s claim to fame is that it brings an authentic taste of New Orleans to Nashville. People love the friendly, laid-back vibe that goes along with the first-class food. Finish off the feast with beignets or bread pudding to really put the flavors of New Orleans in your soul.
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The Gumbo Bros
505 12th Avenue S Nashville, TN 37203
The Gumbo Bros has become one of the best spots for happy hour in Nashville due its great deals on pints, wines, and wells. Lucea’s root beer float made with Abita Root Beer and vanilla bean ice cream is a sweet alternative if you prefer to skip the adult beverages. The list of appetizers to enjoy with your drinks includes debris fries, fried okra, fried Gulf shrimp, fried green tomatoes, Nashville hot gator, Louisiana alligator bites, and Cajun seasoned waffle fries. If you’re in the mood for entrées, you can’t go wrong with the Cajun chicken and gumbo sausage, Mississippi Catfish Po’ Boy, Hot Honey Fried Chicken Po’ Boy, or Fried Green Tomato Po’ Boy.
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Rudy’s Jazz Room
809 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Many people consider Rudy’s Jazz Room to be the coolest spot in Nashville. First, the cocktail selection is a moody mix of rye, bourbon, tequila, rum, gin, and vodka dressed up with the finest ingredients. The beer and wine lists cover three pages. There’s also a dinner menu featuring gumbo, rice and beans, and creole crawfish grilled cheese on sourdough. Of course, the best part about coming to Rudy’s is witnessing the next generation of jazz influencers refine their skills on the raw stage of Nashville.
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924 Mcferrin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
Spicy Boys can be described as classic Cajun and Creole with a hipster twist. It’s a great place to tuck into a fried catfish po’ boy, fried shrimp po’ boy, or boudin served with beer mustard and pickles. The restaurant’s house-made cocktail sauce really makes a difference when you’re dipping and dunking. The French fries tossed in Cajun seasoning are also incredible. Don’t skip the bread pudding, beignets, or root beer float.
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Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
220 Printer’s Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
This hot spot mixes Cajun and Creole flavors with the sounds of jazz and blues. The live music is definitely the big draw here. However, a menu full of drinks called the Big Easy Hurricane, Southern Comfort Hurricane, NOLA Sweet Tea, the Southern Comfort Hurricane, and the Blue Mule keep everyone coming back. The food menu boasts shrimp and crawfish etouffee, hush puppies, fried alligator, burgers, catfish, pecan pie, and so much more!
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244 East Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37115
You can’t say you’ve had authentic Cajun in Nashville without pulling up to this iconic food truck experience! As most people around the city already know, the owner of Cajun Kids is a NOLA native. Be patient when you come because absolutely everything is made to order. The slow approach definitely pays off once you get that first bite! The list of highlights on the menu includes the catfish po’ boy, Cajun fries, and gumbo.