Cajun Kitchen - Gaslamp District
Open the doors of Cajun Kitchen in the Gaslamp district, feel the atmosphere and you just might think you've walked into a New Orleans dining joint. It's owned by a former Louisianan and you can taste the authenticity with every bite. Be sure to come with an appetite, as the portions are huge. I started my night with Boudin Balls, a Southern favorite featuring pork, rice dressing formed into balls, lightly breaded and deep-fried, with remoulade. Try the Crawfish Etouffee, with crawfish tails sautéed in butter with a light roux, smothered onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic, it doesn't get any more authentic than that!
Bud’s Louisiana Cafe - Kearny Mesa
You'll find savory Southern flavors at Bud's Louisiana Cafe in Kearny Mesa. This clean, light and airy dining joint serves Cajun food done right, with a lot of heart and soul! Order the Shrimp & Grits, a tasty dish featuring shrimp sautéed with their own house-made Creole seasoning in a tomato cream sauce, served over creamy cheese grits infused with Tasso ham. Add even more spice to your night and get a Jalapeño Cornbread Muffin.
Felix's BBQ with Soul - Oceanside
While Felix's BBQ with Soul is perhaps more akin to the Southern Soul Food dining joint experience, you can still get your Cajun on. The soulful menu features such Southern delights such as Louisiana-style Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, and a bowl of Gumbo with a heaping dose of chicken, sausage and seafood in a wonderful dark roux base served over rice. You can always order the Andouille Sausage Po Boy Sandwich, too!
Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace - Spring Valley
If you're looking for a place to buy all things Cajun and still get a bite of some of that soulful Cajun food, march your way over to the Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace in Spring Valley. There aren't too many places in San Diego to get Alligator Sausage, thankfully you can get pieces of Alligator sausage meat cooked to perfection as well as that Louisiana staple - Crawfish (whole or tail meat).