Quick Bites: 5 places to get your Mardi Gras fix


New Orleans is roughly 2,200 from the bay area. That doesn’t mean you can’t experience food from the Big Easy here in the Bay Area. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best and most popular places for Cajun food this side of the bayou.

12696351_10153380052846009_1477200837_oPoor House Bistro – 91 S Autumn St, San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 292-5837

I got to try out their fried shrimp po’boy for lunch, as well as a side of chicken gumbo and some beignets. The place itself is located right by the stadium, and naturally is a popular place to meet before sporting events and concerts at the shark tank.

Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen – 2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 – (510) 548-6900

Customers recommend the Jambalaya, the Gumbos and the beignets. Of course, many recommend getting there early enough as the place fills up quickly and parking is scarce.


Credit: Jess M via Yelp
 Credit: Jess M via Yelp

Easy Creole – 1761 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703 – (510) 858-5063

Very popular cajun eatery which allows you to try something before you order it. The menu rotates often and popular items sell out fast, so make sure you check out the website before you head out, especially if you’re coming from far away.

Nola – 535 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 – (650) 328-2722

Although it may come off as another fusion place on the outside, the entrees are, at their core, New Orleans through and through. Many reviews also note that the Bar is a pretty popular place to go after hours, for both the nearby IT and college crowds.


Boxing room – 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 – (415) 430-6590

Offering some of the more exotic (to many Americans) meat options such as frog and alligator, many on the reviews commented on the beans and rice as being some of the best they’ve ever tasted. The fried chicken and drinks also received positive comments.

What do you guys think? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Going to be around Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl? Check out our other quick bites article here

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