Get a Taste of Louisiana on LI

Jambalaya, crawfish, po’ boy sandwiches—the list of mouthwatering Cajun dishes goes on. Long Islanders don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the barbecuing and deep-frying Louisiana is known for. These are the spots bringing hints of New Orleans to the Island by serving Cajun food just right.

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Storyville American Table Restaurant, Huntington

Storyville American Table

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Restaurateurs Tom Curry and Brian Finn (the executive chef) promise patrons will “take a trip to Louisiana without getting on a plane.” The lengthy menu includes all the well-known New Orleans dishes like barbecue shrimp and veal grillades, but the choices don’t stop there. There’s blackened fish or shrimp tacos, duck and chicken vol-au-vent (puff pasty stuffed with pulled chicken, vegetables and creamy chicken velouté). Make sure to visit on warmer days to chow down at one of the tables on the outdoor wooden patio surrounded by greenery. Go

Big Daddy’s, Massapequa

Opened in 1993, this New Orleans-themed spot with purple walls considers itself the “Original Home of Southern Food & Moonshine.” Diners keep going back for the gumbo, shrimp po’boy, pulled pork and wings. Aside from the yummy food, patrons also rave about the casual and fun atmosphere that includes live music on several nights of the week. Go

Biscuits and Barbeque, Mineola

biscuits and barbeque

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Head further west to grab a Cajun-inspired bite at this trailer turned into a small, casual restaurant. There are only six booths, 15 counter stools and a small table giving the place a homey feel. If that’s not intriguing enough, take a bite out of the shrimp po’boy, bbq pulled pork, biscuits and gravy and prepare to have your taste buds wanting more. All the meats and ribs are also smoked in-house. Go

The Bayou, Bellmore

Foodies who enjoy being surprised should head over to the Bayou for their Cajun fix. Opened since 1986, the Bayou is known for its “Vieux Carré” menu, “a small set menu with specials that change daily.” Chef Brett Chester also delivers different specials each week, including deep-fried ravioli and braised beef and caramelized onion tacos. Another plus is the fun interior which is adorned with colorful lights and hanging lamps. Go

Blackbirds’ Grille, Sayville

Blackbirds' Grille

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The exterior alone screams Southern comfort with a cedar shingle roof, orange doors and plants hanging from the window sill. Walk into the one-story restaurant and get a taste of it with smokehouse ribs, jumbo lump crab cake and BBQ pulled pork dripping in sauce. Live music is another plus along with the outdoor patio with big green umbrellas to block out the sun. Go