Best Jambalaya Long Island Has to Offer

Long Islanders don’t have to travel far for an authentic taste of the South. Several restaurants across the island serve Southern favorites loaded with flavor. One such dish is jambalaya, a New Orleans classic. Dig into jambalaya made right at any of these seven Long Island spots.

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Big Daddy’s, Massapequa

This spot has been a favorite for Southern food and BBQ since opening in 1993. Aside from the authentic grub, the colorful space also exudes Southern vibes with Louisiana cypress swamps and old-time brick. When it comes to jambalaya, patrons can choose from two options. The very spicy Creole jambalaya is made with rice, andouille sausage, smoked turkey, tasso ham, shrimp and crawfish sautéed in a Creole tomato sauce. There’s also a pasta jambalaya made with most of the same ingredients, along with rigatoni sautéed in a spicy alfredo sauce. Address: 1 Park Ln | Phone: 516-799-8877 Click to go

Blackbirds’ Grille, Sayville

A homey exterior with a cedar shingle roof, orange doors and hanging plants, Blackbirds’ Grille is praised for its food. The jambalaya is a favorite with customers saying it’s “flavorful” and “delicious.” Served as both an appetizer and entree, the dish is made with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage slow stewed with rice, vegetables and Cajun spices. Address: 553 Old Montauk Hwy | Phone: 631-563-4144 Click to go

Storyville At Finley’s, Huntington

Storyville promises that patrons will “take a trip to Louisiana without getting on a plane.” That has a lot to do with the new executive chef Bobby Bouyer, who grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana. “In jambalaya, you have all of the indulgences—it’s what New Orleans is all about,” chef Bouyer told Pulse last July. The restaurant’s jambalaya is made with onion, green peppers and celery (“the Cajun holy trinity”). There’s also tomato, smoked tasso ham and andouille sausage. Address: 43 Green St | Phone: 631-351-3446 Click to go

Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop, Oceanside

Joe LoSchiavo and Terri Hanna had one plan in mind when opening Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop in 2015: to bring the ultimate New Orleans experience to Long Island. The two achieved this with their gumbo, po’ boy sandwich and, of course, the jambalaya. The latter—it’s gluten-free—is made with chicken, shrimp, sausage and rice. Until 11am, customers can also try the jambalaya eggs: three scrambled eggs topped with jambalaya. Address: 488 Merrick Rd | Phone: 516-442-9838 Click to go

Catch Oyster Bar, Patchogue

Opened in 2017 by Michael Avino and his dad Jim, Catch Oyster Bar is a haven for seafood lovers. Along with a lobster roll, baked clams and South Shore fish stew is a chicken & shrimp jambalaya that customers rave about for being fresh and having just the right amount of spice. Address: 63 N Ocean Ave | Phone: 631-627-6860 Click to go

Mara’s Homemade, Syosset

Mardi Gras beads, zydeco music and purple walls help bring Louisiana vibes to Mara’s Homemade. Opened in 2011, the spot serves authentic dishes using shellfish like crab, crawfish and catfish flown in from Louisiana. The jambalaya here is made with brown rice simmered and spiced with andouille sausage and chicken, vegetables and Cajun seasonings. Address: 236 W Jericho Turnpike | Phone: 516-682-9200 Click to go

The Homestead, Oyster Bay

Live music and fresh seafood have helped make the Homestead a longtime favorite. Its take on jambalaya is another. The penne pasta jambalaya is made with chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, onions, peppers, tomato and Cajun cream sauce. It’s even been called “unreal!”Address: 107 South St | Phone: 516-922-9293 Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at or on Twitter @annahalkidis.