The spirit of New Orleans runs rapid through the veins of Clevelanders and the search for great, authentic Cajun food is no chore for the people of Cleveland. Satisfy those tremendous cravings throughout the city. Enjoy a mobile Cajun cart that travels from place to place and New Orleans-inspired kitchens from the heart of Cleveland to the college town of Kent. Step away from the swamp and alligator-infested waters and enjoy a spicy dish in a comfortable and inspiring atmosphere.

Zydeco Bistro, Creole/Cajun Inspired Mobile Restaurant 
Cleveland, OH 442892
(330) 352-2762

Chef Johnny has 25 years of experience and is an award-winning chef. He has traveled throughout Louisiana to learn the art of cooking the best Cajun and Creole food. He travels from street to street in his mobile restaurant to ensure all Cleveland residents and visitors have access to his wonderful and authentic Southern fare. He helps spread his talents by offering cooking classes and might give a tip here and there. Spend an afternoon in the sun while enjoying the taste of Louisiana.

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Jezebels Bayou
A New Orleans Inspired Kitchen
12718 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 721-3877

Jezebels Bayou is found in the heart of the historical area of Shaker Square, adding to its ambiance. Serving fresh fish entrees, flown in from the Gulf waters of the South, it prides itself in creating fresh, spicy and delightful dishes that bring customers back over and over again. Jezebels Bayou not only brings the food of the Mississippi River region, it also brings to its customers the heart-thumping music. Make sure to make reservations on the weekend when the waits could be long.

Cajun Dave’s 
138 S. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 474-0800

Cajun Dave’s is a collection of Cajun favorites from the South. From rich crawfish bake to chicken and waffles, Cajun Dave’s has something for every mood. From ravishing spicy to rich gravy dishes, customers come back to try a mixture of everything Cajun Dave’s has to offer. Eat like a true Creole by experiencing the unheard-of combination of a chorizo sausage sandwich with a fried egg or the delicious combination of shrimp and grits. Be a world traveler through food without even leaving the chair.

Mossbacks Island Bar and Grill 
South Bass Island
371 Catawba Ave.
Put-In-Bay, OH 43456
(419) 285-8888

Mossbacks Island Bar and Grill satisfies Cajun cravings on the island of Put-in-Bay with the freshest seafood combinations available. Being on the island is an experience in itself. The ferry ride to the bank is magical and stepping on the island brings a feeling of isolation from a world that can be overwhelming. Rent a bike and ride to the Mossback Island Bar and Grill and enjoy a delicious and spicy bowl of seafood stew and a large glass of beer while watching the boats come and go from the marina. After an enjoyable dinner of shrimp and sausages, browse the many shops, play in the park or try your hand at fishing before taking the ferry back to the mainland.

Gallo’s Kitchen and Bar
2820 Nottingham Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
(614) 745-8176

Is it possible to mix Italian dishes with deep Southern-inspired food? Well, Gallo’s Kitchen and Bar has accomplished just that. This laid-back, fun-loving establishment has created something like none other. Chef Tommy Galo, inspired by the history of the Italians and the struggles of the Creole, creates dishes that are out of the norm but result in flavor-bursting satisfaction. From po’boy sandwiches to a plate of meatballs, Gallo’s Kitchen welcomes open-minded palates.

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