Jambalaya is both a culinary staple and storied dish in New Orleans. The dish has been a part of New Orleans cuisine since Colonial Spanish settlers tried reconstructing their native paella from locally-sourced ingredients. Today, the dish is comprised of a mix of chicken, seafood, sausage--or all three!--plus peppers, onions, other vegetables, spices and rice combined in a variety of ways.
How ever it’s done, jambalaya has become a flavorful and fundamental part of New Orleans cuisine. Jambalaya will make you feel New Orleans’ essence; it can be wolfed down or savored, but it should never be passed up.
The next time you have a craving for jambalaya, pull up a seat at Jacque-Imo’s or Acme Oyster House. Order it alongside fried chicken at Mother’s, or a Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House. Check out the list below for where to find your next bite of the local favorite.