New Jersey Cajun Fare: Just in Time for Mardi Gras

Looking for a place to don your beads and get your cajun on this weekend? Well, we’ve got some excellent suggestions for restaurants who specialize in the N’awlins experience. Bon Mardi Gras!



Middlesex County

The Old Bay Restaurant: New Brunswick Housed in the former National Bank of New Jersey in New Brunswick which was constructed in 1857, this restaurant’s interior design is the result of ” numerous trips to New Orleans and countless hours of conceptual, layout, and architectural work.” Their dinner menu features gourmet French Creole and Cajun cuisine, steaks and seafood. And their award-winning draft beer list features 22 taps. The Old Bay is hosting their 23rd annual Masquarade Party Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm to 2am.

Monmouth County:

Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport: Chef/owner Andrew Araneo a 2010 & 2011 James Beard Foundation Nominee for Best Regional Chef offers   his interpretation of cajun and bistro cooking in his cozy restaurant just a block from the bay in Keyport. Intimate, friendly, and focused on good cooking, the Bistro has become the region’s “go-to place for great food inspired by Gulf Coast and Low Country cuisines.”

Ragin Cajun in Belmar: See our recent write up on Ragin Cajun for more info.