Independent Cajun restaurants never seem to take hold for any length of time in Atlanta. Our experience of Louisiana's spicy food may change dramatically with Emeril's opening in Buckhead, but for the time being, the most reliable Cajun cooking is at PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN
. Yes, it's part of a chain, the restaurant is gigantic and there are wall-to-wall crowds. But the crawfish etouffee and blackened fish dishes (our favorite hold-over from the '80s) are better than most around town. The decor is a bit gimmicky, but your inner Cajun youngin' will delight in it.
2830 Windy Hill Road, Marietta, 770-984-8899 and other locations. www.pappadeaux.com