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Jambalaya

Wee one's 8th Birthday is on Thursday - for her celebration requested Jambalaya. Any suggestions? Thanks 'hounds!

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  1. Honestly, I've never found one in the Bay Area to compare with what one can (could?) get in New Orleans. I typically make my own, using Paul Prudhomme's recipe rather than put up with the jambalayas around here. I'm still trying to try Jonathan's in Menlo Park, so I can't get say how that's going to turn out, but I was really disappointed with the one from the Gingerbread House in Oakland. Just so lacking in depth and character. I've had better from Popeye's Fried Chicken!

    1. The jambalaya at Andrew Jaeger's is good. It's a branch of a New Orleans place.

      http://andrewjaeger.com

      1. It was on the menu at Chenery Park in SF a week ago, but I haven't tried it.

        1. Angeline's Louisiana Restaurant in Berkeley - solid.

          Poor House Bistro in downtown SJ, near the HP Pavilion - supposed to be good, or so my friends down there have told me.

          Both places have a cool New Orleans feel too...PHB even has a porch. Depending on where you are in the Bay Area, could be good choices.

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          1. re: Agent 510

            PHB was disappointing, with a very ordinary jambalaya. The muffaletta is a more interesting choice.

            1. re: Peter Yee

              Totally agree re PHB - we were underwhelmed...

            2. re: Agent 510

              Solid? As in solidly salty? I had the jambalaya at Angeline's on Saturday and it was unrelentingly salty. Andrew (my son) and I were shocked at how much water we had to consume in order to eat just a half of it. The andouille was salty to start with and the sauce seemed to have been salted beyond that.

              Yikes!

            3. Maybe PJ's Oysterbed on Irving in SF Sunset -- festive atmosphere and fun vibe. Call re jambalaya availability on Thurs. Have fun, B-day Girl!

              1. I seem to remember a report about good jambalaya at Elite Cafe, but I'm not finding it. Anyone?

                1. I seem to remember one of the few dishes at the Kingfish SF location that didn't disappoint was the jambalaya. Large portion with a nice undercurrent of spicy heat.

                  Caveat emptor - it's been about a year since I was last in Kingfish SF.

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                  1. re: Eugene Park

                    Tablehopper says they closed in SF recently.

                  2. Thank you all for your help. On the wee one's actual birthday we had dinner at Pasta due Rose in Pinole to have pasta (long life). We were out shopping today and had lunch at Houlihan's in Concord. Sabrina stopped the Jambalaya on the menu and promptly ordered it. After picking out the shrimp and andouille she discarded it. I think her fascination with Jambalaya is now over.

                    1. We split off a jambalaya recipe into its own thread on the Home Cooking board. Please follow here if you're looking for it:
                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...