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sabrinasmom Oct 7, 2006 05:28 AM

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

  1. Peter Yee Oct 8, 2006 09:16 PM

    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. Robert Lauriston Oct 8, 2006 09:21 PM

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

      http://andrewjaeger.com

      1. Mari Oct 10, 2006 01:54 AM

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

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          Agent 510 Oct 10, 2006 03:21 AM

          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
            Peter Yee Oct 10, 2006 10:52 PM

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

            1. re: Peter Yee
              RWCFoodie Oct 24, 2006 10:10 PM

              Totally agree re PHB - we were underwhelmed...

            2. re: Agent 510
              Peter Yee Oct 24, 2006 08:59 PM

              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. Sarah Oct 10, 2006 04:05 AM

              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. rworange Oct 10, 2006 05:03 PM

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

                1. Eugene Park Oct 10, 2006 05:30 PM

                  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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                    NoeMan Oct 16, 2006 02:06 AM

                    Tablehopper says they closed in SF recently.

                  2. sabrinasmom Oct 15, 2006 05:02 AM

                    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. The Chowhound Team Oct 26, 2006 05:05 AM

                      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/...

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