Have a craving for some Cajun, but a visit to New Orleans isn’t in the budget? Boston is not exactly a haven for Cajun and Creole cooking, but there are a couple spots that should whet your appetite. If you’re not locked in to strictly Cajun, you may also want to check out our list of top Soul Food picks.

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This rave-worthy eatery in Inman Square is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings. Their menu features New Orleans classics like crawfish etouffee, Cajun gumbo, catfish, grits and even sweet tea to wash it down. Reviews of their cornbread are mixed. Try to save room for dessert, as they feature pies from Petsi’s and Toscaninni ice cream. As with most hot spots, be prepared for a wait before being seated.

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If you like your Cajun at home, try take out or delivery from Brother’s Crawfish. Their featured dish – as their name states – is crawfish. You can order them by the pound, three ways: fire hot Cajun style with Louisiana spice; Cajun calm; or sautéed in garlic onion butter and scallions. Other fare includes a variety of fried seafood, jambalaya, Cajun ribs and dirty rice. Order early; Brother’s shuts down at 9 p.m. during the week.

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You might think Tex-Mex when you think Border Café, but their menu features a decent sized selection of Cajun/Creole as well. Choices include traditional New Orleans fare like blackened catfish, crawfish etouffee, Louisiana gumbo, jambalaya and corn bread. Wash it all down with their not-so-Creole, yet cheap and yummy, margaritas. Located in the midst of Harvard Square, be prepared for a less-than-intimate dining experience.