Spicy Jambalaya

TAKEOUT

August 08, 2007|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,Sun reporter

For us, the best jambalaya brings together tender chicken, spicy sausage, vegetables, rice and tomato sauce to make a hearty meal. We tried four jambalayas from area restaurants. Here are the results.

BEST BITE

>>>Clarence's Taste of New Orleans

2131 Old Edgewood Road, Edgewood -- 410-612-0700

Hours --11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays; 4 p.m.-midnight Saturdays; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sundays

Restaurant's estimate --10 minutes

Ready in --5 minutes

FOR THE RECORD - The Takeout column in the Taste section yesterday included an incorrect address for Nick's Fish House. The restaurant is at 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Everything clicked with this order, $12.55. Expertly seasoned tomato sauce covered rice and tender chicken and andouille sausage. It was a spicy, delicious rendition of the Cajun dish.

BEST BARGAIN

>>>Mother's Federal Hill Grille

1113 S. Charles St., Baltimore -- 410-244-8686

Hours --11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays

Restaurant's estimate --15 minutes

Ready in --14 minutes

Heavy on meat and light on rice, this jambalaya, $15.70, was by far the most filling. Thin strips of carrot and zucchini added extra color and flavor to the mix. It had plenty of shrimp, chicken and sausage, which formed a ring around an island of rice in the foam container.

ALSO TASTED

>>>Bayou Cafe

8133 Honeygo Blvd., White Marsh -- 410-931-2583

Hours --11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays

Restaurant's estimate --10-15 minutes

Ready in --10 minutes

Portion-wise, this order, $15.73, beat out the other three. But bigger didn't mean better - the jambalaya tasted dull and barely seasoned.

>>>Nick's Fish House

36 E. Cross St., Baltimore -- 410-347-4123

Hours --11 a.m.--10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

Restaurant's estimate --15-20 minutes

Ready in --18 minutes

We were let down by this order, $18.85. It cost the most and had the smallest amount of jambalaya. Bland tomato sauce covered about a dozen shrimp and rice. It came with two sides of sliced, steamed zucchini.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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