Despite sharing the same latitude as parts of the Southeast, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho have not been particularly fertile ground for Southern or Cajun cuisine. Aside from a couple of chains, there aren’t many options in the area for people looking to get their fix of gumbo, étouffée or jambalaya.
K’Lynn’s Cajun & Southern Fusion is one notable exception. The restaurant has been serving Southern specialties at its location in Rio Rancho since late 2016.
The K’Lynn in the restaurant’s name is owner-chef Karen Johnson-Bey, who cut her teeth in the catering business before setting up shop in a small space in a shopping center. Set under a sign depicting a crawfish wearing a chef’s hat, K’Lynn’s is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday.