Catch the Cajun Country Jam – Livingston’s Star-Spangled July 4th Celebration

Catch the Cajun Country Jam – Livingston’s Star-Spangled July 4th Celebration

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays and this year, I’ll be spending it at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds in Livingston, because that’s where the “Cajun Country Jam” will be.   This all-day event promises to be one awesome party, complete with arts, crafts, food vendors, exciting rides, and some of the best country music anywhere. The line-up includes Louisiana’s LeRoux, The Gillis Silo, The Chee Weez and a reunion of the popular 70’s and 80’s local country group “The River City Good Tyme Band”. And check this out: They’ve actually booked…Read more
Can a Blind Tiger Make a Great Louisiana Gumbo?

Can a Blind Tiger Make a Great Louisiana Gumbo?

This restaurant has a great story about how it got its name. See the photo. This downtown Shreveport restaurant is a locals' retreat. They go there for the good food and good prices. They have only one gumbo on the menu. It’s a Seafood Gumbeaux. A cup is only $4.25 and a bowl is only $6.95. The menu says it’s loaded with baby shrimp, oysters and crab and has a dark roux. Well, they were right about the amount of baby shrimp and a dark roux, but I didn’t have any crab or…Read more
Does North Louisiana Have the Best Gumbo?

Does North Louisiana Have the Best Gumbo?

You are probably saying “How can North Louisiana have a great Louisiana Gumbo”? Well you better think again. I went to Herby K’s on the suggestion of a good friend. She told me it was a hole in the wall but it has great food. She was right on both occasions. Finding the place is a challenge unless you have a GPS. Their specialty is the Shrimp Buster. Look at the menu to see what it is. I can tell you it is a must have. Now let’s get to the best part,…Read more
Who Dat Say They Want Some Louisiana Gumbo?

Who Dat Say They Want Some Louisiana Gumbo?

This is the first in a series of Sports Gumbos. No, it’s not a new Louisiana drink. It’s a review of several sports related restaurants that serve gumbo. Here are some of the places you will read about over the next few months: • Who Dat Café • Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar • Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint • Manning's • Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant The first stop was at the Who Dat Café. If you didn’t know, New Orleans Saints fans are called Who Dats. Now this is not a sports themed…Read more
Daquiris To Geaux – a New Orleans Tradition

Daquiris To Geaux – a New Orleans Tradition

It's a balmy evening and we have the car windows down, enjoying the warm breeze as we drive to the airport. I've had some friends visiting for the past week and it's been fun showing them the sights in and around New Orleans and watching them fall in love with this city.  But their vacation is coming to a close and I've got one more promise to fulfill, one more "only-in-Louisiana" experience to share with them before they head home: we're stopping at a daiquiri drive-through. To the uninitiated, it might sound like a…Read more
Insider’s Tip: The Best Gumbo in Louisiana Could Be in Mandeville

Insider’s Tip: The Best Gumbo in Louisiana Could Be in Mandeville

I hesitated posting this so early in a restaurant's life, but my experience was so good I had to let you know about it. I will go into specifics at a later date. A new restaurant opened recently in Old Mandeville that has one of the best Louisiana Gumbos I’ve had so far. This restaurant has no website (at this time), has the old sign on the building (Jubilee) and the current name of the restaurant could change. Right now it’s called Alex Patout’s Renaissance Bistro. So, if you want to go try…Read more
Legacy Kitchen Serves a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

Legacy Kitchen Serves a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

Legacy Kitchen opened a little over a year ago in a stretch of Metairie that has several well established local restaurants. Good idea or bad? After you eat at this beautiful restaurant, you will agree it was the right idea. They have done so well they decided to open another one in the Warehouse District of New Orleans in the Renaissance Arts Hotel. You will have to wait until March or April of this year. Legacy Kitchen has a different soup each day with a Gumbo YaYa served on Sunday. I was lucky…Read more
Does the Desire Oyster Bar have a Very Good Creole Gumbo?

Does the Desire Oyster Bar have a Very Good Creole Gumbo?

If you Desire a very good Creole Gumbo and are in the French Quarter, you have to go to the Desire Oyster Bar. The Desire Oyster Bar has just been renovated and is one of the dining fixtures of one of the great French Quarter hotels, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. The Desire Oyster Bar has only one gumbo. It’s their Creole Gumbo which has good size shrimp (not the bay shrimp that some restaurants use) and a very good smoked sausage. The cost is a little higher than others but they only…Read more
Crescent City Brewhouse Makes Great Beer, but does it Make a Great Louisiana Gumbo?

Crescent City Brewhouse Makes Great Beer, but does it Make a Great Louisiana Gumbo?

The Crescent City Brewhouse has been a great dining and drinking spot on Decatur St. across the street from the Mighty Mississippi. They opened in 1991 and it was the first brewpub to open in Louisiana. The Crescent City Brewhouse brews its own beer, serves great food, has live music nightly and is in the French Quarter. What more would you want? They have only one Gumbo on their menu. It’s a Seafood Gumbo with shrimp, crab and Andouille. A cup costs $7.95 and is served with rice. A bowl costs $10.95 and…Read more
A Great Cajun Restaurant in New Orleans and it Serves a Great Louisiana Gumbo

A Great Cajun Restaurant in New Orleans and it Serves a Great Louisiana Gumbo

One of the great Louisiana chefs is Donald Link (and with a name like that, he better specialize in pork). He does and he does a great job at his restaurant called Cochon. Almost everything he serves is prepared in-house, from the cracklin’ to the pickles to the Andouille. All homemade. Cochon only has one Louisiana Gumbo and it doesn’t get much better than their Chicken & Andouille Gumbo ($7 for a small bowl). Here is what I found. The first thing you notice is the DARK roux that they use, and almost…Read more