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
Don’t Judge a Gumbo by its Look

Don’t Judge a Gumbo by its Look

Many of us eat with our eyes, for obvious reasons. If something looks good, you would expect it to taste good. The next sense we eat with is our nose. If it smells good, you expect it to taste good. We then continue to eat with the mouth, if the above two senses register a positive feel. Well, recently I dined at Bistro Orleans, a restaurant that moved to a new larger location a few months ago and I'd heard very good things about it. Before I tell you about my experience, I want…Read more
Who’s Got the Best Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Crawfish Etoufee and BBQ in Louisiana?

Who’s Got the Best Gumbo, Boiled Crawfish, Crawfish Etoufee and BBQ in Louisiana?

The best way to experience the best of the best when it comes to food in Louisiana is to attend a Cook-Off. Many of these cook-offs are fundraisers so not only will you find great food, you will be donating to a good cause. Not only will you find the best food, the music comes in a close second. Here are a few of the upcoming Cook-Offs you may want to experience:  Read more
Can a Small Louisiana Chain Restaurant Serve a Good Gumbo?

Can a Small Louisiana Chain Restaurant Serve a Good Gumbo?

In previous blogs, I’ve mentioned that I don’t like to eat at national chain restaurants. With the great restaurants all throughout Louisiana, there is no need to subject yourself to a restaurant where the menu and recipes were created in anywhere else USA. Now, there are some examples throughout Louisiana where locals started a restaurant for locals, became successful and opened additional restaurants. That is where the New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co. comes in. They opened their first restaurant in 1984 and continued to expand as far as Houma, Louisiana. Most of…Read more
A Great Cajun Gumbo in North Louisiana? Who Would Have Thunk?

A Great Cajun Gumbo in North Louisiana? Who Would Have Thunk?

I was looking for a restaurant in Bossier City that serves gumbo and when I saw the name Gumbo to Geaux (pronounced “go”), I had to try it. This seven year old restaurant with most of the same staff is a little hard to find as it is in the corner of a strip shopping center less than two miles from Barksdale Air Force Base. In fact, when I arrived, there were several military personnel as well as police enjoying lunch. You will feel safe there. Now if you are looking for fancy,…Read more
Looking For the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?  You Won’t Find it Here…

Looking For the Best Gumbo in Louisiana? You Won’t Find it Here…

Dockside Seafood and Oyster Bar is located in a small strip shopping center in Harahan which is located in Jefferson Parish, approximately ten miles west of the French Quarter and approximately five miles southeast of the airport. Dockside serves only one Louisiana Gumbo which is called Paw Paw's Seafood and Andouille Gumbo. $4.99 for a cup and $6.49 for a bowl. Even though the bowl is not that much more than the cup, stay with the cup, or better yet, order an appetizer instead. I went to Dockside on a Monday which is…Read more