The Best Gumbo in New Iberia could be Bon Creole Lunch Counter

The Best Gumbo in New Iberia could be Bon Creole Lunch Counter

Iberia Parish is the home of Tabasco and several other great attractions in Cajun Country. (More information on Iberia Parish). They also hold the World Championship Gumbo Cook-off every October but you don’t have to wait, just go to Bon Creole. In other blogs, I’ve said some of the great Louisiana Gumbos are in “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants. Bon Creole Lunch Counter epitomizes what a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant should look like. You place your order at the counter and, in a short period of time, your meal will be ready. They have two different Louisiana Gumbos to…Read more
Celebrate the Life, Legacy and Music of Louis Armstrong: Satchmo SummerFest

Celebrate the Life, Legacy and Music of Louis Armstrong: Satchmo SummerFest

Louisiana’s unique blend of cultures has created many important musical styles, but none more distinct than our iconic New Orleans jazz! The Big Easy has produced many talented and innovative jazz musicians, but most would agree that the most influential of these was the inimitable Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz. Besides being an inventive trumpet player, “Satchmo” (short for "satchel mouth", referring to his large mouth) was also a singer with one of the most recognizable voices ever heard. He…Read more
Can an Italian Restaurant in the Suburbs of New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Can an Italian Restaurant in the Suburbs of New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

For over 30 years, Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie has been serving some of the best Italian food but who knew that Chef Andrea also had one of the best Louisiana Seafood Gumbos? It actually shouldn’t be that surprising as he uses the freshest, high quality ingredients and that shows in his Seafood Gumbo. On the menu it reads Zuppa di Pesce Creolese, Seafood Gumbo. They charge only $5 for a cup and $9 for a bowl. I’m warning you in advance: get the bowl. You can thank me later. Here is what I found.…Read more
Can a Crabby Crab make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Can a Crabby Crab make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

When you are in a place called Bayou Lafourche in Cajun Country, you would expect to find a great Louisiana Gumbo. Well that’s exactly what I found. Bayou Lafourche is in Lafourche Parish, less than an hour away from New Orleans. >> More information on Lafourche Parish. Crabby Crab is a fairly new restaurant, but they do know how to make a very good Louisiana Gumbo. They have a Seafood & Okra Gumbo and a Chicken & Andouille Gumbo. Both are priced the same. $4.95 for a cup and $8.95 for a bowl.…Read more
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