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
The Heart of Louisiana Beats Strong in Alexandria

The Heart of Louisiana Beats Strong in Alexandria

Right in the center of Louisiana, along the banks of the Red River, you'll find the city of Alexandria.  Because of its central location, it's often referred to as the "heart of Louisiana" but that's not the only reason Alexandria has such a vibrant heartbeat. The town has so much to see and do, from breath-taking nature to rich history, from shopping and great dining to top-notch attractions. This March 5-8, Alexandria will present the Red River Campaign Commemoration, a tribute to an important Civil War battle that took place here on these grounds.…Read more
Fury’s Restaurant Serves an Old-Style Seafood Gumbo

Fury’s Restaurant Serves an Old-Style Seafood Gumbo

In all the years I’ve lived in the New Orleans area, I have heard about Fury’s Restaurant but have never eaten there. I also heard that most of the people who eat there have been doing so for a long time and they are getting up in age. It is a small restaurant that does seem to cater to the boomer market and to regulars. They only have a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo which comes in two sizes. A cup for $5.50 and a bowl for $6.50. I was so tempted to order the bowl…Read more
A Very Good Louisiana Gumbo in Metairie

A Very Good Louisiana Gumbo in Metairie

Cello’s Restaurant is approximately 30 years old but it has recently found a new home in Metairie. It’s located behind the main post office and across the street from Lakeside Shopping Center. One of the problems it may have is that it’s not in the mainstream of traffic. One of the problems it doesn’t have is its Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Louisiana Gumbo. Their gumbo is not served everyday so you may have to call in advance to make sure they will be serving it. As I understand it, they serve different gumbos.…Read more
Big Al’s Seafood Restaurant Serves a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

Big Al’s Seafood Restaurant Serves a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

It’s a good bet that if you go where the locals go when it comes to eating, you will (usually) get a good meal. That’s the case with Big Al’s Seafood Restaurant in Houma. Houma is in Cajun Country and Big Al’s looks like a cajun cabin that should be out on a lake. Big Al’s Seafood Restaurant serves two Louisiana Gumbos. A Chicken & Sausage at $3.95 for a cup and $6.95 for a bowl, and a Seafood Gumbo at $4.95 for a cup and $7.95 for a bowl. GREAT price for…Read more
Does Acme Oyster House have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Does Acme Oyster House have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

One of the all-time great places to get Louisiana Gulf oysters has been the Acme Oyster Bar in the French Quarter. Over the years, Acme has grown to seven restaurants with five of them in Louisiana. This is the first time I ordered their Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, and it may be the last. Not that it was that bad, but it was soooo salty. Here are the details of their Gumbo. Acme has two gumbos to choose from. A Seafood Gumbo with shrimp and crab and a Chicken and Andouille Gumbo. Both…Read more
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo at Don’s Seafood

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo at Don’s Seafood

The first Don’s opened in Downtown Lafayette in 1934 and now there are seven Don’s Seafood Restaurants scattered around Louisiana. I visited the one in Metairie, located half way between the New Orleans Airport and The French Quarter. It turns out that Don’s has a commissary that makes all of its gumbos for all their restaurants. I didn’t ask what else the commissary makes. Don’s serves two different Louisiana Gumbos. The Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is $5.99 for a cup and $12.99 for a bowl and a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo for $6.25 for…Read more