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
Lafayette: An Authentic Taste of Louisiana

Lafayette: An Authentic Taste of Louisiana

There are so many amazing places to visit in Louisiana, whether it’s her culturally diverse cities, historical landmarks, or the amazing parks and nature preserves unique to this great state. One of my favorite cities to spend time in is Lafayette, situated along the Vermillion River right in the heart of Cajun Country. Talk about a culturally diverse city! Founded by the Acadians in the 19th century, Lafayette is a fascinating blend of French, Spanish, Caribbean, Indian, African and American influences which have come together to form a distinctly Louisiana location. There is so much…Read more
Race on over to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for a very good Louisiana Seafood Gumbo.

Race on over to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for a very good Louisiana Seafood Gumbo.

Here’s a Tip: You can bet on the Louisiana Seafood Gumbo at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. In the fall of 1852 the Union Course (now called Fair Grounds Race Course) opened and has changed its name several times. If I gave you the entire history, it would take up a lot of space and since I’m not a historian, here is the link to its illustrious history. The season at the Fair Grounds runs from Thanksgiving to the end of March each year. It’s located in Mid-City just a few miles from…Read more
Who has the Best Gumbo in Louisiana in 2015?

Who has the Best Gumbo in Louisiana in 2015?

Happy New Year from the Louisiana Travelin’ Man! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and, if you were like me, you ate A LOT. I have been busy over the holiday season trying to eat as many Louisiana Gumbos as possible to see if I can say “I found the Best Gumbo in Louisiana”. Well, you will see over the next few months that, in fact, I have found what may be the “Best Louisiana Gumbo”. Keep coming back to see where this gumbo comes from. Also, if you have…Read more
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

In 1814 we took a little trip, Along with Col. Jackson down the mighty Mississip' We took a little bacon and we took a little beans And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans These lyrics, from the old Johnny Horton song "The Battle of New Orleans" commemorate a prominent victory in U.S. history that signaled the end of the War of 1812. January 8 marks the 200th anniversary of this battle and people around New Orleans are celebrating with a weekend of commemorations, ceremonies, reenactments and living history…Read more