What Do Jerry Lee Lewis and Very Good Louisiana Gumbo Have in Common?

What Do Jerry Lee Lewis and Very Good Louisiana Gumbo Have in Common?

They are both from & in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Jerry Lee Lewis was born in Ferriday and Johnnie Mae’s Seafood & Grille located in Vidalia, Louisiana serves a very good Louisiana Gumbo. Johnnie Mae’s is a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River and seems to always be packed with customers. They have one Louisiana Gumbo and, according to their menu, it’s a “deep southern roux-based gumbo with okra, crab and shrimp”. The cost is $5.95 for a cup and $9.95 for a bowl. Here is what I found. The Gumboroma was very good.…Read more
Monroe, Louisiana Serves an Excellent Bayou Gumbo

Monroe, Louisiana Serves an Excellent Bayou Gumbo

Every city in Louisiana has something special for locals and visitors and Monroe/West Monroe is no exception. Most of you know Monroe/West Monroe from Duck Dynasty, but that’s just a small part of what this area has to offer. On a recent visit, I took Mrs. Louisiana Travelin’ Man to the Waterfront Grill on beautiful Bayou DeSiard. You have the option of dining outside or inside with big windows overlooking the bayou. You can see by the photo what the view looks like. The restaurant opened on Valentine’s Day in 1997 and quickly became…Read more
13th Gate – Baton Rouge’s Premier Haunted House. Be Very Afraid…

13th Gate – Baton Rouge’s Premier Haunted House. Be Very Afraid…

Halloween has its whimsical side: pumpkins, spooky decorations, costume parties or escorting your kids trick-or-treating. But it also has a dark side, filled with fear and terror. As someone who is drawn to that dark side, I love going to Haunted House attractions. Lucky for me, Louisiana has some of the best in the country, and one of my all-time favorites is 13th Gate, a 40,000 square foot Haunted House in downtown Baton Rouge. I'm not the only fan: 13th Gate continuously garners high praises from visitors and reviewers alike, including The Travel Channel which cited it…Read more
Will I Find Louisiana’s Best Gumbo at Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant?

Will I Find Louisiana’s Best Gumbo at Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant?

As you will read, they don’t have the best Gumbo in Louisiana, but it’s worth the trip. Brisbi’s is one of the newer restaurants on the Lakefront of New Orleans and as you can see by the picture, they sit high above the ground. Don’t fret. They have an elevator if you don’t want the exercise of walking up about 20 steps. Brisbi’s only has one Louisiana Gumbo to choose from. It’s their Shrimp & Crabmeat Gumbo, but it comes in two size: small at $6 and large at $10. I ordered the small and…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo in the Capital City

Louisiana Gumbo in the Capital City

Baton Rouge has really come into its own over the past several years with a great selection of restaurants serving great Louisiana food. On this visit, I stopped by Bistro Byronz on Government Road. By the way, they also have a restaurant in Mandeville and Shreveport. This is a family run restaurant and is a spinoff of the original restaurant that opened in 1979. The original restaurant closed in 1990 and the new concept opened in 2006. They have only one Gumbo which is a Chicken & Sausage Gumbo that comes in two…Read more
Treat Your Tastebuds at New Iberia’s World Championship Gumbo Throwdown

Treat Your Tastebuds at New Iberia’s World Championship Gumbo Throwdown

Different regions of the world have their culinary specialties.  Louisiana pretty much owns gumbo. Most people would agree that if you haven't tried gumbo in Louisiana, you haven't really tried gumbo. That’s not surprising since this tasty, spicy Creole dish originated here in the 18th century and folks have been handing down their carefully-crafted recipes and techniques since then. For those few readers who aren't familiar with gumbo, it's basically a cross between a stew and a soup containing vegetables, seafood, meat and spices. No two gumbos are alike; you’ll find that each version is unique, with its…Read more
Does Bistreaux New Orleans have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

Does Bistreaux New Orleans have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

One of my favorite French Quarter hotels is the Maison Dupuy Hotel.  The Maison Dupuy is classified as a typical French Quarter Style Hotel which means it’s built around a beautiful courtyard. Read more about the Maison Dupuy. Their restaurant is Bistreaux New Orleans which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve only a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo in two sizes. A cup is $5 and a bowl is $8. As you can see by the photo, I had the cup.  As the waitress was coming to the table with the gumbo, the rich Gumboroma arrived…Read more
Basin Seafood and Spirits: Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Basin Seafood and Spirits: Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Magazine Street in New Orleans has always been known as "Antique Alley" but in the past few years, you could call it "Restaurant Row". Almost every block of Magazine Street has at least one restaurant and, in some cases, six or more. Drive to Magazine Street, park your car (put money in the meter) and just enjoy your eating, drinking and shopping. A small restaurant in the middle of the 3200 block of Magazine Street has a different style of gumbo. The Basin Seafood & Spirits Restaurant has been there since May of 2013…Read more
Does Sportsman’s Paradise have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Does Sportsman’s Paradise have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Scott’s Catfish and Seafood Restaurants are family run and you can see that at each of their locations. The first Scott’s Catfish & Seafood Restaurant opened in Monroe, LA in 2000. It took them awhile, but they opened their second location in Ruston, LA in 2011. On this trip, I visited the Ruston location. Before I discuss my Louisiana Seafood experience, I have to say something about Ruston, LA. There are cities and states around the country that claim to have the best peaches in the world or they are the peach capital…Read more
Nottoway Plantation — a Marvel of 19th Century Luxury

Nottoway Plantation — a Marvel of 19th Century Luxury

  As I drive along the Mississippi River Road and turn down the pathway towards Nottoway Plantation, I have to stop for a minute and just stare.  I've seen the photos, but viewing this incredible estate in person takes my breath away.  Nottoway is located just south of Baton Rouge in Iberville Parish.  An area rich in history, Iberville is known for its magnificent antebellum mansions, mighty oaks and stunning waterways. The mighty Mississippi runs right through the parish, and the stunning Atchafalaya Basin (the largest wetland and swamp in the United States)…Read more