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
Ballet on the Bayou: The Nutcracker Gets a Louisiana Spin in Baton Rouge

Ballet on the Bayou: The Nutcracker Gets a Louisiana Spin in Baton Rouge

All over the world, The Nutcracker ballet is performed at Christmas time. For many people, seeing The Nutcracker is an annual tradition, an essential part of their Christmas celebration. But there is only one place where scenes of this classic story take place in a bayou, in plantation homes, and around famous Louisiana landmarks. The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker - A Tale from the Bayou" this weekend, Dec. 20 and 21. Dancers leap and pirouette to Tchaikovsky's enduring score, brilliantly accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The performance has all…Read more
Catch the Spirit at ChristmasFest in NOLA’s Warehouse District

Catch the Spirit at ChristmasFest in NOLA’s Warehouse District

Not in the Christmas spirit yet? Well, I have just the thing! Get yourself over to New Orleans’ Warehouse District for NOLA’s Christmas in the District, their annual celebration of the season! This revitalized neighborhood, which is known for its amazing restaurants, museums and art galleries, will be decorated in style, and if a leisurely stroll down Convention Center Boulevard with its dazzling lights and gorgeous decorations doesn't quite do it, a visit to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center surely will! That's where you’ll find ChristmasFest, a 2 week event which takes place…Read more
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