Louisiana Gumbo: Abby Singer’s Bistro

There are several places to get great Louisiana food in Shreveport and downtown is no AbbySingerRestaurantexception. On one of my recent visits, I went to Abby Singer’s Bistro.

The restaurant is located upstairs in the Robinson Film Center building in downtown Shreveport. The Film Center shows award winning first run films as well as classics like High Society and Barbarella to name a few.

This contemporary looking restaurant, with a balcony over Texas Avenue, is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or to unwind after a days work.

AbbySinger Gumbo
They have a different type of Louisiana gumbo each day priced at $4.00 for a cup and $6.50 for a bowl. For this type of restaurant the price is great.  How do they choose what the Louisiana gumbo for the day is? It’s whatever the chef gets in. The day I was there they had a chicken, andouille, okra and shrimp gumbo. Sounds like a mouthful.  The gumbo has a dark roux and unfortunately too much okra for my taste. I prefer a no okra gumbo.  The rice was cold and had very little taste. There was very little stuff (chicken, Andouille) and I searched and searched but couldn’t find any shrimp, but for $4 what do you expect?
The andouille gave the gumbo a little bit of spice but there was very little after burn. Even as I reached the bottom of the bowl, there wasn’t the spiciness that I hoped for.

By the way, I also had their Royale with cheese which was excellent. A large, tasty, flame grilled burger, served with excellent sweet potato fries lightly coated with a cinnamon sugar. All this for $10 ($8 at lunch). Now that’s something I’ll go back for.

For some great Louisiana Food, Great Louisiana Music, and Great Louisiana Festivals, spend a few days in Shreveport-Bossier.

Croux says “I give it a 2 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Good
Texture: Good
Spicyness: Good
Temperature (serving temperature): Good
Enough stuff: Good
Presentation: Good
Price: Excellent

Abby Singer’s Bistro
617 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Hours: Tue-Thu 11 AM – 2:30PM and 5PM – 9PM; Fri-Sat 11 AM – 2:30PM and 5PM – 11PM. Closed Sun-Mon


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