Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant
3682 Highway 90 East
Des Allemands, LA 70030
Des Allemands is a small fishing community surrounded by bayous located just outside of New Orleans, and is the home of the original Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant. Spahr’s opened its doors in 1968 and has spawned two additional locations, one in Houma and the other in Thibodaux. Des Allemands is also home of the Louisiana Catfish Festival (June) and is known as “The Catfish Capital of the Universe”.
The setting is what you’d expect when you are in Bayou Country. Directly behind the restaurant is Bayou Des Allemands and the front of the restaurant is an active highway. If you are looking for some of the best gumbo in Louisiana along with some fantastic thin, and I mean thin catfish, Spahr’s should be on the top of your list.
This is a dark roux seafood gumbo that looks and smells like it’s going to be a treat. It was served hot and had plenty of stuff such as small shrimp, bits of crab and even sausage. It was nicely seasoned with the right Louisiana spices, but it was a little on the salty side. The rice was served warm, but didn’t add much to the gumbo. That being said, it didn’t take anything away from the overall taste. The spice kept getting better and better as I reached the bottom which left me with the perfect after burn. The cost for a cup of their seafood gumbo is only $4.99 and a bowl is $7.99. Here’s a tip: get the bowl.
One more thing about Spahr’s seafood gumbo. I was joined by a local who goes to Spahr’s all the time and when she tasted the gumbo she said it wasn’t as good as they usually serve. If that’s the case, there may be another spoon in their future.
Croux says “I give it a 4 Spoon Rating"
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
The Louisiana Travelin' Man