Louisiana Gumbo: Ponchatoulas

Elvis may have left the building, but the smell of good Cajun cooking is all around!

Ponchatoulas is located in downtown Ruston in a former fire station. It then became the homePonchatoulas Front of KRUS radio station and it’s there, in an upstairs studio, Elvis recorded.

This is a true local’s hangout that serves a gumbo the Cajuns would be proud of. Ruston has the best peaches in the country, sorry Georgia, and I was wondering if they made a peach gumbo. They didn’t. They only serve File’ Gumbo with chicken and andouille sausage. 

You get a large bowl of gumbo for $6.50 or a cup for $4.99.

It’s a dark roux gumbo that’s not too thick but plenty flavorful. There were plenty of small pieces of chicken and andouille. It was a little on the salty side, but not to the point where it took away from the flavor. The rice was good, but didn’t add anything to the flavor. It did have a very good afterburn. It was served hot, and as you can see they include a piece of french bread that you can use as a crouton.
If you’re in Ruston on the weekend, Ponchatoulas has live entertainment.


Croux says “I’ll give it a 3 Spoon Rating”

Taste:  Very Good

Texture: Very Good

Spiciness: Very Good

Temperature (serving temperature): Very Good

Enough Stuff: Very Good

Presentation: Good

Price: Excellent

*Read my Gumbo Rating System*


109 East Park Ave
Ruston, LA 71270
Mon – Thu 11AM – 9PM; Fri-Sat 11AM – 9:30PM; Sun 11AM – 2PM

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