Louisiana Gumbo: The Napoleon House in New Orleans


The Napoleon House
500 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70130


The Napoleon House is located in a historic landmark dating from 1797 and has been family owned since 1914. They say it’s a European style café, but I consider it a great looking New Orleans joint, a hole in the wall where you can hear classical music while eating sandwiches, creole food and gumbo. The Napoleon House is located on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis Streets behind the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter.

Service can be a little slow as the wait staff isn't’t the most attentive, but the food is good, reasonably priced and the setting is a must to experience.

They only have one Gumbo which is a Seafood Gumbo and only one size. It’s not in a cup, or in a standard bowl; it’s somewhere in the middle. The cost is $7.95.  The Seafood Gumbo is a medium-dark roux, with tomato sauce (yes, tomato sauce), okra and seafood. There were a few small pieces of shrimp, and a large crab leg coming out of the cup/bowl (a cowl). There was no crab meat in the leg so I used it as a tooth pick. The gumbo was served hot, had a fairly good gumbo smell, but as usual, the rice was nothing to write about. Even though it had okra, it wasn't’t slimy (a plus). There was a good spice from the first taste, but it didn't’t get bolder as I got to the bottom of the cowl and the after burn was just okay. As you can see in the photo, the presentation was average.

Here is my tip for this blog: Go to the Napoleon House for a drink, not for their gumbo. In fact, their specialty drink is the Pimms Cup.  You can thank me later.



Napoleon House Seafood Gumbo

Croux says “I’ll give it a 2 Spoon Rating”

Taste:  Good

Texture: Good

Spiciness: Good

Serving Temperature: Very Good

Enough Stuff: Good

Presentation: Good

Price: Very Good

*Read my Gumbo Rating System*



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