Lafayette has always been known to have great restaurants serving great food, but now they have the honors to back it up. Lafayette has been named the "Best Food City in the USA" in the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road® Rally, and Southern Living named Lafayette the "Tastiest Town in the South." One of the staples in just about all the restaurants in Lafayette is Gumbo. This isn't just ordinary Gumbo. It’s Lafayette, or Cajun Gumbo. There can be almost anything in Cajun Gumbo. If it crawls, walks, flies or swims, let’s make a gumbo out of it.
On one of my last trips to Lafayette, I went to Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro which is also affiliated with The Blue Dog Café just up the road. Jolie’s is a casual/elegant restaurant that uses all local ingredients. If they can’t get it within 100 miles from Lafayette, they don’t use it. They only have one Gumbo on the menu and it’s always changing. Currently, they have a Rabbit and Pork Sausage Gumbo. When I was there they had a local Guinea Hen Gumbo. They charge only $8 for a bowl whether it’s for lunch or dinner. They serve it with both potato salad and a Louisiana rice (a tastier rice than regular long grain rice). The smell was outstanding as was the presentation. It was served hot and had plenty of stuff. It’s a dark roux gumbo, on the thicker side but didn't’t have a bold spicy taste as I would have expected. That being said, it was still a great Gumbo.
The service is first class as is their food. This is a great spot for lunch or dinner when in Cajun Country.
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Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro Guinea Hen Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 3 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Very Good
Texture: Very Good
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Enough Stuff: Very Good
Presentation: Very Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
The Louisiana Travelin' Man