The Louisiana Northshore has some great restaurants that I’m sure serve great Louisiana Gumbo, but unfortunately Speckled T’s is not one of them. Now, they have good food, but the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo I ate on a recent visit needed a complete makeover.
When a waiter serves you Louisiana Gumbo, the first thing that hits you is the aroma. It’s usually the roux that hits your nose first. When this Louisiana Gumbo was placed in front of me, there was no aroma. Even when I went in for a closer smell, not much there. More about the Gumbo specifics later. Speckled T’s has two Louisiana Gumbos on their menu. They have a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo and a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Both are priced the same: $4.95 for a cup and $6.50 for a bowl. I had the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. It had a dark roux that was very thick. As you can see in the first photo, there was plenty of stuff, what you will see in the second photo is most of it was sausage. We are talking about sausage pieces that were bigger than my spoon, and the sausage did not taste like a good Louisiana smoked sausage. It tasted more like a Kielbasa that you can buy anywhere in the USA. Now for the worst part of the gumbo: it was so salty that I couldn’t eat it. When I tasted the rice, it was ice cold. This is the first time I was served rice that was taken directly out of the walk-in cooler and served.
As you have read in my previous Louisiana Gumbo blogs, the spiciness of the gumbo gets more intense as you get to the bottom of the bowl. Since the only spice I could taste was salt, this gumbo failed on that part. It also failed on the after-burn.
I can give you some good news. Their Po’boys are very good. Stay with the fried shrimp, fried oyster or roast beef Po’boys and you can’t go wrong. They also have a Sunday Champagne Brunch for $18.95 that’s served from 11am – 2pm. You get several hot entrées to choose from but the big thing is their seafood. They had boiled shrimp, raw and charbroiled oysters on the half shell.
Speckled T's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 2 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Just OK
Texture: Very Good
Spiciness: Just OK
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Enough Stuff: Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*