Louisiana Gumbo: Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans

Mother’s Restaurant
401 Poydras St. (at Tchoupitoulas)
New Orleans, LA 70130

Mother's is a place that New Orleanians love and visitors flock to. If there isn’t a line at Mother's, that means they’re closed. Don’t worry about the line. It moves fast and it’s well worth it.

Mother’s is famous for its Po’Boys and one of the best-selling Po’Boys is The Ferdi. It’s French bread filled with their own baked ham, their own roasted roast beef, debris (the chunks of meat that comes from their roast beef), and gravy or the juice from the roast beef. They’re dressed with shredded cabbage, sliced pickle, mayo, Creole and yellow mustards. I beg you to take as many napkins as you can carry as you will need to use every one to wipe the juice from your mouth, chin, arms and hands. One of the favorites for breakfast is an order of Biscuits and Debris. It’s one of their homemade biscuits smothered with debris. The only thing you will need after you eat that is a nap.

Okay, now for the Louisiana Gumbo Report. Mother’s has two gumbos. A Louisiana Seafood Gumbo and a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (they call it Mae’s Filé Gumbo). Filé is the powdered leaves of the sassafras tree. Mother's offers three sizes of gumbo. A cup of Louisiana Seafood Gumbo is $6.25 and a cup of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is $6.00.

On this visit, I had the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. As soon as it was placed in front of me I could tell it was going to be very good. It had that great Louisiana Gumbo aroma. The gumbo had a medium roux, the texture had some body to it and it had a good amount of stuff. The smoked sausage had a Louisiana taste and there was enough chicken to satisfy my taste buds. It was served hot, had a great spiciness which kept getting spicier as I reached the bottom of the cup. The after burn left me wanting more. The rice was average as most rice is.



Mother's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo       

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

Taste:  Very Good

Texture: Very Good

Spiciness: Very Good

Serving Temperature: Very Good

Enough Stuff: Very Good

Presentation: Good
Price: Good

*Read my Gumbo Rating System*




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