The Little Big Cup
149 Fuselier Rd
Arnaudville, LA 70512
Bayou Teche Brewing
1002 Noth Lane
Arnaudville, LA 70512
The search for who has the Best Gumbo in Louisiana continues and on this trip I visited a small Cajun town that straddles two Cajun Parishes, St. Landry Parish and St. Martin Parish. Arnaudville lies on Bayou Teche and Bayou Fuselier in the heart of Cajun Country.
My first stop was at Bayou Teche Brewing. Bayou Teche Brewing brews “cultural” beers in small batches and has just opened a new tasting room where you can sample these one-of-a-kind beers. Karlos Knodt is the brew master and he has a great selection with many more to come. During my visit, I sampled Saison d'ecrevisses (perfect with crawfish), Mardi Gras, Biere Noire and the Boucanee, a smoked wheat beer.
Now for the Gumbo. The Little Big Cup is very unassuming from the outside and very funky on the inside. You go up to the counter to order from the two chalk boards, pay and have a seat. They will call your name or, if it’s not too busy, they will bring you your food. They have a Louisiana Chicken and Sausage gumbo every day except Friday when they serve Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. The price for a cup of the Louisiana Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is $3.50 and $5.25 for a bowl. The Louisiana Seafood Gumbo is $1.00 more.
Here’s the recipe: as soon as they brought over the gumbo, the aroma hit me right between the eyes. I knew I was in for a great gumbo. It had a medium to light roux and a spiciness that put a smile on my face. This was one of the first gumbos I’ve tasted that had the same spiciness from first to last spoonful. It left me with a perfect after burn. They use small shrimp, crawfish and crab meat. They were very small but there was plenty in every spoonful. As you can see in the photo, there was plenty of rice. It was served hot but didn’t add to the taste. In addition to the restaurant, they have a large catering business and they are opening a reception hall next door with a deck that overlooks Bayou Teche. If you are anywhere near Arnaudville (pronounced Arno Ville), make sure you leave time for a great Louisiana Gumbo and some great locally brewed “cultural” beer.
The Little Big Cup's Seafood Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Stuff: Very Good
Presentation: Very Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
The Louisiana Travelin' Man