Downtown Baton Rouge continues to transform itself into a vibrant cultural center with new restaurants, hotels, museums and, of course the Capitol. In fact, the Hampton Inn is the latest hotel to open in early May. The Hotel Indigo and the Hilton are the other hotels that have opened in the past several years.
Stroubes (Stroo-beas) is an upscale but casual restaurant serving Downsouth food. They have great, reasonably-priced specials, and on Friday their special is a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo with Creole Potato Salad, garlic bread and a green salad. The cost is only $10.95. Since I’m searching for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, I always try to go to a restaurant that has gumbo. Stroubes has a Duck and Oyster Gumbo which is not that common. In fact, this is the first one I’ve seen in the past year. Here is the recipe: the Gumbo was a dark color with a reddish tone. Even though it had a dark roux color, it didn’t taste or smell like it had a roux, in fact if you look at the picture, you can see the grease it left around the bowl. Now, that being said, the Duck and Oyster Gumbo was good. It had plenty of stuff, more duck than oysters, had a good afterburn and had good seasoning. The gumbo was more soupy than I prefer. The rice actually tasted very good. It had a buttery taste and it was served hot. As you can see, the presentation was excellent.
“And Now for Something Completely Different” (it’s my homage to Monty Python). Stroubes serves a “Gumbo Salad" for lunch. No it doesn’t have a roux, but it looked very refreshing. Here is what you get: Mixed Greens, Corn, Okra, Grape Tomatoes, Crawfish and Shrimp, tossed in a Steen’s & Sherry Vinaigrette.
Stroubes Duck and Oyster Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 2 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Enough Stuff: Very Good
Presentation: Very Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
107 Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
M-F 11am – 10pm; Sat 4pm-10pm; Closed Sun
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