The Meat Pie Capital of the World also has some Great Gumbo
The Landing Restaurant is one of Natchitoches’ well established restaurants located in Historic Downtown Natchitoches overlooking the Cane River. Natchitoches is located in Central Louisiana and is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. They will be celebrating their Tricentennial in 2014 and just opened the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
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The menu at The Landing states Gumbo $6.00. That’s true. But, they actually have five different Louisiana Gumbos and they have a bowl for $9.00. Here are the different Louisiana Gumbos served at The Landing: Shrimp, Crab, Crawfish, Seafood (a combination of the first three) and a Chicken and Alligator Sausage Gumbo. Which one do you think I ordered? If you said the Chicken and Alligator Sausage Gumbo, you are correct. Here is what I found. The first thing I noticed was a ring of grease around the cup. The second thing I noticed was the Gumboroma was not as prominent as (in my opinion) it should have been. But, once I took my first spoonful, it didn’t matter. The taste was wonderful. I asked the waiter if they used a roux for the gumbo. He said he thought so, but went to check. The gumbo looked more like a soup than a gumbo and since it didn’t have a great Gumboroma (aroma that comes from the roux, seasoning and other ingredients in a gumbo), I wanted to make sure. He said they do use a roux but it’s a very light roux. The seasoning was perfect with BIG chunks of spicy alligator sausage and chicken which left a wonderful after burn. The rice was served hot, but didn’t add anything to the gumbo.  
The Landing has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Louisiana. Make sure the next time you visit Natchitoches, land a reservation at The Landing.

The Landing's Chicken and Alligator Sausage Gumbo       

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

Taste:  Very Good

Texture: Very Good

Spiciness: Very Good

Serving Temperature: Good

Enough Stuff: Excellent

Presentation: Very Good
Price: Very Good

*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
The Landing
530 Front St.
Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 352-1579
Open for lunch and dinner Tue-Sun



    The Louisiana Travelin' Man




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