This is one of the few restaurants that doesn’t list gumbo on their menu. They call it soup. You have a choice of a cup for $4.50 or a bowl for $8.95. If you’re really in the mood for a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo, order it. If not try something else. They make great seafood platters, great onion rings and great po-boys.
I took a little liberty with the title above as the restaurant is not named after the prize fighter, but after a New Orleans newspaper reporter. The restaurant is considered a hole in the wall, but to me it’s the kind of place that wreaks casual dining in Louisiana.
Now for their Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. It was served warm, not the way a good gumbo should be served. One look and you could see that it was full of okra and that it was going to have a high slime factor. NOT the way I like it. This was one of the thickest gumbos I’ve had. A lot of that had to do with the (slimy) okra. Another problem for me was there was no Gumboroma. When you are served a great Louisiana Gumbo, you want the aroma to hit you first. This didn’t. The rice was hot but, as usual, didn’t add anything to the gumbo. There was a good after burn but it didn’t last long. There was a fair amount of small shrimp.
Jack Dempsey's Seafood Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 2 Spoon Rating”
Texture: Just Okay
Serving Temperature: Just Okay
Enough Stuff: Good
Price: Very Good
*Read my Gumbo Rating System*
738 Poland Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
Open Tue-Sat for lunch and dinner
The Louisiana Travelin' Man