Creole Goodness Overlooking the French Market
Creole food, creole cuisine, gumbo, Louisiana gumbo
 
 
The second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans is also one of my favorites: Tujague’s (pronounced too-jax).
 
Tujague’s is over 150 years young and they are still serving great Creole food and one of the best Louisiana Gumbos around. I learned something while dining there recently.  They serve a Seafood Gumbo at lunch in a cup for $5 or a bowl for $7. At dinner, they have a bowl of Seafood and Andouille Gumbo which is a different gumbo than at lunch, prepared by different chefs. “Now let me told you sometin” (an homage to Justin Wilson). The Louisiana Gumbo I ate at lunch was fantastic. I guess I will have to taste the one at dinner soon.
 
Here are the details: the Gumboroma was perfect. It hit me as the waiter was bringing it to the table. Tujague’s Louisiana Seafood Gumbo had a darker roux than most and was on the thick side. gumbo, creole food, creole cuisine, creole, gumboIt was served hot and had plenty of sausage and large shrimp (not the tiny shrimp that many restaurants serve). It had a good bit of seasoning from the first spoonful to the last and I enjoyed a pleasant after burn that lasted all the way home. The rice was hot but didn’t add anything to the Gumbo. Definitely put this on your culinary bucket list and make sure you order the bowl (or try to get a bucket to go).
 
I must mention a few more of my favorite items on Tujague’s menu. They have a boiled brisket that is served with a horseradish sauce. The brisket is so tasty and tender and the horseradish sauce will open your clogged nasal passages and bring a (good) tear to your eyes. Now for my favorite chicken dish, Chicken Bonne Femme. If you like garlic, you will love this dish. It’s pieces of chicken fried (no batter) in a cast iron pan with garlic, parsley and fried potatoes. The chicken is crisp, garlicky and I guarantee you will even want to eat the chicken bones (but don’t). You also have to make sure the person or people you are dining with eat it as well. The other good thing about the Chicken Bonne Femme is that it keeps vampires away and since New Orleans is one of the most haunted cities in the country, that’s a plus.

Tujague's Seafood 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: The Best


*Read my Gumbo Rating System*

Tujague’s Restaurant
823 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-525-8676
Lunch and Dinner 7 days
 

   

    The Louisiana Travelin' Man

 

 

 

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