Andy’s Bistro is at home in Metairie, LA, which is a suburb of New Orleans, at a location that has housed several other restaurants since the 1970s, but this one should be around for a long time. It’s only been open approximately one year, but the regulars keep coming back and the newcomers like me will become regulars.
Andy’s Bistro only serves one gumbo and, as the menu says, it’s a Gumbo of the Day. The cost for a bowl is $8.50. I have a feeling that the Gumbo of the Day is pretty much New Orleans Style Gumbo on most days, which is what I had. The waiter said it was a shrimp, crab, chicken and sausage gumbo. Here is the recipe: it is a medium-dark roux gumbo with small pieces of shrimp, smaller pieces of chicken and tiny pieces of sausage. As you know from other Gumbo blogs I've posted, I don’t like okra in my gumbo. This one has okra which did give it a slight slime factor. As you can see by the photo, there are crab shells in the gumbo. I can never understand why they leave these in the gumbo when it’s served because you can’t get any meat out of it. The crab flavor has already gone into the gumbo. Some chefs must think it makes for a better presentation, but it doesn't. I also found small pieces of crab shells in the gumbo.
Okay, now I can get off my soapbox and tell you the rest of the story. This was a very good gumbo. The Gumboroma was perfect as was the spice level which got spicier as I got to the bottom of the bowl. The rice was served warm but added nothing to the gumbo.
If you find yourself in Metairie and are looking for a very good restaurant with great service, place Andy’s Bistro on your list.
Andy's Bistro New Orleans 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: Good
Presentation: Very Good
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3322 N. Turnbull Dr.
Metairie, LA 70002
Dinner Mon-Sat and Lunch Fri
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