Magazine Street in New Orleans has always been known as “Antique Alley” but in the past few years, you could call it “Restaurant Row”. Almost every block of Magazine Street has at least one restaurant and, in some cases, six or more. Drive to Magazine Street, park your car (put money in the meter) and just enjoy your eating, drinking and shopping.
A small restaurant in the middle of the 3200 block of Magazine Street has a different style of gumbo. The Basin Seafood & Spirits Restaurant has been there since May of 2013 and offers lots of Louisiana dishes. The only gumbo they serve is a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo in a bowl for $12.00. This is one of the higher priced gumbos and I was challenged to come up with a rating for them as there were things I really liked and things that were not quite right. Here is what I found. This was the darkest and THICKEST gumbo I’ve tasted to date. In fact, it was way too thick. The Gumboroma was wonderful so I was hoping it would be a great Seafood Gumbo. They had two very large shrimp, a couple of oysters and half of a (gumbo) crab in the shell on the bottom of the bowl. Even though they gave me a seafood cracker to get into the crab, it was too sloppy to even consider it. The spice level was on the high side and when I got towards the bottom, it became overpowering, which did leave a major after burn (not a pleasant one). The small cup of rice was gourmet rice which has a popcorn flavor to it. That was good. This was also one of the few gumbos I didn’t finish due to it being so thick.
Croux says “I’ll give it a 2 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Very Good
Texture: Just OK (way too thick)
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Enough Stuff: Excellent
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Basin Seafood & Spirits
3222 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
7 days L/D