In the fall of 1852 the Union Course (now called Fair Grounds Race Course) opened and has changed its name several times. If I gave you the entire history, it would take up a lot of space and since I’m not a historian, here is the link to its illustrious history.
The season at the Fair Grounds runs from Thanksgiving to the end of March each year. It’s located in Mid-City just a few miles from the French Quarter.
They have only one gumbo which is a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo for $7.95. It comes in a cup and is served with slices of French bread, crackers and butter (as you can see by the photo). Here is what you will find. The gumbo is a medium roux with a not so bold Gumboroma. It has a good amount of bay shrimp (unfortunately, many of the minuscule shrimp still had the vein). I think there was crab, but it was so shredded it was hard to be sure. It was served hot as was the rice. The gumbo did have okra and it had a small slime factor but not enough to turn off. Even though this was a very good gumbo, it didn’t have that great gumbo after burn I crave. It’s worth trying.
In addition to racing every Thursday – Monday (except in March when it’s Thursday – Sunday) they have 600 of the latest slot machines and after racing season is over, they convert the infield to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival which takes place the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.
Fair Grounds Seafood Gumbo
Croux says “I give it a 3 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Very Good
Texture: Very Good
Temperature (serving temperature): Excellent
Enough stuff: Very Good
Price: Very Good
New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119