For over 30 years, Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie has been serving some of the best Italian food but who knew that Chef Andrea also had one of the best Louisiana Seafood Gumbos? It actually shouldn’t be that surprising as he uses the freshest, high quality ingredients and that shows in his Seafood Gumbo. On the menu it reads Zuppa di Pesce Creolese, Seafood Gumbo. They charge only $5 for a cup and $9 for a bowl. I’m warning you in advance: get the bowl. You can thank me later.
Here is what I found. It starts out with a light to medium roux and I have to believe they use a seafood stock because in addition to the great gumboroma, there was a wonderful fresh seafood aroma (I guess you can say it had a Seafoodroma). There were two things that surprised me. The first was that you can see there was okra in the gumbo, plus it is listed on the menu and I expected it to be slimy, but it wasn’t. The other was when I have ordered a cup of Louisiana Seafood Gumbo in other restaurants I would find bay shrimp (those very small shrimp), but not at Andrea’s. In my cup there were six large fresh shrimp that tasted like they just swam to their door. I didn’t see any crab meat but you won’t miss it. The seafood gumbo was served very hot (temperature) and left a great after burn. Even the rice was good. It had a buttery taste.
The owner of the restaurant coincidentally is named Andrea (thank goodness he was able to find a restaurant with that name) and I can almost guarantee he will stop by your table to say hello.
Andrea’s Seafood Gumbo
3100 19th Street
Metairie, LA 70002
7 days L/D