I don’t usually go to restaurants in hotels, but in New Orleans and its neighbor to the west, Metairie, I make the exception. This time I went to the Bistreaux (pronounced Bistro) in the Marriott New Orleans Lakeway Hotel. I hope you read a previous blog I wrote on the Bistreaux at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. This is kind of its suburban sister. Here is a tip that you will thank me for: when you are on N. Causeway Blvd. heading toward the 24 mile long Causeway Bridge, stay in the left lane and turn left at the last light before going on the bridge. If you miss that turn you will have to go 48 miles to get back (24 miles each way).
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The Bistreaux serves only one Gumbo which they say is a New Orleans-style Gumbo with Gulf Shrimp, local sausage, pulled chicken and Jazzmen rice. A cup is $5 and a bowl is $7. If you are not familiar with Jazzmen Rice, read their story here. It is one of the tastier rice’s in Louisiana. The rice was served warm and a little al dente. The New Orleans-style light to medium roux Gumbo had a very good Gumboroma and left a wonderful after burn. There was an okay amount of stuff in the gumbo but I would have expected more. There were two small shrimp, one small piece of sausage and very, very small pieces of chicken. The biggest negative was there was a lot of okra which did give it a slightly slimy texture. That being said, it was so good I ate it all. I was surprised that the price was so low. Usually hotel prices are higher than stand-alone restaurants. If I was to go back, and I will, I would order the bowl for just $2 more.
The Bistreaux’s New Orleans-style Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 3 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Very Good
Spiciness: Very Good
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Price: The Best
Marriott New Orleans Metairie at Lakeway
3838 N. Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002