Can an Ole Saint Run Over the Competition?
This is a series of three New Orleans Saints football stars that have their own restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. Two were quarterbacks and one was a running back. All three are still New Orleans football icons with the patriarch being Archie Manning.
The three restaurants you will be reading about are:
• Manning’s, New Orleans: Louisiana Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
• Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, New Orleans: Gumbo Ya Ya
• Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant, Metairie: T Bob’s Seafood Gumbo
This is part two of a three part series on which sports restaurant in New Orleans has the best Gumbo.
On this visit, I went to Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap located in the Wyndham French Quarter Hotel. (Read more about the Wyndham French Quarter Hotel.) Deuce McAllister was the New Orleans Saints’ Running Back from 2001 – 2010. They only have one gumbo which they call Gumbo Ya Ya. They serve it in an oversized cup or a small bowl for $8.00. This was a very good gumbo but I had a problem with it the moment it landed on my table. Gumbo Ya Ya is widely associated with Mr. B’s Bistro which happens to be across the street from Deuce’s place. (Mr. B’s) Gumbo Ya Ya is a very dark roux gumbo which gives it a wonderful taste (read my blog on Mr. B’s). Ole Saint Restaurant’s Gumbo Ya Ya is not. In fact, this was one of the thickest Gumbos I’ve tasted. This gumbo had a medium colored roux, was seasoned nicely, had a very good Gumboroma and a great after burn. The gumbo had large pieces of white meat chicken and a few small pieces of Andouille Sausage. When I saw that they served Popcorn Rice in their gumbo I was excited. But, what I tasted was on the mushy side. As you can see in the photo, they also serve pieces of French Bread with their gumbo. One of the other things that I didn’t like about their gumbo was there was a lot of large pieces of chicken skin.
As I was observing what was going on throughout the restaurant, I noticed that the waitress was also promoting a tour of the French Quarter. I believe she was also selling the tour, but I’m not a 100% sure of that. Service was on the slow side and maybe that was one of the reasons.
Ole Saint Restaurant’s Gumbo Ya Ya
Croux says “I’ll give it a 3 Spoon Rating”
Taste: Very Good
Spiciness: Very Good
Serving Temperature: Very Good
Presentation: Very Good
Price: Very Good
Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
132 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
7 Days B/L/D