You would have to look long and far to find a bad Louisiana Gumbo in Cajun Country but I guess there might be some. I was lucky to stop by the Palace Café Steaks and Seafood in the Historic District of Opelousas in St. Landry Parish across the street from the Courthouse. (Read more about St. Landry Parish here.)
One of the search engines shows the Palace Café with their Opelousas address but when you click on the website or menu it takes you to The Palace Café in New Orleans. The Palace Café in New Orleans is an upscale casual restaurant with great food and the Palace Café Steaks and Seafood in Opelousas is what you would call a hole in the wall with a fantastic Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.
So here’s what I found. The Palace Café in Opelousas has several gumbos to choose from that seem a little strange. For instance: Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp and Okra Gumbo, Chicken Gumbo, Shrimp and Oyster Gumbo. This is sounding like a scene from Forrest Gump. I chose the Chicken and Sausage Gumbo which is very thin with a medium-colored roux. The cup is $6.49 and served with rice and a bowl for $9.29 which is served with potato salad. This GREAT Louisiana Cajun Gumbo had plenty of chicken and just a couple of slices of local sausage. The Gumboroma was outstanding as was the spice level and after burn. It also had a very nice smoky flavor. The rice was warm and added no taste to the gumbo (it didn’t need anything else) and the gumbo was served hot.
Just about 12 blocks away you will find Ray’s. This is a real hole in the wall that serves up some of the best Boudin links, Boudin Balls and Cracklin’. DO NOT PASS THIS UP. Then about four miles away at exit 23 off I-49 you will find the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. They can direct you around St. Landry Parish to get the most out of your visit.
The Palace Café’s Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Palace Café Steaks and Seafood
135 West Landry
Opelousas, LA 70570
B/L/D Mon-Sat (Sun until 2pm)