Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

seafood-palace-extWhen you drive up to the Seafood Palace, your first thought is to keep driving. Don’t. Pull in and get ready for a fantastic (local) food experience.  The Seafood Palace has been there for 15 years but the restaurant has been there for 47 years, originally as the Crab Palace. Besides fantastic gumbo, you will find some of the freshest crabs, cooked almost any way you want. For a special treat, order the fried crab. You can thank me later.

Now, let’s get to the reason for this blog and the answer to the question; does the Seafood Palace serve some of the best gumbo in Louisiana? They do, as you will see by my ratings below. Here is what I found.  Everyone told me to order the Shrimp & Crab Gumbo. I did, but I also ordered the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. As soon as they placed the two Gumbo cups in front of me, I knew I was in for a treat.

seafood-palace-gumbosBoth had an excellent Gumboroma. The Shrimp & Crab Gumbo had plenty of small shrimp (not bay shrimp) and some very small pieces of crab but they use a crab stock and it just takes it to another level. It also had a medium roux, it was perfectly seasoned and left me with a wonderful after burn. I enjoyed it so much, I was almost afraid to switch to the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, but I did. Here is what I found. It also had a medium roux, was perfectly seasoned and left me with a wonderful after burn. There was plenty of chicken and a great local smoked sausage from Rabideaux’s located in Iowa (that’s Iowa, Louisiana just a few miles east of Lake Charles). I did find a little grease on the top of the cup but it didn’t stop me from finishing it.  As you can see in the photo, they give you a lot of rice. The rice was cold and had no taste. That’s why I always ask for it on the side so I can get more gumbo and less rice. By the way, if you order Gumbo by the bowl, it’s served with potato salad (again, ask for it on the side). Both Gumbos are priced the same, $5.95 for a cup and $11.95 for a bowl.

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”

croux_4_spoonsTaste: Excellent
Texture: Excellent
Spiciness: Excellent
Serving Temperature: The Best
Stuff: Excellent
Presentation: Very Good
Price: Very Good

Shrimp & Crab Gumbo

Croux says “I’ll give it a 5 Spoon Rating”

croux_5_spoonsTaste: The Best
Texture: The Best
Spiciness: The Best
Serving Temperature: The Best
Stuff: The Best
Presentation: Very Good
Price: Very Good


Seafood Palace
2218 Enterprise Blvd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Mon-Sat 10:30am – 9pm
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