Louisiana has so much to offer when it comes to plantations, attractions, music and food and when it comes to food, Cajun Country has to be a must stop. You will need several days to make a small dent in what Cajun Country has to offer.
I recently paid a visit to Avery Island in New Iberia and saw the latest offerings at TABASCO®. They just opened their new visitor’s center as well as their new Restaurant 1868. 1868 is open at 9am and stays open until the last tour. I arrived a little after 9am and decided to try Nel’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. It turns out that Nel is an employee of the McIlhenny Company, the family that founded TABASCO®. Nel is an accomplished cook and has won awards for his gumbo.
Nel’s gumbo uses TABASCO® Reserve Pepper Sauce as one of its many ingredients and it was special. Here is what I found. Nel’s Gumbo has a medium roux and the first thing you will experience is the great Gumboroma. This is a very seasoned (on the thick side) gumbo that will leave you with a wonderful after burn. There are plenty of big pieces of chicken and local Cajun sausage. The rice actually had a good taste but it was cold, but, once you put it in Nel’s gumbo it will be hot.
One of the other benefits of eating at Restaurant 1868 is that all the different TABASCO® sauces are on the table for you to try.
When you are near Cajun Country do yourself a favor and stop by Avery Island, take a tour of the TABASCO® museum and enjoy everything else that they have to see, but make sure you stop into Restaurant 1868 for a bowl of Nel’s Gumbo.
Nel’s Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Good
Presentation: Very Good
Price: The Best
Avery Island, LA
7 days 9am – 3pm