Does St. James Parish have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

The River Parishes of Louisiana lay between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and span both sides of the Mississippi River. The River Parishes are St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish. The River Parishes also call themselves the New Orleans Plantation Country since some of the more popular plantations are located there. Read more about New Orleans Plantation Country here.

If you have been reading my gumbo blog over the past years, you know I have reviewed Seafood Gumbo and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. Most of them have been rated from Good to The Best. The restaurants in St. James Parish also serve both Seafood and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, but most restaurants also serve Red Bean Gumbo. If you ask for Red Bean Gumbo in any other part of Louisiana, they will look at you funny.  I have judged the Bonfire Gumbo Cook-off in Lutcher (also in St. James Parish) for the past three years and one of the Gumbo categories is Red Bean Gumbo. As a whole, these were the best Gumbos I’ve ever judged. They all deserved to win.

So when I decided to try The Creole House Restaurant in Paulina (St. James Parish), the menu listed three different gumbos. The Seafood Gumbo was $6 for a cup and $9 for a bowl. The Chicken and Andouille Gumbo was $5 for a cup and $8 for a bowl. But, I decided to try their Red Bean Gumbo which was priced at $5 for a cup and $8 for a bowl. As you can see from the photo, I had the cup. PLEASE order the bowl. You can thank me later. Basically a Red Bean Gumbo is made the same way you make Red Beans and Rice but you start with a roux (roo). That’s the Cliff Notes version on how to make it. If you would like to have one of the best recipes for Red Bean Gumbo, you’ll find it here.

The Red Bean Gumbo had a very good Gumboroma, but different than other gumbos. This had a medium roux, was served very hot and there was a large amount of good size pieces of smoked sausage. The rice was actually served hot and tasted good. The red bean gumbo was perfectly seasoned and left a perfect after burn. I almost wished I hadn’t ordered their fried shrimp platter (which was wonderful) so I could savor the after burn.

The Creole House’s Red Bean Gumbo

Croux says “I’ll give it a 5 Spoon Rating”
Taste: The Best
Texture: The Best
Spiciness: The Best
Serving Temperature: The Best
Stuff: Excellent
Presentation: Excellent
Price: The Best


The Creole House Café
3409 Highway 3125
Paulina, LA 70763
Mon-Sat B/L/D; Sun B/L



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