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

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…Read more
Does Galliano Restaurant in New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Galliano Restaurant in New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

I don’t usually go to a restaurant shortly after they open as they need to get the kinks out and settle into a flow. Well, that changed as I went to a restaurant that has been open for only 10 days, but they are owned by the same people who have a restaurant nearby called ReBirth which has proven to be one of the better ones in New Orleans. Galliano calls themselves Southern Casual Dining and if you look at the photo of the interior you will see why. It’s very rustic and…Read more
Does the West Bank of Jefferson Parish Serve the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Does the West Bank of Jefferson Parish Serve the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Lafitte’s Landing has only been open for a little over six months in Harvey, Louisiana, which is less than 10 miles from Downtown New Orleans. The restaurant is part of the Tusa Restaurant Group which is a local family of restaurants. They have a pizza restaurant and a seafood bar & grille in Destin, FL, a sports bar and lobster and seafood restaurant along the Mississippi River in New Orleans and a beautiful restaurant in the French Quarter. Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant is a modern looking restaurant with a casual feel. They have only…Read more
Lake Charles Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off

Lake Charles Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man will be back in Lake Charles for a return visit to their Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off on Feb 25th. If you have $5 in your pocket, you can join The Louisiana Travelin’ Man at this wonderful event and sample approximately 60 different gumbos. Here is what will take place on Feb 25th: • Cooking begins at 7:30 am and Judging begins at 11:30 am • Tastings begin after the judging until 1:30 • Admission: $5 per person with children 5 & under free • Where: Lake Charles Civic Center 900…Read more
Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

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

When 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…Read more
What do Strawberries and Great Gumbo Have in Common?

What do Strawberries and Great Gumbo Have in Common?

Ponchatoula, located in Tangipahoa Parish, is the home of the Strawberry Festival which is held in April every year and serves up the best strawberries you’ll taste anywhere in the country. I had the pleasure of spending some time in Ponchatoula recently and had lunch at a fairly new Café NOLA Restaurant (five years old) and I was pleasantly pleased. There are not a lot of restaurants in Tangipahoa Parish that serve Gumbo, but Café NOLA does and boy, do they do a great job. They have only one Gumbo and it’s called Gumbo…Read more