The Louisiana Travelin’ Man is Hitting the Road

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man is Hitting the Road

Louisiana is a gumbo of some of the most unique festivals in the country and since I’m searching for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, I must hit the road. If you want to join me, here is where I’ll be during the month of October (these are just a few of the events I’ll be attending): October 12-13: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge L’Auberge Casino Hotel has been going strong since it opened in the beginning of September, and I will be there for two days to experience all they have to offer (see…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Jolie’s Bistro in Lafayette

Louisiana Gumbo: Jolie’s Bistro in Lafayette

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro 507 Pinhook Rd Lafayette, LA 70503 337-504-2382 www.jolieslouisianabistro.com Lafayette has always been known to have great restaurants serving great food, but now they have the honors to back it up. Lafayette has been named the "Best Food City in the USA" in the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road® Rally, and Southern Living named Lafayette the "Tastiest Town in the South." One of the staples in just about all the restaurants in Lafayette is Gumbo. This isn't just ordinary Gumbo. It’s Lafayette, or Cajun Gumbo. There can be almost…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: The Napoleon House in New Orleans

Louisiana Gumbo: The Napoleon House in New Orleans

  The Napoleon House 500 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130 504-524-9752 www.napoleonhouse.com   The Napoleon House is located in a historic landmark dating from 1797 and has been family owned since 1914. They say it’s a European style café, but I consider it a great looking New Orleans joint, a hole in the wall where you can hear classical music while eating sandwiches, creole food and gumbo. The Napoleon House is located on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis Streets behind the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter. Service…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Ponchatoulas

Louisiana Gumbo: Ponchatoulas

Elvis may have left the building, but the smell of good Cajun cooking is all around! Ponchatoulas is located in downtown Ruston in a former fire station. It then became the home of KRUS radio station and it’s there, in an upstairs studio, Elvis recorded. This is a true local’s hangout that serves a gumbo the Cajuns would be proud of. Ruston has the best peaches in the country, sorry Georgia, and I was wondering if they made a peach gumbo. They didn’t. They only serve File’ Gumbo with chicken and andouille sausage. …Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: The Grapevine Café and Gallery

Louisiana Gumbo: The Grapevine Café and Gallery

    What do Al Capone, Downtown Donaldsonville and The Tavern all have in common?   That’s the history behind the Grapevine Café and Gallery.  The Tavern was a place to drink, eat and, on the second floor, gamble. This was a place that Al Capone frequented. The Tavern was a dilapidated building in Downtown Donaldsonville when the Schneiders’ decided to restore it and the Grapevine opened in early 2001. A little about Donaldsonville.  Donaldsonville is in Ascension Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River approximately 60 miles west of New…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Hill Top Inn Restaurant

Louisiana Gumbo: Hill Top Inn Restaurant

  Hill Top Inn Restaurant and Lounge 13038 Hill Top Rd Maurapas, LA 70449 225-698-6713 If you are anywhere between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and want to get out in the country and experience a great local restaurant with great gumbo, head to the Hill Top. The Hill Top Inn is located in Livingston Parish very close to Ascension Parish off of LA 22. It dates back to 1967 but the current owners have had it for the past 9 years. It’s a family restaurant with a great country feel. I was…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant

Louisiana Gumbo: Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant

Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant 3682 Highway 90 East Des Allemands, LA 70030 985-758-1602 www.spahrsseafood.com Des Allemands is a small fishing community surrounded by bayous located just outside of New Orleans, and is the home of the original Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant. Spahr’s opened its doors in 1968 and has spawned two additional locations, one in Houma and the other in Thibodaux. Des Allemands is also home of the Louisiana Catfish Festival (June) and is known as “The Catfish Capital of the Universe”. The setting is what you’d expect when you are in Bayou Country. Directly…Read more
L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

Hurricane Isaac may have delayed the opening of the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge, but it didn’t dampen the excitement. The sounds of bells, clinking of coins, the rolling of dice and the cheers all took place at 2PM on Saturday, September 1, 2012 when the doors opened to the brand new $368 million casino entertainment complex overlooking the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. More than 18,000 people came to eat, play and win and they’re still coming. The new L’Auberge Casino & Hotel is just another great reason to visit…Read more
Hurricane Isaac delays L’Auberge opening

Hurricane Isaac delays L’Auberge opening

Due to Hurricane Isaac, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge will delay its opening that was scheduled at 7PM on August 29, 2012. As soon as Hurricane Isaac has left, an assessment will be made and a new date will be available. You can go to www.mylauberge.com for more information, or go to www.visitbatonrouge.com or stay tuned to my blog.  (Read my previous post describing this beautiful new casino resort here.) I’m praying for the safety of everyone in the path of Hurricane Isaac.             The Louisiana Travelin'…Read more
A Capitol Place to Visit: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge

A Capitol Place to Visit: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge

Big things are happening on the levee in Baton Rouge and you will be able to see the results on August 29, 2012. L’auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge is rising over the mighty Mississippi and when complete, it will be the first resort casino in Baton Rouge.  L’auberge Baton Rouge is owned by Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., the same folks that brought you L’auberge Lake Charles. This adds another piece of the tourism puzzle to the Baton Rouge tourism landscape. Baton Rouge has been riding high over the past several years with great new…Read more