Does a Local Restaurant in Old Metairie Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does a Local Restaurant in Old Metairie Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

With over 1,400 restaurants in just the Greater New Orleans area, it will be a never-ending search for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, but the search goes on. A hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Old Metairie, Radosta's has been serving great local food to mostly locals since 1975 and boy, is it worth the trip! Try to get there early or late for lunch or you will probably have to wait in line. Grab a table and then decide what you want to eat. Then go to the back counter and place your order.…Read more
Pontchartrain Landing Lands a Great Louisiana Gumbo

Pontchartrain Landing Lands a Great Louisiana Gumbo

What’s hard to find, has a marina, villas, an RV Park and a restaurant with a great New Orleans Gumbo (and many other specialties)? The Light House Bar & Grill at Pontchartrain Landing. Believe me, it’s well worth seeking it out. A tip: use the directions on their website, don’t trust your GPS. The chef has a great pedigree, having worked at several of the great restaurants in New Orleans. They have one gumbo which, as they say, is a Classic New Orleans Gumbo with good size shrimp, a wonderful Louisiana sausage, crab…Read more
Does a Hotel Restaurant in the French Quarter Have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

Does a Hotel Restaurant in the French Quarter Have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

The Grande Dame Hotel in the French Quarter is called the Hotel Monteleone. The building dates back to 1886 with a 64 room hotel. They kept adding rooms, floors, buildings and now has around 570 rooms. Not just rooms but beautifully appointed rooms and service to match. And, if you are looking for a Haunted Hotel, just step inside the doors and see what happens. The Hotel Monteleone has gone through a major renovation over the past several years and they've created a new restaurant called Criollo which is located on the ground…Read more
“Experience Louisiana”: A New Festival in Eunice, LA!

“Experience Louisiana”: A New Festival in Eunice, LA!

How would you like to experience the best Louisiana has to offer, all at one central location? Check out this brand- new festival, "Experience Louisiana" on October 17-18 at the campus of Louisiana State University in Eunice. This innovative event will focus on the things that make this state so unique: the food, music, arts, and of course, the people, in all their diverse ethnicities and cultures. The Experience Louisiana Festival will highlight the best of Louisiana's different regions. Visitors can explore many interactive, hands-on exhibits in the “villages” that will be set up, such as:…Read more
The Results Are In: Which Ex-Saints Football Player’s Restaurant has the Best Gumbo?

The Results Are In: Which Ex-Saints Football Player’s Restaurant has the Best Gumbo?

It was a long and hot pre-season, but I practiced every day, got into shape, grabbed my trusty gumbo spoon and went Gumboing. These three Ex-Saints players are still beloved in the Greater New Orleans area and still active parts of the community. Read my reviews on their restaurants' gumbos: Manning’s Restaurant Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant Now let’s get down to which one has the best Gumbo in New Orleans. Before I began my visits, I actually thought Manning’s would have the best gumbo but I…Read more
Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Can the Cajun Cannon Score a Touchdown and win The Competition? This is a series of three New Orleans Saints football stars that have their own restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. Two were quarterbacks and one was a running back. All three are still New Orleans football icons with the patriarch being Archie Manning. The three restaurants you will be reading about are: • Manning’s, New Orleans: Louisiana Chicken and Andouille Gumbo • Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, New Orleans: Gumbo Ya Ya • Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant,…Read more
Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Can an Ole Saint Run Over the Competition? This is a series of three New Orleans Saints football stars that have their own restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. Two were quarterbacks and one was a running back. All three are still New Orleans football icons with the patriarch being Archie Manning. The three restaurants you will be reading about are: • Manning’s, New Orleans: Louisiana Chicken and Andouille Gumbo • Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, New Orleans: Gumbo Ya Ya • Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant, Metairie: T Bob’s…Read more
Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Do New Orleans Football Stars’ Restaurants Make the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Can Manning’s Pass the Competition? This is a series of three New Orleans Saints football stars that have their own restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. Two were quarterbacks and one was a running back. All three are still New Orleans football icons with the patriarch being Archie Manning. The three restaurants you will be reading about in coming weeks are: Manning’s, New Orleans: Louisiana Chicken and Andouille Gumbo Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, New Orleans: Gumbo Ya Ya Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant, Metairie: T Bob’s Seafood Gumbo In…Read more
Jefferson Parish Scores Again with a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

Jefferson Parish Scores Again with a Very Good Louisiana Gumbo

I don’t usually go to restaurants in hotels, but in New Orleans and its neighbor to the west, Metairie, I make the exception. This time I went to the Bistreaux (pronounced Bistro) in the Marriott New Orleans Lakeway Hotel. I hope you read a previous blog I wrote on the Bistreaux at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. This is kind of its suburban sister. Here is a tip that you will thank me for: when you are on N. Causeway Blvd. heading toward the 24 mile long Causeway Bridge, stay…Read more
Shrimp and Petroleum: A Match Made in Morgan City

Shrimp and Petroleum: A Match Made in Morgan City

Gumbo and rice, rum and Coke, love and marriage…some things just naturally seem to go together. But shrimp and petroleum? Well, if you are from Louisiana, not only does it go together, but it is also the theme of one of the state’s premiere festivals, the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival . This annual Labor Day Weekend event is Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival, and was described by Time magazine as “…the best, most unusual, the most down-home, the most moving and the most fun the country has to offer.” Pretty high accolades, but…Read more