Does Trenasse Serve the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Trenasse Serve the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Trenasse is a beautiful new restaurant located in the newly-designed lobby of the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel. Now, this is not a hotel restaurant (not that there’s anything wrong with that), it’s an independent restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. You find this a lot in New Orleans and other major food cities. I mentioned the newly-designed Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel: here is a link to their content page where you can find more info. What does Trenasse mean? Here is an explanation from their website:  Trenasse (truh-nah-sse), a colloquial…Read more
Jeff Davis Parish Serves up Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Jeff Davis Parish Serves up Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Cajun Country boasts a lot of great restaurants and I just found another one. This one happens to be in Jeff Davis Parish, on the lake in Lake Arthur. The Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse is approximately eight miles off of Interstate 10 due south, but is a world away. You will see what I mean from the photos. Before or after you enjoy a great lunch, make sure you stop by the Visitors Center and hold a baby alligator and head west to Lacassine to tour and taste some of the best…Read more
Minden, LA’s Fasching Festival: A German Holiday Celebration

Minden, LA’s Fasching Festival: A German Holiday Celebration

This time of year, when people think of holidays, it's not yet Mardi Gras that's on their minds.  But in Minden, LA, Carnival season starts in November, thanks to the town's German heritage. In Germany, "Fasching" (also called "Karneval") officially begins on November 11 at 11:11 am and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This Saturday, November 21, Minden will be hosting their "Fasching Fifth Season" celebration in their historic downtown district, which will be all decked out for the holidays. This charming city in the piney woods area of northwest Louisiana is well-suited to host…Read more
You Can Count on Cajun Country Having Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

You Can Count on Cajun Country Having Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

You would have to look long and far to find a bad Louisiana Gumbo in Cajun Country but I guess there might be some. I was lucky to stop by the Palace Café Steaks and Seafood in the Historic District of Opelousas in St. Landry Parish across the street from the Courthouse. (Read more about St. Landry Parish here.) One of the search engines shows the Palace Café with their Opelousas address but when you click on the website or menu it takes you to The Palace Café in New Orleans. The Palace Café in New…Read more
Does an Old Uptown New Orleans Restaurant Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does an Old Uptown New Orleans Restaurant Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Frankie & Johnny’s is the epitome of a local restaurant. It’s right off Tchopitoulas St. (chop-a-too-lus) which is next to the Mississippi River, way uptown but worth the drive. You’ll find lots of great local food that they have been serving since 1942. They have two gumbos on their menu, both priced the same. $5.95 for a cup and $9.95 for a bowl. Their gumbos are Chicken & Andouille Gumbo and Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. I asked the manager which one is more popular. He said the Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, so that’s what…Read more
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