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Aug 11, 2005 09:38 AM

Best Gumbo in NO?

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Where can I find the best seafood gumbo in New Orleans? I always liked Sid-Mar's before it got touristy, but I need a new spot to try.

Any recommendations?

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  1. Martin's wine Cellar (either location) has the best I think. Eat there or take out. Friday only & they sell out by 1pm.

    1. Seafood gumbo: Luizza's By The Track on Lopez

      Okra gumbo: Cassamento's (which closes for the summer simmer)

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      1. re: Mike D

        I think Casamento's has some of the worst gumbo in the city. They need to stick to oysters.

        I will agree that Martin's has awesome gumbo. Sid-Mar's is hit-or-miss and it has come out cold before, although I wouldn't call it touristy.

        1. re: Fat Harry
          Hungry Celeste

          Oh, I agree about Casamento's gumbo. Keep the tomatoes and oregano out of the gumbo pot, please! IMHO, none of the best gumbos will ever be found in a restaurant kitchen (sorry)...this is akin to searching for really, really great chicken soup in a restaurant. Some foods only achieve true greatness and perfection in the home kitchen. That aside, I've eaten gumbos I liked (in differing styles) at Gabrielle, Bon Ton, and the old Zachary's on Oak (Wayne Baquet is now at Lil' Dizzy's on Esplanade). Baquet's gumbo is good ol' creole homestyle...fresh sausage rather than smoked, crab bodies in the gumbo, good dark-but-not-burned roux, thin enough to truly be a soup...not made from "soup base" or "seafood stock", but actually composed in the pot from raw ingredients.

      2. My vote(s) go to Mr. B's and Herbsaint.

        1. Many, if not most resturants in NO buy their gumbo in wholesale bulk from the Gumbo Factory

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          1. re: Gobbles
            Hungry Celeste

            What on earth are you talking about?

            1. re: Gobbles
              Pat in Mid-City

              C'mon Lisa. You must be talking about NYC, where you are from.

              Gumbo in New Orleans is a time honored tradition, and no two are alike. Every chef makes their own version.

              For you to say that "most restaurants in New Orleans buy theirs in bulk from the gumbo Shop" just shows your ignorance.

              Stick to something you know, like NYC. Leave NOLA to the locals.

              1. re: Pat in Mid-City

                Um, Pat, before you start calling people names, maybe you should double-check whether you're replying to who you think you're replying to. (You're not.)

            2. Mr. B's gumbo ya ya is very good.
              But the best gumbo (IMO)is: Brigtsen's Restaurant Rabbit Gumbo.