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Jun 27, 2007 06:12 AM

gumbo made in house

Headed out in the morning from north Alabama to the French Quarter for fun and food.
Looking for the best gumbo...made in house, please.

Looking for places we haven't visited on our other trips to FQ. Because of post i've read here, we have on our list...Coop's, Eat's. Mena's, Fiorella's, Felix's and Yo Mamma's.
Any other suggestions for REASONABLY (key word) priced menus.

One more..I love Petunia's for brunch. Does anyone have an opinion on dinner there?

Thank you for taking time to give us your opinion.
Six adults looking forward to our vacation in your great city!

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  1. Not in the quarter but sources of good gumbo: Cochon & Herbsaint. On the edge of the quarter, with excellent gumbo: Lil' Dizzy's, an affordable soul food buffet. Pres Bush dined at Lil Dizzy's on a recent trip to NOLA, if that sort of thing is thrilling to you. When the fried chicken is hot & fresh, it is divine, too.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Yes, Li'l Dizzy's is the latest outpost of the legendary Baquet family, and the gumbo is as authentic as you will find in a restaurant. There's the neighborhood location on Esplandade (Uptown side before you get to Claiborne heading towards the lake), or the newer location in the old Whitney Bank builiding on Poydras and Camp in the CBD, where 56 degress used to be.

      I would say the Bon Ton also makes a killer gumbo in house, as does Brigsten's.

      1. re: funkjester

        is it a ten or 15 minutes walk from lil dizzy's on esplantheade to tomatillo's.

        also, how about kpaul's for gumbo?

        or galatoire's for creole gumbo?

    2. K-Pauls, Cochon & Herbsaint may not be necesarily Reasonable, but will be some of the best around the quarter...avoid the bourbon astreet tourist traps as well as Crescent City Brewhouse. Coop's for rabbit & sausage Jambalaya is excellent as well as Fiorella's for a soft shell crab po boy.....for gumbo try the praline connection on Frenchman and Chrtres if they've made it back post-k as well as Donna's Bar on Rampart(not sure if Amtrak Charlie still cooks there or not. I'd say for a splurge you gotta go for K-Pauls gumbo, turtle soup,& A-2-Fay. Check out Lounge Lizards on the 200? block of Decatur and the folks in there should be able to steer you right as well.

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      1. re: Big Cicada

        kpaul's isn't that bad, what is it like 7 bucks or a little under for a bowl, not expenisve. unless gumbo is supposed to cost around 3 bucks or so.

        at jazz fest tiny bowls of gumbo were going for like 6 bucks at least.

        1. re: kevin

          Good!!Haven't been since the big K, but am glad they're not tryin' to shoot the moon!I know they've had the same guy doing there soup & gumbo for about 10 years so its always consistent.

          1. re: Big Cicada

            on the otherhand the entrees at kpaul's are pretty darn expensive.

            in the low to mid 30s, and the cheapest one being just a hair under 30.

            1. re: kevin

              Yes, but the blackened stuffed pork chop is unbelievable. I ate there a month ago, and I'm still thinking about it.

              Here's the menu description:

              "Tender Pork Chops Stuffed with Ricotta, Asiago, Mozzarella & Caciocavello Cheese & Fresh Basil, then Seasoned and Blackened in a cast Iron Skillet and Served with a Mushroom Zinfadel Sauce. Served with a Stuffed Potato & Veggies "

              Just killer.

              Kpaul's has the best gumbo I have tried yet. Rich and dark and reduced for like five years. Really intense flavors.

              Russel Murphy, the chief concierge at the Sonesta says that Lil' Dizzy's has the best gumbo, so I'll have to give it a try.

              Jaques-Imos out on Oak street is supposed to be great as well.

              1. re: xtoph3r

                Mr. Murphy is right. Lil Dizzy's gumbo comes the closest to a homestyle gumbo (at least MY homestyle gumbo) as I've ever eaten in a restaurant.

                Skip JacquesImos....if you're interested in JI's food, head over to Crabby Jack's, a lunch spot operated by the same guy. Similar flavors, ultra casual atmosphere, good price to value ratio. No table service.

                1. re: xtoph3r

                  do you have a copy of the kpaul's menu?

                  1. re: kevin

                    Menu rotates daily. sample menu online, no prices. I've never found it to be any more expensive than comparble restaurants and unlike some of the others, never a bad meal (and I've been going there since he first opened).

                    1. re: JazzyB

                      have you ever got the chance to try the not usually available coconut cake?

                      and yeah, his blackened drumfish with chipotle compound butter is really good and simple. yes, blackened is a cliche. and kpaul's might be a tourist trap but still very good.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I don't think it's a cliche for the person who invented blackened fish to make it. And K-Paul's may serve a lot of tourists, but I don't think it's fair to call it a tourist trap. A tourist trap is a parody of an original experience, and in my opinion, Paul Prudhomme still provides an original experience.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Tried the coconut cake years ago, didn't like it.(cake itself was way too heavy) and although I love the restaurant, I've never had a dessert there that I liked. Now we go elsewhere for dessert.

              2. re: kevin

                K-Paul's is excellent no matter what you order. Don't miss the crab and corn bisque . Jazz fest gumbo is terrific regardless of the price. Try Mr. B's for lunch. Prices are reasonable and their gumbo ya-ya is really good.