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gumbo made in house

zetcat Jun 27, 2007 06:12 AM

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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    Hungry Celeste RE: zetcat Jun 27, 2007 07:32 AM

    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
      funkjester RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 27, 2007 08:06 AM

      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
        kevin RE: funkjester Jun 27, 2007 10:30 AM

        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. Big Cicada RE: zetcat Jun 27, 2007 10:47 AM

      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
        kevin RE: Big Cicada Jun 27, 2007 11:28 AM

        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
          Big Cicada RE: kevin Jun 27, 2007 02:56 PM

          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
            kevin RE: Big Cicada Jun 27, 2007 05:03 PM

            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
              xtoph3r RE: kevin Sep 22, 2007 08:27 AM

              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
                Hungry Celeste RE: xtoph3r Sep 22, 2007 09:01 AM

                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
                  kevin RE: xtoph3r Sep 22, 2007 03:25 PM

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

                  1. re: kevin
                    JazzyB RE: kevin Sep 22, 2007 04:53 PM

                    Menu rotates daily. www.kpauls.com. 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
                      kevin RE: JazzyB Sep 22, 2007 05:12 PM

                      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
                        JGrey RE: kevin Sep 23, 2007 07:45 AM

                        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.

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                          JazzyB RE: kevin Sep 23, 2007 08:45 AM

                          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
                JazzyB RE: kevin Sep 22, 2007 10:44 AM

                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. www.mrbsbistro.com

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