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Best Gumbo in New Orleans or La. as a whole.

kevin Apr 27, 2008 12:42 PM

someone mentioned bericev's in biloxi, which is interesting is interesing I always equated great gumbo as somewhere within the confines of Louisiana.

Anyhow, where's the best? aside from your mom's or grandma's kitchen, which most of us will not likely be able to try.

Also, if it is out of state, do mention it too. as in the best gumbo you had was in Tuscaloosa or New Jersey of all places.

Looking forward to the gumbo recs. Oh, and the restaurants/shacks/cafe/gumbo houses should all still be in operation, so the thread doesn't get shut down, hopefully.


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    fryguy Apr 30, 2008 08:08 PM

    If I could only choose one, it would be the Gumbo Ya-Ya at Mr. B's Bistro. I haven't been there since the storm, but the gumbo is dark, rich and thick.

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      Tonto May 1, 2008 02:19 PM

      I second Gumbo Ya-Ya fryguy.

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        CEfromLA May 1, 2008 02:47 PM

        Make it three for the Gumbo Ya-Ya!
        Having said that, I also like the gumbo at K-Paul's.

    2. chanterelle Apr 28, 2008 01:59 PM

      I really love the gumbo at Casamento's on Magazine St. but you'd better hurry!

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        lmead May 1, 2008 10:59 AM

        Why hurry, are they closing? I just had the gumbo there last week and it was the best I had this trip, as was the fried soft-shell crab. Would hate to hear that was going to be the last time.

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          JGrey May 1, 2008 11:09 AM

          They close during the summer when the oysters aren't as good.

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            lmead May 1, 2008 11:36 AM

            Thanks for that info (whew!) but I gotta say the oysters weren't so great last week either. My SO is from Baton Rouge and LOVES La. oysters, me I don't get it. They are big but mushy and at best tastless. I had some Drago's grilled oysters last June that nearly made me lose 'em. Did they actually have cheese on them or what?

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        LenNJ Apr 28, 2008 11:27 AM

        Smoked duck and sausage gumbo at the Chimes by LSU in Baton Rouge!

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          jamy Apr 28, 2008 12:04 PM

          Chicken and sausage at Bozo's (with that sheen of grease on the top and that buttery bread...)

        2. mrsfury Apr 27, 2008 05:58 PM

          Bull's Corner in LaPlace and Middendorf's in Manchac.

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            Hungry Celeste Apr 27, 2008 03:25 PM

            Gumbo houses? Not a variety of indigenous restaurant I've ever seen.
            There is no one " best" gumbo--it's sort of like asking which one wine is best. The category is both too broad and deep for a single pick. I made a chicken/sausage/oyster gumbo on Saturday...it was the best I had this week.

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              kevin Apr 27, 2008 06:21 PM

              Let's make it easier, what's the best Okra gumbo ever, best rabbit gumbo, and best duck gumbo (I had a great shredded duck gumbo at Commander's Palace) but I'm sure that there are other better ones out there. Along with low country gumbos (carolinas, etc0, which usually seem to be Okra-based

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                N.O.Food Apr 27, 2008 06:26 PM

                rabbit at brigtsen's.
                duck at la cote brasserie.

                But those are only two good ones. I've rarely had a bad gumbo. All decent restaurants should have a good gumbo. Gumbo's are just fun to eat everywhere. It's like trying chicken tikka masala at indian restaurants. Everybody does it differently and it's fun to taste the differences.

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              Absinthe Minded Apr 27, 2008 02:07 PM

              OMG. The best gumbo in Louisiana? You might as well have asked, "What's the correct recipe for gumbo?"

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                roro1831 Apr 27, 2008 01:28 PM

                I can assure you that the best gumbo is NOT in Jersey. lol

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                  kevin Apr 27, 2008 07:00 PM

                  i would hope so. but who knows, i never been.

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