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Jul 16, 2008 05:55 PM

Gumbo's Louisiana Style Cafe

Has anyone tried this place on Colorado St.? My girlfriend and I have lived here for a year and are always trying to find places with food even remotely like we had at home in Louisiana. I never have high hopes. I figured I would ask here first. I'm not that picky--just don't try to get so fancy with the fish that you lose the flavor. And good gumbo is a must.

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  1. Evangeline Cafe on Brodie is good. The owner is from NOLA and is parked at the bar constantly.

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    1. re: achtungpv

      actually, i think the owner is from lake charles, la. my husband has family from that area, and they enjoy the food at evangeline, as well.

      1. re: yum72

        you are correct, he's from Lake Charles. nice guy, great food.

    2. "just don't try to get so fancy with the fish that you lose the flavor"

      Gumbo's can be guilty of this sometimes.

      1. Have you tried Mrs. B's on east 11th? Their gumbo seem good. I'm not from Louisiana but I do like a good gumbo. Plus, by the end of the month they'll be doing live jazz most nights.

        1. Gumbo's used to be quite good. However, the last few times I went I was really disappointed.

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          1. re: amysuehere

            What's good at Evangelines?

            And where exactly is it? I tried to find it but could not locate. Is it near Cannoli Joe's? Or Best Buy? Thanks.

            1. re: caitlink

              do not pass up the Oysters Contraband for an appetizer: fried oysters on homemade potato chips with sausage-laced remoulade. the stuffed pistoulettes are tasty, kind of a savory donut stuffed with creamy shrimp or crawfish. poboys are good. the gumbo has a really dark roux that almost has a coffee flavor to it. they have 2-for-1 burgers on monday nights, the burgers aren't of the huge variety and they're great. the bread pudding has pieces of white chocolate, and they offer a dessert praline pistoulette as well. the only thing i didn't like there was the Crawfish Evangeline, which i've heard others say they are fond of. i don't know if i got a poorly made batch, but i wouldn't order again. besides, why get a bunch of pasta when the seafood is just so good. EC is like 2 minutes from our house, and we've treasured it for several years. it's on Brodie, between Wm. Cannon and Slaughter. kind of across the street from Shipley's.

              1. re: NirvRush

                I like Gumbo's most of the time though I haven't been in a year or so. You just have to be careful what you order; last time I ordered a fish dish in a tarragon sauce. I discovered that I don't like tarragon after it was too late. I wouldn't consider sending something back just because I don't like the way it tastes. It was probably fine if you like tarragon.

                I think the steaks are pretty good, though. I love that space too.

                1. re: nypb

                  If you are not sure if you like a particular spice or what not, ask for a taste. The kitchen would have been very happy to let you taste the sauce first.

                  1. re: gumboman

                    Its a bit out of your way.. But Round ROck has Lousiana Longhorn if you are after the traditional cajun flavor and dishes