Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > New Orleans >
Jan 12, 2010 05:56 AM

Best Gumbo to be had for Lunch??

Okay I have made up my mind to my restuarants...pretty much...but that said in your opinion where can I get the best bowl of gumbo at lunch time in New Orleans??? And if I could get some Boudin to go along with it that would be great!! Thanks, I am so excited to get back down to your great city.
My picks this trip:
Le Crepe Nanou
Or I might substitute Bistro Daisy for one of the above...but I am still searching for that unbeatable bowl of gumbo with boudin on the side!!!
Thanks all!!!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Boudin is something best bought from a gas station and eaten on a road trip. That said, Boucherie does boudin balls and is open for lunch. They do great soups, but they change daily.
    You might check the menus at Cochon and Cochon Butcher to see if they serve both.
    Patois serves a great gumbo, but not sure that you'll find boudin on their menu. They are open for lunch on Fridays and Sunday brunch.
    At Sara's, be sure to try their lemongrass crab bisque and the lamb oxford. Their curried lentils are also very good.

    3 Replies
    1. re: edible complex

      EC, I was going to say Patois too. They have housemade boudin on their charcuterie board. At Sara's I second the crab bisque and recommend the saag paneer.

      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        I dig the saag as well. I love to eat in the "living room".

      2. re: edible complex

        Thanks Edible, as for the boudin, I had it last trip to NOLA for the first time, and I really liked it. I had no idea it was considered a no no at good restuarants, I really enjoyed it. LIke I said a great bowl of gumbo and some boudin on the side would be great for lunch before we hit the airport home!!!

      3. Can't think of too many places that will serve a bowl of gumbo with boudin on the side (not a typical pairing). I'd head to Cafe Reconcile, Bon Ton, or Cochon for a good bowl of gumbo at lunch. Cochon also has boudin on the menu, so you can score your desired gumbo/boudin combo.

        6 Replies
        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Thanks I meant to say I'd like to have gumbo and boudin, not that I thought it came as a side order. I think the best gumbo I ever had in NOLA might have been at Herbsaint. Had some good gumbo at Commanders as well. I love gumbo and I really would like people's opinion on where they think the best bowl is. ( Boudin isn't as important to me as the gumbo)

          1. re: kittykatkid

            The gumbo at Molly's on the Market is incredible!

            1. re: Fydeaux

              Where is that? Molly's on Market Street or Molly's on Market is the name??

              1. re: kittykatkid

                Molly's AT the Market (sorry) is the name of the place; it's on Decatur near the French Market end of the street, hence the name. It really is some of the best gumbo I've ever had (and I've had lots!) at a place that never gets mentioned for it!

                Molly's At the Market
                1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            2. re: kittykatkid

              Well, if you liked Herbsaint's gumbo, you'll probably like Cochon's gumbo (both restos are helmed by chef Donald Link).

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                And the fried boudain balls with pickled peppers at Cochon are fabulous, so you could get your preferred combo!

          2. I'm w/other hounds on Herbsaint/Cochon/Patois--gumbo and boudin; Boucherie has good boudin balls.

            1. I was very pleased with the gumbo I had at Dick & Jenny's

              1 Reply
              1. re: roro1831

                I have never been to D&J in all of my trips to NOLA, I have been to Patois and Herbsaint and I loved the gumco at both, but I think Herbsaint has it for me..GREAT Gumbo. Come on hounds I want to have the best gumbo this trip!!!

              2. elizabeth's in the bywater has good boudin balls.