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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!!!

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  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.

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    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.

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        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

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              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.

                1. I haven't found any good boudin in new orleans. You need to drive down I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, pull off one of the exits, and get something near a gas station on the side of the road. Seriously.

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                  1. re: nola79

                    There is good boudin at Nola Grocery, when they have it. The owner drives to cajun country once a week for supplies.

                    1. Besides fine dining establishments (Herbsaint, etc.) my favorite gumbo is at Mandina's. The shrimp are small but the flavor is spot on.

                      Butcher has boudin for $3! It's not fried but it is delicious. Served with the most scrumptious house made pickles and grain mustard. It is easily my favorite in New Orleans. I am an overall Butcher fanatic. Have never been disappointed there.

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                      1. re: lawstudent

                        Thanks laqstudent, I will have to look up Butcher on zagat as i have no idea where it is, and Madina's I have heard of but do not know where it is either. I can't wait ti get down there...one more week!!! I am so looking forward to the restaurants!! I am jonsing for gumbo!!!

                        1. re: kittykatkid

                          Cochon Butcher is Cochon's casual counterpart, a combination butcher/sandwich shop, and it is right next door to Cochon, which is on Tchoupitoulas. It's has fantastic sandwiches, but doesn't always have gumbo although Cochon does. All the sausages and cured meats served at Cochon or Butcher (or Herbsaint) are housemade. Donald Link is a master of cajun cuisine so no surprise that his boudin or gumbo will be among the best--or the best--in town. The best gumbo I ever had in New Orleans was a duck gumbo at Herbsaint, but it's not always on the menu. Mandina's on Canal Street, in Mid-City, is a wildly popular, moderately priced neighborhood institution. But imo, it does not serve the best gumbo in town, or the best anything, really. Good food, big portions, great New Orleans experience--yes. Best food--not imo.

                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                            Well I think I will take Mandina's off my list and probably hit Herbsaint for Gumbo, I had Gumbo at Herbsaint on a trip to NOLA last January and the Gumbo was awesome...they are open for lunch, can you just sit at the bar and have gumbo or would you need to sit?

                            1. re: kittykatkid

                              I don't know the answer to that, but I can't see why that would be a real problem at lunch since few people are likely to be sitting at the bar drinking.

                              1. re: kittykatkid

                                I always sit at the bar @ Herbsaint to eat . lunch and dinner

                                1. re: glynninnola

                                  Cochon butcher shop (not the restaurant). But with a large caveat: You must love okra (which I do, very much). The lunch gumbo is chock full of okra. It rocks.

                                  Wash it down with a delectable Sazerac. They make a good one.

                                  1. re: ricodanles

                                    My favorie Gumbo is at Liuzza's by the track. Billy puts love in every pot. Chock full of chicken,homemade sausage and shrimp. A cup is the size of a bowl in most restaurants and a bowl is a meal.

                        2. Maybe I 'am a peasant, but I love the seafood gumbo at coops with a side of fried chicken

                          Coop's Place
                          1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                          1. Stanley on Jackson Square has good gumbo. They also have boudin that they pick up at Charlie T's over in Breaux Bridge. A side isn't on the menu, but you can order it.

                            1. What About.............

                              Gumbo Shop @ 630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 2081. *


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                              1. re: Littleman

                                Go to Mr. B's. Gumbo YaYa, the best non seafood gumbo in New Orleans. Rich dark roux with wonderful duck and sausage. Yum Yum, YaYa.

                              2. Best Gumbo next to my mom's... Charlie's Seafood in Harahan I love when they add oysters.

                                1. Unless something has changed, Cochon is open for lunch, weekdays at least.

                                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                  1. I can't speak to Emeril's gumbo, but hte boudin is the best I've ever had.

                                    Emeril's Restaurant
                                    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    1. Cochon is the best these days that we have tried with Herbsaint coming in a close 2nd. We have been eating multiple gumbos every trip and so far those two are the winners(La Provence) is also pretty amazing! If there is somewhere else we need to go(we are coming in this Fri) please tell us. Can't wait!!!

                                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130