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former La. residents need Gumbo rec.

We are coming to NO last weekend in May & need places to eat Gumbo in NO & surrounding towns. Any ideas? Been to La Petite Groc, Mulates, Cochon, Cafe Adelaide, &KPaul's. We are on the quest for the best, deep colored, authentic roux based gumbo. Any suggestions? Have a car & just want the BEST gumbo!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Cafe Adelaide
300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I don't know if it's worth a ride to Lafayette but, Prejean's makes a delicious duck, quail and andouille gumbo. Commander's gumbo is good as well.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      we def. want to do a Lafayette gumbo trip SOON to remember old times(Charley G's) & will try Prejean's(heard lots of great things) but this trip is about the Jambalaya fest. in Gonzales & gumbo in NO & surrounding. Brightsens & Mr. B's keep coming up-Is Dick & Jenny's still good? Don't have to be fancy-just good gumbo-hungry just thinking about it.

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      Dick & Jenny's
      4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      1. re: gumbeauxlaya

        Had Dick & Jenny's a couple of months ago....fantastic gumbo.

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        Dick & Jenny's
        4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. re: roro1831

          What about Brightsens & Mr. B's? Hubby had a bad experience at Mr. B's years ago but can be talked into it if gumbo is great!

          1. re: gumbeauxlaya

            I have got no help for you but your username is great!!!

            1. re: LurkerDan

              thanks! love both these foods & the Hub came up with the combo!

    2. Here's a recent thread on gumbo for lunch. Maybe that will help.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6799...

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      1. re: Littleman

        thanks, Littleman for the link-the more info the better & since we are dyed- in- the wool gumbo fanatics we've LOVE to read about it, talk about it, think about it. That is part of the fun-but the most fun is EATING it! I'm starting to pare it down to Herbsaint, Mr. B's, Brightsen's, D&J's in NO. Now what about surrounding towns for gumbo w/in 30min to 1hr??? any to shout about? Have I missed any in NO???

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: gumbeauxlaya

          I don't think you can go wrong with any of those. I still dream about a duck gumbo I had a Herbsaint. No matter what kind of gumbo Brigsten's is serving, it will be awesome. Mr. B's Gumbo YaYa used to be my favorite (always-on-the-menu) NO restaurant gumbo; it's been a little disappointing on my last two visits, but still better than most. I have never had the gumbo at D & J (but everything I have eaten there has been delicious; I imagine the gumbo would be too). And I had an amazing gumbo at Patois so you might consider trying it there.

          I need to introduce you to my BIL. Every time they come to visit, besides the obligatory pot that must be waiting on their arrival, we have to find a different gumbo for him for each meal. One Easter Sunday, he had my husband driving him all over the city looking for a place that would sell him a to-go gumbo--all while our elaborate Easter feast got cold. His wife and I wanted to kill him!
          So far, we haven't ventured outside the city on those gumbo runs, so do let us know what you find out there.
          And when you do get to Lafayette, make a beeline to Prejean's; their quail-duck-andouille gumbo is the best I've ever had.

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          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            my husband said yesterday he wants to eat gumbo for breakfast, lunch & dinner-oi- we want to do one of Besh's places & are wondering which would be best for gumbo??? & on your rec we will do Herbsaint for sure. We had thought it might be too similar to Cochon but will try it anyway! LOVED Cochon but wanted different, this time. We will put Patois on the list also-keeps coming up-We will def do Prejeans when we do the Laf. gumbo run. We haven't been in a few years & look forward to that trip also. Seems like this will be an eating year! Yeay!

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: gumbeauxlaya

              The gumbo I had at Herbsaint was different from one I had at Cochon; both have changing menus so you never know what will be on either menu, but they won't be exactly the same--and they'll be good. I was trying to think about Besh options, but the only time I had any Besh gumbo was a bite of (the same) BIL's when we all went to August. It was excellent, but I'm not sure I'd go to August just to get gumbo except maybe at lunch (last time I went to lunch there, gumbo z'erbes, which I didn't try, was on the menu). There is gumbo on the menu at the American Sector, his super casual place at the WWII museum. I haven't had it, but the other food I've eaten at the restaurant (and also at a party they catered) was really delicious.
              P.S. Have you read Sara Roahen's "Gumbo Tales"? If not, grab a copy: it's a wonderful book about NO food, with quite a bit on gumbo and the various approaches to it in our city.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                Have not read Gumbo tales but it sounds fun-will see if I can find a copy-we are chomping at the bits to get there after talking about all this gumbo but it won't be til Memorial day weekend-thanks for all the great info!

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