Excellent Gumbo at Shultzy's
I dropped by Shultzy's in the U-district today for lunch. I got a cup of sausage gumbo (the only flavor they offer) with a side salad for lunch. I was completely blown away by the gumbo. It was made with a real roux base and was crammed full of okra. I mean there was tons of the stuff in there. It had several slices of sausage and was very spicy (not sure if the sausage was spicy or if they added cayenne). Served over rice it was a completely divine bowl of gumbo. It wasn't soupy at all, but very thick. It sat atop the rice perfectly.
As a homesick Texan (Louisiana-adjacent) I have fond memories of enjoying authentic Cajun gumbo back home. This is the first bowl in Seattle that came close to the type of gumbo I'm familiar with from my youth. I've tried the gumbo at Bayou on First (too soupy), 74th St Alehouse (they put 1 pickled okra in it - yuk), Steelhead Diner, just to name a few.
I recommend skipping the side salad at Shultzy's. It's just a pile of iceberg lettuce with out-of-a-box croutons.
4114 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
I have been quite pleased with the gumbo at Alligator Soul in Everett. In addition to the original, they have a chicken, catfish, alligator and seafood gumbo. It is made with a dark roux base and has plenty of okra and andouille sausage in it.
3121 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201
I found the jambalaya, crawfish etouffe, ham hocks and bread pudding to be excellent. Oddly enough, they don't make an oyster po' boy, but the blackened catfish po' boy at lunch is very good indeed. The crawfish and grits is an excellent appetizer, as are the crawfish beignets.