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Jul 3, 2011 11:19 AM

Best gumbo in New Orleans?

Visiting for weekend, looking for redtaurant for really good gumbo

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  1. It's difficult to answer that question as for most people the best gunbo is the one they like most. It is more about personal preferences than the gumbo.

    Seafood or meat? Standard (chicken/sausage) or duck? Thick or thin? I prefer thick bold gumbos that are more like stews. Others prefer more of a thick soup. Most restaurants that are mentioned here have good gumbos. I myself rarely order it out as I like my home versions best and if I want gumbo I make it. The exception is gumbo z;herbs which I don't make at home as I'm the only one that likes it. For that I have eaten at the Gumbo Shop, which others will pan.

    One risk with restaurant gumbo is that if it has been sitting on the heat too long it can get salty.

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    1. re: collardman

      I have eaten the gumbo at Gumbo Shop years ago and it was good, as was everything else we had there. Also Mr. B's is good, and Casamento's (closed for the summer). I rarely order gumbo in NO because like most people I like my own best and am usually disappointed in what is served in restaurants. But I can't remember ever having a bad bowl of gumbo in NO.

      Casamento's Restaurant
      4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    2. Mr. B's and Herbsaint. I used to love and rave about Luke's seafood gumbo, but on our most recent trip we discovered Luke was using a new and (IMHO) inferior recipe.

      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: FoodChic

        +1 on Herbsaint

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: FoodChic

          +1 Herbsaint. Link gets a wonderful dark roux...

          1. re: N.O.Food

            Try Liuzza's by the track for an old style thin version with extremely fresh seafood. Mandina's is pretty good as well.

            Liuzza's By the Track
            1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

            Mandina's Restaurant
            3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          2. Collardman has nailed the issue, and so very well.

            I have had "seafood gumbo" from a light, almost transparent broth with a few shrimp, and light rice, to an almost black concoction, over a lot of rice, with tons of seafood. Each was authentic to someone's family recipe, but so very different, as to defy classification.

            My wife does a great, dark-brown seafood gumbo, and flies in most of the seafood (we now live in Phoenix), which is absolutely great.

            Some years ago, we did the "gumbo and fried shrimp tour," and ate almost nothing but. The top gumbo that trip was at Commander's Palace, while the ultimate fried shrimp was Baracve's in Biloxi, MS. [They also had a very good gumbo too.]

            In the more recent past, we have enjoyed the seafood gumbo at Brennan's, and also Ralph's on the Park.

            Still, gumbo is very personal, and can be wonderfully different.



            Commander's Palace Restaurant
            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. The seafood gumbo at Antoine's isn't cheap but it's a classic butter base roux with oysters, crab, shrimp, okra, a little tomato and file. Go around 5pm to the Hermes Bar and hit happy hour ($4 wine)l, have a cup or bowl and enjoy.

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              1. re: rouxdauphine

                sounds yummy. i eat gumbo a lot when i come to town. hardly ever have a bad one. but then, i am always starving for new orleans food when i get there on my twice a year trips, that i like almost everything.