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Best gumbo in New Orleans?

Ancho Mar Jul 3, 2011 11:19 AM

Visiting for weekend, looking for redtaurant for really good gumbo

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    collardman RE: Ancho Mar Jul 3, 2011 02:23 PM

    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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      texasredtop RE: collardman Jul 3, 2011 03:47 PM

      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. FoodChic RE: Ancho Mar Jul 3, 2011 04:56 PM

      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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        masnole RE: FoodChic Jul 4, 2011 12:38 PM

        +1 on Herbsaint

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          kibbles RE: FoodChic Jul 6, 2011 02:41 PM

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

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            cornflake10 RE: N.O.Food Jul 4, 2011 12:20 PM

            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. Bill Hunt RE: Ancho Mar Jul 4, 2011 06:06 PM

            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

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              rouxdauphine RE: Ancho Mar Jul 4, 2011 08:19 PM

              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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                califkatie RE: rouxdauphine Jul 5, 2011 06:46 PM

                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.

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                piglet3000 RE: Ancho Mar Jul 5, 2011 12:08 PM

                Liuzza's on Bienville is always amazing, and Cochon was great too.

                Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                  fat harry RE: Ancho Mar Jul 6, 2011 08:54 AM

                  Mr. B's and Luke have the best gumbos in town.

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                    JazzyB RE: fat harry Jul 6, 2011 11:24 AM

                    Herbsaint, Cochon, Commander's
                    (best turtle soup as well), Mr. B's ya-ya, K- Paul's. You can grab a bowl at their self serve deli lunch if you don't want to dine there.

                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    porterel RE: Ancho Mar Jul 6, 2011 12:03 PM

                    I would add in a vote for the gumbo at K-Paul's. It's definitely on the richer, heavier side, but a bowl of that and a beer while sitting at their bar is not a bad way to spend an hour.

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                      roro1831 RE: Ancho Mar Jul 6, 2011 02:27 PM

                      The last time I went to Dick and Jenny's the gumno was fantastic.

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                        texasredtop RE: roro1831 Jul 30, 2011 06:22 PM

                        Dick and Jenny's gumbo was delicious but so rich. I couldn't finish more than half of the bowl.

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                          roro1831 RE: texasredtop Jul 31, 2011 08:04 AM

                          I could have eaten two bowls. I didn't find it that rich.

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                        poca504 RE: Ancho Mar Jul 25, 2011 03:56 PM

                        Redfish grill on Bourbon which is a Ralph Brennan restaurant has a delish gumbo, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo and of course, served w/warm Leidenheimer french bread! Plus, grab some bbq or raw oysters!

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                          jolieblonde RE: Ancho Mar Jul 26, 2011 08:20 AM

                          Herbsaint for sure. But I have to say, I had some amazing chicken and sausage gumbo at EAT last week. Definitely a contender.

                          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            stevuchan RE: jolieblonde Jul 27, 2011 01:22 PM

                            Prejean's pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo (Jazzfest)

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                            Fydeaux RE: Ancho Mar Aug 1, 2011 11:26 AM

                            Molly's At The Market doesnt seem to ever be considered [except by me], but the gumbo I had there was the best I have ever had anywhere, upscale or downscale.

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

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