Without a doubt, many people come to New Orleans for the iconic Creole and Cajun fare that we’re known for. So many places feature their own versions of these dishes that you can’t throw a stone without it landing in a bowl of gumbo! But if you’re looking for our humble opinion of one of the very best places for this particular cuisine, we will send you to the Gumbo Shop in the heart of the French Quarter every time!
Winner of the “Best Gumbo” category in the Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans list more years than it isn’t, this eatery in the Vieux Carre’ is perfect for lunch OR dinner. Catch the St. Charles streetcar right outside our door, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery through Uptown on your way to the French Quarter. From the drop-off, it’s just a short walk to the western corner of Jackson Square, and the Gumbo Shop at 630 Saint Peter Street.
With colorful frescoes on the walls and occasional columns from floor to the high-ceilings, this eatery manages to avoid being over-pretentious with its natural stone floors, outdoor courtyard, and simple table/chair set-up. The free-standing wooden bar adds great character to the main dining room. Large windows to the front let in lots of light, and let you catch a glimpse outside at night.
Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Red Beans and Rice, and Andouille… they have them all in spades. And are they ever good! That “Best Gumbo” we spoke of above? That’s the Chicken Andouille Gumbo – complete with okra and seasonings in chicken stock. It’ll knock your socks right off, it’s that good! But you can’t go wrong with any of their traditional dishes. Full of complex flavors, they all represent “home-cooked” goodness that can only be found here in the Crescent City.
The best news? If you happen to be with someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy traditional NOLA fare, this is STILL the place to go! The Gumbo Shop also features traditional American favorites like Fish Florentine, Chicken Espagnole (chicken with mushrooms in a garlic/wine sauce), and Filet Mignon, not to mention the Po-Boys.
And did we mention dessert? Save room for a Praline Sundae, Chocolate Brownie Pie, or Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce! And of course there’s ALWAYS pecan pie and ice cream.
So when you’re hungry for New Orleans staples during your stay at Avenue Inn, head down river to the heart of the city and let your taste buds dance for joy!