Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gumbo Shop - New Orleans, LA

Gumbo Shop is another foodie destination where a queue with a long wait is the norm. Always lingering in the mind is if the wait will be worth it.  As it turns out, it was worth the wait.

 On this drizzly evening, the queue was about 30 people deep.

Fortunately, a menu is posted along the wall so we decided on what we would order before we finally got a table. It would be the Grilled Boudin with Creole Mustard and the Complete Creole Dinner.

Boudin. It was soft, mushy, and disintegrated upon cutting. It was mildly flavorful and needed the mustard to kick up it notch. 

The Complete Dinner items chosen were Seafood Okra Gumbo, Creole Combination Platter (Shrimp Creole, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice), Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Warm Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.  The portions were smaller than expected but that was the extent of the disappointment.

This meal made me understand why New Orleans is a foodie destination.  I've had all these concoctions up north but wasn't impressed.  In New Orleans, they do know how to make it right. The Gumbo was heartwarming and addictive. The Jambalaya rice was flavorful and cooked to perfection. The Shrimp Creole was velvety smooth with a touch of spicy zing.  The Red Beans & Rice was the most pleasant and unexpected dish, rich, deeply flavor, meaty, and making me love beans which I normally avoid.

If there was a disappointment, it was the mash potatoes. By no means was it bad but it was a little dense and bland.

Bread Pudding.  The first bite was a bit sweet but subsequent bites of bread, especially untouched by the sauce were addictive.  Warm, comforting, it was the second best bread pudding I've had.

The service was very good. The waiter made us comfortable with our order.

Bottom Line:  Small portions so it that regard it wasn't the best value but the Complete Dinner represented Gumbo Shop very well. It was worth the wait in our estimation.

Restroom Rating:  7.0.  Old, much used, small but it appears they do make an effort to maintain it.

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Isiah 1:16-17

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