“The Gumbo Shop is the winner every time”
New Orleans is a Mecca of culinary temptations and as a native I wouldn’t want it any other way. Temptation and atonement are part of our culture. With religious roots that are primarily Catholic, thanks to our French founders, the church affects our calendar in a rather unique way: we celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the final day of feasting before 40 days of Lent. The traditional abstinence from meat during this time leading up to Easter means that we have to “sacrifice” by enjoying the bounty from nearby waters: fish, shrimp and oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, crabs from Lake Pontchatrain, and crawfish from area swamplands.New Orleans was founded by the French in 1718 and named after the regent, the Duke d’Orleans. Passed to the Spanish for a while, it went back to France long enough for Napoleon to sell it to a fledgling United States of America in 1803.
Despite their name, the seafood gumbo was very mediocre. Tried their Shrimp Po Boy also. It too was not that great. You can skip this place and be assured you’re not missing anything.
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The Gumbo Shop
- Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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