The city of New Orleans is rich in culture and history, with a food scene to match. With gumbo as arguably one of its most famous dishes, many New Orleans institutions have striven to make their own versions. Read on to find out about the best gumbo in New Orleans.
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Located on historic Bourbon Street, Galatoire’s serves up French cuisine with Louisiana influence. In 2013, Galatoire’s was named a Top Ten Old Dining Institution by the New York Times and was awarded the Best Gumbo in New Orleans by Southern Living. Galatoire’s offers duck and andouille Gumbo, which is a combination of duck and sausage in a thick roux. They also offer a seafood okra gumbo which consists of crab, shrimp, crawfish, and okra. Galatoire’s dress code is business casual for lunch, but jackets are required for gentlemen starting at 5 p.m. nightly and all day Sunday.
First opened in 1941 as a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant continues to serve the community. Dooky’s historical impact is enormous, due to its involvement with music, culture, and the civil rights movement – it has been host to Supreme Court justices and presidents. The gumbo at Dooky Chase has been spotlighted on ABC and the Food Network, with the Gumbo Z’Herbes serving as the house favorite.
The Gumbo Shop is consistently lauded for its commitment to well-made gumbo. The Gumbo Shop offers a variety of gumbo, including okra and chicken andouille, seafood, and chicken. Their most popular gumbo is the seafood and okra gumbo, which contains okra, shrimp, crabmeat, tomato and a dark brown roux. In addition to gumbo, the Gumbo Shop also serves creative Creole cuisine, and has won the Best Gumbo award from BestofNewOrleans.com every year since 1999.
Mandina's Restaurant, New Orleans | Lori Branham/Flickr
This two story establishment continues a long tradition of serving large portions of authentic Creole food. Originally Mandina’s served as a grocery store to the public, but it quickly evolved into one of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Their seafood gumbo is their most popular dish, and seating is first come first served. Mandina’s atmosphere is relaxing, and has a good mixture of locals and visitors.
The wood-paneled decor of Mr. B’s Bistro makes it an ideal destination for any special occasion. All ingredients are seasonal, and the menu offers Louisiana classics in a modern interpretation. Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-Ya has been featured on numerous cooking shows and websites and stands as its most popular dish. Mr. B’s is located in the beautiful French Quarter section of New Orleans.