Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gumbo Shop: inexpensive taste of New Orleans

Gumbo Shop
630 Saint Peter St.
New Orleans French Quarter
Lunch and dinner daily

By Jane Feehan

Gumbo is the requisite dish when visiting New Orleans; a good place to get a taste of it is at the Gumbo Shop. A Creole eatery nestled in one of the oldest French Quarter buildings to survive a fire in 1794, this place offers a sampling of a few classic dishes at reasonable prices.

I ordered Seafood Gumbo ($7.99) and a side salad. The gumbo, while tasty, was short on shrimp, which were a bit overcooked. Blue cheese dressing served with the salad was terrific. A fellow diner enjoyed a flavorful and generous portion of red beans and rice (less than $10).

Two other minuses: French bread (Leidenheimer's - a major supplier of bread to NOLA's best restaurants) served with the meal was on the stale side and one set of tableware was dirty. Gumbo Shop is popular with the tourists and can get quite busy, which may explain away a few slip ups.

They also serve the Creole classics Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Chicken Gumbo and Boudin. Po-boys and other sandwiches available. Full bar. Service: good. ©2010 Jane Feehan All rights reserved.

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