Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
This past week I was in New Orleans for a conference. After trying a few different restaurants throughout the week, I have been convinced that New Orleans is my new favorite “restaurant city” or “favorite city to go to restaurants.” There are a few staples in the New Orleans diet, but each restaurant is unique in its own right. There is spicy food, seafood, creole food, and french food, but if I had to sum up New Orleans cuisine in one word it would be flavorful.
The first night I was in New Orleans our group went to the Gumbo Shop. The Gumbo Shop is located in the French Quarter and is well known for its creole food. We stopped in on a Monday night and the place was happenin. Our group of eleven was seated in a back room that had an older New Orleans vibe to it. You could feel the energy in the restaurant and made for a pleasant first evening in the city.
Trying to decide on a dish was a difficult task as many of the options looked really good. Personally, I am partial to seafood, so I knew I had to start my week off right by ordering some fish. After a few minutes of looking at the menu I decided on the Fresh Fish Florentine - Catfish served with spinach covered in a warm hollandaise sauce with a lemon garnish on the side. Since this was my first meal in New Orleans, I had high expectations going in and this particular dish delivered in the clutch. The flavors mixed beautifully and the hollandaise sauce was particularly flavorful. Our table was also provided with several loaves of fresh bread, which added a nice touch. Others at the table ordered things like crawfish, red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya. I think everyone was pretty satisfied with the food and the service was excellent.
One thing I would like to point out is that New Orleans has some of the nicest people you will ever meet. This makes the restaurant experience even better because you can expect quality service. Our group went to over a dozen restaurants and not once did we receive poor service (just a side note on New Orleans in general). As for the Gumbo Shop, you can expect great food, amazing service, and a pleasant atmosphere. Definitely check it out if you find yourself in the French Quarter!