Recommended items: Clam chowder, corn and shrimp chowder, seafood gumbo
, vegetable gumbo
, crawfish etouffee, fried chicken, oyster po-boy sandwich, catfish, Creole jambalaya, Last Supper combo platter for two (with fried chicken, catfish and short ribs), house fries, red pepper cabbage, candied yams, rum-sauced bread pudding, peach cobbler, sweet potato pie.
One of the greatest contributions of Louisiana kitchens to American cuisine is gumbo, a classic Cajun and Creole dish central to the celebration of Mardi Gras, which is celebrated Tuesday.
Gumbo is neither a soup nor a stew, but a meal in itself.
There is also gumbo aux herbes - a melange of greens and herbs said to be created originally for Good Friday.
If making a gumbo with seafood, add it at the last minute so it doesn't overcook.
The Gumbo Shop: There's something comforting about settling in at this French Quarter institution, an hour after your flight arrives, for seafood okra gumbo, shrimp Creole, jambalaya studded with smoked sausage, chicken and shrimp, and -- as if that lily needed any further gilding -- a steaming serving of red beans and rice.
The best offerings here were an oyster stew special and a savory starter of file gumbo with andouille sausage and rabbit.