I get bummed hearing about the Gumbo Pot...yeah, they got bengiets but just about everything else there leaves me flat. If you want high-quality gumbo, big heaps of fried shrimp and fish, and don't mind paying for it then head on over to Jefferson and 10th. Yeah, it's "one of those" neighborhoods, but the valet will happily take your cash and you are unlikely to experience a drive-by in the 20-foot walk to the door.
As as alternate I like Crescent City in Monte Vista just off the 10 freeway (next to the mall, Red Lobster, etc.) but that's too damn far to drive when the traffics going the wrong way.