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Was it a mistake to follow the concierge's suggestion of the Gumbo Shop?

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Was it a mistake to follow the concierge's suggestion of the Gumbo Shop?

MSK | May 20, 2008 04:30 PM

We were in NO for only 3 nights and as we do in every area we explore, wanted to try everything unique to Cajun cuisine. Beignets, Po Boys, Mufalleta and of course Gumbo, Etouffee and Jambalaya.

Our first night at NOLA was quite good and fun but very filling and I assume more stylized. We knew our last night would be at a hosted dinner in a private room at Arnaud's which would be equally so. We were concern that if we honored our res. at Restaurant August, it would be just too much (both $$ and richness of food) and we would be over the top.

I asked the hotel concierge for recommendations for a casual location with authentic regional cuisine.She sent us over to the Gumbo Shop. It was a fun and reasonably priced but I'm not 100% sure it was the best of true NO fare. Was this just a touristy choice? Am I yet to have experienced the best in Cajun cooking?

I know it's after the fact but I'd be interested in a locals opinion if we, given these parameters, should have gone elsewhere?

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