Market Cafe - New Orleans
It is hard to get a bad meal in New Orleans. The odds of you gettng a crappy meal is directly related to whether or not you go to a chain or family restaurant. Restaurants, specifically the family owned joints, that you brush off as mediocre here would be near the top of your list in your home town. You want to choose the best restaurants while visiting, but there are only so many days to visit and only so many meals in a day. So how do you choose? It was a bit easier for me because I am a Gumbo whore.
That's right, I will sell myself out for a steaming bowl of thick, rich roux with whatever meat they happen to add. Chicken? Yes sire. Andouille? But of course. Shrimp? Toss it in and you can put rice in it or not, I care not. But man does not live by Gumbo alone, even though I tried, so you just must add the other traditional sides, jamalaya, red beans and rice, dirty rice, a po' boy here, a muffaletta there. Yummy.
So I will endevour to rate several restaurants, from least favorite to favorite, for you based soley on the quality of their Gumbo. There will be slight variations in the ingredients because darn it, they don't all make it the same. And please don't think that any of these experiences were bad, because they were all fantastic in their own way. An amazing array of dining choices I must say.