Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Road Trip Dining - The Search for the Perfect Gumbo, Part 3

Arnaud's Restaurant - New Orleans

Our next stop on the tour d' Gumbo took us to one of the most famous restaurants in America; Arnauds's on Bourbon Street.  Ah, Arnaud's, creole cuisine, dixieland jazz, waiters in monkey suits, surely this must be the place, right?  Not really.

The gumbo arrived in quickly enough, but upon first glance I thought that I had been served the wrong dish as that the roux was very light, almost translucent.  Large hunks of chicken and andouille sausage confirmed to me that this must gumbo, and it was.  Now to this point, the gumbo's that I had tried were from casual (i.e. not well known) restaurants, maybe, just maybe, the roux was supposed to be this color.  Honestly, I could not tell the difference in taste so color must not make a difference.  Delicious, but cold. 

And that seemed to be the theme of the night at the world famous Arnaud's Restaurant, cold food, that should have been served hot, and I mean everything was cold.  The Snapper Mitchell with fresh tomatoes, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and Calamata olives...delicious, cold.  The asparagus with hollandaise, wonderful, cold.  The Chicken Pontalba which is sautéed chicken breast with Marchand de Vin and Béarnaise Sauces served with Brabant potatoes, magnificent, cold.  Send it all back damnit.

The highlight of the evening was served hot, damned hot, but really, anything served while in flames is usually hot. Cafe Brulot (ever heard of it?  Me neither) is a tableside preparation where a mixture of coffee, cinnamon, sugar, brandy and orange liquor is lit aflame and ladeled several times down an orange peel studded with cloves.  Mother Goose is it fantastic and I mean fan-frigging-tastic.

While the food at Arnaud's was darned good (the warm replacements that is) it really is not worth the cost, which was considerable.  And that my friends, is why this Gumbo is rated #3.

Arnauld's Restaurant
813 Rue Bienville
New Orleans, La 70112
Tel. (504) 523-5433

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