Lunch, Best Value, Homestyle: In a city that's po'boy proud, Liuzza's at the Track stands out from the crowd, thanks to the house specialty, a buttery, Worcestershire-fueled gi-normous portion of gulf shrimp slathered between a hot and crusty roll. It's called barbecue shrimp, but there's really nothing barbecued about it. Save room for the gumbo. This town is full of conflicting opinions about gumbo - how light, or dark the roux should be, seafood vs. sausage and on and on. Liuzza's recipe includes seafood, local sausage, 13 spices and a few secret ingredients. On a hot day, nothing beats s seat at the bar, a bowl of gumbo and a cold beer at this hole in the wall joint.
Family Friendly: Liuzza's by The Track is a local gem famous around the city - the country, maybe even the world - for its gumbo. Made with a dark roux base, this gumbo is packed with freshly cooked seafood, homemade local sausage, 13 spices and a few secret ingredients. Your chicken finger and french fry experts will be happy with some of the best chicken fingers featured on a local kid's menu – definitely not from a freezer bag, plump and juicy. More to the grownup's taste, the garlicky oyster po-boy is delish. Veggie lovers will appreciate the portabella salad over fresh spring mix. '
Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:
Lunch: "Depending on your state of peckishness, one barbecue shrimp po'boy is good to share."
Family Friendly: "Considered Jazz Fest headquarters, Liuzza's is renowned for its gumbo, spicy bloody Mary's and outstanding po'boys."
Best for Lunch Because: This locals' haunt near the Fairgrounds is consistently delish - and Jazz Fest central come that time of year.
Recommended as Best Value Because: Everything at Liuzza's is delish and your wallet gets off easy
Best for Homestyle Because: Don't wait for Jazz Fest to eat at this popular Mid-City spot.
Best for Family Friendly Because: The barbecue shrimp po-boy is a mound of buttery, spicy goodness dished over a crusty pistolette. Enough said.
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