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Who makes Louisiana's best gumbo? Readers say Hambone

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Mandeville restaurant wins Readers' Choice award

Louisiana declared gumbo the official state dish in 2004, but it’s been a staple of Cajun and Creole cuisine for much longer. While the exact origins of the dish are unclear, the name comes from the West African Bantu word for okra, “ki ngombo,” which was (and still is) used as a thickener in some recipes. While every restaurant has their own variation, most start with a roux base, the French “trinity” of onions, bell peppers and celery, and a dash of filé powder. Chefs across the state are cooking up creative renditions, but the two you’re most likely to see are seafood gumbo or chicken and sausage gumbo. 

  • Hambone
    Mandeville

    The Hambone Gumbo, found on the Small Plates menu of this Mandeville restaurant, serves their variation of the classic Louisiana dish with gulf shrimp, ham hocks, collards and a pickled okra potato salad.
    Photo courtesy of Hambone

  • Gris-Gris
    New Orleans

    The gumbo du jour at Gris-Gris in New Orleans typically features chicken and spicy andouille sausage. It’s a guest favorite.
    Photo courtesy of Gris-Gris / Facebook

  • Eliza Restaurant & Bar
    Baton Rouge

    The Gumbo Ya-Ya from Eliza in Baton Rouge is made with savory roasted chicken and andouille sausage in a dark roux with rice.
    Photo courtesy of Eliza Restaurant & Bar

  • Spahr's Seafood
    Multiple Locations

    The gumbo at Spahr's Seafood is a guest favorite, especially in a cup alongside a half popcorn shrimp poboy.
    Photo courtesy of Spahr's Seafood / Facebook

  • Antoine's Restaurant
    New Orleans

    Among the extensive lineup of Creole and Cajun dishes at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans is a Gombo Créole prepared with blue crabs, oysters and fresh gulf shrimp.
    Photo courtesy of Antoine's Restaurant

  • Mr B's Bistro
    New Orleans

    Two variations of gumbo make an appearance on the menu at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans, a classic seafood gumbo with gulf shrimp, oysters and okra, as well as a country-style chicken and andouille sausage gumbo.
    Photo courtesy of Mr B's Bistro

  • Cher Amie's Seafood Restaurant
    Cut Off

    Diners will find two types of gumbo on the menu at Cher Amie's Seafood Restaurant in the town of Cut Off, a chicken and sausage gumbo and a seafood gumbo. Both come as a cup or bowl with a side of potato salad.
    Photo courtesy of Cher Amie's Seafood Restaurant

  • Kajun Twist
    Galliano

    Kajun Twist brings the flavors of Louisiana’s Cajun Country to a 50s-style diner. Hungry patrons can choose from a range of poboys, burgers and fried chicken, as well as a gumbo of the week (typically chicken or seafood).
    Photo courtesy of Kajun Twist / Facebook

  • Curio
    New Orleans

    Housed in a former curio shop on Royal Street, Curio serves what they call “American cuisine with a Creole soul.” The menu includes a roast duck and black-eyed pea gumbo with andouille sausage and popcorn rice.
    Photo courtesy of Curio NOLA Restaurant

  • Copper Vine
    New Orleans

    Housed in a National Register of Historic Places building from 1876, Copper Vine serves a menu of classic New Orleans dishes alongside 30 wines on tap. Copper Vine’s gumbo is made with chicken and boudin sausage.
    Photo courtesy of Copper Vine / Facebook

The top 10 winners in the category Best Gumbo in Louisiana are as follows:

  1. Hambone - Mandeville
  2. Gris-Gris - New Orleans
  3. Eliza Restaurant & Bar - Baton Rouge
  4. Spahr's Seafood - Multiple Locations
  5. Antoine's Restaurant - New Orleans
  6. Mr B's Bistro - New Orleans
  7. Cher Amie's Seafood Restaurant - Cut Off
  8. Kajun Twist - Galliano
  9. Curio - New Orleans
  10. Copper Vine - New Orleans

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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