What’s the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana? You know it – GUMBO! Your flavorful, stew-like dish is a heavenly, Acadian staple and, in honor of National Gumbo Day on October 12th, we want to encourage you to get out and fill your tum with a hot bowl of YUM-bo. Here’s a list of EIGHT local restaurants where you can get your fill on National Gumbo Day and all throughout the cooler months of the season:

  1. Experiential eats! Ride around Acadiana, experience some of the best Cajun food you’ll ever have, AND learn all about Cajun and Creole culture on the Cajun Food Tours. This tour is the perfect fun activity for the whole family whether you are a tourist, or simply want to try out some of Acadiana’s culinary treasures. Taste Cajun favorites such as seafood, boudin, po-boys, shrimp & grits, and, of course, gumbo!

  2. For a mix of Italian, seafood, and steak dishes, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Nash’s Restaurant. And, if you’ve got a taste for gumbo, you’re in luck! Nash’s serves a sausage gumbo and a seafood gumbo made with authentic Cajun flavors. The food is to-die-for, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming in a picturesque, 1908 Victorian home.

  3. Experience a modern take on Cajun food at the Blue Dog Cafe. This famous Louisiana cafe was founded by native George Rodrigue, the creator of the iconic Blue Dog series. Try the tasty chicken and sausage gumbo, or one of the many beloved Cajun dishes in this elegant yet cozy setting. You’ll also want to save the date for Sunday brunch complete with live music, a tasty buffet, and bottomless mimosas.

  4. In the mood for a home cooked meal, but NOT in the mood to cook? You won’t get any judgement from Took’s Market. They “make home cooking easy” with fully-prepped meals, fresh meats, over 200 choices of wines, and even the tools and accessories you need to serve up and eat your feast. Try some of their tasty food and don’t forget the gumbo!

  5. Have you heard? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Get your breakfast fill at Brick and Spoon Restaurant with mouth-watering options such as breakfast tacos, cafe beignets, bananas foster french toast, and sooooo much more. In addition to a filling breakfast, you can also stop by for lunch options. Starting this month, Brick and Spoon will serve seasonal gumbo along with their all-the-time lunch menu.

  6. You’ve probably had amazing tacos at Taco Sisters, home of the Smoked Fish Taco, but did you know they also serve gumbo during the colder months? Next time you come to grab tacos, get a cup of gumbo too! And good news for the vegetarians! Taco Sisters makes an amazing vegetarian green gumbo.

  7. If you want good home cooking, you want to head toward LeBouef’s Deli. Find some of your faaaavorite comfort foods like red beans and rice, mustard greens, fried chicken, and of course, gumbo. Their food is comfort for your soul and your tum.

  8. The masters of lunch are here to save your day! Office Hours Sandwich Shop is the work-day superhero you didn’t know you needed. Come by during lunch hour for their daily lunch plate specials, hearty burgers, crisp salads, and a number of other foods to give you the pick-me-up to get through the day. Can’t leave the office? Order for delivery or even catering for your private events. In honor of National Gumbo Day, don’t forget to taste a bowl of their chicken and sausage gumbo!

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