To most locals, gumbo is home cooking, the ultimate comfort food informed by grandmother’s kitchen and mama’s way of doing things. First, there’s a roux; and fortunately New Orleanians are expert at coaxing that ebony roux into a simmering bowl of savory goodness as full of cultural influences as the city itself.
Still, not every week allows for the delicate work of gumbo making, and with cold days ahead, everyone needs a go-to spot to pick up the staple. Swimming with seafood or rich with chicken and sausage, these gumbos are some of the best in town — arranged geographically, as always.
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