Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop, Metairie, LA Report #45

I’ve always said if you go somewhere to get gumbo, and it’s got tomatoes in it, they don’t know what they’re doing.  I have to give Chef Ron a pass on that.  He puts tomatoes in his gumbo for whatever reason and it’s still good.  In fact, if you want to know what real New Orleans gumbo should taste like, come and get Chef Ron’s.  It’s about to as close to homemade as you’ll get.  Not near as good as mine, but that’s a different story.

The place is located in a small strip mall right off of I-10.  The dining room is small so good luck getting a table at lunchtime.  It fills up fast.  But the food is good so it’s worth the wait.

Besides the regular menu items there’s always a specials board.  It’s hard to read in the pic, but the specials board reads: Alligator Bites Appetizer, Blackened or Fried; Grilled Pork Chop & BBQ Shrimp w/Rice & Side; Catfish Etoufee w/ Side; and Hot Sausage Grill Cheese Style w/Gumbo.

I’ve had that grilled cheese style hot sausage sandwich before.  It’s delicious.  Today we started out with the crab cakes.  I have to get them every time I come here.  Ever go somewhere and pay a ridiculous price for a crab cake with jumbo lump crabmeat that’s totally flavorless?  That because those big, beautiful chunks of crabmeat are imported from Thailand or somewhere and pasteurized, which pretty much bleaches all the flavor out of them.  You won’t find any jumbo lump in these crab cakes.  You get that nice, stringy, delicious meat from the claw and body that just screams of crabby goodness.  They’re served with what the menu calls a spicy mayo.  Ask for a little more.  It’s good, and the crab cakes are excellent.

Don’t come here and get a burger.  The patty was too thick and not seasoned at all.  Tasted like a meatball.  If you want a burger go to Smashburger or Atomic Burger (see report #s 17 and 35).  This not a burger place.  I was STUPID to order one.  Please forgive me.

I got a half oyster poboy and a bowl of gumbo.  The oysters were big, fried very crispy and delicious.  I could complain about the French bread though.  It didn’t taste like real French bread.  More like some kind of hoagie bun or something.  Still, the sandwich was very good and the gumbo was delicious.

I wanted to try their jambalaya so I ordered a side of it.  At first glance I thought it would be too “tomatoey”.  It wasn’t.  It was pretty good.  Nice bit of smoked sausage and chicken in it.  I wouldn’t get it for a meal but it makes a good side dish.

Finally, the bread pudding is very good.  Perfect consistency and they don’t skimp on the rum sauce.  Maybe a little too sweet but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Overall a great place.  I highly recommend it.

2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA  70001  Ph: 504-835-2022

Blaine 10-21-2017


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