Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine, New Orleans, LA Report #156

 

I went to this restaurant long ago when it was located uptown on Freret Street and remembered that the food was pretty good.  They’re now located on Earhart Blvd. in Gert Town.

VERY spacious, well lit dining room.  We had one of those rare meals where I can make a blanket statement.  Everything we had was delicious!

They start you out with a complimentary, hot piece of cornbread with butter.  Fantastic cornbread.  Not too sweet.

We had the spinach dip, seafood pasta and the special tonight, which was smothered okra with either fried chicken or catfish.  We got the fried chicken.

I hate when you order a dip and the chips are stale, or taste like they just came out a bag.  I know they don’t make the chips there in the restaurant, but it taste like they did!  And the dip was great.

The pasta had a decent amount of shrimp and crawfish in it.  The sauce was yummy.  Kind of like a light Alfredo.  Not too rich.

My grandmother, who lived in Opelousas, Louisiana, and has long been deceased, used to make the best smothered okra I ever ate.  The smothered okra here reminded me of hers.  Excellent.  The fried chicken was well seasoned and very crispy.  The potato salad was great too.  And the little things, like the white rice, was perfect.

One thing I could complain about was we ordered the spinach dip as an appetizer, but everything came out at the same time.  Oh, and I wanted to try their bread pudding for dessert but they were out of it.  Other than that, I highly recommend this place.

7834 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans, LA  70125  504-509-6287

Blaine 11-30-2018

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT:

I heard they had reopened for inside dining, so I headed over for some good, Creole cuisine.  If you google them you’ll get a page that says they’re open and close at 9:00 PM.  That is a LIE!  They close at 5:00 PM currently, and if you want to dine in you have to get in before 4:30 PM.  Good thing we called first.

We got there a little after 4:00 PM and as you can see, the dining room was practically empty.  The only guy dining there was actually an old coworker of mine I hadn’t seen in over 20 years!  Small world.  They have some tables out of service to create social distancing among diners.

I was disappointed to see this:

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As required by law now, they have to note on their menu they use imported seafood.  If we were in South Dakota, ok, I could understand that.  But no excuse for that in a city like New Orleans.  In fact, my dining partner wanted a bowl of seafood gumbo but decided against it after she saw that.

Anyway, I wanted one and nothing would dissuade me.  I ordered a cup of seafood gumbo and fried chicken with red beans and rice.

The complimentary cornbread was just as good as last time.

The gumbo was just ok.  Pretty good flavor but it could have been seasoned better.  I never add salt to my food but in this case I sprinkled a little salt in it.

The red beans were good, and the fried chicken was fantastic!  Obviously right out of the fryer.  Hot, crisp and seasoned perfectly.

If you decide to come in, be sure to call and check the hours first.

7834 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70125 504-509-6287

Blaine 5-22-2020

5 thoughts on “Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine, New Orleans, LA Report #156

    1. You can just sauté some onions and garlic in olive oil, add some sliced okra, sauté for a bit to cook some of the “slime” out of it, add a can of crushed tomatoes and maybe some chicken broth, season to taste and “smother” it down. Smothering means just cooking it down until mostly all the liquid is gone. My mom used to add shrimp and smoked ham to hers, but you don’t have to add anything of course.

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      1. When I was a kid shopping with my mom she used to check each pod of okra as she took them out the bin in the store. She’d hold it on her hand and press the tip to the side with her thumb. If it snapped off, she’d drop that pod in her bag. If it just bent she wouldn’t buy it. That was her way of being sure they were young and fresh, instead of woody or fibrous.

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