Nine Roses, Gretna, LA Report #167

Can’t decided between Vietnamese or Chinese food?  Don’t stress it.  Come here and have both.  This place is located less than a block off the Westbank Expressway in Gretna, but I drove by over 1,000 times never knowing it was there.  If you’re driving towards the river on the ground level of the expressway, a few blocks after you pass Stumpf Blvd, you’ll see Taquiera Sanchez.  Turn right there.  That’s Stephens St.  You’ll immediately see Nine Roses.

The parking lot in front of the place was packed tonight.  There’s additional parking available across the street.  I was wondering if we’d be able to get a table.  As soon as we walked in I wondered why it was so smoky in the place.  Then I noticed numerous tables had little hibachi grills on them and people were grilling up their own foods.  Then I wondered why it wasn’t smokier.  They must have a pretty decent exhaust system to suck all the smoke out.

The menu was way too extensive to photograph.  All kinds of Vietnamese and Chinese soups, noodle bowls, other noodle dishes, rice platters, a vegetarian menu, entrées featuring duck, pork, beef, shrimp, seafood, clams, mussels, squid and scallops, pho and Chinese favorites like sweet and sour dishes, Chow Mein, Egg Foo Young, Moo Shu Dishes and fried rice.

We decided on Grilled Ground Shrimp Rolls, Cashew Shrimp, Pressed Vermicelli Squares with Chargrilled Pork and Pho with medium rare flank steak.

The service was pretty slow tonight.  I’m not sure if that’s normal or just because the place was packed tonight.

If you order hot tea you’ll get a nice size pot of green tea with two teabags in it.  I like that.  No waiting for refills.

The Grilled Ground Shrimp Roll is your basic spring roll with ground shrimp, that they made into a seasoned, rectangular patty, and grilled.  They come with a peanut sauce for dipping.  Very good.

The Cashew Shrimp was pretty good.  Shrimp, cashews, bamboo shoots, snow pea pods and carrots in a brown sauce.  As usual, I thought this dish could have used more sauce.  But that’s just the southern boy in me.  Having been raised always eating rice with so much gravy over it you couldn’t even see the rice, of course I’d feel that way.

Next was the vermicelli squares with the chargrilled pork.  The pork in this dish was more like pork “loaf”.  It looked like they ground it up, formed the pork into patties, then  grilled it.  Not that that’s a bad thing, I just wasn’t expecting it.  In about 35 years if I don’t have my real teeth anymore I’ll probably appreciate that.  But for now I can still chew REAL meat!  It comes with a seasoned fish sauce to pour over the vermicelli.  Tasty dish but I wouldn’t order it again.

The pho was very good.  Really good broth.

Besides the fact the food was good, I’d recommend this place just for the huge number of dishes and diversity of the menu.  Definitely the place to go if you’re feeling indecisive.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA  70053  Ph: 504-366-7665


Blaine 12-31-2018


This place had shut down for a bit for renovations.  The renovations are done and they’re open again.  Nice looking but definitely much smaller inside!  Seating wise if it’s not, it sure seems that way.

We had grilled shrimp spring rolls, char grilled pork, and two lunch combos with shrimp fried rice.  Shrimp with cashews and Kung Pao chicken. Everything was yummy!

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 12-2-2019





Thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus Apocalypse a lot of my Westbank Chinese food favorites like Empress of China, China Doll and August Moon, are closed!  Thank God Nine Roses is still open for takeout and delivery.  Pictured are: 1) a Bo-Bo Platter for two, which had fried wontons, shrimp toast, crab rangood, egg rolls, BBQ pork and beef sticks, 2) a Mandarin Chicken entrée, and 3) Combination Fried Rice.  Everything was very good!

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 4-19-2020


I heard my favorite Chinese place on the Westbank, Empress of China, was open for take out only.  I was happy!  I tried calling to place an order but continuously got a busy signal.  I figured I’d just head on over there, order in person then wait for it.  This is what I saw when I got there.  A line out the door.  I was sad.  I left.



I went to 9 Roses.  The parking lot was empty.  They’re open for dine in now, and only one couple was dining in the whole place.  I would have loved to sit in there and eat, but family at home was hungry and waiting for food.

We had shrimp fried rice, Mandarin Chicken, an appetizer platter and won ton soup.  Everything was delicious.  The last picture is the soup.  I like the way they put the contents in one container and the hot broth in the other, for you to combine them when you’re ready.  Great place.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 6-5-2020


We were in the mood for Chinese for lunch. We’ve been hitting Café Minh pretty often, so we wanted something different. Another place we like, Empress of China, is still only open for take out, so we ended up here! We ordered a Bo-Bo Platter, the Abalone & Shiitake Mushroom soup, combination fried rice, and a pressed vermicelli with chargrilled pork.

The food!

Everything was delicious.

The Abalone and Shiitake soup had thin sliced abalone in it, and the broth had a great seafood flavor. It had the same consistency as egg drop soup.

I’ve noticed it before, but today I decided to aske what they were. I’ve never had combination fried rice anywhere else that had little slices of sausage in it. I asked the waiter what they were. He had to go into the kitchen and check for me. He came back and told me, “Chinese sausage”. Ok. Next time I’ll tell them leave it out. Not that it’s bad, but to me sausage goes into Jambalaya. Not fried rice.

With the vermicelli dish you get lettuce leaves and other fixins, along with a jazzed up fish sauce. Your supposed to take a lettuce leaf and use it as a wrap shell. Very good.

Great lunch. Don’t forget about this place!

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 11-21-2020


Decided to try something new today. Fish maw soup!

We also ordered shrimp and pork spring rolls, crab rangoon, combination fried rice without the Chinese sausage, and General’s Chicken.

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Our waiter couldn’t describe what fish maw soup was to me. I see why. I ate it and it’s hard to describe. But it was good! The broth had a rich, seafood flavor, and the chunks of fish maw were chewy. Like tripe. I love that texture. A google search after dinner said fish maws are dried fish swim bladders. Well, that would explain the chewy.

Everything else was good. The rice was definitely better without the Chinese sausage. My dining partner is the lover of General’s chicken. The version here was good, but the chicken could have used a little more batter on it. They were almost naked chunks of chicken, but juicy, and in a very tasty sauce.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 7-3-2021


I felt like trying some different items tonight,,,,

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We had the fried pork dumplings. Very good!

The crab and shrimp fried rice was excellent. There were some good sized chunks of crabmeat in there, and the rice had that nice, crisp and slightly oily flavor to it that shows it was actually fried.

The pork in clay pot didn’t actually come out in a “clay” pot. It was a metal pot that looked like it had been in the Nine Roses family since 1907! No matter. It was a delicious dish. I ordered this because being a New Orleanian I love dishes with white rice and gravy. The pork was pretty tender, well seasoned, and the gravy was fantastic.

Great dinner tonight.

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, LA 70053 Ph: 504-366-7665

Blaine 11-6-2021

2 thoughts on “Nine Roses, Gretna, LA Report #167

  1. The pork with the noodle patties… No one showed you how to eat that dish? Weren’t you curious about the basket of lettuce, herbs and pickled vegetables?

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