Herbsaint, New Orleans, LA Report #240

If you want to venture down to the Central Business District, this place is worth a stop.  It’s in walking distance of the Word War II Museum and the Superdome.

Classy looking place.  As soon as you walk in you’ll see a basket full of boxes of Herbsaint matches.  You can help yourself.  What’s classier than that?  If you’re not happy after your meal you can take out your frustrations by going set something on fire!

I hate menus that are too big.  This one is a nice size.  I decided on the duck, tasso and andouille gumbo, baked scallops, and the Muscovy duck leg confit.

And the food:

They started me out with an Amuse-bouche.  A little chip with some house made cheese dip.  Yummy.

Then the bread basket came out.  I love hot bread and soft butter.  A little too much.  It was a Ciabatta bread that was so hot I could see steam coming out the basket.  And the butter was so soft I don’t know how it held it’s square shape.  The bread was nice and crispy on the outside and very soft on the inside.  Reminded me of the delicious bread The Pelican Club serves.  Excellent.

Like many true New Orleanians, I judge a place by it’s gumbo.  If I did that here the place would get an A+.  Very good gumbo.  Flavorful, with a nice dark roux. Plenty of shredded duck meat in it.

I looked at the menu before I came in and wanted to try the Gnocchi with pancetta, under “Small Plates”, as an appetizer.  But then I saw the baked scallop dish on the daily specials menu.  I had to try that.  Fantastic!  Glad I had some bread left over to soak up the sauce in the pan.

Finally the duck.  Utterly delicious.  Crisp skin and unbelievably tender and juicy on the inside.  And I can easily say this is the best dirty rice I have ever had at any restaurant.  ALMOST as good as the one I make at home.  If you want to try what real, New Orleans dirty rice should taste like, come here and try theirs.  Tell them give you some of the same batch the good looking guy that sat by the front window Friday night had.

When the waiter first brought my entrée out, it didn’t look like that much so I asked for the dessert menu.  That duck leg was bigger than I thought.  There were a few things I wanted to try for dessert, but I was too stuffed!  Maybe next time.

Great place.  I highly recommend it!

701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA  70130  Ph:# 504-524-4114

Blaine 10-11-2019

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14 thoughts on “Herbsaint, New Orleans, LA Report #240

  1. That duck looks great! I love Gnocchi also.
    I have a Gumbo question for you if you don’t mind. Is there such of thing as “normal” gumbo? Does it normally have chicken, shrimp, and sausage in it? Or is it all just different?

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    1. I never mind a question! There’s definitely no such thing as a normal gumbo. The two main types you’ll find down here in restaurants are chicken and sausage or seafood. Now, some seafood gumbos will have some sausage in them too. That’s probably the most popular gumbo ingredient. Now when I make a gumbo at home, I put everything in it! At the least chicken, sausage, shrimp, and crab, then I like to add a smoked meat depending on what’s in the supermarket. Smoked turkey necks, smoked pork neck bones, smoked ham hocks, whatever. The smoked meats are “hard”, so I’ll start boiling them early to make a good smoked meat stock, and then I’ll peel the shrimp and boil the head and skins to make a shrimp stock! As you can imagine I make a very flavorful gumbo.

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      1. Thank You! Oh man that sounds really good! I have a recipe for gumbo and it takes at least 75-100 dollars because of all the seasonings but it’s worth it…but…yours…yours is authentic.

        Hey man…one day you outta post some of your recipes! I for one would love to see them. That sounds great.
        You like eating as much as me lol. But good eating…there is a difference.

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      2. You will be the first to know. My wife just had me to print it out. I had sausage, chicken and shrimp in mine… man the crabs sound great

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  2. Boxes of matches? Are there smoking sections in New Orleans restaurants? My mom saved a massive matchbox collection from years of dining in New York and New Jersey (in the days when smoking was allowed– and she wasn’t even a smoker). The idea of a matchbox is so nostalgic for me, since I was probably the last generation to ever hear “Smoking or non?” when entering a restaurant. It was banned in NJ in the early 2000’s.

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