The last review I gave of Gumbeaux's, I was really more 'charitable' than I wanted to be, as it was such a disappointment to get really good food that was spoiled by an overabundance of 'cajun seasoning' powder, rendering the food simply too salty to taste, if that makes sense. Since that visit we have gone twice more. The second visit was another disappointment: food too salty, but, I tasted the seafood chowder that someone else ordered, and it was delicious, even if it was too salty. Still, I left there feeling that the food was not worth what we paid. Until yesterday. We decided we wanted an oyster poboy and there really isn't any other alternative, so we decided to give it one more 'go'....and boy, am I glad we did!
We knew something must be up when we got there at a couple of minutes before 5 p.m. and there was already a line down the sidewalk. When we were seated, I told the waitress that I'd overheard someone saying that this was 'shrimp night' and would she explain what that was. She told us that on Shrimp night, the shrimp were $.50/ea, in lots of 10. Boiled shrimp, "French Quarter Shrimp" (boiled shrimp in a butter and herb sauce), fried shrimp...any of them in lots of 10 for $.50/ea. Sounded good...we love boiled shrimp!
So we decided to split an oyster po'boy (which came with one side--we chose fries), and ordered 2 side salads (which were FABULOUS!) Their ranch dressing is undoubtedly the best I've ever had, and the salad had such fresh greens, lots of grape tomatoes, and lots of my favorite: cucumbers. Oh, and the croutons? Oh. My. Gosh. They were great...chunks of French bread toasted with butter and herbs (too salty, of course, but okay for the salad) and just soft enough to melt in your mouth. To go with our po'boy, we ordered 10 each of the boiled, and the French Quarter shrimp.
We finally felt like we got the best of Gumbeaux's! The po'boy was outstanding, the fries were hot and fried perfectly. They did have the powder on them, but NOTHING like they had on our previous visits. They were really delicious. The shrimp? Other than being oversalted, the boiled shrimp were as good as any I've ever tasted in NOLA, or regions nearby. The star of the show was, imho, the French Quarter shrimp. Even though they were in a buttered herb sauce, THEY didn't seem oversalted...go figure :-) Let me say at this point that one possible explanation for this is that I am gradually getting accustomed to the 'southern palate' again and therefore the salt load which characterizes it. No matter, the French Quarter Shrimp was delicious, and when compared with the regular boiled shrimp, not nearly as salty. I would've enjoyed the boiled shrimp just as much, but they were just so salty they burned your mouth.
In spite of the salt, this trip to Gumbeaux's was well worth the $$ and we really, really enjoyed it. The staff is always friendly and helpful, and this time was not different. For this meal, Gumbeaux's earns 5 stars!
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