Of all nights to try this joint I picked FAT TUESDAY. The line was long but I didn't care, I had a craving for gumbo and nothing short of an all-out BLIZZARD and the cook quitting mid shift could stop me from acquiring a bowl that night. So let's get to the good stuff . . . . the food and service.
Note to Management: Please have Streets and Sanitation or the owner of the Plaza in which you're located to put more lights on the building - it's hard to find you in the dark!!
Like I said in my intro, when I arrived [or rather FINALLY found the place] the line was long but not bursting outside the door - service was a little slow but I guess they had an after work surge AND the fact that it was Fat Tuesday. Many people in the small [9x20] order/waiting area were new to the restaurant like me and just waiting for their food. I found my place in line [humbly placed at #4] and scanned the menu. I laid eyes on the coveted Gumbo which can be ordered as a half or full order. Although the description states that the gumbo contains shrimp, crab, chicken, scallop, and sausage [which I assume is Turkey since they proudly state that their food does not contain BEEF OR PORK], your Gumbo will only contain scallops if you order the FULL size. Also, the crab meat is served in a separate 2oz plastic sauce container for you to mix in at your pleasure - I thought this was nice. Moving on, I figured since this was my first try, I would order a sample for me and my son to enjoy: Half order of Gumbo, Shrimp Gumblaya, 2 Gumbo Wings, and 2 Buttermilk Wings. Oh and by the way Yelpers, the wing orders comes with a BONUS - a side of Gumbo Rice w/ sausage WOO-HOO!!!
Verdict: Guilty of getting the Itis.
This place is THA BOMB!!! Not many people know how to "do" a Roux right, and if you're a novice you will end up burning it but Ms Nita knows what she's doing [her and her sous chef]. I went to college in the South with friends from the Gulf Coast and tasted authentic homemade Gumbo from the Mobile, Alabama kitchen of my college BFF's Mother and Grandmother so I know what it should taste like.
The Gumbo was perfect, the Gumbalaya [name twist on Jambalaya] was equally as good, but the STAR of the order was the Gumbo Wings!!! Sorry for my language Yelp but those wings were so damn good, I wanted to go back and propose marriage to whoever battered, fried, and sauced those wings!!! A flavor that can only be explained as taking a good but not overly seasoned wing and dipping it in a flavorful Gumbo/Roux gravy.
All in all, I will definitely be returning to patronize Nita's Gumbo and you should too.
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