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“Best Gumbo and Gumbo Wings Ever!!”
Review of Anita's Gumbo

Anita's Gumbo
Ranked #3,201 of 9,996 Restaurants in Chicago
Neighborhood: Avalon Park
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Neighborhood: Avalon Park
Reviewed May 6, 2017

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.

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank ChiTownTruDva
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

Fist time having Anita's Gumbo and my socks were blown off. FIRST AND FOREMOST, they don't use beef or pork products, so instantly I was in food heaven. I recently decided to refrain from eating beef and pork, so anyone that is a fan of beef and pork you will still LOVE the options they provide! I ordered the Chicken Gumbo Bowl and the 4 piece gumbo wings.... Perfection. The shrimp po'boy was delicious, as well! I'll definitely be back. This is one of those places where you don't actually mind spending your money because the food is spot on, service was quick and the men working in the kitchen and the window were helpful and upbeat. AMAZING gourmet quick-service restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank EssVee91
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

It is very difficult to find good gumbo on the south side of Chicago or near south suburbs. So when I found this place online, I drove 25 minutes to try them out. I ordered the Nita's Signature gumbo, both a half and a full size. Delicious! Real gumbo! It has just enough kick to it but not too much. The full size comes with crab legs, scallops and larger shrimp than the half size. The half size contains popcorn size shrimp. I will definitely be back and next time I'll also try the Shrimp Po Boy..

Date of visit: July 2016
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1  Thank Wendy K
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Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

I am so lick to live right around the corner from here! The Gumbolaya: A mix between jumbalaya and gumbo is heavenly. The rue is tasty without being too spicy for consumption. I love "Anitas Big Chase" a steal at 26.99 that will feed the whole family! Its so good! A personal favorite of mine are the gumbo wings! They taste delicious! Fried chicken wings are tosses in the delicious gumbo rue. The best! You wont be disappointed!

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank vanitym2014
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Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

I heard the advertisement about this place on the radio. I love gumbo, so I wanted to check it out. I ordered the chicken gumbo which had chicken wings in it which was different for me. The roux was excellent and tasty with a tomato base. I will be back

Thank po153c
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