During a business trip to Anchorage, some co-workers and I had lunch at the Gumbo House. As a former Anchorage resident, I always wanted to try this place but never quite got around to it.
We arrived at noon on a Friday to find the place packed. The restaurant is shoe-horned into an old original house situated on the north edge of the Park Strip. The proprietor has made use of every available cubic inch of space and luckily, we arrived just as another party was leaving. For those who have to wait, it's outside or go somewhere else (which on poor-weather days can be an issue).
That said, it was evident the staff was hustling to move the food and still not exude a sense of "please finish up and move along". We did have to wait about twenty minutes for our order, but the wait staff let us know that we hadn't been forgotten and our order was up next.
I chose the oyster po-boy ($12.25) and my co-workers opted for pulled pork and blackened shrimp po-boys, respectively.
Our sandwiches were served wrapped in white paper. They did not skimp on the oysters in my sandwich, and they were perfectly cooked. The mayonnaise had been augmented with a bit of a zing which added to the sandwich's savoriness. The bread was also a real winner here, I do not know who their baker is but as always, the roll is an integral part of the sandwich and the rolls at Gumbo House were excellent.
I chose the cole slaw side and thought it was fine, even though festooned with a few raisins.
A co-worker who, like me, had never visited the Gumbo House before loved his pulled pork sandwich, saying it was among the best he ever had. The other co-worker was once again quite pleased with the blackened shrimp sandwich that he has when he visits here.
They can't do much about the setting but with that said, I can certify that it would have been worth it had we needed to wait for an open table. This place is on my lunch list for my next visit to Anchorage.
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