Sunday, December 1, 2013

Alligators And Gumbo (Sundays In My City)

I have been hither and yonder, greeting kin in bayou country and in small towns north of New Orleans. On Friday, my mom and I stopped at a roadside cafe for a cup of gumbo. It's not worth mentioning the name of the place, as the gumbo was far beneath my family's standards. The only noteworthy thing about the place was the placard in back of the establishment. I would add a sign, "Be aware of bad gumbo," but the owners might take offense. 



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17 comments:

Tara R. said...

It's sacrilegious to serve bad gumbo in Louisiana. That photo though, is perfect.

Dorothy in Oz said...

I remember traveling in New Orleans with my Dad and he would always order the gumbo. There was a discussion after each bowl as to how it ranked in comparison with the previous bowls. I thought you were going to say it was alligator gumbo when I read the post title :)

Steve Cotton said...

Three cheers for the photograph. It would make my crocodiles giggle.

lisleman said...

Funny pic - I don't think you'll mind if I pin it.

Laurie Matherne said...

Pin away, Lilseman.

Laurie Matherne said...

Ms. Roberts, the gumbo was terrible. I would have refused to eat it but my mom didn't seem to notice. I went outside to distract myself because the food was awful, and I chanced upon a great photograph.

Laurie Matherne said...

Dorothy, the title would imply that. I do not eat alligator. I do eat gumbo, but this was a real disappointing dish.

Laurie Matherne said...

Steve, your crocs may giggle. I hope our gators are sleepy with our recent cold spell.

Traci Shannon said...

Haha! My grandmother makes amazing gumbo (she is a native of LA herself) so we have high gumbo standards, as well. The sign is great, however.
:-)
Traci

Laurie Matherne said...

My mama makes a great gumbo. Sadly this gumbo was seriously subpar. I hope they fed the rest of the post to those hungry gators out back.

BLOGitse said...

Oh, I wouldn't go near that water...great shot though!
Have a good week!

Laurie Matherne said...

The weather was very cold that day, so hopefully the reptiles were sleeping in their mud holes. I was not too concerned.

Kim G said...

I think Steve Cotton needs such a sign.


Saludos,


Kim G
Boston, MA
Where we think low-quality gumbo so close to New Orleans is an outrage.

Anita said...

I love the " bite marks " on the sign!

Laurie Matherne said...

I suppose those marks were man-made but one never knows for sure.

Laurie Matherne said...

Steve doesn't respect the power of these critters, methinks.

Andean said...

There is a very similar sign right at his crocodile laguna. I have pictures of it!