Gumbo Shop

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630 St Peter St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 70130

Serves meat, vegan options available. Creole restaurant in the French Quarter that has a daily vegetarian special and a Gumbo Z'Herbes. Sometimes both are vegan.

Category: American, Creole, Non-veg

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First Review by necropalice

Vegan options, but not exciting ones - Edit

The vegan "Po Boy" which was described as "amazing" by the server was just grilled veggies. No sauce or seasoning. They were cooked well, at least, but not worth $9. I went to eat somewhere else afterward.

Pros: you can eat something if you end up here

Cons: no interesting options

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Awful Gumbo - Edit

The gumbo was the only vegan option, and it was absolutely awful. It was made up of a tasteless broth, canned beans, dried mushrooms and colorless greens. I couldn't finish it without feeling sick. Eat here at your own risk.

Pros: good service

Cons: awful gumbo

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pretty good - Edit

The food was pretty good. The menu has no vegan options, you have to ask for the vegan menu. The sever was not sure that the vegan menu was vegan but was extremely diligent in checking. The service was shockingly fast

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Food was ok but on the more pricy side - Edit

The food was ok. Not much to choose from. We got the small cup of gumbo. It was poorly seasoned. Then the vegetarian meal that was black beans and rice, again it was ok. And we also got the vegetarian poboy, it was really just a baguette filled with grilled veggies. For the price it is not a good option in my opinion. There are many more vegan options better than this.

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Vegan Gumbo-ish - Edit

The vegan gumbo didn't have any okra in it, and was very brothy. It had collards, rice, mushrooms, onions, celery. If you like soup, you'll like this. Kind of over-priced for what you are getting, buy if you are in the quarter, it is super convenient. I guess that is what you pay for. If it isn't raining, sit in the tiny courtyard and hang with the birdy friends.

Pros: good location, good environment

Cons: not really gumbo

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GUMBO - Edit

After searching the French Quarter over for vegan options, this was an excellent choice. For those of you who know, there aren't many options so I was really happy to find one and GUMBO at that. Our server was very friendly, we were seated in a terrace, and the soup was delicious. I would say definitely come try this place! Great veg options, beautiful setting.

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Fantastic Service - Edit

The service a The Gumbo Shop was superb. The server was well-versed in vegetarian and gluten-free parlance and was very personable. I wish I could rate the food better, but it was only so-so. I had the vegetarian gumbo (obvious choice, right?), but it was a bit bland and didn't have any okra. The location is great, just off Jackson Square. They don't take reservations, but there is plenty of room and we did not have to wait for a table for 7.

Pros: Service superb

Cons: Food okay

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tasty gumbo, super nice service - Edit

The vegan gumbo was excellent and the server (who was so sweet) let me take the recipe w me.

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Limited and Bland Options, But Otherwise Pleasant - Edit

There was the gumbo z'herbes mentioned by others, as well as a veg special the day we stopped in (black beans and rice). Service was pleasant but slow, and the food was unbelievably bland for any restaurant, but especially a gumbo joint in New Orleans. Happily, there was hot sauce and Cajun spice on every table. It was needed. My hurricane was great, as was the warm, fresh bread.

Pros: vegan gumbo, fresh bread, friendly service

Cons: limited options, bland food, slow service

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poor service, meal was "meh" - Edit

Only go here as last resort. Hubby said his sampler entree platter and chicken gumbo was so-so. I wasn't impressed with the black beans and rice. The gumbo de herbes or whatever was watery and bland. Poor service also made this a bad experience. We had to ask for bread, then butter, basic stuff. Waiter was flippant and rude.

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Great service and good food - Edit

The special I had was a white bean chili. It's was very good and the service was excellent! Our waitress was Nicole and she was incredible.

Well done!

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delicious - Edit

Very good restaurant! The vegetarian dishes were vegan friendly. Beautiful atmosphere and great service! Would go again.

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don't miss this! - Edit

Ask for vegan options - they have more than those on the menu! However, I had the two on the menu (vegetarian of the day + gumbo z/herbs) and they were amazing! Came back the next day! Super friendly staff!

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you can't go to NOLA without having gumbo... - Edit

... Is what we were told.

The gumbo z herbs was delicious and the veggie meal of the day was also excellent: white beans and rice, creole style.

Cons: not enough gumbo options for vegetarians

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Gumbo... - Edit

The vegetarian Gumbo of the day was not very interesting, though it changes everyday we might just have been unlucky. The sides were very small and quite expensive. The quality was all right, but we won't be going back.

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Limited but delicious vegan / veg options - Edit

I picked this restaurant because it was a place to get authentic NOLA food where a couple vegans could get food and the majority of our group (carnivores) could also find things they were excited about. Everyone was very satisfied with our food, and there are many dishes on teh menu that are a bargain ($10 or under). There were only 2 vegan options - black beans and rice, and a soup. We had both, and I thought they were delicious, very filling, and nutritious. If you want a place with a full menu of vegan options, look elsewhere - but this is a wonderful compromise and a good way to try some authentic food.

The restaurant itself is also very attractive, located in an old building in the french quarter with very high ceilings and plenty of charm.

Pros: good value, friendly staff, local food

Cons: few vegan options

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An Authentic New Orleans meal vegan style! - Edit

After three very rough days in MS, I was anxious for my one day in NOLA, a city that I love but hadn't been to since we turned V. Using my trust HC app, I picked this place for lunch. Since I couldn't decide between the black beans and rice or the herb gumbo, my waitress suggested I have a cup of each. After making sure the bread was vegan, we were presented with a freshly baked, warm, crusty loaf of French bread that was everything a proper French bread should be. When my meal arrived, (my mom has crab cakes, so good for omnis), the black beans were so delicious I had to slow myself down! Slow cooked with true Creole spices and peppers, presented beautifully- I almost bought the cookbook just to get the recipe! The Gumbo was very good as well- not quite as awesome as the black beans but still amazing. Collard greens, onions, slight heat-- vegans, the is where you need to eat when you want to have a true gumbo experience in Nawlins!!!!

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Amazing! - Edit

I visited here with my mom while in New Orleans, and we both had the vegetarian special of the day: white beans and rice. We also tried the Gumbo Z'Herbes. Both were very good! The white beans and rice were cooked and spiced wonderfully, and the gumbo was delicious. I would definitely come back!

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Am I missing something? - Edit

We decided to go here so we could at least try the vegan equivalent of this southern dish....but am I missing something? As a vegan I really don't understand why you'd bother to go here- we visited in April and the only option they have is black beans with white rice.
Why we paid so much money for plain, simple food is beyond me now, but that's hindsight for you. I guess at least we can say we tried it, but even a burrito is more exciting than this (and cheaper). On that note, it's also a rip-off to eat here as a vegan because you're paying for such basic food. Up to you though!

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Vegan Gumbo! - Edit

They have a vegan/vegetarian option every day. We had the black beans and white rice. Spicy, hearty and satisfying. They also have a vegan gumbo which I will try next time.

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good! but don't expect "gumbo" - Edit

Just finished eating. Started with the vegan dish of the day. It was a white beans and rice Cajun dish. VERY good! Unfortunately I ordered a cup if it and a bowl of gumbo. I LOVED gumbo before I went vegan and grew up 3 hours from New Orleans so I was really excited to have vegan gumbo. This is not gumbo. It is more like a turnip green or collard green soup. It was ok once I added the hot sauce and Cajun spices they provide on each table. For dessert I had a fresh fruit honey dew melon daiquiri. UH-Mazing!! So I do recommend this place. Just don't expect gumbo if you're having the vegan gumbo.

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Vegan Gumbo - Edit

It's nice to find restaurants with vegan friendly options especially in New Orleans. Nicely situated in the French quarter the Gumbo shop has a little court yard with tables to have your meal. My wife and kids ordered the Complete Creole Dinner and I the vegan gumbo bowl, I'll give the dish 2 1/2 stars, had to spice it up a little and will give an additional 1/2 star for ambiance and vegan options.

Pros: Vegan Options, Ambiance, Friendly Staff

Cons: Gets busy lunch/dinner

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great option!!! - Edit

NOLA is tough on vegan eating but this cute place has a different option everyday and fantastic fresh bread right from the oven. Had a loaf with a nice salad, the pecan dressing was awesome, and another loaf with the black bean soup. Filled me up and I am big eater. :)

Pros: close to center of French quarter, price, atmosphere

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need greens? - Edit

The gumbo is a chunky greens & beans soup with rice, also there is a vegetarian special which was black beans and rice the night we went. Both were delicious & filling. Fresh baguette and side of corn is amazing. Hot rum cider also perfect. Service was very good. Go here.

Pros: filling vegan options, gluten free options, french quarter location

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Vegan Gumbo! - Edit

My husband visited The Gumbo Shop just so we could have some vegan gumbo. We both ordered the Gumbo Z'Herbs. The only disappointing thing was that it was so good we wanted more. The vegetarian special of the day was white beans and rice. We ordered one serving and it's a good thing because it was huge! The service was great and the restaurant is very charming. Sit outside on the courtyard if you can.

Pros: Good food, Friendly wait staff

Cons: Not a huge selection of vegan food

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delicious authentic food! - Edit

This restaurant is super charming (especially if you sit in the back part of the restaurant behind the atrium) and the food was amazing! It's a great place to take your omnivorous friends because everyone will be able to find something amazing to eat. The vegan gumbo and white beans were sooooooo good!!! And the servers were crazy friendly, too!

Pros: delicious , cute atmosphere , friendly service

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Not worth it. - Edit

To expensive for what you get, but if you cant find anything else, its better then nothing.

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