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Gumbo Shop Restaurant Review: For those who visit the city aiming to eat “real New Orleans food,” Gumbo Shop may be the place to target. Crawfish and tasso ham, elements torn right out of the Creole playbook, adorn the restaurant’s sole pasta dish on the otherwise traditional menu. All the classics are here: shrimp rémoulade, jambalaya, red beans and rice, blackened fish, and three authentically thick and earthy-tasting gumbos, one with seafood and okra, another with chicken and andouille sausage, and a third made with greens, known as a "gumbo aux herbes" or "gumbo z'herbes." The height of “comfort food” is achieved with Gumbo Shop’s chicken Espagnole, a broiled half chicken, slow-cooked in brown gravy, with mushrooms, shallots, garlic and wine. Gumbo Shop is not known for its wine selections, but you can find well-blended, traditional New Orleans cocktails. Good luck in deciding between the traditional Southern pecan pie and the praline sundae for dessert, or just order both and share. The large mural depicting early New Orleans life still casts its spell in the main dining room, bathed in light from the steep windows along St. Peter Street. Service is hospitable and quite efficient.