Down here in South Louisiana, our seasons usually rotate around what food is in season. And dropping temperatures can only mean one thing: gumbo season. Gumbo is a rich and hearty stew that starts with a roux and is loaded with meat, seafood and vegetables. If you’re new to the city or just looking for the best place to indulge in a bowl, the locals of Baton Rouge are here to help you find the best gumbo in Louisiana’s Capital City.
Locals from all over the city vote for their favorite Baton Rouge businesses in the annual Best of 225 competition. This year, Dempsey’s won Best Gumbo for 2019. This family-owned eatery makes its classic gumbo from scratch every day. Runner ups for best gumbo include Parrain’s, Louisiana Lagniappe, The Chimes and The Jambalaya Shoppe.
Baton Rouge locals weigh in on where to find their favorite gumbo spots:
Every time friends from out-of-town come to Baton Rouge, I bring them to Parrain’s. Their seafood gumbo always has great flavors and makes anyone who eats it happy. -- Grant A.
Louisiana Lagniappe does traditional seafood gumbo right! It has crabmeat, oysters and shrimp...yum. It’s a classic, and I think anyone who tries it will love it. Getting hungry just talking about it. -- David S.
The Chimes is not only the best place to be on game days, it’s also one of the best places for some gumbo in Baton Rouge. The duck and sausage gumbo is really nice on a cold day or just to enjoy as a side. Always a favorite! -- Margaret M.
The Jambalaya Shoppe
If you need gumbo for a large group, this is the place to go. The Jambalaya Shoppe has delicious chicken and sausage gumbo in large and small portions that are great for parties, tailgates, or just dinner. Love bringing this to tailgates when the weather gets chilly. -- Alicia D.
Their gumbo has been a family favorite of mine for years and years! We love getting the gallons of seafood gumbo and chicken and sausage for the holidays. Great family recipe, would recommend to everyone. -- Ashley T.
Rice and Roux
I’ve taken friends and colleagues to Rice and Roux when introducing them to true Cajun food in Baton Rouge, and it never disappoints. They specialize in gumbo and put lots of attention into each batch. It’s always perfect! You also get large portions for a great price. -- Kevin M.
Eliza Restaurant and Bar
Eliza in Baton Rouge is one of my absolute favorites for seafood, especially the Gumbo Ya-Ya (a chicken and sausage gumbo). It’s the perfect mixture of rustic Cajun food that feels like nice dining. A+ for everything. -- Krista B.
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