500BestSquareShrimp Gumbo @ Grand Isle

The seafood gumbo in this slightly-touristy seafood specialist leans almost entirely in the direction of shrimp. Which is not a bad idea, if you’re going to make a nice fresh shrimp stock and add some big, firm shrimp at the end of the cooking process. Which is exactly what they do here. They also have an excellent oyster bar, and a design that captures the look of those middle-of-the-swamp cafes along the disappearing Gulf coast.

Grand Isle. Warehouse District: 575 Convention Center Blvd. 504-520-8530.

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