20 May 2008 ~ 5 Comments

J. Gumbo’s

Although this is technically a chain restaurant (and we don’t review chains here…we all know what they taste like), this place (formerly Gumbo-a-Go-Go) started here and it’s still kinda small, unlike the taste and portions of this cajun fast-casual restaurant.

I flew solo on this lunch excursion and decided to stop in at one of our usual places in the Highlands. I’m really surprised I haven’t written about this place before. I typically go for the gusto and order the Voodoo Chicken ($5.99), which according to their “spiciness gauge” is off the charts. For good reason…that stuff doesn’t play around. It’s spicy. I decided to play it down a bit this time around and ordered the Chicken Etouffée ($5.99).

The Etouffée was very creamy and had some nice tender chicken chunks generously scattered about. All of their $5.99 Bowls (which used to be $5…stupid rice prices) come served in a hefty bowl filled with rice and smothered in your choice of cajun goodness. It’s served with a piece of garlic bread (I always get an extra piece!) and it’s a miracle if I finish the bowl. It’s a LOT of food.

The Drunken Chicken (also $5.99) is also on my long list of favorites here. Chicken, onions, tomatoes and Cajun spices cooked with beer. Abita, I hope!

They always seem to have beer specials for happy hour, which we’ve never taken advantage of, and also have a good selection of Louisiana beers: Abita, Dixie, etc…

If you haven’t been there yet, I suggest it highly. I hope this franchise takes off nationwide. It’s a great concept and has great food.

Rating: 7/10

Cost: $8.81
Address: 947 Baxter Ave. | Louisville, KY 40204 (Other local and regional locations as well)
Phone: (502) 454-5507
Website

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5 Responses to “J. Gumbo’s”

  1. Molly 21 May 2008 at 1:19 pm Permalink

    I LOVE the VooDoo Chicken. But, I can only eat about half a serving at a time with out feeling like a dragon.

    Good stuff.

  2. Nakia 28 June 2008 at 5:56 pm Permalink

    The Drunken Chicken is my fav. If you are not sure about what you want here they will be happy to let you sample before you order.

  3. STAR 8 July 2008 at 1:24 pm Permalink

    I ATE AT THE ONE ON 4TH STREET LIVE. IT WAS VERY CROWDED. BUT, THE WAIT WAS SHORT AND THE FOOD WAS OKAY! GOOD PRICES!

  4. Sammy 8 July 2008 at 1:30 pm Permalink

    Star-I appreciate the comments, but you don’t have to yell!

    (In other words, turn off yer CAPS-LOCK, please!)

    😉 Just a friendly reminder from the Internet Police.

  5. JRP 21 February 2009 at 10:55 am Permalink

    My experience hasn’t been as good. I’ve visited New Orleans and other cities in LA and this place doesn’t even come close to real cajun/creole food.

    I tried the mufaletta sandwich at the 4th Street location and was very disappointed.

    I tried a few of the rice bowls and while there’s spice and seasoning in the food, it’s a bizarre hodgepodge of flavors that don’t go well together, not to mention that aren’t authentic.

    My advice – skip J. Gumbo’s and eat somewhere else.


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