I truly love New Orleans. Every Mardi Gras, I can't wait to go and have a wonderful time. And one of the biggest reason I love NOLA is the food. And when it comes to New Orleans' cuisine, gumbo is on the top of my list. But why go to NOLA for a single meal when you can find amazing gumbo here in Austin - Evangeline Café.
Some people say the best way to mark the seasons in Louisiana is through a culinary calendar. Crawfish come in season in winter; shrimp boats go out in spring; gardeners pick tomatoes and okra in summer; and everyone makes gumbo in fall. That’s when all the ingredients finally come together. We spent a few days exploring eateries in the New ORleans French Quarter (and beyond) in search of our favorite gumbos. After that, we attempted to find an equal in Austin. Evangeline Cafe is the winner.
When I first arrived (sampling their gumbo for the first time) the staff was friendly, and I was seated quickly. That told me good things were about to come. I ordered a beer and some appetizers. The appetizer was something I never I tried before - Frog legs. My meal was delicious. Now, speaking about that seafood gumbo, you can't get enough of it. The gumbo should have a good rich dark flavor from the roux and the meat should be cooked into the gumbo to add to the flavor. I started with a cup of chicken and sausage gumbo. The real deal! I immediately new that the cook knew his/her way around a Cajun kitchen. I can't tell you how many times I have had "gumbo" at some place that had tomatoes in it, didn't have a roux base, tasted like gravy or just plain soup. I finished up the meal with a seafood platter containing fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, along with dirty rice and a stuffed crab. If you like or want to try real Cajun cooking, give this place a try.
Also - I tried the chicken and sausage gumbo on my second visit - amazing. The roux is incredible.
The place had a nice atmosphere. Reminded me of eating at a restaurant in New Orleans. The gumbo had just the right amount of spice. The only downside was the commute there.
8106 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX 78745