The weather is turning cooler. The first cold snap in the forecast, the people of Louisiana use that as an excuse to make a big pot of gumbo. According to scholars, gumbo originated in Louisiana in the early 18th century.

Gumbo was and still is the poor man's dish in that a family can feast on pot for a week. One pot can feed at least 10 people. You can freeze it for later and when you are ready for it, heat it up and it is just as good if not better than the first time. It doesn't cost a lot to make traditional chicken and sausage gumbo. Seafood, might not be as affordable.

One thing about Lake Charles, LA, people can really cook in Southwest Louisiana. Though gumbo is not hard to make, it takes skill to make a good pot. The roux has to be right or the whole pot is ruined. The seasoning has to be perfect, not too spicy, not too salty.

All the flavors have to be balanced and your meat needs to be seasoned and thoroughly cooked as well. As I said, the Lake Charles restaurants below, have it mastered! All of them have delicious gumbo. So, as the weather gets cool or you have folks visiting from out of town stop into one of these local restaurants and order a bowl!:

Pat's of Henderson - 1500 Siebarth Dr

Pujo St. Cafe - 901 Ryan St

TaD's Louisiana Cooking - 3624 Ryan St

Steamboat Bill's on the Lake - 1004 N Lakeshore Dr.

Leonard's Food Quarter's - 1708 Gerstner Memorial Dr

Seafood Palace - 2218 Enterprise Blvd

Nina P's Cafe - 1600 W McNeese St # A

Mama Reta's Creole Restaurant - 1916 Belden St

Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill - 3901 Ryan St.

Mazen's - 217 W College St

Fiery Crab Seafood Restaurant And Bar - 339 W Prien Lake Rd Unit 400

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