Brigtsens Restaurant is located in a charming Victorian cottage in Uptown New Orleans near the Riverbend. It's location near the end of St. Charles avenue makes it easily accessible by street car. This restaurant is well known for serving excellent New Orleans cuisine and gumbo is considered one of it's signature dishes.
Brigtsen's was high on our list for dinner during one of our gumbo tours of New Orleans. Reservations were at 6:30. The maitre d' greeted my wife and I warmly and guided us to our table in a high ceilinged dining room of the old New Orleans home. As my eyes feasted on the hand painted murals covering the aged walls, I pondered over how the gumbo would compare to others on our tour.
Our perky waitress announced the gumbo that evening was rabbit and andouille and proudly proclaimed it as the best in town. Rabbit and andouille gumbo is one of my favorite versions of Louisiana's most famous food second only to duck and andouille. I ordered a bowl immediately. As I sipped my wine and tried to interpret the meaning of the hand painted images on the wall, I contemplated whether the gumbo could live up to it's billing.
When my gumbo was served I knew it would be great. It had the correct dark color so important to a rich and tasty gumbo. Rabbit and andouille were plentiful with just the perfect amount of white rice. The flavor was excellent and overall the characteristics of this Louisiana soup identified the chef as a skilled gumbo maker. It was good to the bottom of the bowl and I unashamedly tilted my bowl to spoon out every last drop.
I can recommend Brigtsen's Restaurant for a great gumbo experience. My wife had Mustard Cornmeal Fried de Allemonds Catfish that was outstanding. Call ahead for reservations.