What makes the Gumbo Bar worth your visit? Classy atmosphere, excellent service and unique Cajun food, including their signature kettle gumbos, sets this eatery apart from other restaurants in the Galveston area. Many restaurants serve a few Cajun dishes here and there, gumbos, Po boys, but it’s not the main focus, just another menu item. Mumbo gumbo, oysters on the half shell, and “Big Easy” BBQ shrimp are just some of their fantastic seafood options, and the Cioppino is highly recommended (and I hear that one order can feed 2 modestly.) Other than seafood, great Southern/ New Orleans favorites grace the dishes such as fresh cut sweet potato fries, potato fries, coleslaw and red velvet cake!
I have also been informed that they are very considerate of couples who enjoy splitting a meal, and will bring extra plates, so that you can enjoy dining out while staying within your budget. It just so happened that as we dined, we were in the mood for a burger, and they willingly cut it in half, and served the halved burger and fries on separate plates without a fuss…they really treated us well. We ordered a Gumbo burger with cheese, veggies and jalapenos along with those great freshly cut fries. What made the meal so great was also the added variety of 3 brands of hot sauce, and file’. Honestly, I have never seen a restaurant in this area with file’ on the table. Growing up in Southern Louisiana, I was eating fried frog legs and spicy boiled crawfish before I could walk, so file’ has always been on the spice rack where I am from, along with a wide assortment of hot sauces and dried peppers. Having that option was wonderful and I will definitely be going back. You ever avoid going back to a Mexican joint because their salsa tastes like Ragu? Yeah…. To Cajuns, spices are everything in food, and after living in West Texas for years as well, I can tell you, I get sick and tired of East Texas mild “hot” salsas and waiting over ½ an hour for a waitress to bring hot sauce or jalapenos while my food gets cold. This variety of hot sauce and file’ alone will have me crawling back.
The atmosphere is very appealing, try sitting outside on the patio, and enjoy the buzzing life on Postoffice, which is booming for the food industry, and seems to attract a higher class of people than the typical bar crowd you will see on other historic district streets. It is also the entertainment district, being a 1 minute walk from the famous opera house. They also have a huge beer selection, so check out their weekly specials to enjoy the best beer for your buck!