Food holidays often go unnoticed by most food lovers who consider every day a different dish's celebration, but when local spots are upping their game because of say, National Gumbo Day, it does make us take notice. When Eater learned that Liberty Kitchen is serving a special smoked duck gumbo for the occasion this Saturday (October 12), it got us thinking about the best in town. What makes a good gumbo really varies from person to person. At its core is roux, a fat and flour mixture used as a thickening agent. It's what determines if a gumbo is dense and "muddy" or thinner and broth-based (usually with more beer than roux). Each place on the map usually does a thinner or thicker version, but they're all hearty and satisfying.
From muddy, roux-based stews to thinner, lighter variations, these are the gumbo spots you should visit — Gumbo Day or not. As always, let us know if we missed your favorite spot.
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