Wednesday, February 15

Heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Get you some gumbo!

If you're heading to New Orleans this weekend for the pre-Mardi Gras festivities, consider fitting a stop from our Southern Gumbo Trail on your eating itinerary.

Dorothy Finister of Two Sister's Restaurant, featured above, only serves gumbo on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan accordingly. And bring your appetite. Servings of Two Sister’s gumbo are epic bowls of shrimp, crab, fresh hot sausage, chicken giblets, okra, filĂ©, bay leaves, thyme, and a jumble of other offerings from the seasoning aisle. Each bowl comes with a side of potato salad, which some diners dump directly into their gumbo. Miss Dorothy, who agrees that potato salad is an essential gumbo accompaniment, keeps hers on the side.

Save room for dessert, too: New Orleans' sno-ball season has officially begun. Visit our New Orleans Sno-Balls oral history project to learn about this local tradition and find out where you'll find sno-ball flavors from king cake to cream of nectar and everything in between.