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A bowl of gumbo at Pearl Dive.
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13 Soupy Gumbos to Devour Around D.C.

Dip into versions packed with okra, shrimp, chicken, and more

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A bowl of gumbo at Pearl Dive.
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Local diners have learned that they don’t need to wait for Mardi Gras to slurp down a bowl of gumbo. Local restaurants cater to fans of the iconic Southern specialty year-round these days.

The hearty dish historically associated with NOLA is cooked and served in homes and restaurants all over Louisiana, and beyond. Making a great gumbo is almost a rite of passage for many Southern chefs.

Here in the D.C. area, there are many takes on gumbo, from traditional to contemporary. Whether prepared with pork, poultry, or seafood, they all deliver a punch of flavor that brings the Big Easy to the DMV.

The featured restaurants are not ranked; they are arranged geographically from north to south.

Don’t see a favorite gumbo source on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Blue 44

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A few years ago, Blue 44’s gumbo inspired an anonymous patron to leave a $2,000 tip because he loved the food so much. That got the dish a promotion from a soup of the day to a regular entrée item. The chicken- and andouille sausage gumbo is served with a scoop of white rice and scallions.

Blue 44 restaurant in D.C.
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Highlands

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This neighborhood restaurant serves gumbo all day. It’s made with chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham, shrimp, crawfish, and jasmine rice.

No meal at Highlands is complete without gumbo.
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Pearl Dive

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Restaurateur Jeff Black’s Southern-style oyster house does gumbo three ways; each option includes filé, okra, buttered rice, and is accompanied by garlic bread. The seafood gumbo features oysters, shrimp, and local crab; the shrimp gumbo is made with Texas Gulf shrimp; and the braised duck and oyster gumbo includes duck confit and oysters.

A bowl of gumbo at Pearl Dive.
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Puddin' (Multiple locations)

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This Cajun-themed food truck has also set up shop inside Union Market. Its gumbo is a roux-less version featuring chicken, beef sausage, smoked shrimp, seasonal veggies, okra, and rice.

Gumbo is just one of the comfort foods served by Puddin’.
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N’awlins native turned D.C. restaurateur David Guas serves a variety of gumbos at Bayou Bakery, his flagship restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Lil’ B, the new Southern-themed eatery he’s planted inside the Darcy hotel, offers a classic interpretation featuring crawfish, shrimp, long grain rice, and green onions.

Gumbo at Lil’ B.
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Blues Alley

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This iconic jazz and supper club has a seafood gumbo named after musician Jonathan Butler. It features a combination of shrimp, crab meat, red peppers, and onion in spicy tomato broth.

Famed Georgetown jazz club Blues Alley.
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Acadiana

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Restaurateur Jeff Tunks’ Louisiana-themed eatery weaves together fish, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, crawfish, oysters and Mahatma long grain rice into its seafood gumbo.

Seafood gumbo at Acadiana.
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Georgia Brown's

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Specializing in Southern cuisine, Georgia Brown’s doesn’t leave out gumbo. Its version includes shrimp, andouille sausage, crab, chicken, duck confit, okra, celery, onion, peppers, and Hoppin’ John.

Gumbo at Georgia Brown’s.
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Po Boy Jim

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Though Po Boy Jim specializes in sandwiches, gumbo is also in the mix. Its version includes andouille sausage, shrimp, chicken, and rice.

Gumbo at Po Boy Jim.
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Old Ebbitt Grill

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This downtown standby’s gumbo features andouille sausage and fried oysters.

One of the bars at Old Ebbitt Grill.
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Kith and Kin

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Gumbo is a family tradition for Top Chef alum Kwame Onwuachi. So at his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant at the Wharf, he serves a version that’s almost identical to the one he ate growing up. Kith and Kin’s gumbo features Maryland blue crab, rice, grilled quail, and andouille sausage in a shrimp broth.

Quail-shrimp gumbo at Kith and Kin.
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Chasin' Tails (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown chain built around peel-and-eat crawfish also has a seafood- and sausage gumbo to slurp alongside boiled seafood and fried sides.

Gumbo at Chasin’ Tails.
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This Cajun-themed restaurant in Manassas, Virginia, has two gumbo selections. One is a classic version featuring chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham, and white rice. The second is a seafood gumbo with tomato, okra, shrimp, oysters, crab meat, and andouille.

Gumbo at Okra’s.
Photo by Jerry H. / Yelp

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Blue 44

Blue 44 restaurant in D.C.
Photo: Blue 44

A few years ago, Blue 44’s gumbo inspired an anonymous patron to leave a $2,000 tip because he loved the food so much. That got the dish a promotion from a soup of the day to a regular entrée item. The chicken- and andouille sausage gumbo is served with a scoop of white rice and scallions.

Blue 44 restaurant in D.C.
Photo: Blue 44

Highlands

No meal at Highlands is complete without gumbo.
Photo by D M. / Yelp

This neighborhood restaurant serves gumbo all day. It’s made with chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham, shrimp, crawfish, and jasmine rice.

No meal at Highlands is complete without gumbo.
Photo by D M. / Yelp

Pearl Dive

A bowl of gumbo at Pearl Dive.
Photo: Pearl Dive

Restaurateur Jeff Black’s Southern-style oyster house does gumbo three ways; each option includes filé, okra, buttered rice, and is accompanied by garlic bread. The seafood gumbo features oysters, shrimp, and local crab; the shrimp gumbo is made with Texas Gulf shrimp; and the braised duck and oyster gumbo includes duck confit and oysters.

A bowl of gumbo at Pearl Dive.
Photo: Pearl Dive

Puddin' (Multiple locations)

Gumbo is just one of the comfort foods served by Puddin’.
Photo: Puddin’

This Cajun-themed food truck has also set up shop inside Union Market. Its gumbo is a roux-less version featuring chicken, beef sausage, smoked shrimp, seasonal veggies, okra, and rice.

Gumbo is just one of the comfort foods served by Puddin’.
Photo: Puddin’

Lil'B

Gumbo at Lil’ B.
Photo by Rey Lopez

N’awlins native turned D.C. restaurateur David Guas serves a variety of gumbos at Bayou Bakery, his flagship restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Lil’ B, the new Southern-themed eatery he’s planted inside the Darcy hotel, offers a classic interpretation featuring crawfish, shrimp, long grain rice, and green onions.

Gumbo at Lil’ B.
Photo by Rey Lopez

Blues Alley

Famed Georgetown jazz club Blues Alley.
Photo: Blues Alley

This iconic jazz and supper club has a seafood gumbo named after musician Jonathan Butler. It features a combination of shrimp, crab meat, red peppers, and onion in spicy tomato broth.

Famed Georgetown jazz club Blues Alley.
Photo: Blues Alley

Acadiana

Seafood gumbo at Acadiana.
Photo: Acadiana

Restaurateur Jeff Tunks’ Louisiana-themed eatery weaves together fish, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, crawfish, oysters and Mahatma long grain rice into its seafood gumbo.

Seafood gumbo at Acadiana.
Photo: Acadiana

Georgia Brown's

Gumbo at Georgia Brown’s.
Photo: Georgia Brown’s

Specializing in Southern cuisine, Georgia Brown’s doesn’t leave out gumbo. Its version includes shrimp, andouille sausage, crab, chicken, duck confit, okra, celery, onion, peppers, and Hoppin’ John.

Gumbo at Georgia Brown’s.
Photo: Georgia Brown’s

Po Boy Jim

Gumbo at Po Boy Jim.
Photo by Brad P. / Yelp

Though Po Boy Jim specializes in sandwiches, gumbo is also in the mix. Its version includes andouille sausage, shrimp, chicken, and rice.

Gumbo at Po Boy Jim.
Photo by Brad P. / Yelp

Old Ebbitt Grill

One of the bars at Old Ebbitt Grill.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

This downtown standby’s gumbo features andouille sausage and fried oysters.

One of the bars at Old Ebbitt Grill.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Kith and Kin

Quail-shrimp gumbo at Kith and Kin.
Photo: Kith and Kin

Gumbo is a family tradition for Top Chef alum Kwame Onwuachi. So at his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant at the Wharf, he serves a version that’s almost identical to the one he ate growing up. Kith and Kin’s gumbo features Maryland blue crab, rice, grilled quail, and andouille sausage in a shrimp broth.

Quail-shrimp gumbo at Kith and Kin.
Photo: Kith and Kin

Chasin' Tails (Multiple locations)

Gumbo at Chasin’ Tails.
Photo: Chasin’ Tails

This homegrown chain built around peel-and-eat crawfish also has a seafood- and sausage gumbo to slurp alongside boiled seafood and fried sides.

Gumbo at Chasin’ Tails.
Photo: Chasin’ Tails

Okra's

Gumbo at Okra’s.
Photo by Jerry H. / Yelp

This Cajun-themed restaurant in Manassas, Virginia, has two gumbo selections. One is a classic version featuring chicken, andouille sausage, tasso ham, and white rice. The second is a seafood gumbo with tomato, okra, shrimp, oysters, crab meat, and andouille.

Gumbo at Okra’s.
Photo by Jerry H. / Yelp

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