Spotlight: J. Gumbo's

We headed back to our favorite fast-casual Cajun restaurant, J. Gumbo’s. We covered J. Gumbo’s last August when the Kalamazoo site of the Louisville-based business first opened. It’s been a VegOut favorite ever since. 

Now serving twelve states, J. Gumbo’s offers two vegan entrées each day. These dishes are delicious, hardy, and Southern-inspired. The White Chili consists of stewed tomatoes, onions, celery, cilantro, and jalapeno. The other vegan option, described as a “New Orleans twist on a French classic,” is none other than the Creole Ratatouille. This dish is made with zucchini, eggplant, squash, okra, bell peppers, and stewed tomatoes.  Both dishes are served with white or brown rice and can be topped with green onions and jalapenos upon request. All entrées are served with a side of bread, which is NOT vegan. Simply swap out the bread for a side of vegan-friendly tortilla chips.

Can’t decide which dish to try? You’re in luck! J. Gumbo’s offers samples to help you choose. If you’re still feeling indecisive, why not try them both? For an additional dollar you can order two entrees in one bowl. We love variety, so that’s our kind of deal.  Speaking of deals, during our most recent visit we spoke with manager Kennedy who informed us that J. Gumbo’s offers a weekend special on their “veggie bowls”. This means the White Chili and Creole Ratatouille cost $6.99 on Saturdays. Dining with vegetarian friends? The special also includes the Bumblebee Stew, a vegetarian option that CANNOT be made vegan.

If you haven’t already checked it out, now is the time to get yourself to J. Gumbo’s for friendly service paired with delicious food. If you ask us, down-home New Orleans cookin’ never goes out of style. 

Photos: Anthony Houtrow