Eat more gumbo (Peg Leg Pete’s)

I think I’ll print a few t-shirts that read “Eat More Gumbo” on the back. A cartoonish blue crab with a peg-leg can point his biggest pincher at another line which says “and read about gumbo adventures at Sometimes people new to a restaurant need a subconscious nudge to order the right thing. Maybe reading the back of my t-shirt will help them make a fulfilling menu selection. Yesterday was a perfect gumbo sort of a day — cool, windy and forty-five degrees at the beach. Peg Leg Pete’s outdoor dining room was filled with teen-agers and their chaperones who had arrived by charter bus just in time for lunch. But none of them was ordering gumbo, though I did hear one table of six athletic-looking high school boys discussing it. I tried to figure out where all these teens and teacher-types were from. So I read their shirts, a wide assortment of t-shirts, jerseys with high school mascots and ”Property of School Put Sport Here” shirts. I figured out their high school, hometown and state, but am protecting their identity since they didn’t order gumbo. Their apparel taught me something about them. Now, if I had been wearing my “Eat More Gumbo” shirt they may have learned something from me, too. No matter what you order at Peg Leg Pete’s, always start with gumbo. And then order more seafood. I’ve ordered it fried, boiled, broiled, steamed, baked and sauced. The seafood is always good at Peg Leg Pete’s no matter how it’s cooked. And the gumbo is always wonderful. It’s brown seafood gumbo with shrimp, crab and fish. And the fish is big chunks of grouper, a mild and sweet tasting fish with great texture that doesn’t fall apart or get tough in the gumbo. Peg Leg Pete’s chefs might have a secret for preparing the gumbo grouper. It looked as if it had been sautéed before being dropped into the gumbo. The shrimp are small, tasty shrimp – not popcorn shrimp that tastes like frozen artesian water. The gumbo also has okra along with the trinity (bell pepper, onion, celery). Even the vegetables retain their distinctive flavors and textures. The okra isn’t gushy, the celery isn’t stringy and the green pepper doesn’t shed its skin. But they still have just enough crunch to be individual. Everyone on the dining porch should have ordered gumbo yesterday because the gumbo was perfect! If I were rich I would have ordered gumbo for everyone! But the shirt prospect is more in my budget. What color best suits a gumbo message – shrimp orange, crab blue or celery green?

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On the search for the perfect gumbo!
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1 Response to Eat more gumbo (Peg Leg Pete’s)

  1. Danny Skelton says:

    I was lucky enough to be her escort & I assure you the Gumbo was worthy of a spot in Diane’s “Gumbo Diaries”. We will be returning to Peg-Leg-Pete’s –soon!! dds


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