5 spots to grab a warm bowl of gumbo for National Gumbo Day, Oct. 13

Not sure we can make it to tomorrow to grab a bowl of gumbo. Photo via Cajun Seafood House on Facebook

Nothing tastes better on a cool autumn day than a big bowl of gumbo. Here are five local spots cooking up some of the best in the Birmingham area.

1. The Rougaroux

A cup of gumbo + their Roast Beef Debris Po’boy is *chef’s kiss* Photo via The Rougaroux on Facebook

The Rougaroux is one of my favorite hidden gems in Birmingham. Tucked away in Forest Park, it’s known for its laid back feel and authentic cajun menu. And their seafood gumbo is some of the best in town. They have limited indoor and outdoor seating, or you can order for takeout.

  • Address: 817 39th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM + 5-9PM | Sat 12-9PM | Sun 11AM-3PM
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2. The Bright Star

Are you drooling yet? Photo via The Bright Star on Facebook

The Bright Star has been serving up delicious eats in Birmingham for more than a century, and their signature seafood gumbo is one of their most famous menu items. Call them to order for pickup or to make a reservation.

  • Address: 304 N 19th St, Bessemer, AL 35020
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM-9PM | Fri + Sat 11AM-10PM *Note: They recently announced they’ll be temporarily closed on Mondays
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3. Homewood Gourmet

Sometimes a cup just isn’t enough. Photo via Homewood Gourmet on Facebook

One of my favorite things about Homewood Gourmet is that they use all-natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. They offer gourmet sandwiches, salads and homemade sides—including chicken sausage gumbo. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, or swing by and grab a bowl curbside. You can also order online to get it delivered via Grubhub or Waitr.

  • Address: 1919 28th Avenue South, Ste 113, Homewood, AL 35209
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30AM-5PM | Sat 10:30AM-2PM | Closed Sunday
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4. The Southern Kitchen + Bar

What a spread! Photo via Southern Kitchen + Bar on Facebook

The Southern’s menu is full of all your southern favorites, but their Conecuh Gumbo really caught my eye. It’s made up of a dark roux with chicken, rice, Conecuh sausage and topped with shrimp. I mean, what more could you want from a gumbo? Dine-in or get a bowl delivered via Door Dash.

  • Address: 2301 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 35203 
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11AM-10PM | Fri + Sat 11AM-11PM | Sun 11AM-9PM
  • Call | Menu | Website | Facebook

5. Cajun Seafood House

Dying to try the House Gumbo at Cajun Seafood House. Photo via Cajun Seafood House on Facebook

Get a taste of Louisiana at Cajun Seafood House in Vestavia. Locally owned and operated, this seafood spot serves up a mean cup of gumbo. They offer both a seafood gumbo and a house gumbo, which is half seafood and half chicken. You can dine-in, or order for curbside pick up via phone.

  • Address: 2531 Rocky Ridge Rd, Vestavia, AL 35243
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11AM-9PM | Fri-Sat: 11AM-10PM
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