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From fine dining to sandwich shops, Napoleon ranks the city's best gumbo

It's not an easy task to pick the top dozen, but our food critic gave it his best shot. 

<p>Seafood Gumbo, Dooky Chase Restaurant, <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">2301 Orleans Avenue</span></p>

Gumbo may well be the quintessential New Orleans dish. You can find it on the menu of many restaurants in the city, from the fine-dining establishments to the neighborhood restaurants and sandwich shops.

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They vary in ingredients, but most come from a roux - thick or thin - and include some combination of seafood, sausage or chicken.

It's not an easy task to pick the top dozen, but our food critic gave it his best shot.