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.
12 great New Orleans gumbos from fine dining to sandwich shops
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.