Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by Cincinnati in hopes of turning the town Cajun. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cajun and Creole cuisine at J. Gumbo's in Florence.
Referencing the tasty time-honored recipes of his grandmother, J. Gumbo's founder, Billy Fox Jr., designed a comforting menu of home-style sustenance. All dishes are prepared using only the freshest ingredients and zestiest spices available, as well as enough love to turn a wooden puppet into a real boy and a sock puppet into a foot. Dive fork first into a hearty bowl of jambalaya, bursting with tender chicken, sausage, and the ubiquitous "trinity" of Cajun cuisine: bell pepper, onion, and celery ($5.66). To deliciously deny the impending mitten season, wrap your hands around a voodoo-chicken po' boy sandwich, a belly-warming feast of spicy chicken and green onions atop french bread ($6.37). The menu is friendly to mild-mannered and thrill-seeking diners alike, with each menu item labeled according to heat––one hot-sauce bottle denotes mild, whereas three signifies a concentration of capsaicin powerful enough to send tongues rocketing to the sub-zero climes of Pluto in search of relief. Cool your palate while staying seated with an ice-cold sweet tea ($1.89 each).
J. Gumbo's comforting cuisine is matched by equally uplifting ambiance and heaps of friendly service. Cheerful yellow, orange, and purple walls are accented by vibrant prints and warm spotlighting, and a mixture of cozy booths and tables accommodates visitors of every variety, whether dining on a date, feasting with friends, or trying to win a staring contest with the wall.
Three Yelpers give J. Gumbo's an average of 4.5 stars, and the KY Post gave J. Gumbo's the Award of Excellence in the Vegetarian Entrée category of its Cincinnati's Best of Taste competition. Hello Cincinnati recently profiled the eatery.
- …800 miles away from the Crescent City, the taste of the bayou lives on in the Queen City at J. Gumbo’s Cajun Joint. – Ivonne Rovira, Hello Cincinnati
- Restaurant quality food without the wait, it handles itself a bit like a cafeteria. The menu is fairly limited, but that's hardly a negative - they have something to suit every palate. – Mike W., Yelp
7651 Mall Rd.
Florence, Kentucky 41042Get Directions