Mardi Gras might be over for another year but you can still get a bowl of gumbo. Homer and Edy’s Bistro, 2839 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 559-5102. Style: Creole cooked up in a crowded old house. Setting: Barbara Cartland visits Tara. Recommended: “All the Way” gumbo. Cost per bowl: $15.50.
Les Sisters, 21818 Devonshire Blvd., Chatsworth. (818) 998-0755. Style: Cozy storefront serving down-home Southern. Setting: Blue tablecloths; blue jeans; blue bayou. Recommended: File gumbo. Cost per bowl: $13.95.
Orleans, 11705 National Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 479-4187. Style: Cajun with credentials. Setting: Open and noisy. Recommended: Seafood gumbo. Cost per bowl: $9.50.
Patout’s, 2260 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 475-7100. Style: Heavy, home-style Cajun. Setting: Lots of warmth, wood and wallpaper. Recommended: Shrimp and okra gumbo. Cost per bowl: $6.
Village Bar-B-Que, 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City. (818) 980-RIBS. Style: Nostalgia as thick as the gumbo served here. Setting: Pigs--pictures, plastered, plastic and painted. Recommended: Creole Gumbo. Cost per bowl: $8.95.