you forgot filéWhite rice, fresh French bread and Tabasco.
Gumbo don't need no side dish.
But seeing as how it's for your sons party, maybe some fresh cornbread, fried shrimp, fried pickles... Just throwin stuff out there for you. Bacon wrapped chicken breast with a sliver of jalapeño inside cooked on the grill?
It's gotta be white rice, or even brown rice because it's better for you, but never dirty rice.
If anyone can tell me where to find real French bread in this area, please let me know. There is a severe shortage of anything that even comes close West of the Sabine. I can get good gumbo here, but the bread simply cannot be had.[/QUOTE
Our Kroger (518) bakery here in Pearland has come up with a tolerable version. It's probably not the thick crust, heavy knead you're used to, but we like it. It is much easier than digging out the bread maker & mixing it up from scratch (which I would have to do for guests coming in from East of the Sabine as not to get critiqued too hard)...My wife combines the french & sourdough mixes when she makes it from scratch....my personal favorite