La Rumba – Sulphur, LA


Once again we found ourselves along the I-10 corridor in Louisiana on a Saturday, and stopped to lunch with our friends there. They suggested a Tex-Mex hot spot and off we went.


Like a lot of places in Sulphur, La Rumba isn’t much to look at, just yet. They are doing a lot of renovation and updating to the building, so it may look a little different if you go to hunt it up. There’s a lovely porch for outdoor dining, and due to their popularity, another large section of porch with plenty of seating while you wait for a table to open up.


DSC_0868Inside the decor is typical of it’s kind, with faux stucco walls, heavy dark woods, Mexican ceramics and handicrafts, and a few horses thrown in for good measure. Both booths and tables are available. The floor space is a little cramped, but not too badly.

DSC_0872 La Rumba Dip

La Rumba Dip


We were urged to try the La Rumba Dip, which turned out to he a big bowl of hot cheese topped by beef, chicken and shrimp. It’s similar to a queso flameado, though the cheese consistency is more like dipping queso and there’s a lot of meat. It came with tortillas and a large side of pico de gallo.

DSC_0873 Small quesadilla

Small Quesadilla


Another member of our group had a small quesadilla as an appetizer.




The menu is packed with all the Tex-Mex classics and a short side list of American offerings like burgers and chicken fingers. The kid’s menu has the typical stuff kids enjoy including a personal size cheese pizza.

DSC_0875 Pizza for the kids

DSC_0874 Monster Burrito


One of the teenagers in our party ordered a burrito. We were not quite prepared for the size of the entree. To his credit, he ate the whole thing in one sitting.

DSC_0871 Flauta Mexicana

Flautas Mexicana



I ordered the Flautas Mexicana, and was not disappointed. Flour tortillas stuffed with chicken and deep fried, served with a small bed of lettuce topped by guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.


Sadly, I missed out on getting photos of what everyone else ordered as we were all hungry and the food smelled so good! It lived up to the aroma with plenty of flavor and filling portions.

On the 1-5 scale, La Rumba gets:
Cleanliness – 4.5
Service – 3
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 4.3

La Rumba
1804 Ruth Street
Sulphur, LA 70663
(337) 287-4846

— Ann Cathey

All photos of individual minor models posted with parental permission.

The Boiling Point – Sulphur LA

On our way out to NOLA recently, we were invited to lunch with some friends who live in Sulphur. They took us to a little dive that’s off the beaten path that’s a local favorite for seafood, especially crawfish.

DSC_0013The Boiling Point offers a lunch buffet, so the women went in that direction. My partner decided to try the shrimp po-boy with onion rings, while the last guy in the party didn’t even look at the menu before ordering a 3 pound tray of boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn.


The buffet held a small salad selection, but made up for it with dirty rice, gumbo, crawfish etouffe, and fried catfish. The daily selection will differ according to season, but as long as there is catfish, I’m in heaven.

DSC_0022The onion rings and po-boy were definitely tasty, though the meat was a little thin on the bun. The onion rings had a light and crispy batter with a nice crunch.




What can I say about the crawfish? There were a lot of those spicy little red bodies on that tray! Everyone shared a few, and for a little while there were only the crunching sounds of breaking carapaces and the slurping noises of traditional crawfish consumption. We were delighted with the way the mudbugs turned out and are reassured that they are consistent in their flavor and spiciness all season.

The menu also offers a variety of seafood dishes beyond the boiled crawfish, catfish,  hamburgers, steak, and a kids’ menu that’s full of comfort food. Baked potatoes have their own section on the menu and may be stuffed with several different meats including shrimp and chicken. Even the appetizers and salads are seafood-centric.

Drinks are the usual range of sodas, tea and coffee. Beer is available by the bottle, pulled glass, or pitcher, though the selection is a bit limited.


On the 1-5 scale, The Boiling Point gets:
Cleanliness – 3
Service – 3
Quality of food – 4.5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 3.9

The Boiling Point
1730 Beglis Parkway
Sulphur, LA 70663

(337) 625-9282

— Ann Cathey