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Title: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2011, 07:06:04 AM

Going to "Luke" for b-fast this AM...    Matt Regen is the chef and promised us a wonderful break from our fast.

http://www.lukeneworleans.com/ (http://www.lukeneworleans.com/)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: biskuit on February 26, 2011, 07:11:45 AM
good place. the white stripes were eating at the next table last time we were there, so has to be good, right?
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2011, 07:41:38 AM
good place. the white stripes were eating at the next table last time we were there, so has to be good, right?

Matt Regan cooked on our show yesterday, the way he pulled it off as young as he is convinced us that in this restaurant rich town to choose his place for b-fast today.  Besh's own pigs, stone ground local grits and seafood hours out of the water, how bad could it get?

"in house charcuterie" has caught on in this town of late and Matt at Luke does it all.  heading out in 15 minutes.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: jimmy on February 26, 2011, 08:39:52 PM
Stanley for brunch I hope!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2011, 08:54:19 PM
Stanley for brunch I hope!

We had b-fast at Stanley on Fri.   Wonderful, just wonderful.  

Dinner at Dominica, also quite a treat, chef Alon Shaya is in South  Beach, but he left word that we would be there.  Wonderful Salumi, very trick rotating wood fired pizza oven from Italy, fabulous food. We all had small plates, and shared them around the table.  More on the details later.  We did tour the kitchen and talk to the chef on duty, IMHO this is a must-do place.  

We have a bunch of suggestions for brunch tomorrow, Brennen's, Court of the Two Sisters, Sylvain...

http://www.brennansneworleans.com/ (http://www.brennansneworleans.com/)

http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/ (http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/)

http://www.sylvainnola.com/

We just got done catching beads and fighting the crowds, we are back "home" and cruising.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2011, 11:02:03 PM


Just got a text from someone we met here this week. She said "Elizabeths" or the "Green Goddess" is what is happening for Brunch.

<<< Thanks Grace >>>


http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html (http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html)

http://www.greengoddessnola.com/ (http://www.greengoddessnola.com/)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 27, 2011, 07:33:56 AM


Ya gotta love it.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 27, 2011, 10:53:43 PM


We are back, with stories to tell and a truly wonderful few days with only a few nitteling things that did not go as smooth as silk.

We had quite a day today, with b'fast at The court of two sisters (who was it that mentioned that place? )..  Expensive but really worth it with a Jazz band playing in the courtyard and white coated waiter doing the impossible things that make a GREAT place really rock.  Many things cooked to order, but the buffet (don't give me that mess about buffets being just-wrong), but really good things in the "boats" that make up the buffet.  Good crawfish (really spicy and good served cold), a huge salad bar with fresh everything available on it.  Even the steam table bananas foster was fairly good (but I did miss the blue flames and the applause).

I took some pictures and I'll add them to the thread about our adventures in NOLA as the week goes by, I'm dog tired, not hung over, but wrung out from shouting across the street and up to the floats as they went by.  I guess we are going down a couple more times during the summer, we really had fun, did some culinary experimenting and met some movers and shakers with the marketing and restaurant community there in the Big Easy.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: bettylouski on February 28, 2011, 07:36:25 AM


Just got a text from someone we met here this week. She said "Elizabeths" or the "Green Goddess" is what is happening for Brunch.

<<< Thanks Grace >>>


http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html (http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html)

http://www.greengoddessnola.com/ (http://www.greengoddessnola.com/)

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Definitely need to hit Elizabeth's on your next trip for an awesome breakfast and local color outside the FQ.  We were there a few months before Katrina, walking along the river to get there and noticing how the river was up to our heads beyond the wall. . .was glad to hear they reopened shortly thereafter.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: KoPP on February 28, 2011, 08:09:47 AM
Casamentos for oysters (in season), Commander's Palace for lunch (and men, make sure to bring a jacket, and don't wear shorts), and Clover Grill for a great breakfast (and a lotta attitude).
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 28, 2011, 10:07:30 AM


Just got a text from someone we met here this week. She said "Elizabeths" or the "Green Goddess" is what is happening for Brunch.

<<< Thanks Grace >>>


http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html (http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html)

http://www.greengoddessnola.com/ (http://www.greengoddessnola.com/)

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Definitely need to hit Elizabeth's on your next trip for an awesome breakfast and local color outside the FQ.  We were there a few months before Katrina, walking along the river to get there and noticing how the river was up to our heads beyond the wall. . .was glad to hear they reopened shortly thereafter.

Thanks, it is on our "go-to" list.  Though Chefandthefatman have been doing 4 shows a year from NOLA, we had not tagged along because we go other places burning valuable vacation time each place we go anywhere.  We are thinking to add at least one more or two more trip to NO with the gang.  French Quarter Fest sounds like a good time, as well as Tales of the Cocktail,  we sure did enjoy ourselves this trip.

Faux Dolly and Me

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/MikeYDolly22.jpg)



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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: The_Scientist on April 10, 2011, 10:49:53 AM
I'll be in NO this week for a conference. Most of the 2 days will be spent on conferencing, but I should be able to have at least one meal out. I'm staying at the Doubletree, and since I've never been to this town, I have no idea what's in the neighborhood. Wherever it is will have to be close since I'm not going to have a car. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: The_Scientist on April 17, 2011, 01:39:52 PM
As I feared most of the trip was spent confined to a hotel conference room, networking and leveraging synergies. The one meal I had outside was at Mother's, a little lunch counter place established in 1935 couple of blocks from the hotel. Apparently this place is quite popular since the security guard at the door gave us no-nonsense instructions on grabbing a menu, deciding what to order while in line, and not wasting time at the counter placing the order.

I went with a roast beef po-boy and file gumbo. The gumbo was first-rate, lots of protein mixed in with the thick, not too salty broth and a pleasing sasafrass note from the file. The po-boy was just okay, a rather large serving size with a creamy mustard dressing and a side of au jus for dipping which was needed for the too dry bread. My dining companion had crawfish etouffe which he enjoyed as well.

We went for dinner when it was doing steady but not overwhelming business; we only waited 2-3 minutes in line and found a table right away. As I left Friday afternoon I saw a line stretched down the block at the entrance. It looked to be as many locals as tourists, a good sign for a return visit. It seems like every restaurant in town puts "authentic New Orleans" on its door, but this really is.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: omnivorous on June 09, 2011, 01:38:51 PM
Way late reply, but I have to affirm the choice of the Green Goddess.  We've been to many many places in NOLA, and we've resolved we'll always visit Green Goddess on any trip we take to the Big Easy from here on out.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on June 13, 2011, 12:58:16 PM
My wife and I checked out the Louisiana Seafood Festival this past weekend, which was part of a super-festival that included the Creole Tomato Festival and the Zydeco Festival.  There's always some kind of festival going on, it seems.

The cooking demos were dull and uninformative.  The seafood vendors were the highlight for us, though what they offered was almost exclusively the usual fried standards. Softshell poboy that a vendor whipped up in five seconds from a tall stack of crabs that had been fried a few minutes earlier was better and cheaper than the one I ate the next day for comparison at Felix's (Acme Oyster House's rival across the street)--better frying/coating, better bread, better remoulade.

"Creole Tomatoes" looked like any ol' grocery store tomato to me.  I have to admit that I did not taste one by itself, the way I prefer to eat a tomato, so I'm not in a position to judge.  Some Googling reveals that it's not a cultivar but rather a marketing or, at most, a terroir thing, like a Hatch chile or--perhaps a better comparison--a Jersey Tomato. Didn't find many interesting offerings from the vendors selling items made with Creole Tomatoes.  Ooh, a crab-stuffed tomato.

Notable meals included brunch at Elizabeth's (gotta love a place with a breakfast cocktail menu that goes way beyond bloodies and mimosas) and dinner at Luke (great, but expensive, and plays up the French country brasserie thing a little too much for our taste).  Many oysters were consumed in various forms, and we thought they were plump and delicious for any time of the year, let alone early summer.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 01:56:09 PM
My wife and I checked out the Louisiana Seafood Festival this past weekend, which was part of a super-festival that included the Creole Tomato Festival and the Zydeco Festival.  There's always some kind of festival going on, it seems. 

Well lucky you, that sounds like a really good time.  We are going down for Tales of the Cocktail in late July for a few days of fun and to do a couple CnFM shows.  We like the place when it is NOT so blinkin busy as in Mardi Gras & French Quarter Fest.

Notable meals included brunch at Elizabeth's (gotta love a place with a breakfast cocktail menu that goes way beyond bloodies and mimosas) 

Thanks I will add that to our list.  We are going to wander over to magazine street for a morning and look around as we too get caught up in the stuff near the Monteleone Hotel and the French Market.    Green Goddess is a must, the next time you go...

and dinner at Luke (great, but expensive, and plays up the French country brasserie thing a little too much for our taste).  Many oysters were consumed in various forms, and we thought they were plump and delicious for any time of the year, let alone early summer. 

We truly love Luke, actually we have nothing bad to say about any of the Besh owned places.  I had the Pig Cheek Eggs Benedict one of the mornings were were last there at Luke, just incredible.

So you think that Felix's is better than Acme huh?  Now that we have all of the shuckers knowing our name at Acme it is hard to change.  Somehow the better they know you (probably at either place), the more they lose count when shucking a dozen or so oysters.  We have had some doubled up trays of oysters at Acme.  Breakfast of champions...   ;D

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on June 13, 2011, 02:11:20 PM
  We truly love Luke, actually we have nothing bad to say about any of the Besh owned places.  I had the Pig Cheek Eggs Benedict one of the mornings were were last there at Luke, just incredible.

We concentrated on seafood at Luke because we love it and can't get enough of it (I had the fish of the day--black drum), but I understand Besh's forte is meat--specifically the pig and Besh's house-cured charcuterie.  Next time we'll give some of it a try.  I think we were still feeling charcuteried-out after the Belgium trip.  The guy sitting next to us--we ate at the bar--was having a charcfest: rillettes, a charcuterie plate, and what looked like a frisee aux lardons salad.

  So you think that Felix's is better than Acme huh?

As a matter of fact, Acme has long been my go-to place for ersters--because it's well known and I don't know any better.  But some research before this trip revealed that some people prefer Felix's--people who profess to be locals.  The line was shorter at Felix's.  So I gave it a try.  I'd be happy with either.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 02:39:19 PM
  We truly love Luke, actually we have nothing bad to say about any of the Besh owned places.  I had the Pig Cheek Eggs Benedict one of the mornings were were last there at Luke, just incredible.

We concentrated on seafood at Luke because we love it and can't get enough of it (I had the fish of the day--black drum), but I understand Besh's forte is meat--specifically the pig and Besh's house-cured charcuterie.  Next time we'll give some of it a try.  I think we were still feeling charcuteried-out after the Belgium trip.  The guy sitting next to us--we ate at the bar--was having a charcfest: rillettes, a charcuterie plate, and what looked like a frisee aux lardons salad. 


Talking Charkfest----I believe the few experiences we have had at Domenica are in the top 10 restaurant meals I have ever had.  Perhaps we do get a bit extra on the service side of the equation, but the food there has been stellar and I am not one to go gaga over Italian food cooked away from home.  There too, the salumi and the pizza oven are experience game-changers.  There was a real contest about which part of the kitchen was going to be behind the bar when they were building out that restaurant I'm told, and the charcuterie cooler won out over that wood-fired rotating pizza oven you have to go into the kitchen to see. 

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: KoPP on June 13, 2011, 03:59:16 PM
Still the best oysters IMO is Casamentos - it being out in the middle of nowhere makes it more stealth than places close to the Quarter. And when I was talking to Hrothgar and beautiful wife about shrimp, all three of us said Mr Bs at the same time. Great BBQ shrimp.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 05:17:12 PM
Still the best oysters IMO is Casamentos - it being out in the middle of nowhere makes it more stealth than places close to the Quarter. And when I was talking to Hrothgar and beautiful wife about shrimp, all three of us said Mr Bs at the same time. Great BBQ shrimp. 

Where is Mr. B's ?

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 05:21:48 PM
Still the best oysters IMO is Casamentos - it being out in the middle of nowhere makes it more stealth than places close to the Quarter. And when I was talking to Hrothgar and beautiful wife about shrimp, all three of us said Mr Bs at the same time. Great BBQ shrimp.  


Nice.. Casamentos----they are closed for the summer..  they will re-open Sept. 13th..  no chance at comparing..    ;)

http://www.casamentosrestaurant.com/main/main.html (http://www.casamentosrestaurant.com/main/main.html)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: KoPP on June 13, 2011, 06:54:03 PM
It's in the Quarter on Royal St. It's Creole, try some other things like the gumbo or snapper.

Casamentos is closed during the 'non-R' months (mostly because they like vacation during the hot months). As far as Acme vs. Felix's, I've had a number of pre-shucked trays given us at Acme - boo hiss.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Hrothgar on June 15, 2011, 11:56:34 AM
We make an annual weekend trip down to New Orleans, though had to skip last year. Heading down at the end of August.

Our go-to's are as follows:

Domilise's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/domilise-sandwich-shop-and-bar-new-orleans) for po boys. Take a cab.
Mr. B's (http://www.mrbsbistro.com/) for barbecue shrimp, softshell crabs, gumbo. Dress nice and make a reservation.
Port of Call (http://portofcallnola.com/) for monsoons accompanied by a hamburger and baked potato (the only food they serve) that may very well taste like sawdust but I couldn't tell you because after imbibing one of the aforementioned drinks, everything tastes like milk and honey. Forget Bourbon Street. This is the best bar in the Quarter. Be prepared to wait in line.
Cafe du Monde (http://www.cafedumonde.com/) for beignets and coffee (duh).
Commander's Palace (http://www.commanderspalace.com/), a NOLA institution, for Sunday brunch. Much more affordable than dinner and soooooooooo decadent. Best gumbo in town, though Mr. B's is close. As KoPP says, dress nice.

Cochon (http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/) is also great for tail-to-snout, cajun/southern-inspired dining (just make sure you make a reservation or they probably won't seat you). On our next trip we're looking forward to trying Mahony's (http://mahonyspoboys.com/reviews.htm), a newer but much-celebrated po boy spot.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on June 15, 2011, 12:17:52 PM
We had drinks at the French 75 Bar at Arnaud's before heading off to somewhere more downscale for dinner.  I wouldn't say we're into the cocktail renaissance thing, but we like a good cocktail now and then, and this is a great place so get a carefully prepared Sazerac or Vieux Carre in an elegant atmosphere.

www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/french-75/
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: loveATL on June 15, 2011, 01:23:44 PM

Port of Call (http://portofcallnola.com/) for monsoons accompanied by a hamburger and baked potato (the only food they serve) that may very well taste like sawdust but I couldn't tell you because after imbibing one of the aforementioned drinks, everything tastes like milk and honey. Forget Bourbon Street. This is the best bar in the Quarter. Be prepared to wait in line.

Port Of Call *ROCKS*!  We eat there about once a day when down there for Jazzfest.  People think I'm crazy when I recommend  a place in NOLA to get a burger but a big ol' cheese burger, loaded baked potato and a monsoon will make your day!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 19, 2011, 11:21:09 PM

GG>-   A short list of off the beaten path places from my group of readers & posters

The Joint
801 Poland Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117
Tel: (504) 949-3232 

Creole Creamery
4924 Prytania
New Orleans, LA
Tel:(504) 894-8680

Casamento's
4330 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Tel: (504) 895-9761

Surrey's Cafe
1418 Magazine St.,
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tel: (504) 524-3828

Tracey's (formerly Parasol's)
2604 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Website: www.traceysbar.com

Joey K's
3001 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA
Tel: (504) 891-0997

Sammy's Food Service & Deli
3000 Elysian Fields
New Orleans, LA 70122
Tel:(504) 947-0675
Website: www.sammysfood.com

Mahony's PO Boy Shop
3454 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Tel: (504) 899-3374
Website: mahonyspoboys.com

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 22, 2011, 11:46:37 PM

<< Pictures in Summary  >>

Six of us sat down to dinner at Grand Isle restaurant near Harrah's for dinner tonight and though they had some bad reviews some years ago, our dinner, food, service was terrific. With some extra's coming out from the kitchen and a dedicated waitress (Julie) that attended our table and our needs.  We all had raw oysters to start off the meal, and then a varied selection from the six folks, two of us gut the seafood and pasta dish, I think two also got the shrimp and grits.  All dishes I tasted were very good and well presented.  I'd go back in the future.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 23, 2011, 09:34:18 PM
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 24, 2011, 06:41:07 AM

Buffa's Bar (Good Sunday Brunch)

Here is a new one as yet untried but recommended. 

http://www.buffasbar.com/ (http://www.buffasbar.com/)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: jimmy on August 03, 2011, 09:45:02 AM
Just had my bachelor party in NOLA.

Weekday $20 fixed price lunch at Besh's Restaurant August is an amazing deal.

Bar style burger and baked potato at Port of Call highly recommended.

Cochon was good but somewhat underwhelming. Everything was so salty.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on August 03, 2011, 10:11:03 AM
I second the burger at Port of Call. And the drinks too!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: totm on August 03, 2011, 01:46:39 PM
<snippage>
On Wednesday we had lunch at Acme Oyster house and it was terrific, we had a show in a couple hours so we didn't order TONS of oysters but what we ordered were clean and good.  All of what we ate there were Apalachicola oysters (sp)..
<snippage>
Were Louisiana oysters not available?  When there has been red tide in Apalachicola we've ended up with Louisiana oysters in PCB.  I prefer the Apalachicolas myself.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 03, 2011, 03:08:19 PM
<snippage>
On Wednesday we had lunch at Acme Oyster house and it was terrific, we had a show in a couple hours so we didn't order TONS of oysters but what we ordered were clean and good.  All of what we ate there were Apalachicola oysters (sp)..
<snippage>
Were Louisiana oysters not available?  When there has been red tide in Apalachicola we've ended up with Louisiana oysters in PCB.  I prefer the Apalachicolas myself.

I didn't ask why, but was told that all that were available in NOLA that weekend were Apalachicola oysters,  Of course some places had a variety of NW. coast oysters as well, but we weren't there on an oyster quest, we had just returned from Seattle.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: jimmy on August 04, 2011, 08:00:56 AM
I second the burger at Port of Call. And the drinks too!

Those drinks were potent! I measured it somewhere around an 8 count pour from TWO bottles of Rum in that one drink.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: loveATL on August 04, 2011, 08:38:42 AM
<snippage>
On Wednesday we had lunch at Acme Oyster house and it was terrific, we had a show in a couple hours so we didn't order TONS of oysters but what we ordered were clean and good.  All of what we ate there were Apalachicola oysters (sp)..
<snippage>
Were Louisiana oysters not available?  When there has been red tide in Apalachicola we've ended up with Louisiana oysters in PCB.  I prefer the Apalachicolas myself.

That would be the Monsoon.  Not a drink for newbies  :P


I didn't ask why, but was told that all that were available in NOLA that weekend were Apalachicola oysters,  Of course some places had a variety of NW. coast oysters as well, but we weren't there on an oyster quest, we had just returned from Seattle.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Hrothgar on August 16, 2011, 02:39:34 PM
Heading down a week from Friday for our (roughly) annual weekend trip. They're having a city-wide food event (http://www.nomcvb.com/restaurants/index.cfm) in August that has a lot of restaurants offering prix-fixe menus, including Commander's Palace. Now we have to decide whether to do that or stick with our usual Sunday brunch there. Hmmm...

Looking forward to trying Mahony's at long last!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 16, 2011, 10:31:15 PM
Heading down a week from Friday for our (roughly) annual weekend trip. They're having a city-wide food event (http://www.nomcvb.com/restaurants/index.cfm) in August that has a lot of restaurants offering prix-fixe menus, including Commander's Palace. Now we have to decide whether to do that or stick with our usual Sunday brunch there. Hmmm...

Looking forward to trying Mahony's at long last!

Stanley is at the top of my list (unless we are going to Green Goddess or Luke) for brunch.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Hrothgar on August 18, 2011, 01:43:58 PM
Anyone ever been to Deanie's Seafood? Original location in Metarie, but they have a Quarter spot as well. Looks promising, as NOLA-style seafood shacks go. Saw them profiled on Man vs. Food and it was quite temping. Barbecue shrimp is my wife's ne plus ultra, so she's eager to try theirs (Mr. B's being the benchmark). And plenty on the menu calling my name as well.

http://www.deanies.com/

EDIT: Guess I should have done a closer reading of Mike's trip report above.  ::)
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 18, 2011, 03:58:28 PM
Anyone ever been to Deanie's Seafood? Original location in Metarie, but they have a Quarter spot as well. Looks promising, as NOLA-style seafood shacks go. Saw them profiled on Man vs. Food and it was quite temping. Barbecue shrimp is my wife's ne plus ultra, so she's eager to try theirs (Mr. B's being the benchmark). And plenty on the menu calling my name as well.

http://www.deanies.com/

EDIT: Guess I should have done a closer reading of Mike's trip report above.  ::)

I would say it is as good as an all-fried, huge-platter of fresh seafood can get.  I loved it, but could barely finish 1/4 of the seafood platter.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Foodgeek on September 10, 2011, 12:13:17 PM
Just a quick recap of what we ate in New Orleans last weekend. It was torrential when we drove into town, with the last part of the trip being a white knuckle drive in a tropical storm, so we were pretty tired. We ate dinner at the Pelican Bar in the Sheraton hotel, which was overpriced and not bad, but not great. I had the worst $12 glass of wine I've ever tasted, then switched to drinking Abita on draft ($6). We had po' boys - cajun chicken for me and red snapper for The Scientist - and fries on the side. Hunger is the best condiment, so we wolfed it all down.

Breakfast on Saturday was at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House. We must have arrived on the late side for breakfast, because we were told that we'd be the last seating and we just made it in under the wire. I got the Vieux Carre breakfast with poached eggs, biscuit, some deliciously thick bacon and the richest bowl of grits I've ever eaten. TS got the benedict with andouille sausage, biscuit, hollandaise (of course) and creole potatoes on the side, plus fresh orange juice. Very tasty and we enjoyed our snide bartender/waiter as he cheerfully turned away all other latecomers, informing them that he was done with his shift and they could go fend for themselves elsewhere.

Incidentally, it was Southern Decadence weekend, so we got to enjoy some very gay festivities, with much dancing and debauchery. I highly recommend it.

I drank a couple of buckets of frozen beverages from various establishments. $10 gets you a vat of alcohol slushee, plus a free shot of something sweet, and you can walk the streets getting as sloshed as you want. Later, we had a dozen oysters at the Royal House, with a bloody mary for me and a New Orleans version of Long Island Tea for TS. I really liked the pickled veggies in my drink, and both of our beverages had a nice kick. Dinner was at Green Goddess, where I got a special type of mint julep with white rum instead of bourbon. Tasty. We started with the lentil pancake which was like many Indian snacks, topped with tamarind chutney and crisp noodles. For entrees, we got the pork belly on lettuce wraps and a special of salt cod dumplings in a very light broth with potatoes and carrots. We really enjoyed everything at this place, even though the air conditioning appeared to be malfunctioning, making it unpleasantly muggy inside.

Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters on Sunday. This was a great meal. So many choices, including eggs benedict, pancakes, roast beef, pickled herring in cream, salmon mousse. . . Not cheap, but definitely worth it. The Scientist really liked his turtle soup, which was the soup of the day, but I thought it tasted like dirt, because I always think turtle tastes like dirt. I also had a milk punch, which was super yummy and a great way to start the day.

Dinner was at Mr. B's, where I got the obligatory barbecue shrimp. Again, not cheap, but it's a huge portion of head-on shrimp in a deliciously complex sauce. TS started with a trio of soups - seafood gumbo, chicken and sausage gumbo and shrimp-cauliflower bisque. He really enjoyed all three, but liked the bisque most of all. For his entree, he got the rabbit, which was insanely rich, in a velvety sauce served over a pile of creamy potatoes. This was an excellent meal.

Oh, and of course we had beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde. It was a really fun weekend, and I think it would be great to go back sometime, particularly when a tropical storm isn't hitting the area.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on September 10, 2011, 03:28:21 PM
. . .
Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters on Sunday. This was a great meal. So many choices, including eggs benedict, pancakes, roast beef, pickled herring in cream, salmon mousse. . . Not cheap, but definitely worth it. The Scientist really liked his turtle soup, which was the soup of the day, but I thought it tasted like dirt, because I always think turtle tastes like dirt. I also had a milk punch, which was super yummy and a great way to start the day.
. . .

I will disagree on this one.  I've walked by the place many times, but last time we were in NOLA we decided we'd finally try the jazz brunch.  We felt it was pricey and not the best quality.  The ambience was great, and I think any NOLA fan should do it at least once for that reason.  Just providing a contrasting opinion.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: tansu on October 20, 2011, 07:51:56 AM
Going in Dec. (Delta sale $35 - ends today 10/20) got good suggestions so far but interested in crawfish in french quarter.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on October 20, 2011, 12:49:26 PM
Going in Dec. (Delta sale $35 - ends today 10/20) got good suggestions so far but interested in crawfish in french quarter.

Wow. Where did you find the Delta sale? Quick Google search yields nothing.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on October 20, 2011, 12:51:56 PM
Found it after a little digging on Delta's site. Lots of good deals. Thanks for the heads-up!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on October 20, 2011, 10:50:44 PM
Three deep breaths...ok, so I just spent LITERALLY an hour and 20 minutes "on hold/disconnect/have to transfer you" with Delta, on two phones simultaneously, in order not to miss them, only to be told that that deal is "sold out". I just gave up and didn't harass the poor woman I finally talked to, but I'm calling Delta tomorrow and complaining vociferiously. Not only do I believe it may be illegal, since the website did not mention a limited number of "deals" while saying that the offer was good through today, but the phone system SUCKS.

Have fun in NOLA Tansu. I mean that in a good way.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on October 21, 2011, 07:54:50 AM
Three deep breaths...ok, so I just spent LITERALLY an hour and 20 minutes "on hold/disconnect/have to transfer you" with Delta, on two phones simultaneously, in order not to miss them, only to be told that that deal is "sold out". I just gave up and didn't harass the poor woman I finally talked to, but I'm calling Delta tomorrow and complaining vociferiously. Not only do I believe it may be illegal, since the website did not mention a limited number of "deals" while saying that the offer was good through today, but the phone system SUCKS.

Have fun in NOLA Tansu. I mean that in a good way.

Sorry you didn't find the fare you wanted.  The NOLA fare was good.  I was tempted to scoop up a trip to San Francisco, too, if for no other reason than to make a mileage run at six cents a Skymile, have a couple of good meals, and return home.  As far as I know, the general rule is that seats priced at whatever price level or "fare bucket" are always available only in limited quantities, and the cheapest seats on a flight do tend to sell out first.  Any air travel experts out there care to elaborate?  (Yes, this is probably a separate "food travel" thread.)
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on October 21, 2011, 08:58:32 AM
Thanks for the info. If the deal is not available any more, then they should remove it from the website or indicate "sold out". I could have lived with that, no problem. Basically being on hold for 80 minutes for something that was no longer available? Huge waste of my time and disappointing to boot. Not cool.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: tansu on October 21, 2011, 04:10:32 PM
Not to turn this into a travel site, but it was a southwest price match.
Delta ENDS their "sales" about 8-9 pm on given day. NOT sold out!
I am a kettle, not a expert.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 07, 2012, 10:56:16 AM
My wife and I had a long weekend getaway in NOLA, using the Delta sale fare mentioned here back in October.  This trip we hit up some classics that have long been on my bucket list but for some reason I've never been able to make it to (okay, for the reason that most other trips have been during Mardi Gras or Jazzfest or a buddy's birthday or some other craziness that preoccupied me).  We concentrated on the Garden District and Uptown: Casamento's for oysters; lunch at Commander's Palace with the 25-cent martinis; Tracey's and Magazine St. Poboy for po'boys.  Also finally experienced the grilled oysters at Drago's: NOW I know what all the fuss is about--those oysters were about the best thing I've ever eaten.

As a huge fan of the NOLA style roast beef po'boy, I took the opportunity to compare Tracey's (the people who used to own Parasol's) and Magazine Street Po'boy versions.  Tracey's was the winner between the two--less mushy meat, larger sandwich overall (not necessarily a plus), and what I thought was the better bread.  Perhaps more gravy than I would have preferred--the thing was soaked--but not a big problem.  Next trip I plan to check out Parkway's, which is another place that gets mentioned a lot when roast beef po'boys are discussed.  My wife declared the softshell po'boy at Tracey's a clear winner over Magazine St. Po'boy's version--just more crab.  I also tried the "oyster loaf" at Casamento's and was a bit disappointed--just an oyster po'boy on white bread instead of French bread, and I believe I much prefer the latter.  But Casamento's raw oysters were amazing--I don't know where they get them, but of the many dozens of oysters we ate at various places over the weekend, those at Casamento's were the plumpest.  But I'm pleased to report that oysters were great everywhere.  Crawfish were not quite in season yet.  We had hoped to find them at Cooter Brown's (sports bar), which I've heard can do a mean crawfish boil, but we had to make do with oysters.

We didn't make a big deal out of breakfast/brunch this trip, and our only dedicated breakfast foray was to Camellia Grill, an old-school diner in Carrollton at what is currently the end of the St. Charles streetcar line.  Greasy and satisfying diner breakfast, nothing more nothing less.

Lunch at Commander's.  Check.  In a word, anticlimactic.  It's been on my bucket list since years ago hearing my parents mention it as somewhere they dined on a NOLA trip back in the early 1960s. (My mom was from Baton Rouge, and met my Yankee dad after moving to the Northeast.)  No major desire to return for either lunch or dinner.  I guess it might be a novelty for someone who wouldn't experience the whole "French fine dining" thing but for being a tourist in New Orleans, and it's no doubt a great place for a fancy business lunch or special date night dinner, but we just didn't find it exhilarating, and the pretentiousness seemed kind of silly for a place that seats like 500 people.  Yes, the food is no doubt great, but there are so many places for great food.

They sure are proud of their food, those New Orleaneans.  We were walking in the park, and a guy walking with his wife just started talking to us: "What's your favorite food in New Orleans?"

Drinking: Avenue Pub is a great beer bar, with a selection that reminded me of The Porter.  The owner's name is Polly, who reminded me of Molly.

We went to the French Quarter to watch the Krewe du Vieux parade, but other than that we pretty much ignored the Quarter this trip.  Everyone seems to be gearing up for Mardi Gras.

We also toured the World War II Museum.  Excellent.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 07, 2012, 04:38:27 PM

GG>- purported to have the best Charbroiled Oysters.


Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (Fat City, Metairie)
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 888-9254

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am until 9 pm
    Closed Sunday
    Closed All Major Holidays
    Closed July 2 – July 5, reopen July 6
    Closed Mardi Gras weekend and some parade nights.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++==++++++++++++++++

Drago's Seafood Restaurant (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)

(504) 584-3911
Warehouse District
2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 584-3911
Warehouse District
open Monday through Sunday from 11 am until 10 pm.
Closed Mardi Gras Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 08, 2012, 07:25:31 AM



GG>- purported to have the best Charbroiled Oysters.


Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (Fat City, Metairie)
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 888-9254

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am until 9 pm
    Closed Sunday
    Closed All Major Holidays
    Closed July 2 – July 5, reopen July 6
    Closed Mardi Gras weekend and some parade nights.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++==++++++++++++++++

Drago's Seafood Restaurant (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)

(504) 584-3911
Warehouse District
2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 584-3911
Warehouse District
open Monday through Sunday from 11 am until 10 pm.
Closed Mardi Gras Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Not having a car with us, we went to the Drago's at the Hilton.  A local shrugged when I asked whether the one in Metairie is really better.  If I'm not mistaken, there's even a third Drago's location somewhere.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on February 08, 2012, 11:18:35 AM
There is a Drago's on Poydras.

Lorenzo - ever been to Liuzza's by the Track? Years ago I heard that their roast beef po boy rivaled Parasols. http://www.nola.com/sites/liuzzas/

I agree about the underwhelming "oyster loaf" at Casamentos.

And curious as to what you got at Camillia Grill? The chili cheese omelette or the pecan waffle used to be the way to go.

Looking forward to our trip to NOLA on the 18th!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 08, 2012, 12:05:58 PM
There is a Drago's on Poydras.

Yes, it's in the Hilton hotel.  That's the one we went to.

Lorenzo - ever been to Liuzza's by the Track? Years ago I heard that their roast beef po boy rivaled Parasols. http://www.nola.com/sites/liuzzas/

Haven't been there, but I saw it mentioned somewhere.  I'll put it on my po'boy list, though it doesn't seem to get mentioned a lot these days.  Parkway is definitely my next target.

And curious as to what you got at Camillia Grill? The chili cheese omelette or the pecan waffle used to be the way to go.

We had omelettes, though I don't recall what kind.  I know their blender-whipped omelettes are sort of their trademark, but I didn't care for the style.  Still, a good diner breakfast was a refreshing alternative to the upscale brunches.

Enjoy your trip and let us know how it went.  I can't get enough of that city.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 08, 2012, 08:55:13 PM


I really don't know this and have not looked it up...

Where are some interesting beer places in or around New Orleans ?

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 09, 2012, 06:45:49 AM

Where are some interesting beer places in or around New Orleans ?


As I mentioned in my trip report, I thought Avenue Pub on St. Charles was a winner.  Serious beer list.  Claims to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  http://theavenuepub.com
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on February 09, 2012, 09:14:10 PM
I do like the Camellia Grill's fluffy omelette style, especially with the chili cheese combo to kind of counter the amount of fluffy egg.

Anyone know if K Jeans Seafood is still there on Carrollton? Have not been back to NOLA in at least 7 years and looking forward to it, as I mentioned before. It is nearly always hot and /or humid as hell but I lived there for a year in 95-96 and it does get under your skin.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 10, 2012, 11:22:02 AM

Mena's breakfasts are 'da bomb. They have a spicy alligator sausage that rocks my morning world. 

Drago's (Hilton location) sets the high point for chargrilled oysters in my book.  They were a tad gritty but the best flavor I/we have come across, and HUGE oysters to boot.


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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Davo7 on February 10, 2012, 02:13:55 PM
Headed to Mardi Gras next week, riding in Babylon on Thursday night. Ready for the ride, even more ready for the food. Here's what we got lined up:
Arnaud's
Miss Mae's
Commander's
Tracey's
Acme
Restaurant August.

Laissez Bon Temps Rouler!!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 13, 2012, 05:36:05 PM

We are back with lies on our lips about New Orleans and how nice the weather is there.  We DID have a wonderful time, and did get some rare treats and some genuinely fine food.  I'll post about it with pics to the links. 

Drago's has the finest Oyster cooked that way that I have eaten, ever.  I am not sure how they get them that good.

The Green Goddess is sortof like the Soup Nazi to me.  Wonderful food, teeny-weeny place, ambivalent owner/server/front-end-person, wonderful food, strange scruffy wait staff that we took for a homeless guy, wonderful food, and good prices.

Pier 424 Right on period.  If Chad is there, you eat wonderful food, I have not been there when he was not there, so I don't know about those times.

Harrah's Seafood Buffett, take your $$$ to Ralph's < by the park > and have a wonderful stuffed burger for $8.00...

Mena's go every day if you can.  Wonderful breakfast but no eggs Benedict, WONDERFUL alligator sausage that is worth the trip.

Pat O'Brian's ----  You know -----   Don't go there and then go to Royal street and shop...  LOL

<<< adding more later >>>

Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 13, 2012, 06:31:12 PM
Are the crawfish coming in yet, Mike?  Not that I'll be back in NOLA any time soon  :(
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 13, 2012, 11:03:18 PM
Are the crawfish coming in yet, Mike?  Not that I'll be back in NOLA any time soon  :(

I guess that the "check" is if Harrah's is offering them in the buffet.  They are not.

There were NO mudbugs being offered anywhere yet.

Were were told that we were in the very beginning of the "season", but we could find none in the Quarter.


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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on February 16, 2012, 10:40:15 PM
So headed that way on Sat AM. Not really looking forward to the Mardi Gras stuff but whatever. Do you all think I need to make a reservation for Drago's on Poydras? I think we will probably hit it up for lunch anyway, I wouldn't think that they would take reservations for lunch, right? Given the MG, I don't think that we will be trying to go to any fancy dinner places. What say you?
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 16, 2012, 11:57:18 PM
So headed that way on Sat AM. Not really looking forward to the Mardi Gras stuff but whatever. Do you all think I need to make a reservation for Drago's on Poydras? I think we will probably hit it up for lunch anyway, I wouldn't think that they would take reservations for lunch, right? Given the MG, I don't think that we will be trying to go to any fancy dinner places. What say you?

You will be fine, but sometimes there is a line at Drago's.  Make sure you are on the right side of the parade route well before your arranged time to eat. 

Go see Lena at the Monteleone, (the shows are free but seating is first come first served.  I'd go at 8 or earlier for her 9 oclock show.  Ask Marvin the bartender at the Carousel for a Incan's Punch and watch his eyes. 

You know my favorites, I have spouted about them enough.  We didn't get to Casamento's because of the schedule. 

Go to the "soup nazi" (Green Goddess) for brunch one day, really good, eclectic food choices.

Pier 424 is NOT fancy, and the food rocks (or we are spoiled).  If Chad is there let him know you heard of him from me.  He is a totally good guy.  He is a Big Green Egg guy. 

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: totm on February 17, 2012, 09:40:11 AM
Are the crawfish coming in yet, Mike?  Not that I'll be back in NOLA any time soon  :(
Too early for bugs.  Word is that the warm winter has been very kind to the little lobsters.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 17, 2012, 03:34:59 PM
Are the crawfish coming in yet, Mike?  Not that I'll be back in NOLA any time soon  :(
Too early for bugs.  Word is that the warm winter has been very kind to the little lobsters.

Not way too early.  We were told that if we either went West or East of town there were freshly harvested LARGE (I mean LARGE) crawfish available.  It is early in the season, but not available in enough quantity to see them at Harrah's for example.    We did eat some monster one-day-out-of-the-water shrimp at two places.  They musta been 6-10's......

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 20, 2012, 03:41:45 PM


Still editing pictures and finding some on my Droid that were not in the mix.


Here is a shot of the feast about to start at Drago's

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Dragos.jpg)


Here is one of the incredible Bahn Mi at Green Goddess.

Bahn Mi

Dong Phuong roll dressed with a foie gras mousse, fresh cucumbers, carrots, jalapeno, arugula, basil and pickled turnips; then filled with pan fried Cambodian style pork belly from Nieman farms and fresh gulf shrimp in a Thai chile sauce and topped with fried shallots. Served with a side salad.


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/GreenGoddess.jpg)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on February 20, 2012, 11:31:16 PM
Wow, that bhan mi looks terrific! Not sure if we will make it there this trip but good to know about.

Our Drago charbroiled oyster experience was good, but not great, as there were a lot of shell bits in there (as well as with the raw half shells we had) - sloppy shucking. Also, really disliked the ginormous HILTON setting, but glad we tired them. Mike - I bet you could make as good or better "charbroiled" oysters on the BGE!?

Mena's = great atmosphere. Very real NOLA. I think we did ourselves a disfavor by both getting the hot roast beef po' boy. Not their strong suit. Very nice folks.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Lorenzo on February 21, 2012, 07:30:33 AM
I've glanced at that Drago's photo a couple of times now, Mike, and each time I can immediately smell it.  Amazing how our different senses are intertwined.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 21, 2012, 10:04:53 AM
Wow, that bhan mi looks terrific! Not sure if we will make it there this trip but good to know about.

Our Drago charbroiled oyster experience was good, but not great, as there were a lot of shell bits in there (as well as with the raw half shells we had) - sloppy shucking. Also, really disliked the ginormous HILTON setting, but glad we tired them. Mike - I bet you could make as good or better "charbroiled" oysters on the BGE!?

Mena's = great atmosphere. Very real NOLA. I think we did ourselves a disfavor by both getting the hot roast beef po' boy. Not their strong suit. Very nice folks. 

CP and both agree with the gritty oysters during busy times at any of the oyster restaurants.  We possibly had more grit at Drago's than at Acme, it does make it unpleasant but for me it was one or two oysters that had the problem at Drago's.  We did sit right in front of the shucking and BLAZING area where they are charbroiling the oysters and spent enough time in there to make our trip worth their while.  I'm guessing fairly early in the day when the guys do not have tens of dozens an oysters on order you would get a better, cleaner, oyster.  A great shucker can do the deed at light speed with nary a chunk of grit, I'm guessing it is the skill level of the guys doing the job. 

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 25, 2012, 09:51:36 AM
We are fixin to fly back from the Crescent City today later.

We had a good week with old and new places with mostly hits and a bare few misses.

I found a BBQ event here on Saturday and it was a real hoot.  Many pictures later.

start list of actual adventures:  I am editing pictures, I'll sure be able to show some by Thursday.


Borgne X 3
Vitascope X 2
8 Block
Stanley
Acme
Pier 424
Domenica
Green Goddess
Adelaide
Carousel bar X 3
Cafe Du Monde
<Cafe Du Monde, we have avoided it for several years.  We succumbed to it this time, to satisfy someone that had not been there or had been there only briefly.  I can avoid it again for a few years.  There is nothing there for me.>

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 27, 2012, 10:19:31 PM


I have a wish list now...

I'll add it to this over time.

Casamento's  (I hope the spelling is right)
Drago's in Meterie

GG>- Quite honestly a couple of the dinners we had this time were epic.   It doesn't happen often.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 27, 2012, 11:40:14 PM


I have a wish list now...

I'll add it to this over time.

Casamento's  (I hope the spelling is right)
Drago's in Meterie

GG>- Quite honestly a couple of the dinners we had this time were epic.   It doesn't happen often.

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I did have the list almost posted bui then my computer took a dive.  I'll generate it again.

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 29, 2012, 11:01:56 AM

This time we visited these fine restaurants.   Remember it was storming for 2 1/2 days while we were there, we didn't leave the hotel until the 3rd day.

Borgne X 3                               at the Hyatt
8 Block X 2 (for breakfast)         at the Hyatt
Vitascope                                 at the Hyatt
Stanely - Eggs Stanley is amazing
Pier 424 (took a crowd)
Carousel bar at Hotel Monteleone ( X 2 )
Acme Oyster House (with 5 others)
Domenica (took 12 folks)  This was an epic meal for all of us.
Cafe Adelaide (took 6 folks) This too was a wonderful dinner
Cafe du Monde (just a few of us)
NOMA restaurant at the Museum

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 29, 2012, 07:37:16 AM

Where are some interesting beer places in or around New Orleans ?


As I mentioned in my trip report, I thought Avenue Pub on St. Charles was a winner.  Serious beer list.  Claims to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  http://theavenuepub.com

We finally made it, I'll include it in a BIG report I intend to make in the next few days.  Talk about a grungy place, it is old, it is in an old house, the beer/food service ritual is eclectic to say the least - but they DO have a list of interesting beers and a CO2/Nitrogen gassed tap system that is both interesting and efficient.   Damn good burger and duck-fat french fries......

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 30, 2012, 08:01:42 PM



I hope I can cauterize enough of the info I have gathered in and around New Orleans during this "Tales of the Cocktail" so that it is a readable, enjoyable adventure for  you all...    I/we had just the best time, almost no miss QQQQQ's that happen when a small crowd occupies a place for a good time and to provide a good time for others. 

We skipped most of the favorites and went slightly outside of our box on at least 3 places.  In my opinion we scored on all three. Some of the crowd had never eaten at Green Goddess and the menu was strange to them, others loved the variety.  We had breakfast/brunch there one day and deem it an "constant winner" that we don't hand off lightly.   More on all of this later, it is good to be gone, but it WONDERFUL to be back.   

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 02, 2012, 01:59:10 PM
WIP:  I hope to finish this during this week..   I took way too many pictures and am trouble finding time to get them edited and posted on Flickr.

This is a sortof summary of the high spots of our adventure during Tales of the Cocktail 2012.  Besides doing our shows on Wednesday and Thursday we did not participate much in the fun filled chaos that is "Tales".  We certainly did get a few bloody Mary's and other free drinks that they were handing out various places but we stuck to our plan and didn't do any spirited dinners or attend any seminars.

Tuesday 7/24

GG>- We settled in, had a few of the free cocktails in The Hotel Monteleone and then waited for a phone call for late brunch and dinner.

We got a call that our Krewe was meeting at Acme, so we went there for a plate or two of the "raws" and to joke with the shuckers that we know there.  Though it was not officially oyster season these N. Florida oysters were good, semi-briny and filled the bill..

The new restaurant Criollo in The Hotel Monteleone is very nice, they have only been open a short time but our dinner together there on Tuesday night (7/24) was memorable with all of our dishes meeting muster.

http://criollonola.com/ (http://criollonola.com/)


For Deanne
SOFT SHELL CRAB
Shoepeg Corn, Gold Chanterelles, Tomato Concasse,
Brown Butter Sauce

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3179.JPG)



For Erik
PAN ROASTED SWORDFISH (line caught)
Saffron & Asparagus Risotto,
Coconut Crustacean Sauce

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3178.JPG)

For Kevin
PERDIDO PASS SNAPPER
Jumbo Lump Crab, Orange & Fennel Slaw,
Roasted Sweet Pepper, Ancho-Lime Butter

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3180.JPG)

For Karen
LOUISIANA CRAWFISH RAVIOLI
Collard Greens, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes,
Shaved Goat Cheese

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3181.JPG)

For me...
CANE MARINATED PORK TENDERLOIN
Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash, Rainbow Chard,
Chipotle Tamarind Apricot Sauce

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3183.JPG)

We walked around the French Quarter for a bit but hit the bed early, no gambling, no staying at the French 75 bar until 3, we were just vacationing.

Wednesday: 7/25

Mena's Palace for breakfast minus Deanne. As I have said before they do a good breakfast and have that wonderful spicy alligator sausage.

Brunch for Deanne and light brunch for me at Green Goddess

Acadian Country Breakfast
Two sweet potato biscuits stuffed with pan fried boudin patties
served with a side of truffle grits, house made pepper jelly, and
Steens syrup.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3188.JPG)

Boudin Patty with creole mustard and Steens syrup.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3190.JPG)


2PM Show: in the Criollo Restaurant.
 
Deanies on Wednesday night.  If you are going to go eat a big plate of fried seafood it might be one of the best places, and it is walking distance from The Hotel Monteleone where we stayed.  The half seafood platter will feed two normal people.  The soft shelled crabs were in right then and were delicious.

http://www.deanies.com/ (http://www.deanies.com/) 

Thursday: 7/26

Breakfast at Stanley on Jackson Square, give me the "Eggs Stanley" any day. 
Pictures

Eggs Stanley - Poached eggs & oysters with Creole hollandaise

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3276.JPG)

Breaux Bridge Benedict

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/DSC_3279.JPG)


Show #2 in the Criollo Restaurant, we had a FULL guest line up with two chefs and 4 guests in 2 hours.

La Boca for dinner
An amazing (but pricey) Argentinian restaurant that is worth the cab fare and the tab.  Delicious spinalis dorsi steak for me cooked perfectly

http://www.labocasteaks.com/ (http://www.labocasteaks.com/)

pictures

Friday:  7/27

Breakfast at Elizabeth, we heard they had praline bacon and that was enough for me.

http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com/ (http://www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com/)

Then on to a tour of La Place where we bought and tasted much tasso and andouille


GG>-   One of the best is Bailey's but it turned out not to be my favorite.  I like Jacobs andouille and tasso (and other things) better than Baily's but it is a tight race.   

Bailey's
http://www.baileysandouille.com/ (http://www.baileysandouille.com/)

Jacob's
http://www.cajunsausage.com/ (http://www.cajunsausage.com/)

SoBou for dinner 7/27
Fantastic dinner at SoBou, sortof as a partner to Commanders Palace and with Juan Carlos Gonzalez driving the kitchen and with Ti Brennen-Martin as owner and Tory McPhail as exec. Chef not much could go wrong and it didn't.  It was honestly one of he best dinners I have ever had at that price point.  It was so good we went back the next morning for breakfast.

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/07/05/sobou-due-next-week (http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/07/05/sobou-due-next-week)

Saturday: 7/28

SoBou for breakfast 7/28

Terrific breakfast, all were very pleased and the cost was way reasonable.  We also got a tour of the place with the sous chef Jonathan Schmidt.

Sunday: 7/29

Breakfast at Mena's Palace- solid, inexpensive breakfast with killer alligator sausage.  We always hit three or four places if we are in the French Quarter...    Acme Oyster house, Mena's Palace, Green Goddess and Stanley. 

Dinner at Avenue Pub down near magazine street.  Great burger good beer.

Monday: 7/30

Mena's for breakfast then fly home

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: dewdropper on August 29, 2012, 05:02:12 PM
will be in NOLA the last week of November.  Any thoughts/comments re Irene's Cuisine, Felix's for oysters and also, staying at Hotel Monteleone.  Would appreciate anyone's suggestions, really, for anything.  But primarily food.  Plan on eating as many delicious meals as possible. Thank you!
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 30, 2012, 10:25:38 AM
will be in NOLA the last week of November.  Any thoughts/comments re Irene's Cuisine, Felix's for oysters and also, staying at Hotel Monteleone.  Would appreciate anyone's suggestions, really, for anything.  But primarily food.  Plan on eating as many delicious meals as possible. Thank you!

Even though it is a bit like a travelogue take a look at our experience in NOLA, 

I do know how many steps it is from The Hotel Monteleone to Acme Oyster House.   :D

If Lena Prima is playing at The Hotel Monteleone, go early and sit in on some of her sets, she is good. 

Without looking anything up, and considering you will not be driving..    The hot items close and not to The Hotel Monteleone that we like are these:

Breakfast:
Mena's palace (get the spicy alligator sausage with eggs and grits) they do them right. (right down the street from The Hotel Monteleone-  Turn right out the door, turn left at the corner, go two blocks and it is across the street)
Soubou Way good for breakfast, a bar break or for dinner
Stanley, it is a 6 minute walk from the hotel, great breakfasts, go early.  (Egg Stanley- Oh-my-God).....
Camellia Grill
Elizabeth's but it will take a car.  (and who knows if they were flooded?)

Mid afternoon:
Be starved and go the Green Goddess and order several things.  We have not had a miss there in many visits.

Dinner:
Criolla in the hotel is way good. talk to the chef, both chefs were on our show at TOC...
We love a bunch of places for dinner. We have had wonderful dinners at the John Besh places and any of the Commanders Palace or Brennen owned locations. 
For a once (or more) in a lifetime outing a visit to Antoine's (please ask for Bradley as a waiter and give him time to regale you with some history and stories about the place). Ask him (if you are there early to give you a tour)
I like
Domenica, wonderful charcuterie platter, fantastic food, great market driven chef in Alon Shaya
Café Adelaide, this is a Brennan property and is always in good hands, ask what is "off the menu" but delicious.
Drago's  (either location)  the one in the Hilton is right next to the casino, nice. Possibly the best chargrilled oysters on the world
Okay, if you want a big platter of fresh and really well prepared fried fish go to Deanie's, the half seafood platter is gynormous and will fill two normal people.
La Boca, a bit pricey but damn delicious beef done perfectly. (cab ride) (the spinalis dorsi was my choice, I'd have it again)

After hours:
We don't gamble so the casino is out for us but if you really want a good show, go a few blocks from The Hotel Monteleone to Arnaud's French 75 and ask James to do the Café Brulot tableside demo for you, we think his version of it is easily as good as Antoine's, and it is less expensive (Let James know that we/I sent you there to see his show).  We do like the entertainment on Bourbon St. and we have liked most of the shows at The Hotel Monteleone.


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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: dewdropper on August 30, 2012, 11:23:51 AM
Dear Mike,

Humbly bowing before you.  I am not worthy!  I will try and do everything you have suggested.  It all sounds WONDERFUL.  Is it overly decadent to start each day with oysters at Acme?  "Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?  I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. 
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each."

My other two recos come from a frequent NOLA traveller; he suggests Irene's Cuisine and Cafe Maspero.  So look for me to share updates while I am on the scene.  I can hardly wait! 

Mike, you are a GEM.

Best,
dewdropper
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 30, 2012, 12:34:00 PM
Dear Mike,

Humbly bowing before you.  I am not worthy!  I will try and do everything you have suggested.  It all sounds WONDERFUL.  Is it overly decadent to start each day with oysters at Acme?  "Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?  I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. 
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each."

My other two recos come from a frequent NOLA traveller; he suggests Irene's Cuisine and Cafe Maspero.  So look for me to share updates while I am on the scene.  I can hardly wait! 

Mike, you are a GEM.

Best,
dewdropper

I have put Irene's and Cafe Maspero on my short list, we will be back in a couple months.

We start and end some days at Acme (mostly during the oyster season)..   You are in the soft-shelled crab season now, find them delicious everywhere.

I do hope you have as good of a time as we have on many trips.  One word of caution, do NOT get two Hurricanes with your SO at Pat O'Brians and then go jewelry shopping on Royal Street, or do it and don't look back.... ;)

There are some consignment stores on Royal street that have VERY interesting 1920's or earlier jewelry that they will bargain a bit on, give 'em a try--  I'll look up two of our favorites and list them here later today....

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: dewdropper on August 30, 2012, 03:36:33 PM
*ears perking up* Back in a couple of months?  November, by chance?  Last week is when I will be there.

Also, the lowdown on Irene's Cuisine.  Crazy busy and reservations highly recommended, but not a guarantee of prompt seating. 

Cafe Maspero is a good choice for a po-boy for lunch, not a fancy sit-down place. 

Also, you are gifted with the power of telepathy. Jewelry of that vintage/Royal Street = a very happy dewdropper.  Alas, no SO, but then again, I only need negotiate with myself.
Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 28, 2013, 11:10:48 PM
Just back from a few days in NOLA,

two short comments that I'll add to later.

Mid-City          The Ruby slipper has a good tasting breakfast.  The owner Joe came through for us though his staff was in the weeds due to a key player being injured and sent to the hospital.  We had a great brunch there on Saturday.  I think there are several locations, Jen Jen from our board here led us there and to a good ride from the airport and a nice lunch/brunch.

French Quarter              Cafe Fleur-de-lis

We were headed for SouBou, but we hit them right between breakfast and lunch service so dropped in across the street to have our final feed in the Crescent city. 
Coffee was excellent, seafood Eggs Benedict fairly good, hash browns = oily but tasty.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620740/restaurant/French-Quarter/Cafe-Fleur-de-Lis-New-Orleans (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620740/restaurant/French-Quarter/Cafe-Fleur-de-Lis-New-Orleans)

 

More on this with some pictures later in the week.

Also did Drago's, for dinner on Saturday,  stopped at French 75 (Arnaud's) to have Chris Hannah make us a cocktail,  and on today (Monday) to the Carrousel bar to see Marvin at The Hotel Monteleone.

also a surprise after-parade party at the Ugly Dog BBQ and Saloon, they have good BBQ

http://www.uglydogsaloon.net/ (http://www.uglydogsaloon.net/)

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 30, 2013, 06:22:44 PM


SouBou is so much different than our last minute bail-out breakfast (Monday) in the French Quarter.    I/we love great Eggs Benedict, and we treat ourselves to them when we are away from home. 

We honestly do know the difference between the Sysco quarts of "Eggs Benedict = Hollandaise sauce" and the real thing.  I hate it when they want to run a scam on me.  We also know the difference between GOOD seafood cakes and whatever they served us.

There are suspect resto's between the good ones.   No kidding..

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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: tansu on June 11, 2013, 12:55:41 PM
FYI: Delta matched Southwest fare sale again = $100 rt  6/11/13
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Title: Re: NOLA
Post by: LizR on March 18, 2015, 01:25:10 PM
I just somehow lost a long piece I wrote while trying to switch back from preview to edit. Anyway:

Deannie's - good fried seafood. Huge portions. Fabulous artichoke dressing that I can't find a recipe for anywhere. Maybe it is unique to them? Had large chunks of artichoke hearts in a sort of vinaigrette.

Pascal's Manale - good turtle soup, good bbq shrimp.

Antoine's - touristy and over-rated, very hit-or-miss. Unpleasant app of oysters three ways - crusty on top and not in a good way, more like a thick skin. Pampano was ok, eight year old declared her lamb chops to be the best piece of meat ever. "Baked Alaska", while not lit, was surprisingly good.

The star of the trip was an early dinner at Galatoire's. Since we didn't have a reservation, we were seated downstairs. Bistro style tables and chairs and lots of white tile and mirrors on the walls. Everything was delicious, from the bread, to the garlic green salad, to the crab and avocado salad, to the mains. I had the pompano almandine. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Buttery without being too rich, it was topped with a mound of crispy, crunchy, perfectly toasted flakes of almonds. DH had the fish special which, while good, was not as good as mine. Part of the fun of the evening was our exceptional waiter - blanking on his name. Very old school - witty, friendly but not overly so, and did not hover but would magically appear when we needed him. Highly recommend.

Oh, and I've tried to recreate Galatoire's garlic dressing and can't quite get it right. Can't find a recipe either. I'll keep trying.