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George Kappus Jul 30, 1998 07:16 PM

I will be in New Orleans for a week starting tomorrow night. Can anyone suggest unpublicized places with local flavor. (By local, I mean creole, not cajun. I spend roughly a week every month in Baton Rouge and am pretty much cajuned out.) If anyone knows of good, moderately priced or neighborhood places, or anything unusual, those would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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    Ragnar Kolstad Aug 3, 1998 07:47 AM

    We stayed in New Orleans for eleven days at New Year,
    and were a bit disappointed. We had lovely French and
    Italian food (I had the best ossobuco I've ever tasted
    in an Italian restaurant down by the river), but French
    and Italian was not what we came for.
    I had expected New Orleans' food to be full of life and
    sparkle. The nearest I came was at the Alpine Cafe, but
    there I told the waitress that the chef could be on
    the liberal side with both herbs, garlic and peppers.

    But apart from that, we came to New Orleans to recover
    from the utterly boring Orlando, FL. We recovered,
    allright! (but didn't see any of the eleven breakfasts
    we paid for)

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      Bruce Berger Jul 30, 1998 11:13 PM

      Try Frankie & Johnnies for a great local place. We
      really liked the Alligator pie and the crawfish pie as
      appetizers.
      The Praline Connection was first rate too for soul
      food. The fried chicken liver appetizer with Jalapeno
      jelly dipping sauce was a meal (for 2) by itself

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        Janet Traub Jul 30, 1998 11:47 PM

        What's the name of that grocery store that serves the
        wonderful muffaletta (sp?) sandwich? It's near
        the Bourbon St strip, but down by the river. It was one
        of my all-time favorite sandwich memories.

        Janet

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          Janet Traub Jul 31, 1998 12:10 AM

          Central Grocery I think it is!

          George, if you enjoy a good sandwich, chk this one out.

          Janet

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            Dave Feldman Jul 31, 1998 01:44 AM

            Janet,

            I'm sure you're thinking of Central Grocery, home of the muffalata sandwich. And it's a stone's throw from Cafe du Monde, and its wonderful beignets and chicory coffee.

            A few of my favorite hangouts in New Orleans:

            Acme Oyster House -- my favorite "other meal" when I'm going to pig out for dinner. You can do worse than a dozen oysters on the half-shell and a beer or a Barq's.

            Mothers, especially for breakfast or lunch.

            Uglesich's, but wouldn't suggest walking there by yourself.

            Eddies -- this WAS my favorite restaurant in N.O., but I haven't been there since Eddie died and for all I know it is closed or gone downhill. But both the gumbo and bread pudding here are the best I've ever had, and the pork chops with oyster stuffing are celestial. Eddie's children opened Zachary, a slightly more upscale restaurant in the Garden District. It isn't as good, but it's extremely pleasant, and the bread pudding is a close approximation.

            Some of my favorite upscale standbys: Bayona, especially for the salmon in Gewurtztraminer sauce; Galatoire's, but really only for the trout or redfish in menieure sauce (with or without almonds) and the remoulade; Nola, which I find more reliable than Emeril's.

            Dave

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