- George Kappus
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.
re: Janet Traub
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.
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)