Million Calorie March
Just got back from 5 days in NOLA. Feeding frenzy during Jazz Fest.
A few highlights:
Jaques-Imo's Cafe - located way uptown on Oak St. (Next to Maple Leaf). Down and dirty, rustic, very noisy, extremely cramped, long waits (reservations for 6+ people only). Best food of trip. This place is good. Start you with little corn bread muffins, right out of the oven and literally oozing with butter (dripping all over fingers, mmmmmmm). Fr. green tomatoes were well prepared with a nice tangy remoulade, but the shrimp were a bit overcooked. Crawfish alligator cheesecake was incredible - a must. Fried oysters were served in this light spicy sauce that made you want to lick the bowl. Blackened redfish (yes, real redfish - I asked the chef) was beautiful, cooked perfectly - not too much seasoning, lots of butter and not overdone. BBQ shrimp were huge, perfectly cooked in a nice buttery sauce. Paneed rabbit was great - breaded, fried, served on a bed of pasta with an oyster/mushroom/cream sauce. Stuffed pork chop was decadent.
Desserts were great as well.
Portions are huge, you will roll out of here.
Mr. B's. Good, as usual. The place is all tourists though(at dinner at least). Gumbo ya-ya was thick, rich, deep and good. One of the darkest gumbos around. BBQ shrimp was perfect - cities best. Their sauce is creamy(? maybe just tons of emulsified butter)with just the perfect amount of spice. I would have drank this sauce if I could have, luckily they provide enough bread to sop it all up. Dessert were only OK.
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse - very nice place - underground on Iberville (next to Acme). Steaks were all good (they have many choices - ribeye, strip, porter, filet), as good as most NYC steakhouses. Particularly liked the filet, served with fried oysters. Sides were hit/miss. Good thick turtle soup to start. Salads looked decent (not great). After 4 days of serious southern food, a steakhouse was a nice change of pace.
Acme- delicious, plump oysters shucked in front of you, served one by one, downed with a cold beer - need I say more? Locals thought me crazy eating raw oysters in May - oh well.
NOLA - nice civilized place for lunch. Great fried oyster salad with frizzled mushrooms. BUT, when the waiter came over with a pepper grinder and asked "can I kick it up a bit for you" I almost kicked him.
Napolean House - Delicious roast beef po-boy sandwich, smothered in gravy. Skip their jambalaya.
Tally-Ho - good for breakfast. Excellent shrimp/pork sausages. Pancakes looked great. Biscuits mediocre.
Food at the fest was wonderful as ever. Music was great (anyone else see SCI on Friday night?).