Hit or Miss?
I am going to NO in September, these are the places I am going after doing what research I can through hearsay:
Muffs: Progress Grocery
Po Boys: Mothers (Ferdis)
Big Fancy Schmancy: Emerils Delmonico & Upperline
Breakfast: Bluebird Cafe
Fried Seafood: Bozo's in Bucktown (catfish)
Brunch: Gallatiores (for eggs sardou.)
Some of you seasoned folks, tell me what I'm missin!
One thing I really enjoy being in New Orleans is the oysters and shrimp. I've never met a shrimp I didn't like. :-)
One place that comes to mind is Uglesich's (a lunch only place, maybe still cash only too). Their oyster po' boys are very good. I also had a dish of oysters cooked with garlic (lots), butter/olive oil and roasted potatoes. Ah, man! That was outstanding. Sorry I don't remember the name of the dish (bbq oysters??).
Uglesich's is becoming a tourist attraction and gets even more crowded during lunch. I do think it's worth the wait.
Chinese? Hmmmm... Nothing really stands out. I say your best bet for asian cuisine is Vietnamese, Nine Roses. Also, skip Thai.
A few hits, a few misses...
Chinese in New Orleans? Haven't been to Kung's, maybe it's good - but I cannot believe that it is nearly as good as anything in your home of Seattle! Stick with local food - can't get that anywhere else.
"Fancy" meal - skip Delmonico's. 100% tourists and way overpriced. His main restaurant Emeril's is better. Also try for the other "biggies" (Bayonna, Peristyle, Brigtsen's, Commander's, etc.). Upperline is very good too.
Never thought of Galatoire's as a brunch spot - more for dinner or lunch. Sit downstairs (no reservations accepted there - 1st come...) - get oysters brochette, sauteed local fish topped with crawfish tails and a big fat cocktail.
Also try to go to Jaques-Imo's. Outstanding and inexpensive. Also try Uggie's for lunch.
re: brad k.
Yer probably right, to hell with the chinese food, time to get down with them ersters!
I already made reservations for Delmonicos, but reservations can be cancelled, As far as Galatoires is concerned, I guess it'll be brunch!
Can anyone tell me where in NO to get some to die for grits and grillades?
Tell me now puhleeez!
Progress Grocery no longer exists, as such. In its place is a cafe that bears a similar name such as Progressive Cafe, or something like that. I have heard that some of the previous employees of Progress Grocery are still employed at this location and making the muffalettas, but haven't been there since the change. Central Grocery is still on the same block and their muffalettas are still good as far as I'm concerned, although some claim that they are not as good as in the past.
Unless they've recently opened another branch, Bozo's isn't really in Bucktown. It's just off the Causeway, at 22nd Street or so, just across from the mall-whose-name-I-always-forget (Lakeside, I think). While I'm sure the catfish is good there, don't miss the fried oysters, which I think are some of the best in the city. Also good is the chicken and andouille gumbo. For a different kind of po-boy, get the grilled shrimp half-loaf at Mandina's (on Canal near Carrolton in Mid-City), which is a classic NO neighborhood spot. Rather than deep-fried, as in most po-boys, you can get the shrimp grilled naked there. It's a great sandwich. On the same theme, Liuzza's, which is on Bienville a couple of blocks from Mandina's, has what they call a Frenchulatta. It's a hot muffulatta on a long French loaf dressed with pungent olive salad. Just a few alternate suggestions.
re: Ira Kaplan
re: Steve E.
Am I too late, or are you still able to try Adam's Barbecue? It's a take-out place in the Bywater and drastically outdoes any other barbecue in New Orleans. The sauce is a bit weak, but the meat is beautifully smoked. And although I too am a Bozo's fan, Barrow's is heads above Bozo's for catfish and ambiance.