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Jazzmanchef Jul 25, 2006 07:33 PM

I will be in the New Orleans area next week and planning to visit some of the plantations. Any good places to eat, especially Cajun? Thanks in advance.

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    Hungry Celeste Jul 25, 2006 08:01 PM

    Which plantations? The area between NO and BR is rather large and surprisingly spread out. Oak Alley plantation has a restaurant on site again (double-check on the post-K status of that), and I always send people to Hymel's Restaurant in Convent (just upriver from the Sunshine bridge, on River Road, eastbank of the river). Hymel's is a really old-fashioned place with good seafood (boiled crabs and the like) as well as some other traditional favorites. Very, very casual and unpretentious.

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      Blumie Jul 26, 2006 03:57 AM

      Is Lafitte's Landing in Donaldsonville still around? That was always my favorite when I was on the plantation circuit.

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        Hungry Celeste Jul 26, 2006 02:59 PM

        Lafitte's Landing burned down a more than a few years ago.

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          Blumie Jul 27, 2006 01:18 AM

          Yes, but they reopened in a new location after the fire.

          I have since done a little research. They are now part of a B&B in Donaldsonville and are open only for guests of the inn and private parties.

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          Hungry Celeste Jul 27, 2006 02:19 PM

          Well, technically, Lafitte's Landing didn't reopen. It moved to Bittersweet Plantation ("Lafitte's Landing at Bittersweet Plantation" then for a while just billed as "Bittersweet Plantation"), where it was indeed open to the public for several years as a restaurant. A while back, Chef Folse closed the public-restaurant portion to focus on his base of operations into Baton Rouge, where he sells packaged foods at his store, operates a catering facility at White Oak Plantation, has a cheesemaking operation, cultivates an olive grove (in Donaldsonville), and TV series, etc. You can get the whole schmear at www.jfolse.com. The cheeses & yogurt are very good, but he sells lots of stuff, including roux-in-a-jar.

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            Blumie Jul 27, 2006 03:55 PM

            Interesting. Any idea if the food at Bittersweet Plantation is as good as it used to be at Lafitte's?

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            Hungry Celeste Jul 27, 2006 04:05 PM

            When it was still open to the public for dinner, I was hearing good things. Haven't talked to anyone who's dined since it went "private".

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