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Jan 18, 2007 05:41 PM

Fried Chicken in the Quarter

Can anyone help me remember the name of the little hole in the wall spot right across the street from the Market that has the most delectable fried chicken I've ever had? I had heard this place was famous for it. It's a no frills kind of joint, seating is on bar stools, concrete floors if I recall. I think it's on Decatur, it's just down from Cafe du Monde. I'm a New Yorker, but I have a friend heading to NOLA soon and he's looking for some food recommendations. I wanted to point him to this place and try and convince him to bring some back for me!

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  1. Fiorello's (sp?) on Decatur. And their fried chicken is pretty darn good.

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    1. re: pilaf

      That's it...I think! Thanks so much!

      1. re: JGrey

        Yup, that is it for sure. I sat at one of the high tables in the picture. Thanks!

      2. Just a note of caution. Fiorella's has a new owner. I have not been back in town since it changed hands but the one report I heard was that it was not the same (one report is really not enought to form an opinion). Would anyone who's been there since Fiorella's was sold please tell of their experience? Thanks.

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        1. re: joez

          I was there right before Christmas and it was still as I remember it. Each time I go down to New Orleans, Fiorella's is one of our first stops. It is worth the wait.

          1. re: joez

            Unfortunately we have. Went a couple of days ago while in town for jazz fest. We ordered the fried chicken and fried shrimp - both overcooked. It's said to say, but Fiorella's wasn't up to par at all as I had been there several times before Katrina. If the fried pickles aren't any good should anyone try anyway, go elsewhere. If you do go and order fried chicken, be patient. It even states that on the menu. Jacqueimo's was very good pre-Katrina for fried chicken - well known for it. Try there.

            1. re: cindyccc123

              I went there Sunday and my fried chicken was awesome. Their red beans and rice was outta this world delicious too. Had a brownie with ice cream for desert, it was good but nothing extra noteworthy.

              1. re: cindyccc123

                it was good pre-K, because of Austin Leslie if I'm ot mistaken although he lef even before hUrr katrina to work at Pompey's or poppy's creole.

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    thanks, it hought it started with a P. speaking of which is Pampy's still around/

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yep, it flooded heavily but reopened recently. A chef who worked with Austin Leslie is running the kitchen. I went a few weeks ago and it was really good.

                      1. re: Frolic

                        was A.L's fried chicken there too? saw it on the menu at Crabby Jack's but i don't think they actually served it there anymore?

              2. re: joez

                Fiorella's Fried Chicken is absolutely "AWFUL" !!!!! Sorry, I know I'll get alot of flack. I wanted to like it, but it was awful. I my last trip to New Orleans, which was my 7th time, I wnet there. I had pasted by many times on all my trips to the Big Easy, and I had always wanted to go, especially when I saw the prices and heard that the Fried Chicken was great. Well, I went there last February, waited a very long time for the chciken (40 Minutes) and when it finally cam out, it was "RAW" in the middle. It was "Awful" The ambiance was not and the Vibe was terrible as well. "MYABE" the Fried Chicken is Great and I just hit it bad on that night, but after that experience, which was quite BAD, I doubt if I'll ever go back.
                DAN, NYC

                1. re: xpicassox

                  i tried it a few years back and it was pretty darn good. suffice to say, willie mae scotch house was shuttered at the time.

              3. right across the street is coop's place and their cajun fried chicken and rabbit jambalaya is awesome.

                1. Tugajues has some of the best fried chicken in town but you can't get it in the restaurant, just the bar. Not the fried chicken with a ton of garlic on top but just the regular fried chicken. It takes about 30 minutes, is a whole chicken, and comes with the worst french fries in town.

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                  1. re: Panama Hat

                    I'll have to remember that the next time I'm in town!

                    1. re: ballulah

                      I went there the other day and I have to agree with cindyccc. The chicken was overcooked, and ended up stringy. It also seemed like it should have been spicier. And the wing piece was uselessly inedible.

                      I did enjoy the fried pickles though.

                      1. re: Kingrover

                        that's so sad to hear-- guess I'm going to Coop's this weekend instead.

                        1. re: Jeters

                          Im disappointed, too. We have a trip planned in June and I have been making a list.. from this blog ..for must eat places in the Quarter.We are looking to try places we haven't experienced in the past. .This was one I was really excited about. Ive got Coop's, Irene, Eats, and a few others. Welcome any suggestions!

                          1. re: zetcat

                            Well. I'm sorry to say, but I had FRIED CHICKEN at "Fiorella's" last February and it was absolutely "AWFUL", as a matter of fact, the whole Experience at Fiorella's was awful, the Vibe in the place was BAD, my Chicken was "Raw" in the middle and absolutely "Terrible" !!!!
                            I LOVE "New Orleans" and I can tell you some Great Places to go to.
                            "CENTRAL GROCERY" is an absolute "MUST" and as most will tell you the only place to go for your first "Muffuletta" experience. There Muffuletta is "Fantastic" and the ambiance is the best to eat a Muffuletta (Old World Italian Grocery almost 100 years old). It can't be beat.
                            After you have your Muffuletta at CENTRAL GROCERY, take a 1 minute walk up Decatur Street for the #2 "MUST DO" on New Orleans Culinary Tour at "CAFE du MOND" for Beignets and Cafe Creme.
                            Also just a minute away from these Great places, you may want to stop by Tujague's also on Decatur St. and have a drink at the Stand-Up Bar, where the cocktail the "GRASSHOPPER" was invented. It's also a great place to eat (not Cheap), and it's almost 140 years old.
                            "NAPOLEAN HOUSE" close by on Chartres Street, is another NOLA "MUST DO" This is one of the "GREAT DRINKING BARS of the WORLD" get a "IMMS" which they are famous for. This building is 200 years old and the ambiance inside is fabulous.
                            Go to the "SPOTTED CAT" on Frenchmen Street in the Faourborg Marigny fro great JAZZ. or "Fritzel's on Bourbon Street.
                            I highly recomend, if it's within your budget to have at least 1 meal at one of the 3 Great Oldline New Orleans restaurants of; GALATOIRE'S, ARNUAD'S or ANTOINE'S. I especiallly LOVE both Galatoire's or Arnuad's and I feel LUCH is the best at these places, and lunch is cheaprer than dinner.
                            Domilise's has the "BEST" Po-Boys
                            Dan in NYC

                            1. re: xpicassox

                              This post reminds me of a Zagat's review.

                              1. re: xpicassox

                                best fried chicken in the quarter is at NOLA......the best!!!!!!

                                1. re: moxieman

                                  is that the emeril lagasee restaurant? really?

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Here is a listing of Emeril's restaurants.
                                    NEW ORLEANS
                                    Emeril's New Orleans
                                    NOLA Restaurant
                                    Emeril's Delmonico
                                    LAS VEGAS
                                    Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
                                    Delmonico Steakhouse
                                    Table 10
                                    Lagasse's Stadium
                                    Emeril's Orlando
                                    Emeril's Tchoup Chop
                                    MIAMI BEACH
                                    Emeril's Miami Beach
                                    Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House
                                    Emeril's Chop House
                                    Burgers and More by Emeril

                                    Emeril's Restaurant
                                    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    Nola Restaurant
                                    534 Rue St. Louis, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    Gulf Coast Restaurants
                                    1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

                                    Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
                                    1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130