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Jazz Fest food and other spefic questions

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kevin Mar 16, 2007 11:00 AM

First, is the food there roughly the same the 1st and 2nd weekend of the fest. Are the dishes tapas size, meaning one person can probably try 3-4 dishes for breaklast/early lunch and then another 3-4 for afternoon snack/early dinner plus a couple desserts, and lots of beer. And do the food stands usually serve beer or is beer and other alchohol served at other separate stands or sections? Is it cash only and are there ATMs?

Also, how far is the Fest from the French Quarter, is it walkable distance?

would reservations be necessary for K-Paul's, Cochon, Brigsten's, Dick and Jenny's (actually is dick and Jenny's still good after the change in ownership)?

Is Crabby Jack's open? And what's good to get there?

Has Uggie's re-opened? and will Willie Mae Scotch House be open by Jazz Fest time?

Also, is the St Charles streecar open again from roughlty CBD to Garden District all the way up to Uptwon?

And is Cafe du Monde open 24/7 or still limited hours. Thanks.

Oh, and lastly for now, what's the name of the bar/music lounge near Brigtsten's?
Is it Maple Leaf?

Lastly, where to go for the ultra frosty mugs of Abita Amber? Liuzza's???

thanks for your help.

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  1. culinarycorps RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 11:11 AM

    The Maple Leaf is on Oak Street, pretty far from Brigsten's.

    Reservations are a MUST for all the above venues. Especially since it will give them a better idea of whether they need to pull in some extra hands in the kitchen. Most restaurants are severely understaffed since Katrina.

    Cafe du Monde is 24/7 again!

    Our group will be down there from March 23-29th (see www.culinarycorps.org) so I'll try to follow-up upon our return.

    1. malenky RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 11:42 AM

      As far as jazz fest goes, the proportions of the food are moderate in size. I usually only get 3-4 things during the whole day (with beer it is quite feeling). Also, the heat usually cuts down my eatting. The food stands don't serve beer/drinks...there are separate stands for those. it is cash only and there are ATMs (with very long lines).

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        kevin RE: malenky Mar 16, 2007 11:55 AM

        in other words, bring at least 60 to 80 bucks per person for the day? would that suffice.

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          malenky RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 01:03 PM

          That would be about right. I usually do alright with about $40 a day, but I do share a lot of food with friends (a good way to try more things). The average price of food is about $7 and if I remember correctly the beer is $3 a can.

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        phyllisstein RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 02:03 PM

        WRT Dick & Jenny's, reservations aren't necessary because they don't take them at all. And not only is it "still good" since the change of ownership, but I (and many of my friends and dining companions) think that it is even better than it was before. Jazz Fest is a wonderful, albeit busy, time to go to D&J - waiting on the patio for a table with fellow Festers is always a party! I ate there this week and they just released their Jazz Fest menu - everything was superb!

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          JGrey RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 03:23 PM

          First, is the food there roughly the same the 1st and 2nd weekend of the fest. Are the dishes tapas size, meaning one person can probably try 3-4 dishes for breaklast/early lunch and then another 3-4 for afternoon snack/early dinner plus a couple desserts, and lots of beer. And do the food stands usually serve beer or is beer and other alchohol served at other separate stands or sections? Is it cash only and are there ATMs?

          ---Most stands serve 2 portion sizes, so you probably could do as you listed. Beer is at separate tents scattered around the Fest. Cash only. ATM available in the Grand Stand.

          Also, how far is the Fest from the French Quarter, is it walkable distance? ---It's about 3 miles, and parts of the walk are through unsavory areas. I wouldn't. I have ridden a bike before, and that's pretty workable.

          would reservations be necessary for K-Paul's, Cochon, Brigsten's, Dick and Jenny's (actually is dick and Jenny's still good after the change in ownership)? As stated above, all but Dick and Jenny's, where the wait will be monstrous Jazz Fest weekend.

          Is Crabby Jack's open? And what's good to get there? ---Yes. My favorite is the oyster poboy and gumbo, but the duck poboy is really tender and dripping with gravy, and the fish tacos are very good if you want something a little lighter.

          Has Uggie's re-opened? --- No. They retired permanently even before Katrina.
          and will Willie Mae Scotch House be open by Jazz Fest time? -- I believe so, I think there was another post about a ceremony to give her the keys to the place.

          Also, is the St Charles streecar open again from roughlty CBD to Garden District all the way up to Uptwon? -----No. It only goes to Lee Circle right now. The Canal St. line is fully operational.

          And is Cafe du Monde open 24/7 or still limited hours. Thanks. --Yep, as stated above.

          Oh, and lastly for now, what's the name of the bar/music lounge near Brigtsten's?
          Is it Maple Leaf?

          --- The Maple Leaf is relatively close to Brigtsen's, I wouldn't walk on the back streets late at night to get there. It would be a good 15-20 minute walk from Brigtsen's, back up Carrollton, and over on Oak St. The Maple Leaf is right next to Jacque-Imo's.

          Lastly, where to go for the ultra frosty mugs of Abita Amber? Liuzza's??? Yes, Liuzza's has the big schooners they keep in the freezer.

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            Windsor RE: kevin Mar 16, 2007 03:47 PM

            We have always taken a cab from the French Quarter to Jazz Fest or local friends would pick us up. In the early years I may have figured out the bus schedule when we stayed out on St. Charles. There is wonderful food to eat all day and as mentioned above, you just don't have room for much with the heat and a few beers. Visit the music stand and maybe even find some of the local musicians signing. Make sure to check out the annual shirts and posters!

            Maple Leaf is worth the effort to go. Last time I was at Jazz Fest Marcia Ball played there and was wonderful!

            Is Tipatina's still around? That was a huge late night event during Jazz Fest...standing in line for the Neville Brother's shows. There were long lines and almost as much of a party standing in line.

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              dankbass RE: Windsor Mar 23, 2007 11:27 AM

              check out the chatboards @ nojazzfest.com (its the forum link towards the upper right). So much knowledge about NOLA and JF its silly.

              Also check out jazzfestgrids.com for night time shows after jazzfest, and check out http://jazzfest.swagland.com/ for answers to almost ANYTHING JF related

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              Sunfish44 RE: kevin Mar 23, 2007 11:31 AM

              Here's a link to the post from the NYT diner's journal about the Willie Mae Scotch house and Dooky Chase. http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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                kevin RE: Sunfish44 Mar 23, 2007 12:14 PM

                read the ny times blog already, but was wondering if anyone had further info if Willie Mae would be open. thanks.

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                  JGrey RE: kevin Mar 23, 2007 12:31 PM

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38128...

                  There's the thread I mentioned.

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                tiomano RE: kevin Mar 24, 2007 12:31 PM

                After being at the Fairgrounds all day, that would be a pretty long hike to get back to the Quarter after the Fest. I would recommend at least a cab back. They do have busses running from downtown to the fest for a fee.

                Food to not miss, the Crawfish bread for breakfast. yum.
                And the PHEASANT, QUAIL & ANDOUILLE GUMBO from Prejeans.

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                  nosurndr RE: tiomano Mar 25, 2007 12:20 PM

                  Yeah, but the lines for the buses are crazy, better to grab a cab if you can. Definitely DO NOT recommend walking from JazzFest back to the Quarter. Unfortunately the path is through some of the roughest parts of town these days. Do you need to be paranoid about your safety here? No, just cautious and keep to the most populated areas and don't go walking anywhere you aren't really familiar with. I feel completely safe doing my daily life, but wouldn't think of walking after dark outside of the downtown, Quarter areas. Take a cab.

                  Maple Leaf on Oak still one of the greatest music venues in the world. We like RockNBowl as well and they have some great people scheduled during JazzFest. The prices will be around $20 at the door, and crowded like every place else, but worth it. They have bar food that is edible if you get starved at some point late night.

                  Dick and Jennys still good, casual and relaxed but it will be crowded. If you can't get in, try Rio Mar for some wonderful Spanish influenced dishes. Adolpho also opened an Argentine restaurant around the corner from Rio Mar (Bocca I think it is called). Lovely casual atmosphere at both places with extra yummy food. Plus they take reservations, are open on Sunday and also open a bit later than many places these days.

                  Enjoy!!!

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