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Eating New Orleans dry...

chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 09:12 AM

This is my first post here on Chowhound!

I'm a chef here in New Orleans and I know a lot of the chefs around the city.. But I feel like I'm eating the city dry. I've eaten everywhere and everything.. Vietnamese, Creole, Cajun, French, Italian, Poboys, Crawfish, Pizzas... etc..

List of Places I've already eaten: (off the top of my head)
Stella, August, La Provence, Cochon, Herbsaint, Bayonna, K Pauls, GwFins, La Petite Grocery, Pho Tau Bay, Tanh Dinh, Kims, 9 Roses, Frosty's, Mother's, Zoe, Cafe Du Monde, Morning Call, Puccinos, Zea, Cuvee, Palace Cafe, Kanno, Rock n Sake, Horinoya, Sake, Dragos, Muriels, Baccos, Andreas... ok I'm going to cut it off there. It was getting obnoxious.. lol

Anyways... Any recommendations? I'm tired of the same ol' food, and I know that the menus are constantly changing but I'm in search of something new.. Anything?

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  1. malenky RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 09:55 AM

    How about Jamilia's or Bennechin's? Sorry if they spelling are wrong...too lazy to look them up right now.

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      Philly RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 10:54 AM

      Didn't see Brigstens on your list; been there?

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        chef_eats RE: Philly Jun 1, 2007 01:30 PM

        Yeah I've been there.. Good food and nice place.. I liked it but nothing mind-blowing though.

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        steveds RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 11:30 AM

        more than 800 restaurants in the city; you've only scratched the surface. Ten to try:
        1)Marigny Brasserie
        2)Iris
        3)Alberta
        4)Fire
        5)Lola
        6)Vega
        7)Domelise's
        8)La Boca
        9)Cafe Atchafalaya
        10)Adolfo's

        After that, only 790 to go!

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          Frolic RE: steveds Jun 1, 2007 11:49 AM

          Fire is closed. The rest are all good recs.

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            chef_eats RE: steveds Jun 1, 2007 01:29 PM

            Yes I know about the 800+ restaurants in the city (I prefer quality over quantity.. a lot of the restaurants are good, just gotta find them right? ) As for your list... Those are great restaurants! I have been to a few of them now that you mention it. Iris and Alberta both have good solid food.. Domilse's Po' Boys are pretty damn tasty. I've also been to La Boca and Vega, I enjoyed it.. Marigny isnt too bad either.. Never been to Fire or Adolfo's (been wanting to try it though).. and never heard of Lola? And I did read something about Atchafalaya today in the paper... maybe I'll try it out. Thanks for the recs!

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            pilaf RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 11:35 AM

            It is well worth getting off the beaten path. I pulled into Cajun Seafood on N. Carrolton on my way to San Muguel taco's. The fried chicken was unbelievable (it also has the best shrimp in town). Thankfully, it was so hot, it did not alter my direction, and my plate of chipotle pork and other offerings at San Muguel was superb.

            Here's another vote for Bennachin. Order the bennachin and domoda, but I prefer the dishes with chicken rather than beef. Great ginger drink too.

            Christy's poboys on the westbank (Stumph). Go on Friday-Sunday and order the oxtail stew. The Red Maple on the west bank is also excellent.

            Two Sisters (not the court of); Siamese; Madrid; Lil Dizzy's; Salt & Pepper . . . more to follow.

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              chef_eats RE: pilaf Jun 1, 2007 01:33 PM

              Bennachin... another place I've never heard of... I'll look it up. Thanks!

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                Tonto RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 02:40 PM

                Have you tried Bacchanal where Pete Vasquez does a weekend menu.

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                  chef_eats RE: Tonto Jun 1, 2007 03:48 PM

                  I haven't! How is it? and what kind of food is offered?

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                    Tonto RE: chef_eats Jun 2, 2007 02:31 PM

                    Fridays are Tapas and tomorrow Sunday it is all Italian, but it is always changing. He used to have the restaurant Marisol's

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                Hungry Celeste RE: pilaf Jun 3, 2007 05:56 PM

                Welcome to chowhound. I suggest you try the neighborhood approach: concentrate all of your eating for a month or two to a particular neighborhood....dig deep, try the plate lunch joints and corner groceries, meat markets and shrimp-fried-rice-n-wings dives. Start with your own immediate neighborhood....dig deep. Some fascinating food can be found in surprising spots in this town; it's easy to eat good "high on the hog" (as most of your list was mid-scale to upscale) but takes a real hound to sniff out the goods in the 'hood. Make friends with your local taco truck guys & gals. Figure out where your UPS deliveryman (or in your case, the Caire's or Loubat's delivery guy) eats lunch.

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 4, 2007 10:02 AM

                  Okay, I just realized that I didn't list any actual restaurants. Focusing on Kenner alone, how about Madrid, Pupuseria Macarena, Hillbilly BBQ, Restaurante da Piero, le Parvenu, Calas, Baru Cafe, Harbor Seafood, Siamese Thai.....

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                momus410 RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 01:04 PM

                Mandinas, Theos,Slice, Camelia Grill, Dragos, Vic and Natlies (North shore)

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                  chef_eats RE: momus410 Jun 1, 2007 03:50 PM

                  I have eaten at Madinas, Theos, Camellia, and Dragos...

                  Slice? Vic? and Natlies? What's good and what kind of food is it?

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                    gamecook91 RE: chef_eats Jun 1, 2007 07:00 PM

                    If your willing to make a trip there's a bunch of places kind of outside the city; Middendorf's in manchac (great fried catfish) on the northshore there's Young's steakhouse, worth the trip and not too too expensive, Badeaux's (great burgers and malts) or Morton's right next to it (great seafood), and finally theres Pig's (family style buffet food and burgers. Pretty interesting spot if you don't mind little old rundown places)

                    I know I've said it on a few of my other posts but Calas Bistro is a great new place out in Kenner (great new spins on traditional New Orleans dishes and a great list of whines as well. Chef used to work at Brighstens) or Dante's Kitchen right by Camellia Grill if you haven't already tried it; they both have pretty similar menu's

                    I know you probably said it on your other website post but what restaurant are you (or were you) working at?

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                      chef_eats RE: gamecook91 Jun 2, 2007 02:01 PM

                      I'm currently working part-time at the Metairie Country Club.. I own my own business so I'm very busy, but whenever I can, I try to get over there and help out. Thanks for the recs!

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                      momus410 RE: chef_eats Jun 2, 2007 02:26 PM

                      Slice is pizza on St.Charles , VicandNatlies is Bunny Matthews take on N.O. great burgers chicken jambalaya etc.

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                    pjw3181 RE: chef_eats Jun 4, 2007 09:30 AM

                    I would check out Longbranch in Abita Springs. Juan's Flying Burrito is good and really inexpensive. Lola's is a hidden gem that I would not miss -- their seafood paella is great!

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                      igloominaboom RE: chef_eats Jun 4, 2007 03:21 PM

                      I've had a few wonderful meals at Cafe East on Rye St. in Metairie (Clearview exit). Excellent wine list and the food is definitely Chinese fusion but far better than anything this city seems to consider "Chinese food". The ambiance, styling and even the glassware are above average. They're open daily for lunch and dinner.

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                        rafjr00 RE: igloominaboom Jun 6, 2007 12:08 PM

                        If you are going to come out to Metairie you really shoud try Laurentino's.

                      2. Pixi78 RE: chef_eats Jun 6, 2007 03:56 PM

                        Have you been to The Joint? Also would recommend Bacchanal Friday and Sunday (get there early on Sunday). Both are on Poland deep in the Bywater...

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                          cor RE: chef_eats Jun 7, 2007 01:24 PM

                          Dante's Kitchen
                          Domilise's
                          Gautreaux's
                          Clancy's
                          Upperline
                          Cafe Degas
                          Irene's Cuisine
                          Le Crepe Nanou

                          I agree - Lola's & Adolfo's are wonderful, but if you go on the weekends, expect a looooong line.

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                            bronwen RE: chef_eats Jun 11, 2007 09:47 AM

                            I can't believe you didn't mention Galatoire's or Commanders, or Antoine's, Arnaud's, Brennan's or Mr. B's, they're the most famous in New Orleans .......

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                              NK623 RE: chef_eats Jun 11, 2007 11:56 AM

                              You need to get uptown! There are tons of restaurants hidden in every little neighborhood in the city and uptown/garden district seems like your next best bet. Commanders Palace, Jacques-Imos, Dick and Jenny's, Crepe Nanou, Upperline, Brigtsen's, Casamento's, Lillette...oh and go to Port of Call for a burger over on Esplanade...

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                                kevin RE: NK623 Jun 11, 2007 07:09 PM

                                is port o call on esplanade, considered uptown or what? rememeber passing by their on the walk from the racetrack all the way back down to the french quarter.

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                                  NK623 RE: kevin Jun 12, 2007 06:23 AM

                                  Port o Call is definitely not uptown...just one that I thought I'd throw in there. It is on the far end of the french quarter. If you walk down Bourbon street to the very end you run into it.

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                                    kevin RE: NK623 Jun 12, 2007 10:16 AM

                                    what's that area called then? is it fauburg marigny or something else? thanks.

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                                      JGrey RE: kevin Jun 12, 2007 10:58 AM

                                      Port o Call is in the French quarter. Esplanade is the dividing line between the quarter and the Marigny. Downriver from the Marigny (past Elysian Fields) is the Bywater. North of the quarter is Treme, and continuing up Esplanade, you are in Mid-City by the Fairgrounds (including the smaller neighborhoods like Bayou St. John and Esplanade Ridge along Esplanade itself). West of the CBD, you've got the lower Garden District (lower meaning downriver) below St. Charles and Central City above St. Charles. I usually include the Garden District (below St. Charles) and Irish Channel (below Magazine) in "uptown", which then extends all the way to the Jefferson line (Riverbend/Carrollton) and up about to Claiborne or Earhardt, where midcity starts again.

                                      I'd love to hear a real local's definition; I've only been here 9 years.

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                                        kevin RE: JGrey Jun 12, 2007 11:10 AM

                                        is jefferson, the city and parish, very near the upper reaches of uptown. thanks.

                                        i think jefferson hwy turns into claiborne right? and to keep this chowish,
                                        where's good to go for some coffee and a bakery (if possible, beignets would be great) in the carrolton neighborhood area or along claiborne? thanks.

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                                          jungleboy RE: kevin Jun 12, 2007 11:14 AM

                                          notice you haven't mentioned Cochon...check it out...great pig

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                                            JGrey RE: kevin Jun 12, 2007 11:44 AM

                                            Jefferson is the parish abutting Orleans parish to the west, composed of Harahan/River Ridge, Metairie and Kenner, as well as most of the West Bank. Yes, Claiborne turns to Jefferson Hwy, Crabby Jack's is right over the line in JP.

                                            I can't think of any beignet purveyors in the Carrollton area. I just noticed a for rent sign on Maurice's Bakery on Carrollton, anyone know what's happening with that?

                                            In this area, I like Rue de la Course and Zotz (though it's smoky) for coffee and decent snacks, and there's always La Madeleine (a chain, but pretty good). You can google locations. La Boulangerie is where I would recommend, on Magazine near Napoleon.

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                                              kevin RE: JGrey Jun 12, 2007 02:38 PM

                                              that's it J, thanks.

                                              Rue da la course will do nicely, is there a location really close to Tulane U.

                                              also, ate at Crabby Jack's which is a great place, casual, good eats (though the popular slow roasted duck po boy i didn't care for, tasted more like bland pot roast.).

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                                                Hungry Celeste RE: kevin Jun 13, 2007 07:19 AM

                                                Rue is at the corner of Oak St. & Carrollton Ave, pretty close to TU. Just down the street from Rue is Oak St. Cafe, which has cooked breakfasts & fresh doughnuts from the Baker's Dozen in Jefferson (across the street from St. Agnes on Jeff Highway).

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                                                  Frolic RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 13, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                  Are the doughnuts any good?

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                                                    Hungry Celeste RE: Frolic Jun 13, 2007 12:11 PM

                                                    They're good--the "house doughnut" at my office, where every Friday is doughnut day. We like Baker's Dozen better than Joe's (on Causeway, and a close second, but often drenched with too much glaze), with Tastee running third and Krispy Kreme at the back of the pack. BD is a family-run business; no wacky nouveau or meta-doughnuts with bacon & peanut butter, just the usual glazed, chocolate, nut-topped, cake, etc.

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                                                rafjr00 RE: JGrey Jun 14, 2007 01:20 PM

                                                Maurice's on Carrollton closed due to them moving back into the old bakery and that location just not making enough money.

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                                                uptownlibrarian RE: kevin Jun 15, 2007 02:11 PM

                                                The definition of Jefferson City is Toledano to Joseph, Claiborne to the River. It existed from 1850 to 1870, when it was absorbed by New Orleans, but people still sometimes use it as a reference when they mean uptown but not Garden District, LGD, Universities, Riverbend, etc. At least this has always been my understanding.

                                                I second Baker's Dozen as the best doughnuts in the area.

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                                                  Hungry Celeste RE: uptownlibrarian Jun 17, 2007 06:34 AM

                                                  The Jefferson in my post is not Jefferson City, but rather "old" Jefferson, or the community riverside of Shrewsbury in Jefferson Parish: from the Huey P bridge along Jeff Highway to the river & the Orleans Parish line.

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                                      cmick RE: chef_eats Jun 16, 2007 01:31 PM

                                      I know it's gotten a really bad rap, but I went to Riche last weekend and LOVED it. The menu has changed a little and the service was 1000x better than when they first opened. I had the whole redfish smothered in a new orleans style bbq shrimp sauce and it was absolutely divine. My husband had the double cut pork chops and they really were outstanding. We started with their french style seafood bisque and frisee aux lardon salad. . . perfect, perfect, perfect. Dessert we split strawberry dessert that had a fried strawberries on it. I would have been happy with a bowl of fried strawberries alone. I definately think this place is worth another look.

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                                        digsnola RE: chef_eats Jun 16, 2007 01:56 PM

                                        For a non-po-boy sandwich, Martin Wine Cellar is great. I live in NYC now, and have yet to find a better sandwich here. Well it might not rank as high on these blogs, Martinique Bistro on Magazine is one of my favorite meals in the city and it has caribbean slant, so could be a change of pace for you. Checking on Zagat, Eleven 79 has a new chef, but the italian was fantastic. Pre-Katrina they had a "feed me" flight, where they would just bring you out unknown app size portions until you cried "stop!"

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