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Best Red Beans and Rice

idreamoffood Jul 23, 2007 02:57 PM

Where is the best red beans and rice in new orleans?
I had coops a couple of weeks ago and that was pretty gopd
where else?

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    marchperson Jul 23, 2007 03:01 PM

    haven't been since Katrina, but Maspero's on Decatur used to serve them and they were good. There was also a place out on the lakefront called the Marina Grill had red beans served with ham hocks. It was their Monday lunch special.

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    1. re: marchperson
      Annasta Aug 17, 2007 10:19 AM

      I was on this kick for a while trying out all the Red Beans and Rice I could find. The other night I found them. Ignatius on Magazine. Its a tiny little corner restaurant Uptown. They were creamy, delicious and the smoked sausage was nice and spicy. I would definitely recommend checking them out. Also, they were reasonably priced.

    2. jenni Jul 23, 2007 03:17 PM

      We had some really good red beans and rice at Napoleon House last month. They were creamy, slightly smokey, and had just the right amount of spice.

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      1. re: jenni
        philmaur Jul 24, 2007 10:08 AM

        Napoleon House gets another vote!

      2. funkjester Jul 23, 2007 04:27 PM

        Hmmm....not usually in a restaurant, but over at YourMamanem's, bruh...

        Two Sisters on N. Derbigny and Bienville, possibly, and I know folks are fans of the red beans at Mandina's. Buster Holmes, of course, lives on in legend and history...

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        1. re: funkjester
          Clarkafella Jul 23, 2007 05:31 PM

          When I saw this thread, Buster Holmes was the first thing that came to my mind. Still have their cookbook- God, I miss that place! The red beans there really were the stuff of legend- and the last time I ate them, I think it cost about $0.85- a little more if you wanted a piece of chicken or a pork chop...

          1. re: Clarkafella
            kevin Jul 23, 2007 05:46 PM

            i heard they also had garlic-rubbed fried chicken, a little in the vein of mosca's. never been b ut sounds like a legend.

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              Clarkafella Jul 23, 2007 06:07 PM

              I just remember the chicken as being great- and it seemed to go along very well with the beans, the cold Dixie beer, and the Andrews Sisters on the jukebox- sigh......

            2. re: Clarkafella
              JazzyB Sep 19, 2007 09:17 AM

              My husband still talks about Buster Holmes. Says it was great stuff, $1.00 with a bottle of Dixie.

              1. re: JazzyB
                kevin Aug 15, 2009 01:03 PM

                when did buster's close?
                it was on burgundy st right n the quarter?

                and does anyone have a link or something to an online review of it for vicarious memory sake?

              2. re: Clarkafella
                MissLibby Aug 12, 2009 09:54 AM

                Hi, I have been looking for the Baster Holmes recipe for years, Would you be so kind as to share it from your cook book? Please Please Please
                Miss Libby

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              Guy Caballero Jul 23, 2007 04:48 PM

              I always liked the ones at Dunbar's, but I haven't been to their new location. Although there is nothing like some homemade red beans, I find that random cafeterias often do it better than most restaurants. Also worth mentioning is Popeye's, god knows what they put in there (I am guessing a ton of MSG) but I find their red beans irresistable.

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              1. re: Chris Martel
                Hungry Celeste Jul 24, 2007 07:37 AM

                A second for Dunbar's, which are good-n-smoky tasting. A random sampling every couple of weeks proves that they're turning out a consistent product, too.

                RE: Popeye's beans: that incomparable flavor is smoked pork fat. Small serving is 340 calories, 19 grams of fat. For comparison, a tablespoon of butter has 11 grams of fat.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste
                  cajungirl Jul 25, 2007 06:02 AM

                  Popeyes' red beans: No wonder they taste good...but I don't like their rice. It must be minute rice or some other non-LA variety.

                  1. re: cajungirl
                    Hungry Celeste Jul 25, 2007 07:31 AM

                    I agree about the rice: it's clearly converted rice (par-boiled), where every grain remains plump & separate. I think it is dry and hard; I much prefer long-grain or medium-grain rice, cooked with enough water so that a scoop of it retains its rounded shape. That silly converted rice shows up all over the place--so many restaurants use it for gumbo, etc. Why?

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste
                      Bill Hunt Jul 25, 2007 09:34 PM

                      Interesting observation. My wife really likes "sticky rice," while I, maybe because I am from MS, like the grains separate. When I do rice at home, I always use olive oil, while she does not, and cooks it (regardless of the original type) into a "soup," that then sticks to everything. I guess that it is all about where one grows up, and the cuisine that they are most accoustomed to. However, when dining with chopsticks, I go like her type better - far less work!

                      For red beans n' rice, her recipe cannot be beaten, but then it is not commercially available, in PHX, or in NOLA. That's why I did not comment, until now.


                  2. re: Hungry Celeste
                    cor Aug 17, 2007 01:46 PM

                    YES...Dunbar's. With a big piece of greasy fried chicken.

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                  bonesmd Jul 29, 2007 04:43 PM

                  i recently went to see kermit ruffins at vaughn's in bywater. kermit cooked a pot of beans that were the best i have ever eaten. from what i understand he cooks them most thursday night that he plays.

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                    Turn Two Aug 2, 2007 12:40 PM

                    Buster's was the best . . . not only could that man he cook, he had a huge heart, too. I miss him & his cooking. But since Buster and his restaurant are no more, I get my red beans & rice fix at the Gumbo Shop on St. Peter.

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                    1. re: Turn Two
                      Bill Hunt Aug 2, 2007 06:34 PM

                      Have not tried the Gumbo Shop, though I've walked past it many times. Gotta' add it to the next trip and do the red beans.


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                      chocolatetartguy Aug 17, 2007 12:56 PM

                      It's been 10 years, but my Monday lunch stop before leaving for the airport on both trips was Bon Ton Cafe. Red beans and rice with some sort of smoked sausage (Chaurice?). I especially liked their house salad with the mustard vinaigrette.

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                      1. re: chocolatetartguy
                        TulaneJeff Aug 17, 2007 03:53 PM

                        I'll probably get flack for this...but I love Copeland's red beans with grilled andouille sausage. They are so smokey and creamy.

                        1. re: TulaneJeff
                          Hungry Celeste Aug 18, 2007 08:54 AM

                          Those are Popeye's beans at a higher pricing point. Diversified Seasonings (Al's comissary arm) still provides the flavoring for Popeye's products, and it is also the source of Copeland's flavors/seasoning blends as well.

                          1. re: Hungry Celeste
                            Clarkafella Aug 18, 2007 09:40 AM

                            Does anyone know why Popeye's beans don't seem to have any actual beans in them? Don't get me wrong, I love the stuff, but it seems like there isn't anything in there but the creamy gloop- nothing resembling a red bean at all...

                            1. re: Clarkafella
                              Hungry Celeste Aug 19, 2007 07:53 AM

                              That's creole cream-style beans. Lots of people like 'em that way.

                              1. re: Hungry Celeste
                                Clarkafella Aug 19, 2007 09:43 AM

                                Actually, I spoke too soon- went out to Popeye's this morning and got a large red beans and a biscuit (breakfast of champions!)- there at the bottom of the styrofoam container were maybe 8-10 beans. They were soft, but still had their bean shape intact. Oh well, not the first time I've been wrong!

                        2. re: chocolatetartguy
                          kmnola Aug 17, 2007 07:25 PM

                          Bon Ton's mustard vinaigrette is a delight. I'll have to try their red beans and report back, but I'm sure they are as good as ever. The place has become quite a hot lunch spot in the CBD!

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                          tzurriz Aug 18, 2007 08:31 AM

                          My favorite (and it is a hole-in-the-wall) was always FrostStop behind Tulane. They only have it on Mondays, but you can't beat the deal or the quality.

                          Having lived away for a few years now, I still dream about their red beans and rice with hot sausage. I've based my own recipe off of theirs.

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                            Gumbo Guy Aug 12, 2009 10:07 AM

                            To me the Gumbo Shop has the best red beans and rice!


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