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Alton B in NOLA

Mr. Brown's "Feasting on Asphault" segment on New Orleans was a disgrace. What kind of research does the network do?

I really hope this is how the conversation between alton and the food network went so that i can keep my respect for Alton and continue my distain for the FN's feudal chef system:

A: i met alot of great small businesses owners struggling to be promoted in new orleans; can we make sure they get in the final show?
FN: oh Alton, you're such an idealist, you dont know what the viewership wants. we will edit the final show into what we want; besides we enabled you to fulfill your middle life fantasy by allowing you to travel accross the country in a motorcycle gang.

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  1. I was disappointed in it, too. Why on earth did he have a crew member get into the andouille mascot suit & dance around? Pointless.

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      1. re: marthadumptruck

        It was hysterical. Although, I couldn't believe he couldn't find anywere else to eat in New Orleans.

    1. I didn't see it.
      What made it so disgraceful? Did he feature the usual food network suspects (emeril's) or was it something more than that?

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      1. re: bodie

        It wasn't completely disgraceful. He opened with some nice remarks on the river, aerial shots of the mouth of the river, comments on FEMA trailers in Plaquemines, then he rolls into NOLA and stops at....Mulate's. Where he bitches about the tourists and sets up a table on the sidewalk & the resto brings his food to him outside, across the street. Then he side-trips to Kliebert's alligator farm on the northshore, briefly forays down Magazine St., hits a seafood market/takeout joint in Vacherie, and goes to Bailey's andouille in Laplace (see previous post for the andouille-suit incident).

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          So where should he have gone? I am going to NO in late September.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            This will probably get moved but when I was down there a few weeks ago I had a WONDERFUL meal at Cochon in the Warehouse district. Sooo good.

            Fried chicken livers on toast with pepper jelly (ordered a second and a third they were so good (and my DCs were big eaters). BLT with fried oysters for my main (house made bacon).

            Moonshine with my dessert (which was the special of the day - cobbler, i believe).

            Great service, relaxed atmosphere.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: Phaedrus

              Hop on over to the NOLA board; you'll find lots of local info.

              1. re: Phaedrus

                Dooky Chase will be recently opened when you arrive... make sure to put it on your list - I know people who are visiting nola just to dine there.

          2. I was surprised that Alton apparently had not spent much time (if any) in New Orleans in his lifetime, seemingly unaware of much of the character of the city. He assumed NO is part of the "sweet tea" south. The lady he asked the iced tea question to acted like he was nuts. And the restaurant choice? Hmmm. Guess you can't take the Atlanta outta the boy... ;-)