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Aug 23, 2007 11:15 AM

Atlanta 'hound driving though N.O.

On my way to L.A. CA I'll be stopping in Houston for the night, but wanted to hit N.O. for lunch and a maybe a snack for the road.

Any suggestions for someone who has never been to the city? I'd love to stay the night actually, but I don't really want to make a 16hour drive to el paso tx!


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  1. What kind of lunch? Are we talking oyster poorboy and gumbo, or duck sandwich at Bayona? Mandina's would be easy to get to from the interstate, turtle soup and an oyster poorboy. Right around the corner is Angelo Brocato's for gelato for dessert, and italian cookies for the road.

    Snacks: pralines, Zapp's potato chips, pickled okra, and Celeste and Hazelhurst have lots of posts on where to get cracklins and meat products at various gas stations throughout Louisiana.

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    1. re: JGrey

      hmm, i'm pretty open. But maybe some gumbo for lunch, and a muffalata for the road a head! The gelato sounds pretty good..

      1. re: AAQjr

        Well, since you've never been, might as well get a look at the Quarter! I love the gumbo at Coop's Place, should be pretty easy to get to from the Elysian Fields exit. Parking might be a pain, though. Then you can go around the corner to Central Grocery, and get a muffuletta (ask for double meat) for the road. And some pralines across the street in the French Market. Or beignets and coffee for dessert at Cafe du Monde.

        1. re: JGrey

          If you do get a muffuletta "to-go," make sure that you get plenty of napkins, and maybe bring a lobster-bib, as the olive oil in the olive salad can get messy. If I was going to try to drive and eat one, I'd bring a beach towel and a roll of paper towels to clean up. But heck, the same could be said for a "debris" sandwich, or one of Parkway's roast beef w/ gravy. In general, most NO sandwiches can be a tad messy. Oh, I'd also have a tub of those pre-moistened hand wipes too!


          1. re: JGrey

            Thanks everyone for all your help. I went to coop's place and was all set to get the gumbo, but saw the rabbit jambalaya and had to get that (I like rabbit!) If I had it to do over again though I'd get a cup of each, cuz the bowl was a lot of food. Grabbed the muff for the road and beignet and cafe au lait at CdM as well as a double espresso at Community coffee (expected better, fast pour-thin crema). Believe me I didn't until Sonora Texas the next day! I wanted to stop for boudin..but couldn't fit anymore in :)

            1. re: AAQjr

              I understand about the bowls. We usually do cups of gumbo, turtle soup, jambalaya, etc., and pass them between us. There is usually too much great food on the menu to do a bowl of any, regardless of how good it is.


      2. On your way to houston, stop in Scott, LA, take the scott exit and go left a bit down the highway on the left is a little gas station calle the Best stop that sales excellent boudin and cracklins. both make for good snackin'.

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          1. re: AAQjr

            Scott exit is about 10 miles past Lafayette/I-49 heading west. hwy 93 or 95 I believe...

          2. re: malenky

            Just a minor correction....When driving West, at the Scott/Canckton exit, turn RIGHT and go.08 miles and the Best Stop is on the left just before teh road goes into an S curve to the left. On the _other_ side of the Interstate, visible next to the Harley shop on the East side of the overpas, is an outlet of Don's ever-expanding empire. Very good boudin theere but Best stop gets the nod for andouille.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              oops..thanks... I always pick up stuff on my way back to new orleans from crowley...wasn't thinking