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Sep 9, 2007 12:21 PM

First Timer @ Mandina's

Yum for chargrilled oysters at Drago's & oyster garlic poboys at Liuzza's -- is there a particular dish(es) at Mandina's I'll be talking about later or is everything pretty darn good? [I have heard good things about the oyster artichoke soup.]

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  1. The turtle soup at Mandina's is very good, as are their shrimp and oyster po-boys. Pay attention to the daily specials, which are good also. Their Italian salad is awesome, and huge!

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    1. re: jessepilot

      Mandina's does fried foods well. If the softshell crab is available, get it.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        From what I can remember, their onion rings are great.

    2. We enjoyed the turtle soup, as well. The stand out dish for me is their Veal Parmesan. The veal is the real deal. The sauce is excellent and it wasn’t deep fried. Save a little room for dessert if the banana bread pudding is on the menu. Mandina's DOES NOT have small portions.

      1. Onion rings to split with table
        Cup of turtle soup with extra sherry
        Trout amandine with French fries
        Abita draft beer

        Or, try the shrimp bordelaise - grilled shrimp with butter, parsley and garlic over spaghetti

          1. re: Hungry4Good

            What are the prices like at Mandina's? I'm a little irritated that they're not listed online, considering it's cash only...

            1. re: mikemill

              Give 'em a break: they were flooded to the rafters, opened an outpost in BR, then rebuilt the building from the studs. I don't think they're worried about web content. It's a neighborhood restaurant; that means they'll make or break by regular, repeat business. FYI, there's a Capital One near the corner of Carrollton & Canal if you're looking for a cash machine.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Hungry Celeste gets my vote for the best (and most true) feedback.
                Capital One!!! Had the good fortune of eating at Mandina’s pre-K.
                (see earlier post) and will do so again when we return to the Big Easy.

                1. re: NoHun

                  It is still weird to say Capital One and not Hibernia, isn't it? I went downtown to the main branch a few weeks ago and was disappointed to see that the big ol' scale was no longer in the lobby. I know it was there 'round 2000-01 when I worked around the corner. I wonder when it was removed?

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    I know a man who still calls the Hibernia the "Germania"(the name was changed in 1917). He also refers to "Berlin Street" (Gen. Pershing) and the Grunwald Hotel..on this last point I insist on being more modern and still say "The Roosevelt." gotta move with th' times, y'know.

                    cannot forgive the Hibernia for removing the teller grills back in the 1970's. At least the Southern Marine Whitney kept them.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      And I have a friend that calls it the "Whitey" National Bank for its not-so-progressive policies back in the day.

                2. re: Hungry Celeste

                  There's an atm inside mandina's itself.