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Pascal Manale or Casamentos?

CEfromLA Jan 29, 2008 02:17 PM

When we're in town next April, I want to do some serious exploring/shopping on Magazine Street and am considering one of these restaurants.

PM's would mean getting off the streetcar at Napoleon, eating, then walking to Magazine.
C's is on Magazine, which would be more convienent, but I'll walk as far as I have to for good food!

Anyone have a preference? Why? Any other restaurants I need to consider in that area?


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    mikemill Jan 29, 2008 02:31 PM

    They're pretty different restaurants. Casamento's is more a "joint" type place, while Pascale's Manale is a little higher class. However, I would say that Casamento's food is far better than what I received at Pascale's.

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    1. re: mikemill
      CEfromLA Jan 30, 2008 12:31 PM

      I did a Chowhound search for Pascale's Manale and it doesn't seem too highly thought of on this board, from what I read, except for the barbecued shrimp; is that really the case?

      1. re: CEfromLA
        mikemill Jan 30, 2008 02:52 PM

        The barbecue shrimp are good, not great, and you can do a whole lot better as far as restaurants go here.

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          iknowwhatitmeans Jan 31, 2008 08:18 AM

          PM may have been the 1st to do bbq shrimp but they are certainly not the best, over the years they've switched from butter to liquid margerine. you will wait at Casamento's, but it's worth it. If you do go to PM stick to the raw oyster bar.

          1. re: iknowwhatitmeans
            Hungry Celeste Feb 5, 2008 03:28 PM

            As far as I know (and that's pretty far), PM has ALWAYS used margarine for its BBQ shrimp.

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        Plano Rose Jan 30, 2008 01:14 PM

        I absolutely LOVE Casamentos. The oyster stew and oyster loaf are great. Be sure to go to the restroom. You trek through the kitchen to get there. The place is kind of funky but good.

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          mspera Jan 31, 2008 09:23 AM

          I love Pascal's Manale! There's usually a lively atmosphere in the bar/oyster bar area while you're waiting for your table. It's great if you're in the mood for Italian/New Orleans food. The barbecue shrimp are good, but try the combination pan roast (oyster and crabmeat heaven), it's even better. They definitely do not use liquid margerine in the place of butter in the bbq shrimp, that's bogus. It's worth the walk to Manale's anyday.

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          1. re: mspera
            uptownlibrarian Feb 4, 2008 05:55 AM

            It's margarine. See this thread:


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            missmable Feb 1, 2008 08:05 AM

            I'd take Casamento's any day. Everything on the menu is good. PM really only has bbq shrimp and oysters. The oysters at Casamento's are just as good so unless you're dying for bbq shrimp, you might as well stick to C's. Anyway, you're not going to want to walk all the way from PM all the way to Magazine after a big meal.

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              stellawine Feb 1, 2008 03:42 PM

              Chowed at Casamentos last Friday. Shame the p-rades were postponed, but we lucked out. No wait ! GREAT, super-salty raw ersterz, little bit o'dirty, but having been forewarned(from CH posts) I asked my shuckin' pal-ee-o to keep'em clean. Fat, salty & solid. Good bivalves. Sent the Gumbo back (removed from bill, thank you). The Oyster Loaf was skimpy, with barely a total of 12 scrawny oysters on the whole loaf. Oh well...Fantastic chowing experience, nonetheless. Where ya GOTTA go, ya gotta go up Magazine to Guy's Po-Boys ('till 4pm, 2 blocks DT of Jefferson). Whompin' "Grilled" Catfish , also "Grilled" Shrimp sammies. Whompin' !

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                rocuronium Feb 2, 2008 06:56 PM

                I agree with the consensus, Casamento's is legit and PM is......all over bus stop advertising banners.....
                Agree that the grilled shrimp at Guy's are superlative. Secret Menu item: the "Galactic"!

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                1. re: rocuronium
                  ihearya Feb 4, 2008 08:42 AM

                  PM is legit as they come, being one of the oldest family owned restaurants in New Orleans. I certainly don't see how one poor advertising decision can take away from 95 years of exceptional food.
                  As far as the food goes, believe it or not, PM has one of the best steaks around. The turtle soup is amazing. And don't forget about the Oysters Bienville and Rockefeller.

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                  NOLAFrank Feb 11, 2008 10:29 AM

                  Definitely Casamento's, but understand it's not a fine dining establishment. You go there primarily for one reason--OYSTERS-on the half shell or fried with a cold Barq's and some of the best hand-cut French fries in the city.

                  PM's was one of the first New Orleans I visited years ago prior to moving here and I loved the BBQ shrimp. But the times have changed and the last two times I ate there, I didn't like my food, I thought the prices too high for the (lack of) quality, and on one occasion sat next to a table where the children were allowed to run totally wild through restaurant without the parents saying a word. I asked our waiter about it (the waiter was otherwise excellent) and was told they were good regular customers and the waitstaff wasn't allowed to interfere. Before considering PM's, I'd visit Brigtsen's, Dick & Jenny's, Cochon, or a number of other places.. Mister B's if you're craving BBQ shrimp has a far better version.

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                  1. re: NOLAFrank
                    bronwen Feb 13, 2008 08:33 AM

                    Casamento's for lunch and Pascal's for dinner, they're both great old school New Orleans places. I must agree though that Mr. B's has the best bbq shrimp in town.

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