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Tourist beware. For the record I have been to New Orleans many times and love the vibe and food. Chose Coop's from the chow hound recs. Most of the food was great. However , don't expect a warm reception if your from out of town. The bar tender w/ the chignon was definately not forth coming with what the locals order. When my husband and I asked what the obviously locals were eating, we ordered it.Yes it was good, but the portions were noticably smaller. No biggy! We went back. This time my order came w/ FFs that were a soggy refried mess. I didn't send them back because I had been put in my place by the watiress for getting in her way as I was trying to navigate through the tight space to the bathroom out back. I think I was afraid of a pay back.I was amazed as I was headed to the bathroom that all the grilling was done on a small charoal bbq grill. It was an only in NOLA type of thing. Over all it was an interesting experience. I would go back. My disappointment was .... in this still obviously devistated town there was very little appreciation for those pouring money in to the economy. We were there for a weekand had a great time. Thank yall for absolutely pointing us in the right chow directions. This isn't a complaint, merely an observation.

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  1. That sucks about the smaller, crappier portions. I eat there every so often when I'm in the area and always found that the service sucked. I think they take all that Dr. Bob art a little too seriously.

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    1. re: missmable

      The food is better than the customer service, that's for sure.

    2. Please, stick to the food or service. I live in this "obviously devastated city"...where did you go that was so obviously devastated? I'm really curious, because it would not be where tourist generally go and it is certainly not the French Quarter... we greatly appreciate any one that comes to visit or volunteer to help rebuild our city. And, spending money does help us. But if you expect servers in a dive bar to fall all over you for buying dinner there you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

      Coop's fried chicken rules!

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      1. re: luvbigeasy

        The fried chicken w/coleslaw is my favorite as well. My husband's choice is the rabbit & sausage jambalaya. Now I'm getting hungry!

        1. re: philmaur

          The fried chicken is served with a side of the jambalaya!

        2. re: luvbigeasy

          We are out-of-towners, ate at Coops today while nursing serious hangovers, and found no problem with the service. I had read previously that the service there could be icy if you were an obvious tourist, but our server was helpful and friendly. I had the burger and my husband had the "taste of Coops" platter, both portions were enormous and we waddled out happy.

        3. I was clearly a tourist when I visited in March of '07----iPod earbuds sticking out of my shirt and all, but I felt completely at home there in short order. Maybe it was the jukebox....

          1. We love New Orleans and for the most part hate tourists. We love Coop's because you are supposed to be a regular or at least act like one-know what you what dont ask for a menu and be glad you ar not in Razu's (s.p) fighting for 3 for 1 happy hour and whatever is in the that test tube! Coops has bad service down to a science and it keeps us coming back. Cant touch the fried chicken or the Crawfish beignets when they are in season.

            dc

            1. I hope that luvbigeasy reads this.

              Funny that you brought that up wilwrk. We were in NOLA and at Coop’s for the first time in May of 2006. We had asked a bartender at a club the night before where he would eat and well...So anyway, we are at Coops at the bar talking to Fay the lead bartender. She was very nice and was even kind enough to mention a few other local spots. While she was speaking to us one of the locals sitting across from us at the bar said "Don't miss Margarita Ville across the street!” At that point, Fay excused herself and went over to the woman and calmly asked her to leave.

              She returned to us and offered this apology…

              She thanked us for coming in and even for coming to New Orleans so soon after the storm, stating that every penny spent from tourist or local, in the Quarter at a dive or a tourist trap like Buffet’s Margarita Ville helps put people back to work. Many of the restaurants were still not open then because a large portion of the wait staff and prep cooks lived in the parishes that had been flooded.

              Wilwrk made a good point and used “obvious” correctly.

              On a side note, we will be married in New Orleans in June, and will DEFINITELY stop in to see Fay, and eat Coop’s fantastic food!

              Fune’

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              1. re: funejack

                I found Coops while on my honeymoon almost 13 years ago. Every return trip we go to Coop's at least once and usually several times since we most often stay on Frechmen Street. I have never had bad service there ever.

                1. re: LBD

                  LBD,

                  Bet you never look at a menu.... Been going to Coops at least that long do miss the old jukebox it was the bomb!

                  dc

                2. re: funejack

                  May 2006 was almost two years ago, though. If we're using the number of restaurants in NOLA as a benchmark for recovery, then we're doing really well. There's actually more restaurants here now than there were pre-K! I wouldn't agree with "obviously devastated" at all.

                  In regards to service at Coops...while I wouldn't describe it as impeccable, I think it's a fair trade-off for their awesome jambalaya! When I want good service, I will go to Brigtsen's.

                  1. re: hamsandwich

                    Thanks hamsandwich...I guess I let wilwrk's comment get to me...I own a business that caters to tourist. Without them I would not be in business...so believe me I appreciate and Thank God for everyone of them. Having been back in NOLA since mid September 2005 the only "obviously devastated" parts of the city today are the parts that were affected by the Federal Flood (and I see progress there)...not the areas that our guests visit i.e. "the sliver by the river" that was damaged by the Hurricane itself. For wilwrk to say that New Orleanians do not appreciate our guests is...well it is just wrong. So let's stick to food, after all that's what this board is all about. And, as I said, Coops' Fried Chicken rules!

                3. just back from NOLA and arriving at MSY at 9p, decided Coops would be a good late dinner option. As a solo diner, i sat at the bar, and while the bartender didn't gush over me, he was friendly enough, and kept the drinks coming. i had blackened redfish with rice and beans and salad, and it was super tasty. a great first meal in NOLA.

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                  1. re: stobin

                    That is exactly my routine. Following any late night arrival into MSY, dinner at the bar at Coop's is my first stop.

                    1. re: Blumie

                      We've eaten at Coop's several times--the first time on the recommendation of a local--and have never had problems with the service. It's always been insanely crowded, so it can be a bit slow, but it's always friendly. Actually, the guy who was our server the last time also made our coffees at Cafe d'Envie down the block, so he was kind of a familiar face. The food and the atmosphere both make it a must-go every time we're there--we're very slowly working on becoming regulars! I always get the pasta with shrimp and tasso--heavenly, and very spicy.

                      1. re: Blumie

                        Another good late night stop would be Mimis for tapas.

                    2. SO SAD! I've recoverd from being mad, and I'm just sad now. We wanted to try Coop's so bad this beautiful weekend in New Orleans, made special plans to be there after lunch hours, small line was there, but did not know that our children could not go in because of "gaming devices"! (The sign on the door was hidden by all the people. At least the lady in line next to us was kind enough to tell us of her experience there with her children not being allowed before we waited a long time!) I was looking forward to trying their fried chicken.... Anyway - in a town where the liquor flows freely and you can post nude pictures on your windows for all to see, I think it's a weird law to not allow children somewhere because of video poker machines. We then went to some overpriced place that wouldn't allow children on the balcony .... waaa! Thank God for Camellia Grill - it was a good finale for the day...

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                      1. re: LBHamp

                        Sorry that yer sad LB, but say even you stated that..

                        "in a town where the liquor flows freely and you can post nude pictures on your windows for all to see"

                        ..sooo you should understand that although NOLA is user friendly, it not really known for being a family oriented vacation destination. I do agree however that in THAT city, the last thing that they should be concerned with is a young person seeing someone play Blackjack.

                        1. re: funejack

                          I love NO and we enjoy taking the kids (and skipping Bourbon Street) - I just really really wanted some fried chicken - and since we had been covering their eyes when passing certain t-shirt stores, I never dreamed that a video poker machine would keep me from my chicken... :-)

                          1. re: LBHamp

                            Lots of places with video poker DO allow children in the joint...but they're required to have a separate space for the machines (usually a tiny, smoky, closet of a room stuffed with three machines, like my neighborhood Dot's Diner, or a flimsy partition with swinging half-doors). If the machines are out in the open, then it is technically a bar and isn't supposed to admit anyone under 21, no matter the hours. I know of a few places that do have machines out in the open yet still allow under 21 patrons, as long as it's during daylight hours, but this is indeed technically a violation of the law.

                          2. re: funejack

                            New Orleans is a GREAT place for a family vacation. Bourbon Street, imho, is a terrible place for a vacation, family or no. I hate it's faux sleeze; I much prefer my sleeze to be real. : )

                        2. after reading so many good reviews (here and zagat), my friends and i were really expecting something phenomenal, but aside from the fried stuff (which was delicious - yay oysters and crawfish!), it was just okay. the special jambalaya tasted and felt very strongly of tomato paste and, as one of my compatriots worded it, "there was a Lot going on" - perhaps adding the seafood to it wasn't the best idea. like the jambalaya, the cajun pasta was super-busy and, though the crawfish in it was very good, after a bite or two, i wish i'd gotten a different dish. don't get me wrong, the fried stuff was awesome, but if you're looking for something other than that, you may want to look elsewhere.

                          also, regarding earlier posts, the service was quite pleasant (:

                          1. I literally just got back from New Orleans. I spent a week there, returning home late Friday. We (boyfriend, friend, and myself) had been referred to Coop's from a local dentist who lived in New Orleans. We stumbled in, hungover, at around 1 P.M. Let me mention, we probably could not have looked any more touristy with our digital cameras slung around our necks. We were treated very kindly by the waitress, and our food was incredible. We ordered fried shrimp, pasta, a hamburger, fried chicken, and red beans and rice. Our service was excellent, and the food was impeccable, and the portions were large. Can't imagine anything to complain about. When you are a tourist, don't expect to be treated like a local.

                            1. LOVE coop's. Sometimes it's friendly, sometimes not so friendly; I've sat 2 feet away from a barely coherent couple breaking up and making up at the bar for an hour, but the food is ALWAYS great. I would encourage anyone to go here for some of the best food in the city at incredible prices!

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                              1. re: piglet3000

                                some of the best food in the city? really?

                                an argument could be made for "best bar food", but surely not best food.

                              2. Went to Coops when we landed last Friday bc it was one of the few places serving food at midnight. The food was very good and worth going to. The bar tenders were more aloof than rude but not enough to bother us. It was a decent way to start off our weekend.