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Okay, I will probably get flack for this, but...

mortalcoil Feb 18, 2008 07:46 PM

I just don't get Coop's. I have tried it several times and I have always been *extremely* underwhelmed. When needing late evening fare, I will always go for Mimi's.

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    Fydeaux Feb 19, 2008 05:26 AM

    OK. More room for us.

    Trust me; I am an expert on this: It's OK to dislike something everyone else you know likes.

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      Absinthe Minded Feb 19, 2008 06:21 AM

      My mother-in-law had a saying, "If you get a reputation as an early-riser, you can sleep till noon." A lot of the touristy places here gain a certain reputation on food boards such as this one, and the notoriety seems to just self-perpetuate. Coops is a perfect example. So is Port O' Call, which is about four blocks from our house, and we're always amazed at the number of tourists waiting in line out on the sidewalk. There's really nothing special (or awful) about either place; but because of their online fame, tourists flock to them.

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        0gre Feb 19, 2008 08:38 AM

        Hmm. . .I always thought Port O' Call's burgers were pretty special.

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          chef4hire Feb 19, 2008 09:46 AM

          exactly- the two that get me are Mother's and Johnny's Po Boys in the quarter- neither one does anything for me, but there are lines every day

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            Absinthe Minded Feb 19, 2008 09:54 AM

            Yeah, you right, Chef...

            And let's not forget Central Grocery. We love to walk along the levee and count the number people sitting there with their Muffalettas and root beers. A restaurant can get away with almost anything as long as they get good buzz on the "boards."

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              Shiloh Feb 19, 2008 12:12 PM

              wow. i disagree wholeheartedly. central is my favorite muff without a doubt, and johnny's is a top-five roast beef poboy for me. (i agree about mother's.) but ain't it great that i can go to central and you can not go to central and we'll both be happy.

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              kkak97 Feb 19, 2008 02:49 PM

              Oh, I'm there with you on Mother's. I made my case for my issues with Mother's on a different thread, and some wanted to rip off my leg and beat me with it.

              It's a bit shocking when other freak out when we disagree with them.

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                roro1831 Feb 19, 2008 03:07 PM

                I've been to Mother's twice and just don't get the big fuss. I lived in NO for 40 years so it's not like I only went there when visiting. I get that it's an institution, but i've had better poboys at no name places. But, i get it, everyone likes certain places and have memories tied to those places

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                JazzyB Feb 21, 2008 08:04 AM

                Love POC, Central, Mimi's and Johnny's roast beef po-boy (IMHO better than Parkway's, but love their shrimp one). Opinions, everyone's entitled.

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              bronwen Feb 19, 2008 06:26 AM

              I never liked Coop's, for the same sort of cheap and cheerful vibe I much prefer Fiorella's, Country Flame, Clover Grill.

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                Clarkafella Feb 19, 2008 06:55 AM

                After a fairly recent long weekend of trying to eat as many meals in New Orleans as possible, Coop's was my least favorite from a food standpoint. However I was very impressed watching three employee's handle the entire front end- hosting and seating, serving, bartending, bussing tables, etc.- and doing a good job of it too!

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                  luvbigeasy Feb 19, 2008 09:48 AM

                  Coop's for Fried Chicken...you can't get that at Mimi's. I love Mimi's too great tapas and vibe.

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                    JerseyNOLA Feb 19, 2008 01:00 PM

                    Like everything, everybody has their own tastes and opinions....

                    I like Coop's, Johnny's is OK, and a good place to take outtatowners who are short on time and money.

                    As for Muffs, Central's attitude swore me off of them 25 years ago, and I still mourn the loss of Progress Grocery and their muffs.

                    My wife can't stand Country Flame.... and while the food ain't great, but the place looks like it is in Jersey City 40 years ago, and those greasy tacos provide a foundation for those evenings when there is the potential for an influx of massive amounts of alcohol.

                    Vive la Diferance...... BUT MOST IMPORTANT - ENJOY!

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                      Hungry Celeste Feb 21, 2008 01:28 PM

                      Put me on the list of people who don't get Country Flame...just no. No way, no how. I'd rather have a link of microwaved gas-station boudin than eat at Country Flame.

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