Ten best things to eat in New Orleans
Oysters en Brochette from Galatoire's
Muffuletta from Napolean House
Any po boy from Crabby Jack's
Oyster and artichoke soup from Mandina's
Roast beef po boy from Parisol's
Any liquid in a to go cup
$1.50 draft from the Chart Room
I can't remember what I ate, but everything from NOLA
Burgers at Port of Call and Yo' Mama
Anything after 3:00 AM at the Alibi
Oysters on the half shell from the oyster bar at Pascal's Manale
re: Ross B
Pimm's Cup - Napoleon House
Roasted Duck - Brigtsen's
Gulf fish w/ hollandaise - Crabby Jack's
Beignets and Cafe au Lait - Cafe Du Monde
Fried Chicken - Fiorella's
Blackened Drum fish - KPaul's
Coconut Cake - KPaul's
Strawberry shortcake - jazzfest
merquez sausage - jazzfest
alligator pocket - jazzfest
I cannot, shall not and will not argue with any of these great recommendations. The following are just a few of my favorites that I have not seen mentioned:
Pecan pralines made fresh at the French Market
Krystal burgers on Bourbon (It's a thing with me)
Creloe cheesecake at Commander's Palace
Barbecued shrimp anywhere you can get 'em
Boiled crawfish from a vender and eaten on the curb
An omlete the size of your head from the Camillia Grill
Gosh, the last time that I had Krystal burgers was Mardi Gras '65. I had hitch hiked to NOLA from the Coast, and was staying with a friend's older sister, who was at Newcomb and had an apartment in the FQ. I think that I had about $20 for the entire Thurs - Wed trip, so these were about all I could spend on. Seems that I did get Geno's [SP?] pizza-rolls in the FQ to splurge. Luckily, I had a 6-pack of Coors, and sold every can for a gross markup. This kept me in libation for the celebration.
I cannot imagine that I could face a Krystal burger now, but maybe I am wrong.
my compliments to celeste for including the banh mi thit nuong at dong phuong on her list. there is a sizeable vietnamese population in the new orleans area and the cuisine is complementary to louisiana cuisine in several ways. although i have been in nyc for the last few years and can't confirm whether it's still as good, i would include the canh chua ca and ca kho to at three happiness on the west bank.
What a wonderful thread. I have read over the replies twice, before I commented.
Because I take the term “Best” seriously, I had to do some soul searching. A ton of memories flooded into my consciousness, and I struggled with my answers for quite a while. Then, I re-read the replies, so far, one more time, just to be sure.
I cannot come up with Ten Best, but have some candidates:
1.) Turtle Soup - Commander’s Palace
2.) Pain Perdue - Original Coffee Pot (nee Maxie’s)
3.) Beginets - toss up: Café Du Monde & Morning Call
4.) Bananas Foster - Brennan’s
5.) Nutty Waffles - Camellia Grill
Now, things fall apart quickly. I have other favorites, and all of them would make my Top 10 List, but they are either no more, or the places have changed hands/chefs, so they no longer count.
6.) Fried Shrimp - Marquez Brothers, Chef Highway (gone)
7.) Roast Beef Po-boy - toss-up: old Frank’s Deli & Acy’s Pool Hall (new chef and gone). Note: Parkway Bakery is good - very good, but not THAT good.
8.) Pompano - Pontchartrain Hotel (basically gone)
9.) Speckled Trout Amandine - Constantine’s (gone)
10.) Lobster au Gratin - Martin’s (on Jackson, gone)
11.) Redfish Court bullion - Roussele’s (long gone)
12.) Muffalettas - Frank’s Deli (that chef is no longer there and the theme has changed)
13.) Banana Créme, Chocolate Créme and Coconut Créme pies - Delmonico (now Emeril’s)
I struggled with some other dishes, but found that I have actually had better versions elsewhere than NOLA. This is in no way meant to diminish the great food/cuisine of New Orleans, but I’ve actually had the epitome of each of these elsewhere.
Soft-shelled crab - Denver (Chef Michael Dagenhart’s Pecan-crusted, Garlic-braised Soft-shelled Crab is the one, by which all others will forever be judged, even Chef Frank Brigtsen’s.)
Gumbo - Beracieve’s [SP?] Biloxi, MS (long gone). In truth, the ultimate is from my wife’s gumbo pot, but that does not count.
Fried Shrimp - Magnusen’s House of Seafood, Gulfport, MS (OK, this is a repeat, but this was the ultimate, and it is long gone. The shrimp at Marquez Brothers was actually #2.)
Hey, I was able to hit the top 5, and that is pretty good. Given any other city in the world, I could not come up with more dishes per city. Wife verified my choices and could not add any additional entries to the list.
re: Paul N
Yep, they are a special. Pretty good friend of mine works there in the kitchen. Sauced with, if I can recall, sambal, garlic, lemon/vinegar and butter.
I love the oysters, chicken livers and redfish but until a few months ago they were having trouble sourcing rabbit so on my last visit the rabbit and dumplings weren't available. I now see that rabbit livers have replaced the chicken. Coming into summer soon, it should be removed from the menu until we get cooler weather again.
Other winners include the boudin with pickles, boucherie plate, cochon and brisket.
Nice cocktails as well. Had one with a homemade watermelon pickle.
I'm also very interested in the pickled pork tongue salad and the pork cheek in the boucherie category but haven't been back since they showed on the menu.
I'm on the north shore but will be working in New Orleans again soon so the eating will commence.
By the way, they have become very, very busy. 300 guests last Wednesday and every day is a struggle to get caught up. This is a small restaurant and serving 150 is really moving.
re: Paul N
I will certainly ask him about it and he will share.
I want to recall that they use an Alto-Shaam Smoker but I'll find out for sure. I know they purchase their hog "on the whole" and break it down for many different applications. I would think 60# or smaller size.
They also have food cost well below industry standard as you could imagine.
jfood lands next friday for four days of jazz and food. This is outrageously good since jfood's friends have given jfood the chore of food for friday and saturday.
Does anyone know how to download all these great recommendations into excel so he can rank and sort? Only kidding.
Akay, akay, akay.
I live in Tampa, but N.O. is my FAVORITE city in the entire world and I visit as often as possible. Here's my go:
Mother's: black ham, eggs, grits, and biscuit breakfast
Bayonna: Garlic Soup or anything
Acme: raw oysters (they were the best last time I visited, may have changed by now)
Central Grocery: Muffelatta
Willie Mae's: Fried Chicken (LOVE< LOVE< LOVE)
Lil' Dizzy's: mac & cheese
Mulate's: fried gator tail
re: The Urban Eater
I live in Indy but New Orleans is also my favorite food city, and I get down there at least twice a year (jazzfest and halloween). Some of my items are from the fair grounds during jazzfest.
Soft Shell Crab at the fairgrounds (Galley restaurant)
Muffaletta from Central Grocery
BBQ Oyster Po-Boy from Red Fish Grill
BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy from Liuzza's By The Track
Tapas from Rio Mar
Raw Oysters from Harbor Seafood (super value)
Crab Au Gratin Bon Ton Cafe
Bread Pudding w/whiskey sauce Bon Ton Cafe
Char Grill Oysters from Drago's
Jambalaya Supreme from Coop's Place
Of course these are in no particular order
Got to include Oysters Alvin from Bon Ton; I've actually dreamt about them, they're so good!
Everyone always talks about the Turtle Soup at Mandina's but their Oyster Artichoke Soup is pretty darned good as well.
I'd also nominate the Sunday Brunch at Begue's as the best buffet brunch for the money ANYWHERE -- an amazing variety of excellent food!
-mashed potatoes at Brigtsen
-oyster roast at Cochon
-central grocery muff.
-crab au gratin at Bon Ton Cafe
-pecan brittle at Leah's Pralines
-mirleton napoleon app. at Cuvee
-osso bucco at Irene
-beignets at Cafe du Monde
-duck and andouille gumbo at Dick & Jennys
-25 cent martinis at Commanders
Not exactly ten, but:
--crabmeat cheesecake at Palace Cafe
--beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe DuMonde
--praline bacon at Elizabeth's
--pralines from Southern Candymakers
--crab au gratin at Bon Ton Cafe
--potatoes Lyonnaise at Galatoire's
--andouille crusted fish w/Crystal beurre blanc at Palace Cafe
--pecan crusted fish w/Creole meuniere at any of Dickie Brennan's restaurants
--ham at Mother's
re: Steve Green
re: Steve Green
Blue cheese fried oysters - Uglesich's
Free Gumbo - Old Point Bar after Papa Grows Funk played
BBQ blue cheese oyster po'boy -The Redfish Grill stand during Jazz Fest
The Carpet Bagger steak - jacques
The T-bone/potato's au gratin/wedge salad/onion rings for $20 - Charlies
Oyster's Irene - Irene's
The Straciatella gelato - Angelo Brocato
2 course unlimited 10 cent martini lunch - Bacco
Canaloni - Sal and Judy's
The cheeseburger- Tuesdays at 6AM outside of Snake and Jakes
How about a few beverages to go along with your meals?
Sazerac: (my house or) Arnaud's French 75
Champagne: The porch at the Columns Hotel
Frozen Irish Coffee: Molly's on the Market
Bloody Mary: Monaghan's Erin Rose (there's Guinness in there)
Wine by the glass: The Delachaise
Cognac: The Bombay Club
Ramos Gin Fizz: The Ritz Carlton Library Bar
Tequila from an oak barrel: Vaughan's
Shot of Jameson & a High Life for $5: R Bar
Brennan's banannas foster
Stella! duck five ways
Bayona's garlic soup
Cafe Amelie's crab cakes
Elizabeth's grits and grillades
La Davina's creme brulee gelato with a shot of espresso
Sukhothai's cashew chicken or pad thai
Superior Grill's lethal margarita
Domilise's hot sausage poboy with chili gravy
Willie Mae's fried chicken
What a great question.
My wife and I emailed back and forth today and came up with:
Oysters on the half shell – Felix’s
Muffaletta – Central Grocery
Beignets with a cup of coffee – Café du Monde
Turtle soup – Commander’s Palace
Bread pudding souffle - Commander's Palace
Pimm’s Cup – Napoleon House
Sazerac – Napoleon House
Fried Chicken – Coop’s
Gumbo – Brigtsen’s (only if you can't make it to Wisconsin to try my wife's!)
Debris sandwiches - Mother’s
Grilled cheese dessert sandwich - Stella!
Whoops, that's eleven. Sorry.
- Bananas Foster at Brennan's
- Shrimp & catfish po-boy at Domilise's
- Burger & baked potato at Yo Mama's
- Gumbo at Arnaud's
- Boiled crawfish at Big Fisherman Seafood
- Shrimp & grits at Dante's Kitchen
- Chargrilled oysters from Drago's
- Beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde
- Shrimp & fried green tomato po-boy from Crabby Jack's
- Duck at the Palace Cafe
Strawberry ice - Angelo Brocato's
Slow roast duck po boy - Crabby Jacks
Banana cream pie - Emeril's
Alligator sausage cheesecake - Jacques
Duck (whatever preparation) - Brigtsen's
Chilean sea bass entree - Stella!
Turtle soup - Commander's
Burger and potato - Port o' Call
Beignet and Cafe au Lait - Cafe du Monde
Fried green tomatoes w/ shrimp remoulade - Upperline
when I went to college these were the things I craved the most.
- hamburger with loaded baked potato from port o'call
- half and half po boy (half oysters, half shrimp) from domilise
- oysters on the hal shell from Casamentos
- crabmeat risotto with the pork chop at the Besh steak house
- cream nector snowball with condensed milk from Pandoras box
- pulled pork burrito from juan's flying burrtio (mid city location)
- lemon ice box pie from Clancys
- boiled crawfish (my house) at Frankie and Johnys
-coconut gelato and cannoli from Angelo brocatos.
I agree with many of Celeste's picks, but here's a few of my own.
roast beef poboy dressed - Parkway Bakery
boiled crawfish - my house (if I'm not cooking, Big Fisherman or K-Jean's or any of a number of other places around town)
muffaletta - Central Grocery
grilled pompano - Galatoire's
beignets & cafe au lait - Cafe du Monde
cochon de lait poboy - Walker's or Jazz Fest
bread pudding souffle - Commander's Palace
bbq shrimp - Mr. B's
bbq shrimp poboy - Liuzza's by the Track
Chicken a la Grande - Mosca's
Gumbo - my house (if I'm not cooking, Dooky Chase or Two Sisters or Frankie & Johnny's or any number of places around town)
--a chocolate cream sno-bliz at Hansen's Sno Bliz, Tchopitoulas at Bordeaux
--cannoli from Angelo Brocato's on Carrollton
--garlic oyster poboy from Liuzza's by the Track, N. Lopez St.
--bahn mi thit nuong from Dong Phuong bakery, Chef Menteur Hwy
--beignets & cafe au lait from Morning Call, 17th St. in Metairie
--char-grilled oysters from Drago's, N. Arnoult, Metairie
--half-n-half (shrimp & oysters) or softshell crab sandwich at Casamento's, Magazine St.
--pulled pork, HillBilly BBQ, Tullulah St., River Ridge
--the fries at Herbsaint (tied with the pork belly)
--aztec chocolate gelato at La Divina
My list would probably change weekly, though.
re: Hungry Celeste
oyster poboy: Bozos (21st St., Metairie)
turtle soup: Commander's
crispy mirliton napoleon with remoulade and cayenne buerre blanc: Cuvee
tempura buster crab: August
pork belly : Herbsaint
soft shell crab (call first): Brigtsen's
crawfish: K Jean
gumbo: Prejeen's at JF or Mr. B's ya-ya
muff: Central Grocery (take one home, they travel well):
oysters 1/2 shell: Felix's
"breathtaking roast beef po boy": Liuzza's by the Track
That's 12 but it's NOLA . Oh, one more, Bloody Mary (extra spicy): Commander's
My family has eaten at Bozo's for 4 generations. Starting with the original location on St. Anne's. Chris' fried catfish is also hard to beat. He used to boil up some great crabs when I was a kid, and the fries were not frozen back in the day, but it is still a great place.
I used to love the roast beef po boys at Ciro's in Metarie, and Messina's Italian in Kenner.
I still love Tony Angelo's.
re: Hungry Celeste