If too long a wait what is good alternative?
re: Hungry Celeste
I've been going to Coop's for a long, long time. I still go occasionally, but it seems to have acquired a cult following that far, far exceeds the quality of the food.
I've had some really great dishes at Coop's, but I've had just as many awful experiences as well. They are wildly inconsistent, and the menu has gotten so huge, you can hardly expect everything to be good. You might get fried chicken on a day when they've made it fresh, or you'll get something that was pulled out of the fridge and nuked.
Seems to me the best days to go are right before a weekend or an event--I'd bet that going this Wednesday or Thursday before Jazz Fest weekend would be smart. I could be wrong, but it seems that on those days they start making huge amounts of some of the food to get ready for the onslaught, and so everything is fresh.
I do like their gumbo.
By and large though, the food is poor, more often than good, in my opinion.
I've never had fried chicken at Coop's that tasted like it had been nuked. I'd be shocked if that were the case.
But I agree with you about special events. JazzFest is NOT the time to go to Coop's. Unlike some businesses that welcome that flocks that arrive for Fest, the employees at Coop's treat Fest as an annoyance. (Mind you, I'm not being critical. Coop's employees are part of what make the place special!)