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Aug 3, 2008 06:41 PM

Best Beignet and other local foods

Hello. I'm in Nola visiting without my friend who would know where to go for all the best local real food.
So, is Cafe du Monde really the best place for a beignet? Other suggestions?

And--how about flavorful, juicy soul food? Cajun? The places that I would never find if it weren't for locals who also like real food.


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  1. Relative to your beignet question: you have two historical sources (plus some satellite locations for one). CDM is very good, but so is Morning Call, in Metairie. Both are excellent examples, though their respective experiences are different. When they were both just up the street from each other, I'd split my beignet time between the two. Now, it's more a matter of where I am. Try them both and make a comparisson between the two. Different, but worth the effort.

    There may be others now, but I have not experienced them.

    Dooky Chase's is known for their take on NOLA "soul food." Do not know if they are 100% open. Maybe the locals can chime in and help you there, plus add some additional insight into other spots, that are worth your efforts.


    Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand
    800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    Morning Call Coffee Stand
    3325 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA

    Dooky Chase Restaurant
    2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

    1. Li'l Dizzy's, either location (Esplanade Ave. or Poydras)
      Two Sisters Kitchen on N. Derbiny
      Cochon and Creole Skillet in the Warehouse District
      Buster's Soul Food on St. Charles

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      1. re: edible complex


        Is Buster's Soul Food, Buster Holmes? I was going to mention that, but did not know the post-K situation.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          mr hunt, buster holmes has been closed for decades at this point(it had nothing to do w/katrina). buster's soul food is NOT the same.

          1. re: bataille2

            That is what I thought, and appreciate your updating me. Being gone for so long, and only visiting a couple of times per year, if I'm lucky, it's easy to loose touch with certain restaurants.

            Just got my DVD of WYES' program, "The Lost Restaurants of New Orleans." Unfotunately, they need to do an update, "More - The Lost Restaurants of New Orleans," as they have done with some of their other NOLA history program.

            Thanks, that confirms my fading memory,


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              for a very lovely rememberance of chef buster, check this out:


              this is also just an excellent website, run by someone who loves the city of my dreams as much as i do.

              1. re: bataille2

                Thank you so much for the link and the info.