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lgoodwood Sep 20, 2008 10:46 AM

Hi Everyone,
After 4 years, my husband and I are finally returning to your beautiful city. We will make the trip from California in December (12/25-1/1)and are very excited. We love touristy things/places and will do several of them, but would also like suggestions for the best "locals" food, drink, and music. Make as many suggestions as you can, nothing will go unread. Also, we are thinking about going to a Saints game--how is the food at the games?

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    Tonto Sep 20, 2008 07:05 PM

    EAT BEFORE YOU GO TO THE GAME. IT IS DISGRACEFUL WHAT QUALIFIES AS FOOD A THE DOME, CONSIDERING OUR FOOD HERITAGE. IF THEY CAN DO IT AT FRENCH QUARTER FEST AND JAZZ FEST WHY CAN'T WE PROVIDE EATABLE FOOD AT THE DOME? AN ENIGMA TO ME.

    WHAT PART OF TOWN WILL YOU BE IN, DO YOU HAVE A CAR ETC.

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    1. re: Tonto
      Bill Hunt Sep 20, 2008 08:39 PM

      It's been many decades, since we dined in the Dome, but even in John Mecom's suite, the food was not that good. How can this be?

      I also find it horrible that any food at MSY is so bad. Going back to the '50s & '60s, there was actually good food at the airport. Now, a Lucky Dog is good, by comparison. And please don't get me started on the food-service personnel at MSY. Were I an unknowing tourist, and encountering NOLA first via the airport, I'd book a flight to anywhere and immediately. What horrible ambassadors for such a great city?

      Actually, the only memorable grub at a stadium has been Coors Field in Denver and Bank One Ballpark (BOB, now Chase Field) in PHX. For goodness sakes, if these cities, however nice each might be, can do good food at a stadium, what is wrong with NOLA? I am so surprised that some great restauranteurs have not set up in the Dome.

      Sorry to hear that things have not changed,

      Hunt

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        lgoodwood Sep 20, 2008 09:59 PM

        We encountered Lucky Dog on our first trip. I wanted to have one desperately because I had read Confederacy of Dunces. Don't know how the rest of NOLA feels, but I won't be taking food suggestions from literature anymore. ;-) So. Cal is not exactly hospitality-oriented anymore, so even the MSY employees seemed great to us!

        1. re: lgoodwood
          Bill Hunt Sep 21, 2008 07:26 PM

          I have found similar at LAX and also IDA. SFO seems more customer oriented and DEN food service has been great. Still, the folk at MSY get my vote for the worst, or the worst. Even the Indian/Paki workers at LHR are more friendly.

          I just lament that the folk that a traveler might first encounter, or last encounter in NOLA would be one of THESE.

          So the Lucky Dog is not high on your list? I can understand, but it was decades ago, that I last tasted one. When I used to play tennis with Doug Talbot, who owned the franchise in those days, I did not eat them, even on a bet.

          Hunt

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            Clarkafella Sep 23, 2008 09:00 AM

            Lucky Dogs are actually pretty good around 2AM after a night out in the streets. I split one with a friend recently, and ended up wishing that he had bought his own...

      2. re: Tonto
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        lgoodwood Sep 20, 2008 09:57 PM

        We will be staying at the corner of Bourbon and Canal. We may rent a car, depending on suggestions. Otherwise we will be relying on feet and streetcar, possibly cabs. Will take your suggestion and eat before the game! The food is not any better at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Great Mexican food everywhere, and not a decent taco to be had at the stadium!

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          Lyonola Sep 23, 2008 08:52 AM

          The poor food in the Dome and in many other cities stadiums has to do with contracts with vendors. Aramark Catering and other national catering corporations get exclusive contracts at ballparks. So lacking the need to provide good food in order to stay in business, what the fan gets is cardboard nachos and lackluster hot dogs.

          To get local restauranteurs in the dome would take an act of God. But I think New Orleanians have seen that recently so perhaps not out of the question.

          1. re: Lyonola
            Bill Hunt Sep 24, 2008 06:40 PM

            Actually, Denver did a nice job with Coors field. Not sure of the various contracts (probably a main contractor, like Aramark), but they did get several small operations into the stadium. All of a sudden, one had choices galore. They might have to walk to another level, or around the field, but there are all sorts of smaller, almost "mom-n-pop" vendors. It's nice to have several "micro-brew" vendors, rather than just Bud regular and Bud Lite. And, you get to walk off the calories, as you go back to your seat around the arena!

            Hunt

            BOB (or whatever it's called this week) in Phoenix has similar, but not on the same level as Coors Field. There is a TGIF, one independently owned "sit-down," and then an independent at the entrance - have to have a ticket to that day's game to get in. Neither venue is perfect (food-wise), but I find both a step up from most.

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          ThaGroovinGourmet Sep 24, 2008 07:15 PM

          Except for the all caps, I agree with Tonto. Only the Cardinals' stadium in Glendale, AZ has worse stadium food. Considering the newness of that facility I was amazed at the 1970's high school football game grade crap that was served up. Same type of swill at the 'dome.

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