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Feb 11, 2009 12:53 PM

Extreme Foodies Seeking Down and Dirty

We try to come to New Orleans at least once a year, if not more. We are seeking new experiences of authentic local food.

For example, we are not interested in the newest trendy tapas places like Ramplas, etc, , nor New York-like restaurants (as we are New Yorkers) but New Louisiana cooking would be fine.

Not interested in Italian, Asian, Mexican , or other ethnic , nor burger places, as there is plenty of that elsewhere.

We love oysters, crawfish, crabs, fish, bbq shrimp (messy is fine), and duck .

It can be expensive to cheap but it has to be good. We have been to August, Commanders, NOLA, Acme, Bayona, Cochon, Deanies, Brigsten's, Redfish, Cafe DuMonde, Central Grocery, Dante's - to name a few. We loved August, Acme, Bayona, Cafe DuMonde, CG and Deanie's BBQ shrimp.

Would appreciate local recommendations and specific dishes to order that one has to have. Think of local places you have to go to as soon as you have returned from a long trip. Many thanks!!!

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  1. Parasol or Parkway - roast beef poboy

    Nola Grocery - cajun meat poboy and boudin

    Bon Ton - salad w/house dressing, any entree, bread pudding

    Middendorf's (need a car) - broiled frog legs or catfish, gumbo, boiled crabs, homemade ice cream
    *check out the deck and the Manchac chicks

    Crab Trap (need a car) - boiled crabs
    *afterward have a snowball upstairs

    Crazy Johnny's - bbq shrimp

    That's all I can come up with at the moment.

    7 Replies
    1. re: mrsfury

      what's your thoughts on Casamento's for oysters? I saw/read something recently and I have not been - love oysters. We are going in June and can't wait. My favs have been mentioned (BonTon, Parasol, Deanies, Cafe DuMonde, Acme) we have to get a muff at Central Grocer too. We go for the same search - only New Orleans local and authentic, love hole in the walls.

      1. re: lexpatti

        Casamento's is great, but they'll be closed in June. June isn't good oyster time, so they shut the doors for 3 months during the summer.

        Fury's got good recs, as always. I'm glad to see someone else recommend Crazy Johnny's bbq shrimp. They're the best I've had, hands down. I'll add Mandina's to the list. Franky & Johnny's will work, too.

        1. re: N.O.Food

          oh man forgot about that, what about crawfish season? I get great oyster up here in New England but no mud bugs. I'm doing my own oyster po0boy tomorrow night.

          1. re: lexpatti

            June's a little late in crawfish season, but they should still be around.

        2. re: lexpatti

          You like seafood and hole in the wall? Harbor Town Seafood on Williams Blvd in Kenner. I love this place and we go whenever we visit. Sometimes there is a wait and I don't know what, if any, effect the BP disaster has had on the seafood industry. Oysters are certainly out. As good as Deanies and half the price.

          Deanie's Restaurant
          7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

        3. re: mrsfury

          what is the Crab Trap like? their site appears down. thanks

          1. re: kibbles

            It's open with no a/c so if it's a hot day you will have to hope the fans are enough. It's mostly boiled stuff. I've only been there once but the crabs are the reason to go. Last night we had dinner at the new Frenier Landing seafood restaurant and oyster bar. It was fabulous. It's right on the lake in LaPlace. I posted some pics and info here:

        4. Jacques-Imo - Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake
          Muriel's - Crawfish Goat Cheese Crepes
          Dragos - Char-grilled oysters
          Bon Ton - Crabmeat Au Gratin
          Clancy's - Soft Shelled Crab
          Tommy's Cuisine - Duck Tchoupitoulas

          1. Ignatius Grocery on Magazine near Napoleon has a pretty good selection of foods. I really like their red beans and rice, the boudin omelet, and their gumbo. Just kind of a divey space to pop in and get a bite to eat.

            1. Boucharie for lunch or dinner - wonderful spin on local food
              Crabby Jacks - poboys and the like
              Parkway Bakery - Roast Beef or Oyster Poboy
              Cochon - for Cochon and a moonshine flight

              1. Rivershack Tavern for their debris style roast beef po boy and sweet fries. or go on Mondays for their killer red beans and rice w/grilled chicken or sausage. or go any day of the week for Chef's daily special, but get there by 11am or he could already be sold out. the buffalo oysters and fried seafood platter are great starters to split. oh, and the beer selection is not too shabby either...belly up to the bar on one of their "unique" bar stools. cheers!

                Rivershack Tavern
                3449 River Rd, Jefferson, LA