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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.

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    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: http://www.ladayrides.com/viewtopic.p...

        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

                1. Cochon and moonshine, or the lunch place they run right behind the restaurant. But for down and dirty, Salvo's Seafood, deep in Belle Chasse. Tues/Wed all-u-can eat specials...amazing. Parking lot is crushed oyster shells...really all you need to know, except that pitchers of Bud are $3-$4.

                  1. If you are in town on a Thursday, I highly recommend New Orleans Food and Spirits in Bucktown. You'll either need to get a cab or have a car to get there, it's not that far but you can't walk it. The special on THursday is white beans and rabbit and it is incredible. THey open at 11 and if you are not there by 12:30, odds are you will not get that special as it is gone quickly.
                    My first lunch stop when I arrive home for a visit is Mandina's and I don't ever get the same thing, I've been going there for 25 years so it's like home to me.
                    For a roast beef poboy, my favorite is R&O's, but Parkway and Parasol are up there as well. You can also order the R&O special, roast beef and ham, sooo good.
                    Crabby Jack's just outside New Orleans in Jefferson is a great lunch spot.
                    I have to agree with all the other posts, and will have to visit Deanie's for some bbq shrimp when I make a return visit for the Fest.

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                    1. re: roro1831

                      Amen to NO food and spirits. I wish we had one uptown. It reminds me of the many blue plate lunch places in Lafayette.

                      1. re: roro1831

                        + 1 on New Orleans Food and Spirits. The crawfish corn soup is to die for.

                      2. anyone have any suggestions for a pre- or post- abita brewery tour eatery out in mandeville, covington, or area? I have some friends visiting to New Orleans and we want to go out to Abita. right now I'm leaning toward driving over to Hammond for Middendorf's unless I can find a closer road food gem. I appreciate any suggestions you may have.

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                          1. re: thefatmole33

                            Although Chris is no longer at La Provence in Lacombe (not far for Mandeville), I hear that it's still great. I worked there in 1975, Chris was very successful but this new owner worked with Chris too -John Besh (he has some great restaurants but I haven't been to any)

                            I still love Sal n Judy's in Lacombe as well. Both aren't far from Mandeville at all.

                              1. re: thefatmole33

                                The Dakota in Covington would be something to check out after the brewery tour. There is also another brewery in downtown Covington called Heiner Brau... I probably mixed the spelling up, but they do great brews as well. Lighter than the Abita stuff with a little more hops.

                                1. re: thefatmole33

                                  sal and judy's has delicious food- it is located in lacombe but well worth going out of the way. half of the menu is traditional creole and the other half is italian

                                  1. re: katiep

                                    many moons ago, living in covington La - we loved going to Sal and Judy's!

                                    Sal and Judy's Restaurants
                                    Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

                                2. Have you tried Felix's, across the st. from Acme? Bozo's and Harbor Seafood make any trip to Met'ry/Kenner worthwhile. The PJ 'sters @ Luke've always been spot-on (inmyexp.). Is Sal's on Barritaria (WBank) still running? If so, it's as authentic as any... Vivi has it correct when recommending Boucherie (Riverbend). True, too, of thursby's rec. of Salvo's.

                                  1. Can't believe no one has mentioned Coop's?

                                    Nothing is <mindblowing>, but it is certainly divey and the food is certainly very tasty, especially the jambalaya.

                                    i'll go ahead and second the parkway and boucherie recs.

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                                    1. re: nola17

                                      I appreciate all the suggestions. As to the person who asked if I tried Felix, the answer is yes and perhaps it was an off night but the oysters were warm, which indicates to me that they were opened earlier and left standing. Wasn't impressed by other food. Really tasted like tourist food to my tastes.
                                      Please keep the suggestions coming. Thinking of driving to Houma area later in week and would welcome down and dirty suggestions for there.
                                      Also, any suggestions for sunday night dinner?
                                      Many thanks!

                                      1. re: dec111

                                        I posted this list in a previous response to another topic, but if you are going to Houma for down and dirty, this list just about does takes care of that wish in my opinion.

                                        Within 1 hour and heading toward "the Bayou" (Lafourche that is!)
                                        - Mosca's in Avondale for Chicken Grande and Oysters Mosca
                                        -Spahr's in Des Allemands for fried Catfish
                                        -Chesters Cypress Inn for the fried chicken (great call by the way Bayou Teche)
                                        -Big Al's in Houma for boiled seafood
                                        -Fremin's in Thibodaux

                                        1. re: thecajunfoodie

                                          Thanks. Went to Big Al's and was not impressed at all. The waitress later told us that they boil the seafood in "advance" because they can't do it per order. That explains why our crawfish was cold, tasted old ( there was a pile of claws on bottom of platter- indicating -over-boiled ); shrimp was also lukewarm and overcooked. She mentioned that it was "only " cooked a few hours ago but seafood was "fresh".

                                          1. re: dec111

                                            i tried what i believe was a Big Al's in the old Firehouse restaurant location. the stuff we had has pre-boiled, not very good, and expensive. they didnt last long.

                                            if it isnt boiled fresh, dont bother...

                                            1. re: dec111

                                              Sorry to hear. I'll have to go down there and see what the heck is going on!


                                        2. re: nola17

                                          Coops is pretty good - you're right, not gonna blow your mind but tasty food with local ambience. The jambalaya and the spicy fried chicken really are delish. The gumbo isn't the best i've ever had but certainly serviceable.

                                        3. I live in New York too, but I'm from New Orleans and I go back often. Glad to help you out.

                                          Looks like your past experiences are FQ heavy. You could eat all your meals this time out of the FQ and experience a very different side of the city. In fact, for casual food, the FQ is very hit or miss, except for some of the better offerings already mentioned (Acme, Coop's). I've also been impressed by Praline Connection in the Marigny, but it's been a while since I've been. Used to love their red beans and catfish poboys.

                                          I second recs for poboys at Parkway. I'd say this is a can't-miss experience. I'd also add Mandina's or Liuzza's By the Track as great casual restaurants. They're in the same general neighborhood as Parkway. Mandina's has a huge menu with lots of local favorites, including fried seafood of all kinds, and it's accessible by Canal streetcar. (I love their meatball poboy, which you may find too Italian for your taste, but when you get it dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo, it tastes nothing like any Italian sandwich I've ever had in New York.)

                                          Happy eating!

                                          1. Dante's Kitchen is a place off most people's radar, but I have had terrific meals there. Its website is: www:danteskitchen.com

                                            1. Jacques Imos--Deep fried roast beef po boy
                                              Pascales Manale--BBQ Shrimp of course
                                              Galatoires--souffle potatoes, fried eggplant (your supposed to mix the powdered sugar and tabasco to dip the eggplant into) soft shell crab almondine
                                              Cooter Browns--Meat Pie Po Boy
                                              Dragos--Char grilled oysters

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                                              1. re: Davebr

                                                I appreciate all the great suggestions .
                                                As one writer observed, yes, my experiences have been FQ heavy. Have been to Jacques Imos but not impressed with BBQ shrimp there which was served sans head (kind of lame) and was not at peak of freshness. Would be willing to try it again. Have eaten at Dante's and Brigsten's which I don't feel the need to rush back to.

                                                Also, one night would like to hit the Mid-city bowling alley for music and would appreciate suggestions for restaurants and specifics on what to order and any other rec's. Many thanks!!!

                                                1. re: dec111

                                                  Does anyone know if any of the above suggestions are open on Sunday night? Also, are any of them close to Mid-City Bowling alley as we would like to go there on Wed for music.

                                                  1. re: dec111

                                                    The closest place to Rock & Bowl is Mandina's, but everything suggested with the exception of some North Shore places are about a 10-15 minute cab ride from where Rock & Bowl is. I would not walk from Mandina's to Rock and Bowl for fwiw.

                                                    Mandina's is open Sunday from 12-9

                                                    1. re: roro1831

                                                      The Mid City location of Juan's Flying Burrito would also be close. http://www.juansflyingburrito.com/ind... Look to be open Sunday from noon till 10 pm.

                                                      1. re: roro1831

                                                        Just back from New Orleans -- Rock & Bowl is awesome. The two best meals I had were at Upperline and Dante's Kitchen -- neither one is too far from Roch & Bowl.

                                                        1. re: FKM123

                                                          what did you have at upperline. I have heard mixed reviews?
                                                          thanks for your suggestions.

                                                          1. re: dec111

                                                            Fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade, the drum (a Gulf white fish)with habanero sauce, and the bread pudding. My wife had the barbecued shrimp which were also delicious.

                                                      2. re: dec111

                                                        cafe minh is a short cab from rock n bowl.

                                                        Cafe Minh
                                                        4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                                  2. Inexpensive and very tasty:
                                                    --Cafe Reconcile, lunch only weekdays. If possible, go on Thursdays for the shrimp & white beans special.
                                                    --McHardy's fried chicken; no seating (well, a bench for waiting patrons), but damn good fried chix at silly-low prices.

                                                    Casamentos is a must; fresh Louisiana seafood, fried in lard. Nothing fancy, just straightforward classics. Start with a dozen raw, some fried crab claws, then go on to a half oyster loaf or a fried softshell crab sandwich.

                                                    Sorry you're not interested in Asian or Italian, as NOLA has excellent Vietnamese food as well as "creole italian" (which is entirely different from NE US italian restaurants).

                                                    On the higher end, MiLA is turning out interesting food, and the new Cochon butcher shop has an array of interesting pork-centric sandwiches.

                                                    Casamento's Restaurant
                                                    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                    Mc Hardy's Chicken & Fixens
                                                    1458 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                                    Cafe Reconcile
                                                    1631 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

                                                    817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                                      what is this creole italian of which you speak? Where would one find its most stellar examples

                                                      1. re: Bigley9

                                                        I'd go to R&O and get the soft shell parm po boy for starters. their stuffed artichokes are great, as are their boiled shrimp. anything w/red gravy won't disappoint.
                                                        and if you haven't had your fill there, across the street is Two Tony's for their divine lasgana. and if you're still hungry, I'd go to Fausto's for their eggplant parm. and then I'd finish w/the smothered chicken and stuffed peppers at Fury's.

                                                        R & O Restaurant
                                                        216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA

                                                        Fury's Restaurant
                                                        724 Martin Behrman Ave Ste C, Metairie, LA 70005

                                                        Two Tony's
                                                        105 Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70001

                                                        Fausto's Bistro
                                                        530 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

                                                        1. re: edible complex

                                                          Yes to the above, plus Mosca's, Mandina's, Tony Angello's.....creole italian is red-gravy centric, with a heavy emphasis on seafood. BBQ shrimp (like at Pascal's Manale and Mosca's) is probably the best known flowering of the creole-italian subgenre of local cooking. Seafood stuffed artichokes, gumbo with an influence of tomatoes and oregano, pasta bordelaise.....

                                                          1. re: edible complex

                                                            Thanks to all of you for the creole-italian recs! My people are from the western branch of the greater gulf coast Sicilian family (Beaumont/Orange/Houston) and I have yet to find a proper stuffed artichoke anywhere other than home or a St Josephs Day alter! Last time my BF and I were in NO we ate at Mandina's twice in 4 days, so based on the list above I think we may be exploring Metarie on our visit next month.

                                                            1. re: Bigley9

                                                              Mosca's as the prime example but Mandina's is a close second and a lot closer.

                                                              Mandina's Restaurant
                                                              3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                                              Mosca's Restaurant
                                                              Hwy-90 W, Westwego, LA 70094

                                                          2. We are finally planning a trip back to NO after a hiatus of a few years (since pre-Katrina, sadly). It's time the twins got a taste of New Orleans. When we go we like to eat like you eat -- we go to NO for NO food!

                                                            Anyway, one place we can't wait to get back to is one you'd probably like to try: Rocky & Carlo's on Chalmette Hwy in "da Parish" (St Bernard's). Roast beef po'boy, mac&cheese with or without red gravy, and of course a big wop salad. I see they have built a new place since Katrina but the food looks to be the same as ever.

                                                            For oysters you gotta try Harbor Seafood in Kenner near the airport. So cheap it should be criminal.

                                                            Also, we have had three meals at Emeril's -- all were outstanding.

                                                            Among the other recs we have tried and enjoyed Brigtsens (redfish meuniere), Mosca's (crab salad), Upperline (fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade), Bon Ton (crawfish x ways), R&O (roast beef po'boys, but it's been sorta hit or miss), CDM, Casamento's (oyster loaf), Mandina's (turtle soup), Bayona (been years so the menu is surely all different but it was great; we ate in the wine room upstairs), Acme (raw oysters).

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                                                            1. re: Bob W

                                                              Bob W, allow me to spring to your defense before the PC Police drag you away in handcuffs. "Wop Salad" was ubiquitous in the city's Italian-owned, Italian-run restaurants for at least 75 years. With typical New Orleans irreverence, the Italian community coopted a word used as an ethnic slur elsewhere, thereby diffusing the word.

                                                              In deference to our politically correct age, many Italian restaurants have changed the salad's name to "Italian Salad." Whatever you want to call it, it's good! Here's a recipe:


                                                              Great olive salad -- the kind used to dress a muffuletta -- is the key to a great Italian Salad.

                                                              1. re: BrooksNYC

                                                                Thanks Brooks! I'm a big boy, but I appreciated the spirited defense.

                                                                Anyway, even though the OP expressed a non-interest in Italian, I would like to emphasize that creole-Italian is quirky enough (as Hungry Celeste noted) that it's worth exploring in NOLA. I would agree that while Asian food in NO is probably very good, I haven't seen much to separate it from similar food in other parts of the US -- other than the abundant use of crawfish in various dishes.

                                                                1. re: Bob W

                                                                  Speaking of Creole-Italian, has anyone been to Eleven 79 recently? I haven't been since before Katrina, but it used to be excellent. Seems to have slipped off the radar.

                                                                  Bob, my apologies for leaping over-zealously to your defense. My riff on Wop Salad was for the benefit of anyone unfamiliar with local food lore. Casual mention of Wop Salad on another food forum ignited a PC firestorm that went on for pages!

                                                                  1. re: BrooksNYC

                                                                    Hungry Celeste & I have carried the torch for Wop Salad for years...the people who bombinate on about it being a slur are just ignorant---the ones who have been enlightened and continue to cavil are just stupid. A regular waiter at Mandina's knows I don;t want an italian Salad and he always writes it as Wop on his little pad.

                                                            2. Thank you to all for your recommendations and the winner is 1921 on Barrow in Houma for crawfish. It is just a glorified fish shack but excellent crawfish. Crabs were not as good as Deanie's Bucktown. 1921 was recommended by locals and far surpassed the other places we got crawfish: Big Al's, Grand Isle, Acme, to name a few.

                                                              I would avoid Big Al for boiled seafood as the crawfish was bad- overcooked, lukewarm, with the claws falling off onto bottom of tray indicating overboiling. The waitress later explained that they can't cook to order (or apparently time it for customers better), so they cook a bunch at a time and dish out as people order. She said it was definitely "fresh" , ie- cooked that day, a few hours ago. Fresh would not be my definition. Luckily I was on vacation mode because I would have asked for money back or returned it but we were trying to get out quickly for some fun. We also ordered a fried oyster appetizer which was only ok. Crab soup was good, if you like lots of cream. The boiled shrimp also came lukewarm and tasted like they had seen better days. Don't understand why people rave about this place. Go to 1921 in Houma for much better and cheaper seafood. They know how to serve fresh seafood in quantities. In fact, something funny happened there. We went in as a party of 3 and thought we would start with 2 lbs of crawfish, which we ordered. The waitress naturally assumed 2 pounds for each person so brought 3 platters of 2 pounds of crawfish. It was so good that we finished it all. Sweetest crawfish ever.

                                                              Casamento was best for Oysters. Oyster shucker there was very welcoming and if you ask nicely(or just smile at him), he will even do tricks with the oysters. He also has his awards posted. Mr. B's and Deanie's (bucktown) had best BBQ shrimp - better than the original Pascale Manale, which we also hit. Best grilled oysters was Acme- served with parmesan cheese on top.

                                                              We had good solid meals at Luke (excellent raw oysters, good rabbit pate), Herbsaint (delicious pasta with egg which I would not order generally but waiter recommended) and Ralph's at Park (best service). Ralph's has a 25 dollar prix fixe dinner which my friend had (good value and excellent puppy drum).If you go to Ralph, try going during day. View is ok but not spectacular. It was disappointing to have the big screen tv at bar visible in dining room, at a restaurant billed as romantic, etc.Also had good meal at BAyona but something was off that night-not as good as before. Garlic soup was not as good as other times. In fact, last time we went for dinner, we went for lunch a few days later as it was so good.This time around, if this was the first time at Bayona, we would not rush back- not bad, just nothing was memorable.

                                                              Mr B's took best meal. Now that was memorable. Husband had rabbit (special) which was cooked with bacon with sauce that tasted like a roux. It was excellent and I don't even like rabbit. He wanted to go back the next day, it was so good. The bbq shrimp was excellent and messy (with heads).

                                                              Best fried went to Casamento which has delicious fried shrimp- very sweet and tiny - unlike any other shrimp I have had.

                                                              Mahoney po-boy on magazine was excellent. Got a pre-made sandwich at Central Market. Is it my imagination or is the bread getting softer and softer? Soon it will be plain wonder white bread... I know many places replace crusty bread with softer version because it lasts longer but it is just not the same.

                                                              Worst attitude: Upperline. We had reservations for 6:30 and called to let them know that because of traffic we would be about 15 minutes late. They had such an attitude when we called that we just decided to go to Pascale ( just walked in and got table after 5 minute wait). We called Upperline and canceled (left message on their machine bec cdn't reach live person, and didn't leave reason). To their credit, they called back and apologized.

                                                              As for 24 hour, places to eat etc, Rock and Bowl (not 24 hours but open late) serves jambalaya, which we didn't have but smelled good. Verti Market, which someone recommended, while it may be 24 hours, was a dive market, with no place to eat. Didn't look clean so left. Went to Cafe DuMonde which is 24 hours for last beignets (late at night, only indoors)-- our last meal in NOLA. Took a take-out order too. Had a great trip and ready to go back! Many thanks for all your suggestions!

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                                                                1. re: dec111

                                                                  Where else did you check out boiled crawfish in New Orleans? Any place that you would go to if you couldn't go to 1921?

                                                                  1. re: dec111

                                                                    Verti Marte isnt a restaurant, definitely gotta grab n go! as far as cleanliness, while its cramped ive never had any health issues eating there over the years :). its basically just a quirky little grocery joint to pick up some late eats and head home..

                                                                    bummer about Upperline. glad you enjoyed the rest of your hits... will have to check out 1921!

                                                                    1. re: kibbles

                                                                      1921 was amazing. I can't rave enough about it. Yes, you should definitely check it out. As for sfbing's question as to boiled crawfish in NOLA. We had it at Grand Isle (during lunch) which was very good, and Acme which was ok. Nonetheless, it was not in same universe as 1921, which had the sweetest crawfish ever. For those who are looking for late night eats, I would definitely head over to Cafe DuMonde over Verti Marte, even for take out. Thanks all for the wonderful suggestions and looking forward to returning soon.

                                                                      1. re: dec111

                                                                        What can you take out at Cafe DuMonde other than Coffee, beignets, soft drinks, and hot chocolate?

                                                                    2. re: dec111

                                                                      The "Dirty Marte" food is on par with its appearance. (To be fair, only tried it once...that was enough ).

                                                                    3. Boucherie is new and was very good in late December. Very reasonable too. If you like bbq shrimp, Mr. B's are awesome.

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                                                                      1. re: texasredtop

                                                                        what you can take out from Cafe DuMonde is heaven on earth, ie beignets. who needs more?

                                                                        1. re: dec111

                                                                          This is the original poster here.
                                                                          We are returning to NOLA in a few weeks and appreciate any updates you folks might have to above list posted in 2009.
                                                                          Can't stay away! Looking for places that you folks eat at without the tourists and best dishes you might recommend at each place. Any places with music would also be appreciated (love blues, Zydeco, jazz with singing...).
                                                                          Also looking to take a few days trip outside NOLA and looking for suggestions of places to go with restaurant recommendations.
                                                                          Thanks folks!

                                                                          1. re: dec111

                                                                            Green Goddess, Le Merritage, Meaux Bar, Bistro M, Coquette, Patois, Bistro Daisy, LA Petite Grocery, Dick & Jenny's, Meson 923 (brand new), and the Grill Room

                                                                            Bistro Daisy
                                                                            New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA

                                                                            Green Goddess
                                                                            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                                            Dick & Jenny's
                                                                            4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                                            942 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                                                            1. re: paz5559

                                                                              thank you. thinking of going to beaux bridges, abbyville . Any suggestions?

                                                                              1. re: dec111

                                                                                In Breaux Bridge, there is the obligatory Cafe Des Amis. It has an enthusiastic fan base.....I'm not one of them. Poche's for tasso, boudin, sausage, etc.

                                                                                There are a few good seafood restaurants in Abbeville. Dupuy's, Richard's, and Cajun Claws. Shuck's has greatly improved under new ownership. In fact, if Black's had Shuck's crowds (and food), they'd still be in business.

                                                                                1. re: BayouTeche

                                                                                  +1 for cafe des amis in breaux bridge- but you can't miss zydeco breakfast on saturday. it fills up quickly, so it is best to get there early- stay in breaux bridge or laf the night before. then stroll around- it is such a picaresque town filled with antique shops and cafes. live music migrates to another cafe around the corner from cafe des amis, and there you will typically be offered an impromptu cajun square dancing lesson.

                                                                                  1. re: katiep

                                                                                    There is a $5 cover charge for the Zydeco Breakfast, but you get reimbursed for it if you order breakfast. The boudin patty is so good that my daughter the vegetarian had to break down and try it.
                                                                                    We got there a 7:00 because we had a big group. It was a lot of fun!