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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126
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...
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
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.
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
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!
3449 River Rd, Jefferson, LA