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Best 'ethnic' dishes in the city?

25dollars Feb 26, 2009 07:20 PM

I always feel like I get in a rut with the restaurants I frequent in NO, but I love me some ethnic cooking, so I was wondering if anyone had good recommendations. To start off, I love the cubano sandwich at Churro's in Metairie, and the lamb and couscous at Jamila's.

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    nolachow Sep 4, 2009 09:18 PM

    Has anyone found an Ethiopian restaurant? Never made it to the now-dead Red Sea and all my searching online is for naught...

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      txgirl Aug 26, 2009 12:43 PM

      Taco San Miguel on Severn is, in my opinion, by far the best authentic mexican food in town.

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        midcity Mar 26, 2009 04:52 PM

        Just had my first banh mi at Jazmine Cafe. I think it's the best I've had outside of Pho Tau Bay. I was skeptical about the butter, but ended up liking it a lot more than the sweet mayo that some places have. I hope they expand their sandwich offerings!

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          noodles213 Mar 10, 2009 02:02 PM

          Bennachin Restaurant ...african cuisine.1212 Royal St....I have never been disappointed.

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            22ndstreet Mar 6, 2009 09:06 AM

            Two Tony's Restaurant on hammond hwy in Bucktown for Italian and seafood

            Their Lasagna is phenominal and their fried eggplant and artichoke hearts are delicious

            Byblos Market on Veterans Blvd.

            Their chicken schwarma sandwiches and hummus are the best

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            1. re: 22ndstreet
              JazzyB Mar 7, 2009 11:27 AM

              Lola's paella with some mojo on the side.

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              robrob Feb 28, 2009 05:45 PM

              Go to Taqueria Sanchez on the I-10 Service Road by Causeway.

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                mikemill Mar 6, 2009 06:36 AM

                Pho at Kim Anh's in Harahan!

              2. nikinik Feb 27, 2009 09:16 AM

                Anything at Lola!!!!

                Pupusas at Pupuseria Divino Corazon on Belle Chasse highway

                Pho at Pho Bang on Manhattan

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                1. re: nikinik
                  midcity Feb 28, 2009 04:01 PM

                  There's an Indian restaurant called [I think] Tandoori Chicken on Cleary Ave. in Metairie, just north of the I-10 overpass. It's hidden in a little strip of bars and stores and a motorcycle shop. It's a little pricey to me, but I really like the saag paneer there. And the rice is way better than Taj Mahal.

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                    uptownlibrarian Mar 3, 2009 07:19 AM

                    Have you tried the saag paneer at Sara's? It is more expensive than other Indian places, but it is so much better than any other I've had in town. I will definitely try the place on Cleary though. Always in search of good saag paneer.

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                      midcity Mar 5, 2009 05:25 PM

                      I've never been to Sara's [really busy and few dining partners], but I've been meaning to check out Curry Corner soon on the way home some night. I read on here that it's run by the same people. Do you think I have a chance of getting saag paneer there?

                      1. re: midcity
                        N.O.Food Mar 5, 2009 08:01 PM

                        I gave Curry Corner two shots and thought it was very subpar both times. Never been back.

                2. edible complex Feb 27, 2009 04:49 AM

                  China Rose, be sure to ask for the Authentic Chinese menu for the real deal
                  Royal China, order the dim sum

                  Kim Son, for salt baked lobster, crab, shrimp and scallops, lettuce wraps, garlic green beans and the special 7 course meat dinner
                  Cafe Minh for asian short ribs, bouillabaisse,

                  Chateau du Lac, for mushroom strudel, foie gras, coq au vin
                  Cafe Degas, moules, onion soup, and their specials
                  Lilette, braised veal cheeks, braised pork belly, coq au vin

                  Jamila's Cafe, lamb tagine, rack of lamb, lamb merguez

                  Vega for their special Med menus

                  Laurentino's for paella and order every app (they're all good)
                  Lola's for their lamb stew (on a cold night)

                  Sara's for lamb oxford, lamb vindaloo and lemongrass crab bisque

                  Irene's, love the duck
                  Fausto's for eggplant parm, fett carbonara, and veal saltimbocca or marsala
                  Two Tony's for their lasagna
                  Ciro's Cote Sud for their lasagna

                  La Thai for their Tom Gar Gai soup, seafood stuffed pineapple, and any of the red or green curries

                  take your pick of all the taquerias popping up all over town
                  Felipe's for their shrimp quesadillas, pork tamales, and steak taco salad and many margaritas

                  Clementine's, no one does mussels and frites better

                  goat curry roti at Boswell's on Tulane

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                    Isabella Feb 26, 2009 08:47 PM

                    I like many menu items at Lebanon Cafe, Nine Roses (Vietnamese), Little Tokyo,
                    Country Taste (Brazilian). Do you eat everything? If not, let us know so I can be more specific.

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                      25dollars Feb 27, 2009 07:39 PM

                      I eat EVERYTHING. And I appreciate your suggestions!

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                        notanotherpoboy Mar 7, 2009 11:46 PM

                        Mona's in Midcity beats out Lebanon everytime. The other locations aren't nearly as good, though.

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