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Joe Dons farewell to his 5 most missed restaurants post katrina RIP

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joedontexan Mar 5, 2009 06:00 PM

1.) Sid Mars( I miss the sunsets over the lake that I will never see again from there)
2.) Brunings ( It had been around since 1859 a lot of tradition blown away)
3.) Mandich ( I may never get over not being able to order Trout Mandich again)
4.) Bella Luna ( The view at night while dining looking out over the Mississippi could take your breath away at times.)
5.) Uglesichs ( If you were ever fortunate to have dined here consider yourself very lucky,spectacular fresh off the boat louisiana seafood beyond compare. I loved the Shrimp Uggie and Pauls Fantasy. sigh)

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    roro1831 RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 04:59 AM

    Uglesich's closing had nothing to do with Katrina, they were just done with running the restaurant.

    1. mrsfury RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 05:45 AM

      Marisol :(

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        JerseyNOLA RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 08:17 AM

        Never did Bela Luna, but roger that on all the others!

        Sid-Mars (at sunset) is where that hussy I married seduced me, (well, the crabs helped too!) so that one will stay with me....

        Brunnings on a Friday night was like Hoboken's Clam Broth House - raucous with happy folk stuffing themselves....

        Marisol - Crabby Chef Pete and Janis, and tappas to write home about.

        Ugies - They got slack toward the end.

        And Roro - My brother from Clifton was here for carnival. We went straight from MSY to R&O for roast beast Po'boys and FF w/ gravy... he was very impressed, and now knows that Jersey Frenchy Gravy ain't no competition

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          hazelhurst RE: JerseyNOLA Mar 6, 2009 08:20 AM

          I like the comparison of Brunnings to the Clam Broth House...I used to stay with a friend in the apartment building next door--THERE are some stories.

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            roro1831 RE: JerseyNOLA Mar 6, 2009 08:31 AM

            I will be at R&O's at least twice when I come in for the fest. Will be back home from a wed. to tuesday the second weekend.
            Do you need any Taylor Ham?

            Glad he liked it, it's always been in my top 3.

            Sadly, I never got to visit the Clam Broth House, and living in Hoboken, I find nothing that really knocks my socks off.

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              JerseyNOLA RE: roro1831 Mar 6, 2009 09:04 AM

              Hazelhurst - I seen many a good floor show there.... Great clams, either steamed or in red sauce, mussels, and on a hot summer day, nothing beats the octopus salad... and on a lousy winter day, a cup of clam broth with a drop of hot sauce made everything right with the world.

              Roro - Will you be getting to Frenchmen St when you down here ?
              Thanks for the T-Ham, but the Bro brought a TON of Polish cold cuts from Polonia on Van Houten and Piast, on Passaic St in Garfield - Check the beef Jerky at Piast - this last load was a bit moist, but I'm glad that the Poles started it....

              Polonia also has great warm take-out food, and would be a good lunch.

              Cheers,

              JerseyNOLA

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                roro1831 RE: JerseyNOLA Mar 6, 2009 09:18 AM

                I would imagine that at some point during the week I will get down to the Frenchman St area. We are staying in the quarter so I will be close enough to get down that way easily enough.

                Well, just let me know if you need anything from up here.

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                  JerseyNOLA RE: roro1831 Mar 6, 2009 09:31 AM

                  Roro - we are planning an NJ visit in May, so will stand pat - would like to meet when you here, either Frenchmen or the 1/4

                  I DO appreciate your offer !

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                    roro1831 RE: JerseyNOLA Mar 6, 2009 09:38 AM

                    No problem, as my visit approaches I'll post something

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                  hazelhurst RE: JerseyNOLA Mar 6, 2009 11:02 AM

                  It was a great dump--you can't buy that kind of atmosphere. Used to sit on the roof mext door a tnight at marvel that my friend was paying $750 for a view of Manhattan and those folks were payinf $2500 for a view of hoboken. I always loved the little clam juice shots and the worn-down spots on the bar. PATH train and you are in mahattan in scant minutes....perfect

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                    roro1831 RE: hazelhurst Mar 6, 2009 11:27 AM

                    My how times have changed, you couldn't find a rat hole for $750 these days. The condos being built down the street from me, with no view whatsoever, are selling anywhere from $399K to $1.3 million. Property taxes went through the roof, sadly the food hasn't had the same increase in value.

                    Thank god for Augustino's

            2. sirvelvet RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 08:36 AM

              Christians, Mike's Mid City, and Katie's
              :(

              1. N.O.Food RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 11:36 AM

                The only two that I repeatedly miss are Pho Tau Bay on Carrolton (I know there are others, I'm just not driving that far to get to them) and Gabrielle. Uglesich's was just okay to me, and I always thought Bella Luna was just mediocre.

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                  joedontexan RE: N.O.Food Mar 6, 2009 04:08 PM

                  Christians I always wanted to try I hope they come back.

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                    Tonto RE: joedontexan Mar 6, 2009 04:16 PM

                    I miss Chateaubriand.

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                      bronwen RE: Tonto Mar 9, 2009 08:01 AM

                      Cafe Sbisa

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                        philmaur RE: bronwen Mar 9, 2009 08:51 AM

                        Cafe Sbisa reopened late last year, but closed again (partner issues). Haven't read anything about it lately. We wanted to try it, but we weren't quick enough. Anyone have any news?

                2. edible complex RE: joedontexan Mar 9, 2009 08:26 AM

                  never made it to Barrow's, but it was on my list.

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                    noodles213 RE: joedontexan Mar 10, 2009 01:52 PM

                    My post Katrina misses are:
                    Barrow's (haven't tasted any catfish like it...also had the best lemonade in town.)
                    Santa Fe (loved this mexican restaurant, drinks and ambience.)
                    Katie's (great place I use to meet my husband for lunch.)

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                      edible complex RE: noodles213 Mar 10, 2009 03:22 PM

                      Santa Fe was go to for MargaLitres. what I wouldn't do for a plate of Nachos Santa Fe, Stacked Navajo, Seafood Relleno, Chicken Max, and Pork Tamales...and the Octoberfest Duck. It hurts.
                      The post-K Santa Fe and the new owners never lived up to the food or the ritas...then the building burned. RIP

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                        N.O.Food RE: noodles213 Mar 10, 2009 04:03 PM

                        Damn. Forgot about Santa Fe.

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                          joedontexan RE: N.O.Food Aug 16, 2010 10:17 AM

                          I have heard Sid Mars might be rebuilt or is back is this true?

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                            roro1831 RE: joedontexan Aug 16, 2010 10:19 AM

                            Sid Mar's is reopened, new location just off Vets, 3322 N. Turnbull

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