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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: JerseyNOLA

          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.

          1. re: JerseyNOLA

            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.

            1. re: roro1831

              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

              1. re: JerseyNOLA

                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.

                1. re: roro1831

                  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 !

                  1. re: JerseyNOLA

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

                2. re: JerseyNOLA

                  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

                  1. re: hazelhurst

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

              1. 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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                1. re: N.O.Food

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

                      1. re: bronwen

                        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?