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Mar 22, 2009 06:49 PM

Eats at the Louisiana Roadfood Festival

The Louisiana Roadfood Festival is coming up (April 4-5) and they will have some great food and they've put out a list of definite vendors. I'm hoping to get a bite of pretty much everything there, but in the event I just can't stomach it all, any Chowhounders have any personal experience with the following dishes?

* Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant
o Meat Pies
o Crawfish Pies

* Dunbar's Seafood
o Famous Fried Catfish
o Potato Salad
o Pralines

* Cafe Reconcile
o White Beans
o Banana Foster Bread Pudding

* Vaucresson
o Sausage Creole Hot Sausage Po-Boy
o Creole Crawfish Sausage Po-Boy

* Saltwater Grill
o Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade Po-boy
o Crawfish and Spinach Boat

* Tabasco Country Store
o Jambalaya
o Gator on a Stick
o Pralines

* Plum Street Snowball
o Snowballs

* Pull My Pork BBQ and Seafood
o Pull Pork BBQ Sandwich and Plate
o Louisiana BBQ Shrimp

* Boucherie
o Cochon de Lait Po-Boy
o 12 Hour Roast Beef w/ Horseradish Cream and Pickled Red Onions
o Fresh Cut French Fries
o Duck Cracklins


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  1. Argh that is the weekend of Strawberry and the meeting of another forum I frequent. Where is this located? Maybe I can swing it... if I'm lucky.

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      1. re: edible complex

        Thanks edible.... if I can make it I'll post a bunch of pics for everyone. The food sounds great.

    1. I guess I will be eating it all!

      I've had the Lasyone's meat pies and the Vaucresson sausage poboy, but I don't think I could even pass those up with the excuse of "been there done that..."


      1. I'm puzzled by this event: who is the intended audience? Tourists already in the FQ? It seems to have received quite a bit of publicity outside NOLA, and very little to none in our immediate area. I checked out the website, and proceeds are going to Cafe Reconcile, so that's good. On the other hand, some of the planned activity is rather hokey ("let's all second-line down the street" as well as a group bus trip to the "Louisiana lowlands" for a crawfish boil, reservations required), and the schedule is imprecise: I'd like to attend the round table with the Sterns, but no location for this activity is specified.

        So is it primarily just a collection of food stalls set up in the 300-600 blocks of Royal? Somebody give me the 411, pls.

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Sounds like it could be fun but the trip to the "lowlands"(is this South Carolina?) described as only a half-hour away reminds me depressingly of that scene in The Big Easy suggesting that Acadiana is but steps from Da City. I note that Cajunfoodie has been playing with our old friend ponce---we need not get into the ponce/chaudin debate right now---and at least one fan of the website is hoping for some ponce to appear at the festival.(Why "mythical ponce?" Mine have all been tangible and tasty.)

          1. re: hazelhurst

            I was also put off by the "gator on a stick"....tell me one place you've ever eaten fried alligator on a stick except as a festival gimmick. RE: "lowlands": if you travel in MOST directions from NOLA proper for 30 minutes, you actually go UP in sea level. I live at +11, higher than most of the city, yet 15 miles south. Ah, the intricacy of LA geography....I once had a news reporter from the Midwest look at me like I was insane when I tried to explain that the highest ground in souther LA is always next to a stream.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              + 11 FEET? How do you handle the nosebleeds and the UV exposure? Baton Rouge can cause you to lose your appetite at that height.

              You're right about gator on a stick--it's a gimmick but I guess it does no harm.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                you made me laugh with the "LA Geography" reminded me of when we first moved here and I thought that the "Westbank" was some conspiracy theory because I always had to drive EAST to get there

                as for the food- I think anything from Reconcile is a good bet- I've had them cater and the bread pudding and white beans both travel well- so they'll be good street food

                Vance Vaucresson makes a mean sausage so that's always a good bet

                Dunbars...hmmm...I hate to say it but I do not like anything they have "festival style" they frequent the Freret Fest/Market (fantastic market) I've tried ribs, shrimp, catfish & chicken and they just don't seem to do them well on the street- just my opinion

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  Maybe it was because he was expecting you to say that the highest ground in Southern LA is always next to a "bayou." Just ribbing ya Hungry Celeste!

                  As for the gator on a stick, I agree it is rather hokie-ish, unless it is gator tail on a rotisserie.


                  1. re: thecajunfoodie

                    Yall, when I read Gator on a Stick, my mind immediately went to the days of yesteryear . . . walking around in the FQ, Bourbon Street & St. Peter Street crawling . . . and we would sometimes stop at Takee Outee for Teriaki Chicken on a skewer. My take is meat on a stick is easy to eat when you are walking & drinking.

                2. re: hazelhurst

                  Haha! The "mythical" designation arose from a) the fact that you really don't hear about ponce and to my knowledge, few specialty meat shops across the state even sell it anymore, and b) the fact that it has a dreamish quality for some and a nightmarish quality for others.

                  As an aside, a commenter on the site pointed me toward a hellish but somewhat similar porcine creation at porktopia. Check their March entry.


                  1. re: thecajunfoodie

                    well, OK...I was thinking "mythic" or maybe---in a different tack---"elusive." You are correct that it is not seen Everywhere. I once drew a rough map of its precincts and had to allow for shading off into Chaudin territory. There is an entirely different name for the same thing elsewhere. I did some research into this about 25 years ago and had lots of fun. In those days there were other animals' tummies that were stuffed and they had other names. My favorite providers were in and around Ville Platte (of course) and I loved to get the "green ponce" made to order so I could watch those butchers stitch it up. VP also made the best hoghead cheese--the light colored kind done in a deep baking dish. I have one source there still but have not checked on it in awhile. In the meantime, Best Stop has chaudin and that will do in a pinch (their headcheese is of the darker kind but if you go north beyond Vatican the stuff will get lighter in color). I am still trying to get an acquaitance with a butcher shop Over There to run me off a few Old Time examples of things.

                    1. re: thecajunfoodie

                      Just had a look at the porktopia bit--amusing. Reminds me of a pig/wild boar cast-off from a kitchen in Upstate New York years ago (the owner was an old German woman but I can't tell you her region). It was damn good but not exactly a "meal"...more of a snack that could quickly overwhelm you.....

                3. Update on the list... it seems that Pull my Pork is gone...

                  * Deli at the Cellars
                  o Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy

                  * The Que Crawl
                  o Cochon de Lait Po-Boy
                  o 12 Hour Roast Beef w/ Horseradish Cream and Pickled Red Onions
                  o Fresh Cut French Fries
                  o Duck Cracklins

                  * Dave's Cajun Kitchen
                  o Seafood Gumbo
                  o Smoked Turkey Legs
                  o Red Beans with Smoked Sausage

                  * Chad's Bistro
                  o Alligator Etouffe Over Creamy Grits
                  o Shrimp Pasta
                  o Fried Shrimp Balls
                  o Fried Artichoke Hearts


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                  1. re: thecajunfoodie

                    the Deli at the Cellars? Pardon me for not being excited about this one.