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The Best restaurant scene in a Movie set in New Orleans

This one was in the movie Hard Times starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn made in 1975. The scene was at Casamentos and James Coburn is eating raw oysters and Charles Bronson helps himself irritating Coburn momentarily. Anybody else have any to think of?

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  1. Mai, I recall Dennis Quaid having some file gumbo at Tipitina's in the Big Easy, cher.

    1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/127665
      This link discussed "Runaway Jury" which first came to my mind.

      1. Wasn't a restaurant, but near the end of Angel Heart with Mickey Rourke, the local rich man was stirring up a big pot of gumbo, throwing a crab in for effect. What happens to the guy and the gumbo is a spoiler.

        and yeah, the gumbo Quaid at in The Big Easy looked good. Man, I love those two movies.

        1. There were some restaurant scenes in "Undercove Blues" (another movie starring Dennis Quaid, plus Kathleen Turner). I think one of the scenes was in the Napoleon House courtyard, but I dont remember for certain. I'll have to re-watch it this weekend.

          1. + 1 for Runaway Jury, but they forgot about the chase scene through the Court of Two Sisters courtyard.

            Don't forget about JFK, which had scenes in both the Napoleon House (where Jim Garrison watches the TV footage of the JFK assassination) and Antoine's (where the Orleans DAs have dinner and discuss their research).

            1. "Panic in the Streets"....1950, Elia Kazan. Richard Widmark (in the guise of a Public Health Service officer) & his sidekick comb the Greek bars & restaurants of the French Quarter looking for a sailor who is carrying pneumonic plague. Also stars Jack Palance in his film debut as well as Zero Mostel....

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              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Absolutely THE greatest New Orleans movie ever made...it is to the City what "Eddie Coyle" is to Boston

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Roger That Hazelhurst - PANIC is great, but somehow I like the French Market scenes in SARTOGA TRUCK.

                  I spent 8 misbogotten years in Cambridge (luckily after a few years ended up living on a Portugese Street, so did not have to deal with college pukes or hostile natives....

                  EDDIE COYLE was a masterpiece (except for mis-pronouncing Natick) and the shot by the river near MIT was where "Jihad George" had an old Internation Harvester step van converted into a falafel truck - fine gentleman (and a nice wife too!) - would often spent my lunch hour in back with them while they dished out sandwiches. Went back to work smelling like a felafel.

                  I guess Hoboken only has ON THE WATERFRONT - as I remember, the Marlon Brando character, after suing Colubia Pictures opened a bakery in Bayonne.

                  1. re: JerseyNOLA

                    The Elysian in Hoboken was used in a movie, Sleepers, they were sitting in one of the old booths and shot some guy, not the greatest scene but it's about the only other one I can think of that was filmed here and had a scene in a restaurant.

                    1. re: roro1831

                      Hey Roro1831... have you ever eaten at the Elysian? I heard good buzz (or maybe propaganda?) about it, and the interesting careers of the husband/wife team.

                      For most of its life, it was a typical Hoboken "stinky bar" with the traditional portable stained glass panels in the window.

                      I think that John Sayles shot some stuff there - he lived there onced upon a time.

                      1. re: JerseyNOLA

                        I've eaten there a couple of times, really good mac and cheese, and my wife always told me it was a typical "stinky bar"
                        We were discussing the lack of a really good place to eat here with my neighbor. We all agreed that there are places here with a good item, but there really isn't a place here with outstanding items across the board.
                        Jersey City has some really good places, and of course, there's always NYC.
                        Thank god I'll be back for Jazz Fest, i need to put on some weight, my pants are falling off. lol

                      2. re: roro1831

                        STOP! You're bringing back teh Clam House memories again (sniff!) Now I'm gonna start thinking about teh HoJo's on the Jersey Turnpike and things like the Grover Cleveland rest stop....

                2. Looked like they were filming in Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade today.

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                  1. re: BerkeleySQ

                    yep- drove past it a few times- looks like it's for the HBO pilot Treme- guess they'll be eating at Treme restos...can't wait to see somebody with a POC burger or WMSH chicken on HBO

                  2. The early part of "Saratoga Trunk", starring the divine Bergman and Gary Cooper, has a scene, if Iremembe aright, where she eats at Tujague's.

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                    1. re: underworld gourmet

                      I see where the new Brad Pitt movie Benjamin Button features The Clover Grill in it how about that.

                      1. re: joedontexan

                        There is also a brief scene at Restaurant August.

                    2. 1965 the cincinnatti kid where Edward g. Robinson destroys steve McQueen in the final hand of five card stud. pretty dramatic scene I would say.

                        1. I seem to recall a scene in a restaurant where Captain America and Billy go to celebrate journey's end in Easy Rider. It may not be a real restaurant but it is supposedly near Toulouse and Bourbon. They drop acid and end up in a graveyard.

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                          1. re: chocolatetartguy

                            It was a whorehouse. Madame Tinkertoy's House of Blue Lights, and it was supposed to me near that corner, but who knows where it was shot.