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Must try food at Jazzfest?

makecake Apr 1, 2009 09:51 PM

We are coming to New Orleans for the week before Jazzfest and will only have one day actually at the Fest. Can you recommend a food item(s) that would be a "must" to eat there? Something we wouldn't find outside the fest ?

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    Shiloh Apr 15, 2009 11:31 AM

    i love the merguez sandwich and the creole's stuffed bread (but only with the green pepper sauce, which you may have to ask for).

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      Hungry Celeste Apr 15, 2009 01:31 PM

      The merguez is always my first stop; make sure to add on the hot sauce while you're standing at the window.

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        Shiloh Apr 15, 2009 02:25 PM

        definitely. i should have mentioned that. the hot sauce is key. you may also want to have a cold beer handy. it wakes up the palate.

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      Carrolltonsnob Apr 13, 2009 07:57 PM

      I can't believe no one else mentioned the crawfish strudel. It's like a flaky, creamy, crawfish rollup thing, like an eggroll in shape.

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        nikinik Apr 14, 2009 06:56 AM

        I've never seen that! I'll be on the lookout for it though!

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          roro1831 Apr 14, 2009 08:25 AM

          If I am not mistaken, and lord knows I could be, I believe the crawfish strudel booth is located around all the artists tents, there is a small row of food booths over that way, so it is sorta hidden from all the other food.
          At least that is where I recall seeing it.

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            ChrisVA Apr 15, 2009 10:53 AM

            Food lists came out today on www.nojazzfest.com. Crawfish Strudel from Coffee Cottage is in food area II, same stand that has the white chocolate bread pudding which I forgot to mention in a previous post is also a favorite (but then what's not to love about the food at JF?). I will definately give the crawfish strudel a try

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        ChrisVA Apr 13, 2009 04:58 PM

        At the risk of being redundant...we have been regulars at the Jazz Fest for about 5 years now and I personally think the food is the star of the show. In the past we have enjoyed the Crawfish Monica, along with several of the gumbos and jambalyas. Then last year before going down I was reading an article in the Times-Picyune on the food of Jazz Fest and read about the Couchon du Lait poyboys so decided to try one...one taste and we were hooked. We ate them both days last year and are going back this year and I can't wait to have them again. They are the best, don't miss them

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          don515 Apr 11, 2009 05:57 AM

          What is a Cochon de Lait Po-Boy?

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            edible complex Apr 11, 2009 05:59 AM


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              don515 Apr 11, 2009 06:14 AM

              Game on!


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            dukeparrot Apr 10, 2009 01:58 PM

            Crawfish Monica
            Crawfish Bread
            Cochon de lait po boy
            Mr Williams' pecan pie
            Mango freeze

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              rebeccadwebb Apr 10, 2009 09:02 AM

              The cochon de lait poboy is now available outside of Jazzfest. I work in the East and Walkers (same people at Jazzfest) is open Mon- Thu (if I remember correctly). It has to be the best poboy ever... In the East we are very limited to good food, so this is one of my normal stops. On a side note they also have a great dry rub BBQ chicken plate

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                kibbles Apr 9, 2009 04:28 PM

                three fests ago i really dug the Crawfish Bread -- bread w/ crawfish & cheese. but the last couple it didnt seem as awesome..more bready? ill get it again this year tho im sure.

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                  roro1831 Apr 9, 2009 05:41 PM

                  Sweet potato cookies are killer as well

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                    edible complex Apr 11, 2009 05:42 AM

                    I went off crawfish bread yrs ago as it was becoming more about the bread and less about the crawfish. it is however a great takeaway item and freezes and reheats well, if you want to serve it as bread w/dinner at a later date.

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                      nikinik Apr 13, 2009 08:13 AM

                      The past 2 or three years it tastes like they are using the crawfish from China...and it's just nowhere as good as it used to be.

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                      rockbound Apr 9, 2009 02:53 PM

                      Prejean's gumbo
                      cochon du lait po boy
                      trout and crabmeat near the blues tent
                      strawberry shortcake
                      meat pie
                      cuban sandwich
                      key lime pie
                      cajun jambalaya
                      oysters in the grandstand

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                        Vivi Doom Apr 4, 2009 08:19 PM

                        hands down, softshell CRAWFISH poboy.

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                          makecake Apr 4, 2009 09:53 PM

                          Thanks for all the suggestions. There are many items I have not even heard of, let alone tried ,so it should be fun.

                        2. thecajunfoodie Apr 3, 2009 02:00 PM

                          I second pretty much all of the other recommendations and whole heartedly endorse multiple cochon de lait poboys.

                          A new one for the fest (and for me) last year was the duck poboy, which was quite tasty and deserved to take the place of one my many cochon de lait poboys (take what you will from that recommendation).


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                            stevuchan Apr 3, 2009 02:21 PM

                            In agreement, also a new addition this year is LA Crawfish Po Boy. Just to add also a fan of Alligator Sauce Piquante and (Crack)lins.

                            Food list is up


                          2. edible complex Apr 2, 2009 12:29 PM

                            Jamila's crawfish spinach and zucchini bisque
                            L'il Dizzy's trout w/crabmeat

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                              makecake Apr 2, 2009 08:56 PM

                              Wow...thanks for the tips...all these sound delicious. I will write these down and look for the stands. The couchon de lait poboy was mentioned several times so I will definetly try that one.

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                                Isabella Apr 3, 2009 01:01 AM

                                The pheasant, quail & andouille gumbo is a must have as well.

                                I like & agree with most of the items mentioned, but if you have to narrow it down to 2 items, the cochon du lait poboy & the gumbo. But really, try to eat as many of these different items as you can. I always share mine so I can have variety! And you could always walk out of the gate with one of the more portable items, altho one year I did walk out with a bowl of gumbo! Just had to have another!

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                                  stevuchan Apr 3, 2009 10:22 AM

                                  Gratin Louisiane is a favorite of the wife. 2nd CDL po boy,and Prejean's gumbo.

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                                    jck Apr 3, 2009 12:01 PM

                                    Soft Shell Crab Po Boy......Yummmmmmy! Crawfish Monica and I like the BBQ Oyster Po Boy if that is there..... The best advice given is to go around and see what looks good. Everything!

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                                jessicheese Apr 2, 2009 09:14 AM

                                Rosemint Iced Tea
                                Crawfish Monica
                                Boudin Balls!!!
                                Fresh shucked oysters (in the grandstand)

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                                  nikinik Apr 2, 2009 11:16 AM

                                  Ooooh yeah! Forgot about those fresh oysters. They are always so plump, juicy and salty!

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                                    jessicheese Apr 2, 2009 12:53 PM

                                    I only just found them on my last trip to Jazz Fest.

                                    These posts make me so wistful on the years that i can't make it!!!!

                                2. nikinik Apr 2, 2009 09:02 AM

                                  Cochon de lait poboy
                                  Seafood enchiladas
                                  Mango freeze
                                  Soft-shelled crab poboy
                                  Crawfish monica
                                  Crawfish sacks

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                                    roro1831 Apr 2, 2009 07:25 AM

                                    Pheasant quail and andouille gumbo, couchon de lait poboy, oyster combination platter, I'm sure others will recommend further but thise are my three favorites

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                                      robrob Apr 2, 2009 08:01 AM

                                      I get the cochon de lait poboy at the Fest. I dream of it (and salivate) the rest of the year.

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                                        JazzyB Apr 6, 2009 08:49 AM

                                        Ditto Prejean's gumbo and cochon de lait poboy. Other favs: mango freeze, Natichoches meat pies, softshell crab po boy.

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                                          kibbles Apr 9, 2009 04:26 PM

                                          +1 cochon de lait poboy. its much better than anything ive found out "in the wild".

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