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Pre NOWFE (Days 4,5&6)

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ccmurieta May 31, 2009 01:17 AM

Day 4 Lunch
Had planned on Herbsaint today but my husband had a craving for Mexican a friend took us to a place in Metairie. I cannot remember the name of it - all I recall is that it udes to be a chicken joint and you could see Drago's from it. Pluses, besides the great company, were the tacos al pastor (the grilled pineapple was a very nice touch) the green salsa and the carnitas. Minuses were the beans and the steak encebollado. I'm from California and cannot imagine coming to NOLA looking to find great Mexican food but this was actually a pleasant surprise. Definitely, IMO, better than Juans FB or Country Flame, which are the only 2 other places I have had "Mexican" food in NOLA.

Day 3 Snack - COOPS
We split an order of fried chicken. What can I say about Coops? Great Chicken, bartenders and jukebox.

Day 4 Dinner - LUKE
First time being here for dinner. Usually come for lunch (I think the breakfast here, at least the "traditional" breakfast is waaaaay overpriced for what you get.)
Started with the Crawfish Bisque. The bisque was decidedly different from the majority I have had as it was not overly thickened as many are. It was thin but packed with flavor and a nice mild touch of heat. delicious.
Next we split the Boar Pate and the Cassoulet. I just love the pate here - and the pickled watermenlon rind. I have not had the cassoulet here before and do not think I would get it again. the duck was a bit dry to me and to be honest, it tasted as if each of the components had been cooked seperately and then added to the crockery shortly before serving. None of the flavors were "married". On a positive note our server was great and the Black Forest Pot de Creme was genius!!

Day 5 Lunch - LILETTE
I vowed I would order something besides the chicken soup, duck confit and veal cheeks.
I started with the Gnocchi with endamame, prosciutto(?) and parmesan. The light, pillowy gnocchi in the rich cream sauce were beautifully paired.
Next up was the Duck Confit (the wine got the better of me and I could not resist it) The crispy skin, juicy meat, grilled pears and pickled onion combo are (along with most everything else on the menu...) the reason John Harris recvd that Beard nomination. Kudos to him!!! Skipped dessert here although desserts here never, never, never dissapoint and picked up something at Sucre on the walk back to the Quarter.

Day 5 Dinner - BRIGTSENS
God, I just love this place. My husband would fly in just for Franks smoked corn sauce.
Started with a Crawfish gratin. Words won't do it justice. Cheese, cream, green onions, toasted bread crumbs....the thought of it now makes me smile.
Next, Fried Catfish with jalapeno cheese grits. I don't usually like catfish all that much but I knew if I was going to have it I should have it here. It was fabulous. Catfish in a mustard base, dredged in cornmeal and fried up crispy outside and light and flaky inside. Great tarter sauce as well!!!
Then, Pulled Pork served on corn macque choux griddle cakes. Wow!! Nuff said.

Skipped dessert at Brigtsen- went to Adelaide for Strawberry Shortcake. "Shortcake" was like a cornbread. Not like how it was last year. Cleaned the plate but would not get it again.

Day 6 Lunch - RIO MAR
I LOVE this place!!!!!!!!!!!
My husband and I ordered the following tapas:
Piquillo peppers, Tuna empenadas, Patatas aioli, Spanish Muffelata, Hangar steak, Garlic shrimp and a salad. A pineapple mojito and some wine topped off this impeccable lunch!!

Day 6 Dinner - RESTAURANT AUGUST VITNER DINNER PAIRED WITH HOPE AND GRACE. (SEE MY PICS AND REVIEW IN THAT POST)

Another great week eating and drinking here in NOLA!!!! And NOWFE had not even started for me yet. It was a great event althoough FEASTIVAL was a HUGE dissapointment. Would not do that again!!

Below are pics of Luke and Brigtsens with the other rest. to follow

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Rio Mar Restaurant
800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Luke Restaurant
333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

 
 
 
 
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    ccmurieta May 31, 2009 01:24 AM

    more pics

     
     
     
     
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      brucec May 31, 2009 07:19 AM

      Thanks a ton for the well-thought and wide-ranging reviews.

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        philmaur May 31, 2009 08:15 AM

        Yes, thanks for all your dining reports. Too bad you didn't make it to Herbsaint (another one of our favorite lunch spots). Be sure to keep it on the list & next time don't let your husband's cravings change your well thought out plans ;0)

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          ccmurieta May 31, 2009 11:52 PM

          Thanks!! I am a bit of a type A re: my schedule so this was out of character for me to veer off course. :)
          We usually hit both Herbsaint and Cochon but knew we were going to be fed by link at a NOWFE seminar so it took the sting out of not going there for lunch this time. We will get them both next time for sure!! Am looking forward to checking out his butcher shop as well!!

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