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midcity Jun 14, 2009 09:33 AM

Thinking about heading down there in a few hours. What are the best dishes? Anything you don't recommend?

  1. kukubura Jun 21, 2009 07:35 AM

    We went to this festival combo this year and last year. The zydeco and seafood fests were soooo much better when they were on the grounds of the US Mint. Hanging out in the grass, under the trees was much preferable to standing on the hot cement. Also, last year at the mint they had lots of tables where you could stand and eat your seafood dishes. This time we had to retreat across the street and find a newspaper box or something to put our food on.

    Still, on these short trips we never have time to travel up to Dunbar's and getting a taste of their cooking at the festival is still worth it. The environment didn't allow us to eat as much festival food as we did last year but Dunbar's catfish over shrimp rice was great, as were the tomato crepe and shrimp/tomato we had. We had one other dish and I'm kicking myself for forgetting what it was.

    On a sidenote, does anyone remember who made the absinthe shrimp at the 2008 festival? We wanted to try to find out and go there for a full meal this year but we never got around to it and it didn't look like they were back this year.

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      kibbles Jun 16, 2009 06:04 PM

      i did *not* enjoy the "shrimp remoulade stuffed tomato", $6, by Bywater BBQ. mine had barely a dollop of shrimp and the tomatoes had that mealy texture from refrigeration.

      friends enjoyed the basil crepe.

      1. c
        chef4hire Jun 14, 2009 04:50 PM

        lordy it was HOT...too many ppl crowding the way...walked thru and right home

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          midcity Jun 14, 2009 06:00 PM

          I'm with you. It was too hot to even drink. I bought a limeade and some fried green tomatoes--they were good but it was so hot I could barely finish them. Spent an hour there, tops. Great music--Lost Bayou Ramblers--but what miserable heat!

          1. re: chef4hire
            mimadeli Jun 15, 2009 07:46 AM

            too many people and too many chairs blocking the walkways!

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              pinkbayou Jun 15, 2009 12:08 PM

              It was certainly too hot and the tomato section was horribly crowded. We were jostled and shoved and waited in long lines in the heat. It was not a pleasant experience. The seafood part in the French Market was better but we hit that second and by that point we just got snowballs and left because it was just too uncomfortable. The basil and tomato crepe from crepes ala cart and the shrimp stuffed roasted tomato over jasmine rice from a vietnamese place were good, but would have been better with space and comfort. Also the chef demonstrations were held on much too small a stage, it was impossible to see or hear, Chef Andrea was sweating into his food!

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                midcity Jun 15, 2009 07:15 PM

                Wow--there's a disturbing image. I kept thinking there must be a separate seafood section--I didn't even make it down there because I was so worn about the heat. Nothing to do about the weather, I guess, but next year, organizers would be wise to put things in shade or somewhere that air can circulate--not in Dutch Alley.

                That said, the fried green tomatoes were good, although there was no remoulade.

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            cheesegrater Jun 14, 2009 02:05 PM

            crab balls and fish tacos!

            1. mrsfury Jun 14, 2009 10:00 AM

              I had some sort of seasoned pasta dish last year that I don't recommend, but I can't tell you who the vendor was. I'm heading out there myself. Going to see Sunpie Barnes to hear some excellent zydeco - oh and have many snowballs in this heat.

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