Going in mid-aug. What's in season?
Heading down soon but I'm Worried that I wont find the things I love the most ( fresh oysters, crawfish in the shell ) please tell me i will be able to find some. Also my girlfriend not a seafood girl. Any ideas on where I can take her?
We will be here from Friday till Tuesday. Here are the places I have chosen so far:
Friday Dinner: Cochon or Mr. B's
Sat Lunch: Luke
Sunday: Cafe du Monde
Monday: Commander's Place (lunch. Garden room I hope!!)
Add in some munchies places like Gumbo Shop and the Flying Burrito.
How did I do??????
Thanks for the info!!
I'd make Mr. B's a lunch, when the BBQ shrimp is just as good and much cheaper and the cocktails are $1.50, or even a snack (split a plate of BBQ shrimp at the bar) and go someplace else Friday night, like K Pauls or Pelican Club.
Lunch Sunday... is Napoleon House open on Sunday? (That would be a good munchies option either way) Or do you want to do brunch? Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade would be my pick.
Your girlfriend doesn't like seafood... She should find plenty of other options. But do NOT let her get away without tasting the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's. The head on-tail on-legs on serving will probably freak her out but make sure she has a taste anyway. Damn, that flavor...
People love the Flying Burrito but I don't think I'm ever in town long enough to want to have a meal that doesn't serve the cuisines of the region or something connected to them (like African food). Joey K's is also on Magazine st and might be a good pick. I've also read some good things about Ignatius on here.
re: edible complex
SUre..but most chicken does not that a thing like it used to years ago--same is true for most beef. I can make decent Coq au vin with whatever is in the store, but the good old birds are hard to find. Try to find a stewing hen anywhere...I have to go way out to find the hens that have gone broody. But the flavor of that stock is unsurpassed.
Skip Nola and go to Emeril's (flagship). IMO one of our best and certainly his (best). They have good non seafood options as well. You will need a resv.
Sorry, crawfish is now (as of a week or so ago) out of season. But trust me - I have tried many, many places. Believe it or not - the fried shrimp at The French Market Restaurant on Decatur win hands down. Huge plate for $19.95 and ask for the creole potatoes - Mouth watering. Fried oysters good too. I now live 2 blocks from there - surprised they have any left ! Casual - you'd think it would be touristy - but it's the best. Actually got John C Reilly's autograph there. He was in wanting to order crawfish already shelled. They just laughed.
Another favorite - Pompano with olive oil and roasted almond slivers and crabmeat at Irene's. Reservations a must - always packed. Pompano is a rare find - they say fisherman hoard it - because it is so delicious.
IMHO - skip Mandinas....great neighborhood gathering place where everyone knows each other - but the food, pardon my french, sucked. My spaghetti sauce which was supposed to be excellent was burnt and they acted shocked . But, if you are into canned veggies - go there.