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Dec 2, 2009 09:44 AM

Visiting NOLA from NYC, Need Must Eat Spots

I'm about as enamored as one can be with food and I want to make sure that during my NYE trip to NOLA I get to all the must eat spots I can. From the hole in the wall spots to the nicer restaurants (within reason) I'm looking for a mix to scatter through my 4 day stay. I don't get very good cajun/creole food in NY (imagine that) so I want to eat my fill.

So far Cochon, August, Domilise's have been recommended to me. I also was told to go to Commander's Palace for Happy Hour.

I've been to ACME and Jacque Imo's years ago, but suspect that those aren't nearly as good as I can get. I'm staying in the Milan area near Napoleon Ave as a reference.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Hopefully the rec for Domilise's was for the shrimp poboy and not the roast beef.

      the above thread on December in the Fr Qtr
      thread on non touristy eats


      My favorite restaurants in the French Quarter are:

      Galatoire's (jacket required for men at dinner): oysters rockefeller, oysters en brochette, seafood stuffed eggplant, lamb chops béarnaise, crabmeat au gratin, fried soft shell crabs w/crabmeat, godchaux salad, soufflé potatoes.

      Mr.. B's: great gumbo Ya-Ya, BBQ shrimp, any fish of the day plank grilled, and profiteroles for dessert.

      Irene's: the duck is amazing, and the chicken rosemarino is a classic Creole Italian dish.

      Muriel's at Jackson Square: good gumbo, goat cheese and crawfish crepes, puppy drum, and double cut pork chops.

      Iris in the Bienville House for veal cheek ravioli, mussels, foie gras, duck confit, sunchoke and cauliflower soup, scallops and skate wing.

      Go to Cafe du Monde (riverside of Jackson Square) for beignets and coffee any time of day.

      Check out Stanley on Jackson Square for breakfast or lunch. Scott Boswell also has Stella!, but this is his casual restaurant that cranks out some good food too:

      For raw oysters: Desire Bar in the Royal Sonesta, Bourbon House, Acme or Felix's in the Qtr., Luke in the CBD on St. Charles Ave., Pascal's Manale and Casamento's Uptown.

      For good drinks: Carrousel Bar at the Monteleone (a must visit), French 75 Bar at Arnaud's, Lafitte's Blacksmith, Absinthe House, Napoleon House, Hermes Bar at Antoine's, Chart Room on Chartres, Sazerac Bar at (recently reopened) The Roosevelt.

      Central Grocery for muffalettas. These are great for the plane ride home. Be sure to check their hours, as they may be closed when you fly home. They pack well, so you can buy a day before flying. If you like your muffalettas warmed (which I do), then eat at Napoleon House or heat up the CG when you get home. I find it opens up the flavors of the meats, cheese and olive salad.

      Green Goddess is the newest and most talked about in the Qtr.
      Menu looks amazing:

      Other Breakfast places:
      Croissant D'or (great pastries
      )617 Ursulines Ave
      (504) 524-4663
      Open Wed-Sun 7am-2pm

      EAT (great brunch and BYOB

      If you have a car or will take the streetcar, head Uptown for J'Anita's, Martinique, Clancy's and Patois.

      J'Anita's in the Avenue Pub on St. Charles Ave. for great BBQ for lunch. They also have the best fish sammich ever!

      Martinique Bistro on Magazine has great food and a beautiful courtyard.

      Clancy's on Annunciation is terrific; get the oysters w/brie, sweetbreads, the smoked soft shell crab and the veal chops. and their frozen Brandy Alexander's are good for dessert.

      Patois on Laurel for rabbit, moules frites, and pork belly. This has become one of the best new restaurants and well worth trying. Open also for Friday lunch and Sunday brunch, if that fits in your schedule.

      Or, head to Mid-City for Mandina's on Canal St. for turtle soup, oyster po boys, and trout or Parkway Bakery and Tavern for the best roast beef po boys.
      (Mandina's is cash only.

      In the CBD, across Canal St from Fr. Qtr., try Rambla in the International House Hotel for great tapas, Luke on St. Charles for oysters at the bar, duck and rabbit pate, choucroûte maison, and moules and frites, Domenica in The Roosevelt for goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, grilled radicchio, and any of the pastas and pizzas. If you are in town for lunch Friday, Restaurant August has a 3 course for $20.09 that is stellar. Other places: Herbsaint and Cochon (both Donald Link restaurants), Rio Mar and La Boca (both Adolpho's restaurants) and his new place, a Mano.

      Mandina's Restaurant
      3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
      500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Avenue Pub
      1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Restaurant August
      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Casamento's Restaurant
      4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

      J'Anita's Restaurant
      1906 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA

      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      La Boca Restaurant
      857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      International House Hotel
      221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

      217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Bourbon House
      144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Chart Room
      300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Mandinas Restaurant
      4240 Highway 22 Ste 2, Mandeville, LA 70471

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      1. re: edible complex

        Wow, that is a lot to sort through. I'll make my way through this list shortly. For me it is all about getting the best of what I can't get in NYC, but also being conscious of cost. I don't enjoy spending upwards of $30 an entree in NY (don't think you need to for that matter) so I won't be doing that kind of spending per dish in NOLA either.

        1. re: edible complex


          I'm sure that you missed a spot, but cannot think of what it was. Great job!


          1. re: edible complex


            Just a thought. Going back to when the Superbowl was played in Glendale (Metro-Phoenix), AZ, one of our intrepid posters on the Southwest Board, did a wonderful post, with geographic references, that covered all sorts of foods, from mom-n-pop Mexican to fine dining. I think that I linked to that post for several years, even though it could not stay evergreen - some places come, and some go. Some pick up their game, while others fumble (ignore the US football metaphors). Still, it was so very useful. Maybe you would want to distill your excellent recs. into a general - "When In NOLA - Consider These," post.

            Job well-done, and thank you,


            1. re: edible complex

              That is just about the most useful thread in the entire New Orleans Board - wow.

              Thoughts on Cuvee? And aside from Commander's Souffle version - who makes the best NO-Style Bread Pudding in town?

              1. re: uhockey

                I love Lüke's bread pudding, here's a picture, click on it for a larger view


                1. re: uhockey

                  It is amazing how many different places I have heard I should visit. Aside from what is listed here I've been referred to so many different spots for po'boys and the like, including:

                  Domilise's, Willie Mae's, The Joint, Parkway, Cochon, Commander's (lunch), Central Grocery, Crabby Jack's .... there is just so much to sort through and so many different opinions.

                  I think Cochon is a must for me and the biggest thing is deciding where to get the most authentic an affordable NOLA cuisine and where to get the absolute best po'boy...I guess I could have a worse problem.

                  1. re: ginsbera

                    There are many threads devoted to the best poboy. As there are different versions of poboys (roast beef, shrimp, oyster and basically anything else that people put on french bread) the debate goes on in circles over who has the best. As I am partial to roast beef poboys as opposed to shrimp or oyster ( I prefer my oysters raw and shrimp boiled) R&O's and Parkway are my two favorites, Shortstop is up there as well.

                    1. re: roro1831

                      I personally am a big meat eater, so would prefer the roast beef po'boy. Not a huge shrimp fan, but I do love oysters and catfish.

                2. re: edible complex

                  Looks like my hosts made reservations at Mr. B's for New Year's Eve, looking fwd to it. Cochon is also on the menu, then a quest for the best Po'boy (roast beef, catfish and oyster).

                  1. re: ginsbera

                    Try at Guys Po Boys on Magazine, Marvin the owner personally makes all the poboys and they are pretty good.

                    1. re: ginsbera

                      Mr. B's is OK, not great. Kinda touristy. I'd get the BBQ shrimp -- which is not barbecued, just so you know. (See other threads.)

                      I'd recommend Parkway, Mandina's, Parasol's, Ye Olde College Inn, Guy's for good RB poboys. R&O, Mandina's, Domilese's, Bozo's Parran's for seafood poboys. Mandina's and Joey K's for Italian meatball poboys -- my fav.

                      Just so you know, with poboys, "dressed" means mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and (usually) pickles. It's the only way to eat these sandwiches, in my opinion. The fried seafood poboys usualy benefit from some ketchup and hot sauce -- adds some tang to the proceedings.

                      1. re: HalfShell

                        Great tips. I actually was just infomed that I am going to Bayona, not Mr. B's for New Years. Looks like a well decorated (culinary wise) restaurant so I'm expecting a great meal. Thoughts?

                    2. re: edible complex

                      FYI The quash blossoms are no longer in season and they are off the menu. They were fabulous, but I love Domenica and there are plenty of other great items to choose from.

                      1. re: shanefink

                        yes, they are substituting w/eggplant prepared a similar way right now.
                        the grilled radicchio is also off the menu, but can be found shredded on some pizzas. if they have whole radicchio, then the kitchen can still do the grilled version.
                        can't wait for squash blossom season to open!

                    3. Lovely food done great!

                      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen would be a good one to visit.

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                        1. re: Maque Choux

                          I agree. It's more casual than I thought it would be but the food that we had there was out-of-control good.

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                          Palace Cafe( BEST PECAN CRUSTED FISH AND BLUE CRAB LEGS),
                          Domileses(awesome poboys, FRIED SHRIMP and Roast Beef are my fav!),
                          Cochon( BEst cochon du lait)
                          Favorite coffee- Cafe du monde
                          Favorite dessert- Commanders