Closet NOLA lover seeks...
"But why would you go to New Orleans?" our NH friends say. "It's so dirty and the people are so weird." We smile and secretly think "That's why we like it..." So with this back-handed compliment, I beg your indulgence. A few nights in the central biz district @ loft 523, a little research turns up the usual suspects: August, Herbsaint, Cochon, Luke. Last time we visited was preK; anything you think is a must in these trying times? How's Meauxbar? Dooky Chase? Bayona? Upperline? TIA
Dick and Jennys and Brigtsens. Also if you have not been to Jaquimos. Go early or expect a long wait. They only take a reservation for over 5 people. The maple leaf bar is next door so if we have to wait long we go there!!!
Also, In the quarter my favorite Red Beans and rice are at Coffee Pot. They also have great breakfast!
did anyone catch"Best thing I've ever Ate" the other night where the topic was cheese and John Besh said Bon Ton's Cafe "around the corner from my own place" for Crabmeat Au Gratin.
whs, you can add Bon Ton to my recommendations - I might have left that off. Turtle soup is fantastic as well but their bread pudding is to die for.
Reminds me of my favorite Anthony Bourdain quote....
“Few people go to New Orleans because it's a "normal" city -- or a "perfect" or "safe" one. They go because it's crazy, borderline dysfunctional, permissive, shabby, alcoholic and bat shit crazy -- and because it looks like nowhere else.” -Anthony Bourdain
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: Carousel 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:
If you have a car or will take the streetcar, head Uptown for J'Anita's, Martinique, Clancy's, Patois, Coquette and Boucherie.
J'Anita's in the Avenue Pub on St. Charles Ave. for great BBQ for lunch. They also have the best fish sammich ever and the St. Chuck Duck po boy!
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.
Coquette is on Magazine St. and is open for for both lunch and dinner. The menu changes, but if they have the cod, get it. They have a great drink list, and I love their French 75's. There is also a great Pinot Noir from Melville which compliments their food.
Boucherie is on Jeanette just off Carrollton. They are open for both lunch and dinner. Get the Mussels w/Collard Greens, Fries w/Parm, Boudin Balls, Pulled Pork Cake, Brisket, Smoked Scallops and the ChocBacon Brownie. The Cote du Rhone works well here.
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, La Boca, a Mano (all Adolfo Garcia's restaurants).
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wowsa, I'm saving this response for my next visit!!! Can I say that I'm drooling right now??
I just ordered 30 lbs of boiled crawfish and a king cake to be shipped for a Pre-Mardi Gras party on Sunday (before my son heads back to Paris). I know it's a bit early but I found someone that had them - we'll seeee!!!
roro1831 try this place call LAcrawfish, they have boiled and live crawfish by the pound, LA Crawfish ships over night FED EX. I have been ordering boil crawfish from LAcrawfish company for the last couple years. The boiled crawfish are not bad, you just have to warm them up, live crawfish are always better.
I did order them from lacrawfish.com (it's our first time with them), every year we've ordered boiled crawfish from Deannie's that are awesome right out of the box (no need to heat). I'll report back on these guys, she did mention that they are par boiled and I will need to finish them so this will be a first. We really don't have the space to do our own boil and the outside is covered in a foot of snow - ugh ugh ugh!!!
Not sure where everyone is from but I went googling a few years ago looking for crawfish up this way a bit and found in NJ this awesome Crawfish Festival (we've gone 3 years now, can't wait, usually it's in early June):
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funny, we love NOLA for the people and food (in that order). went in June and found an awesome new breakfast place, wish we had found it earlier for a great lunch too. Locals hang out here - Commerce Restaraunt (great value meals too). It's right there in the CBD on Camp St. just a couple blocks from Canal.
We love the ladies at Mother's on poydras, it's always where we start because they make us feel so welcome.
really wanted to get to Coops in the French Qrter - lots of great things said on CH but didn't.
Another new place for a Poboy was Ernst in the CBD too. If you haven't experience the roast beef poboy in the garden district at the lil irish pub - Parasols - it's worth it and the walk along through the district is fun as well.
we opted not to wait in the long lines for oysters at Felix or Acme but went next door and had fanatastic ones at the Bourbon House - great bar!!
Wow, nice place 523 - we stayed either next door or across the street at the Windham - toooo funny. That Commerce place is like ONE block! This truely was the best location that I have stayed at in NOLA - I don't like being in the middle of the French Qrt - there is just so many cool places on Magazine st., CBD, etc. Have a blast. This last visit we enjoyed the cafe du monde in Riverwalk better then fr qrt (for taste anyway - I do enjoy the people watching in the fr qrtr). I don't think you can go wrong in NOLA - just bring bigger clothes. :-)