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I come to NOLA, fork in hand....if it passes curretn FAA carry-on regs.

Hello fellow gastronauts, though none of you know me I will be visiting New Orleans for the first time later this year and as you may be able to tell by my handle I've been a far away fan for longer than I care to admit.

Katrina seemed to have ended a dream for me that was decades in the making and yet now I find myself months away from disembarking from a plane and taking a cab into the FQ and getting down to some no holds barred Food and Drink!!!

Despite what I've read here, in various travel guides and seen on TV I AM NOT gonna be one of those drunken wanna-be's vomiting my guts up on Bourbon St., that obnoxious tourist who has too many and thinks he rules the Quarter. For one my Hotel will be closer to the Marginey and for two the GF's vowed to keep me some-what unpickled (Good luck baby!)

I have studied your wisdom, your local knowledge and tried my best to avoid micromanaging my holiday into a series of perfect moments. Ain't gonna happen know matter how much you plan and tweek and the more you do the worse it can all go wrong in the end. SOOOOO for better or for worse here goes with what I've distilled from y'all:

We WILL eat at:
1) ACME Oyster House, I like 'em raw...she'll have something else.
2) Alex Patout's, something combo-ish I think
3) Cafe Fleur-de-lis, might be a breakfast locale
4) Chartres House, again with the combo
5) Clover Grill, for a burger
6) Deanies's Seafood, I'm a sucker for soft shell crab
7) El Gato Negro, Looks like real, decent Mexican
8) Jager Haus, Arteries....hardening :) & Jagermeister Ice Cream :P
9) Jonny's Po-Boys, EVERY DAY FOR LUNCH!
10)Le Crepe Nanour, For a treat :) Did I mention combo platters?
11) Napolean House, I LIKE PIMMS!
12) Old Coffee Pot Restaurant, another breakfast option
13) Yo Mama's, Tequila burgers and attitude...what's not to like.
14) Remoulade, Just cause
15) Yuki Izakaya, Drink Sake, shochu and nibble on fried, grilled and sauteed seafood...OH you gotta!!!!
16)Cafe du Monde, how can you go to NOLA and not be covered in powdered sugar?

Did I mention we're only there for 8 days and we're probably gonna roadtrip to Avery Island and Abita Springs?

Look forward to seeing you out there NOLA! Feel free to approve/flame my choices..it's what we do non?

Bourbonstjoe

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  1. ElGato Negro has delicious (though not potent ) fresh squeezed orange margaritas. Their food is ok. POC (IMO) has NOLA'S best burger. If you spend a few bucks more, you can have terrific lunches at: August, Emeril's, Le Foret, Cuvee. Around $20-$25 pp/3courses. Get your 1/2 shell at Luke's daily 3-6pm happy hour. Local oysters 25 cents each, 1/2 price beer and cocktails. Be sure to try local draught Abita Amber.
    Enjoy!

    15 Replies
    1. re: JazzyB

      Fresj OJ margaritas do sound delicious!!! Where's Luke located exactly JazzyB? I think I can suffer through some 25 cent oysters and 1/2 priced bevvies. We're probably gonna cross the lake and hit Abita Springs just to see where it's made too. Any other flavor suggestions? Down with turbodog though I'm hesitant about Purple Haze. I've had Blackened Voodoo once before...is it still available?

      1. re: JazzyB

        +1. gato's food is unremarkable, yet the margaritas certainly are. i like the carrot, but the seasonal fruit variations are always good. raspberry is tart!!

        blackened voodoo is still available, its good, but note that Dixie's owners have sold out to outsourcing in Wisconsin, leaving their already neglected historic brewery to rot even further. go team.

        1. re: kibbles

          Might be brave and try the fresh carrot kibbles, though i might stick to something safer lol!

          BV is still made but it's outsourced to Wisconsin?!?! What the hell's this food generation coming to?! Eat local. 100 mile sustainable. Organic. And they outsource a local favorite like beer?! Sad.

          bourbonstjoe.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              sort of. the brewery has been neglected long before katrina...thats obvious and has been noted for some time. but like many other new orleans buildings (Charity hospital), katrina was just the perfect excuse to not come back.

              further, owners (married couple i believe) said theyd rebuild after outsourcing to WI, but guess what - never did.

              1. re: kibbles

                Complicating matters of rebuilding: the brewery sits in the footprint of the proposed new public hospital complex. Property owners in this area rec'd buyout offers from the state, which is exercising its right of eminent domain.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  Yet another victim of Katrina brought to my attention. I admit I didn't really follow the events that closely other than being deeply saddened by what happened and the piss poor treatment received by New Orleans and the state of Louisiana during the aftermath. When I made my decision to finally visit NOLA I started to get deeper into the subject and just recently finished Chris Rose's book : One Dead in Attic. I do plan to visit the 9th Ward when I get down there.

                  bourbonstjoe

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    ...that may be the case now, but we're approaching 5 years! the proposed location of the VA hospital wasnt even a concern in the first few years after the storm. they simply never came back.

          1. re: JazzyB

            JB, Abita Abbey Ale is to die...bless you boys!

            1. re: edible complex

              Abby Ale. Duly noted edible complex. Thanks.

              bourbonstjoe.

              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                Rouse's sells it, if you can't find it on any menus. Le Petite Grocery had an Abita tasting dinner tonight w/Abbey Ale served w/dessert, so they may have it. You might also try Avenue Pub on St. Charles.

                1. re: edible complex

                  Avenue on St. Charles. Gotcha!

                  bourbonstjoe

            2. re: JazzyB

              JazzyB can you please confirm that the Luke's you refer to is the John Besh restaurant? That's the best match I can find on the Net but it doesn't mention the Happy Hour specials at the bar.

              Thanks.

              bourbonstjoe

              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                Luke is the Besh restaurant that does the oyster bar happy hour.

                1. re: edible complex

                  Excellent edible complex! Just what I wanted to know. Any other menu items there that I sould pay particualt attention to? What are their in-house beers liek or should I stick with Abita when slurping away off the half-shells?

                  bourbonstjoe.

            3. Alex Patout's is now a place called "K-Joe's Cajun and Creole Cuisine," which I haven't heard anything about but would bet dollars to beignets it is tourist trap. As is Chartres House. Skip both. Deanie's will probably be fine for a seafood platter but I've never eaten at the French Quarter location. If by combo you mean small portions of red beans, gumbo, jamblaya, etc., I can't think of a good place in the Quarter. You'd be better off hitting Mena's Palace, a diner on Chartres St., for a few lunches and getting a couple different things each time. They have good gumbo, good red beans, and very good fried seafood. They also serve what it in my opinion is a slightly better breakfast than Cafe Fleur de Lis, but neither is stellar for that meal. Or check out Coop's, which is a bar/restaurant that serves perfectly passable renditions of what it sounds like you're looking for.

              You won't find combo platters at Le Crepe Nanou. Just good, straightforward bistro food.

              Yo Mama's burgers are fine. I prefer the burgers at Buffa's, which is a bar across the street from Port of Call, on Esplanade at the corner of Burgundy. Fantastic burger, no waits.

              For real, decent Mexican at much more reasonable prices than El Gato Negro, you'll have to leave the French Quarter. Try heading up Canal Street on the streetcar and getting off at Carrollton Avenue. There are two Mexican restaurants, Taqueria Guerrero and El Rinconcito, a couple blocks down North Carrollton Ave. from the streetcar stop. Both are good. And you'd have a chance to check out Angelo Brocato's for a great Italian dessert.

              As mentioned above, Luke is great for their happy hour oysters and cocktails.

              Check out happy hour at the Hermes Bar at Antoine's for the atmosphere, and good drink prices.

              17 Replies
              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                add Fiesta Latina on S. Carrollton across from the other hispanic places.

                1. re: edible complex

                  I didn't like Fiesta Latina the one time I went there, which is why I didn't recommend it. The food was all very greasy and sloppy looking, and the atmosphere stank. Maybe I should give it another try?

                2. re: uptownlibrarian

                  uptownlibrarian, right you are right I misspoke about Le Crepe Nanou, I meant to say we'd probably share the pate/cheese combination and some hot appies or crepes. Any suggestions? I'll have to look into Buffa's hope they have a website. Thanks for the additional Mexican places too!! Oh forgot to mention we've GOTTA hit Green Goddess too, the menu looks inventive and amazing. Has anyone been to Mahoneys for po-boys? Their root beer glazed ham and cheese and the chicken liver and slaw sound like they're worth the trip...maybe the liver and cheese too depending on it's composition.

                  Any other FQ does or dont's in your humble opinions???? Keep 'em coming guys I'm loving the suggestions so far.

                  1. re: bourbonstjoe

                    FQ snacks: La Divina Gelateria, Meltdown Popsicles, Southern Candymakers...

                    1. re: bourbonstjoe

                      If you're going up that way, a nice evening would be to get cheese and pate around the corner from Le Crepe Nanou at St. James Cheese Company, then head over to Nanou for moules frites and a crepe. St. James has the only serious selection of real cheese in the city, and their meat case is nothing to sneeze at and includes several house made items such as pork pie.

                      Green Goddess is a fun experience, very inventive as you say. Great cocktails, at matching prices.

                      I like the ham & cheese at Mahoney's; if you go don't miss the onion rings. FYI it's "liver cheese" rather than "liver and cheese." I'm pretty sure liver cheese contains neither liver nor cheese.

                      One of the overlooked specials at Johnny's is some fantastic fried chicken, available on Thursdays.

                      1. re: uptownlibrarian

                        Since I have loved liver cheese since I was a kid, your statement got me curious so I googled it. Apparently the Bavarian version does not,(ground corned beef, and other meats) but the Oscar Meyer version, with the fat ring around it does. Since the Oscar Meyer shape and fat ring is similar to the type sold at Dorignac's, which is the only place I have ever bought it, I will assume that it does contain liver, (at least the Dorignac's version) but there is only one way to find out. My dad is in there three times a week and I will have him ask them behind the counter. I make references to liver cheese sandwiches up here and people look at me like I am crazy.

                        1. re: roro1831

                          Interesting! It's one of those things that I never thought to look into for fear of what I might discover. Like the time I read the ingredients of a package of chorizo at Wal-Mart.

                          1. re: uptownlibrarian

                            Exactly, but since I do not have access to it much these days, I may as well know what I am saving myself from.

                            1. re: uptownlibrarian

                              Wiki'd it and sure enough no liver nor cheese contained within the meat-like substance know as liver cheese. Though it contains corned beef and other meats it's pretty much a bologna like meat that's cooked till it has a "crunchy crust". More intrigued still by the chicken liver and slaw and root beer ham uptownlibrarian. Off the Mahoney topic is there a good place to have pate de fois gras in the FQ? I've never experienced it before and I've heard it is yummy!

                              Thanks.

                              Bourbonstjoe.

                              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                The Chisesi's root beer glazed ham is just that - I guess like a honey ham but glazed with a root beer reduction. Chisesi's is a local producer of ham and other meats. As ham and cheese poboys go, it's a good one.

                                http://chisesibros.com/default.aspx

                                Fried chicken liver and slaw seems pretty self explanatory to me...

                                Fois gras is (or has been) on the menu at Stella!, Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Pelican Club, and Antoine's, just off the top of my head. However, that would usually be lobes rather than pate (wiki the difference if you're not sure). Oysters Foch at Antoine's is fried oysters on toast with pate. The oysters Foch poboy that is served in the Hermes Bar at Antoine's also has pate. Bahn mi thit at Moon Wok has pate. For the record, I love the foie gras preparation at Galatoire's and it's one of my favorite dishes anywhere.

                                If you want pate de foie gras served as an appetizer with bread and cornichons etc. , head out of the Quarter to Cafe Degas or Le Crepe Nanou. But you should be able to get that where you are...

                                1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                  Borbonstjoe...

                                  I had wiki'd it as well and posted that a couple of post above the one you responded to. I would be willing to bet that the liver cheese at Dorignac's does indeed contain liver, as it looks very similar to the one that Oscar Meyer sells with the fat ring around it. I am flying in town to watch the superbowl with like minded Saints fans and will pass by Dorignac's after visiting my father, will ask them and we'll know for sure.

                              2. re: roro1831

                                The idea that livedr cheese--or any liver-style spread--would be unheard of in your world surprises me. The Germans in New York of my youth (Yorkville in Manhattan) used to have it al the time--and certainly in upstate NY.....and you could get damn good german bread to put it on, too.

                                The recollection of teh Oscar Meyer with the white far ring around it brings smiles to my face. Now I must go get some...and some olive loaf.

                                1. re: hazelhurst

                                  I did not say that liverwurst was not up here. I have never seen liver cheese in the form that they have it in Dorignac's, except for Oscar Meyer. That is what I grew up on. Now I eat liverwurst, since that is all I can get up here. My statement was that I call it liver cheese and people up here look at me like I was crazy.

                                  Much the same way that I made muffs for the Saints' game last night and wanted to find the bread like they use at Central Grocery...guess what, it wasn't at any of the 5 bakeries I went to and they all looked at me like I was crazy when I described it. But they came out great anyway.

                                  Go to Dorignac's and get the liver cheese from the deli, it blows Oscar Meyer out the water and it has the lovely white ring around it.
                                  I never had a taste for olive loaf, but my father loved that as well.

                                  1. re: roro1831

                                    Thanks for the clarification. I suspect that ANY sandwich tasted great last night, unless you are from Minnesota.

                            2. re: bourbonstjoe

                              Green Goddess is adventurous and delicious.

                              as for Mahoney's search the forum, theres a huge thread on it.

                              1. re: kibbles

                                Again thanks kibbles, wasn't aware that Mahoney's was generating a thread in here. Silly me.

                                bourbonstjoe

                            3. re: uptownlibrarian

                              I heard a fireman talking about K-Joe's....apparently the chef is CIA trained from the old days, worked in various fine-dining spots, and this is his own place. Sorry, can't remember the chef/proprietor's name.

                            4. Johnny's poboys is okay, but not the gold standard of poboys by any means. I certainly wouldn't eat there EVERY DAY FOR LUNCH. Uptownlibrarian says that the bahn mi (vietnamese poboys) at August Moon are pretty tasty--might be a nice change of pace.

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                              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                I feel the same way about Johnny's. I do eat there every now and then in a pinch but there are much better poboys of every variety to be had elsewhere.

                                1. re: roro1831

                                  depends what you order. johnny's is good in that: 1) they serve proper poboy bread (many quarter places dont). 2) they have great hot sausage. 3) they have good fried shrimp. 4) they have a menu of about 100 choices, which nobody can claim. you want a country fried steak poboy? they got you covered.

                                  also, the Johnny's Special -- roast beef, ham, swiss, american -- is a helluva hangover fighter.

                                  fact is johnnys does what they do very well, and theyve been doing it for a long time. for that im thankful. and im not sure there is a better poboy operation in the quarter at all. lotsa garbage that claim they sell poboys but put it on a sub bun, etc..

                                  1. re: kibbles

                                    I agree, and I eat at Johnny's when I am stuck in the quarter and want a roast beef poboy and have no way of getting to R&O's.

                                    1. re: kibbles

                                      Hot sausage seems to be a real underdog choice when it comes to po-boys, though I'm really encouraged by the people that do seem to champion it. Is it patties or links at Johnny's? And I know there's a rivalry between the two it seems :)

                                      bourbonstjoe

                                      1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                        Johnny's offers both patties and links, as do many poboy joints.

                                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                          Is it Hot Italian style of sausage or a locally made sausage?

                                          bourbonstjoe.

                                          1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                            The patties are often Patton's Hot Sausage Patties, which is Louisiana made. Check out more info here:

                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/681047

                                            The source of the links varies, and I don't know for sure where Johnny's gets theirs. Mena's Palace uses sausage from a place called Creole Country, which is locally made in Mid-City. Check out this (outdated but still accurate as far as I can tell) article:

                                            http://bestofneworleans.com/gyrobase/...

                                            I think if you ask wherever you are where they get their sausage they'll probably tell you.

                                            I like Patton's hot sausage patties, by the way. It's one of my favorite red beans companions.

                                            1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                              Again all good to know uptownlibraran! Since it's local product it means that I haven't had the like of it before so I'll definitley keep it mind as a po-boy filling of choice. TOOOOO many! Lol. I think I might have to eat one a day when I'm there just to try all the filling I want to: Fried shrimp, fried oysters, alligator, roast beef with debris gravy, hot sausage, chicken livers with slaw, rootbeer ham, soft shell crab, fried green tomatos w/grilled shrimp & remoulade(Mandeville).More. MORE!

                                              bourbonstjoe

                                  2. re: Hungry Celeste

                                    Moon Wok for bahn mi - corner of Dauphine and St. Ann, closed Wednesdays.

                                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                      Dang, I got the name wrong. Aren't Moon Wok & August Moon somehow related?

                                      1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                        I do not know. I want to say no, based on the admittedly somewhat flimsy evidence that August Moon has a very fancy website and Moon Wok has no web presence whatsoever.

                                    2. re: Hungry Celeste

                                      Have Mr. B's bbq shrimp for lunch one of those days...

                                      1. re: kukubura

                                        I agree, I love love love love love them. And I can't quit humming the kukubura song now either - eek!!! I love your ID, brings back many childhood memories :-)

                                    3. if you go to abita springs, abita brewery offers tours on saturdays...and go up the road a bit to thier brewpub....some of the best red beans/ rice and gumbo i have ever had

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                                      1. re: KylieB

                                        Thanks KylieB !! Saturdays for the tour, check. Perhaps I should try this from another angle while I have your attentions. Let's try match the food with where in FQ to try it :)

                                        1) Fried oysters (po-boy or not)
                                        2) Fried shrimp(ditto)
                                        3) Fried catfish(ditto)
                                        4) Crawfish(boiled/fried etc)
                                        5) Roast Beef Po-boy with debris gravy
                                        6) Red Beans and rice(Abita Springs maybe)
                                        7) Gumbo (Roux, file & okra)
                                        8) Soft shell crab (po-boy or not)
                                        9) Grits
                                        10) Andouille
                                        11) Boudin noir
                                        12) Turtle soup
                                        13) Tasso
                                        14) BBQ Shrimp

                                        uhm...I'm sure there's more

                                        15) Sazerac made with bourbon not rye(makes me gag)
                                        16) Tasso

                                        August Moon has a HUGE site, only review I found on Moon Wok was RUDE service, sub-standard food.

                                        Bourbonstjoe

                                        1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                          This is too detailed a list for me to respond to in the short time available BUT, I will say that Oysters Foch, at Antoine's, is an unsung treasure...fried oysters done in the Old Way, with a terrific sauce on them. You can make a meal at Antoine's out of the appetizers and have fun.

                                          The grits question puzzels me....grits simply "is"...apart from "instant grits, which is anathema, you will find "quick grits" in most places that serve a grits dish. Proper grits is a completely different kettle of....well, grain. I do not know anywhere that makes a batch worth going to--and I will be glad to learn along with you from any other posters. The shrimp and grits fad is recent in the local restaurant trade...one suspects it is a response to the increasing knowledge of S. Carolina Low Country cooking. And it is a fine thing. The good coarse-ground stuff of my youth is making a welcome comeback.

                                          As to BBQ shrimp, kukubura has been extolling the Mr B';s version and, as I have noted before, I have not been to Mr B's in ages but many people whose opinions I trust echo his enthusiasm. I think you can rely on kukubura's enthusiastic endorsement.

                                          Mnay items you list are Cajun...in my view you cannot find authentic boudin, tasso or andouille in Da City...approximations? yes, but I am not bold enough to steer you anywhere in the Quarter for The Real Stuff. And boudin noir? I have to beat the bushes in Acadian for the real thing...have never seen it it in New Orleans. Hell, for years we had to damn near bribe butchers to give us the stuff they made for the family in the Breaux Bridge environs.

                                          Turtle soup in the Quarter? Well, Brennan's has The Family Recipe used at Commanders but I cannot vouch for its quality these days. Galatoire's has had fairly good turtle soup in recent years, sometimes it is stellar. but not the Best I Ever Had.

                                          Sazerac with Bourbon? May as well ask for a vodka martini. But I am certain that the well-known mixologists can accomodate you.

                                          That is all I have time for just now....

                                          1. re: hazelhurst

                                            Well we are heading to Avery Island so maybe a little mom and pop joint in Lafayette of Baton Rouge or points in between might hold the Cajun treasures I seek :) I think we'll take the plunge and hit the Hermes @ Antoine's as I believe that they have it on their menu...though I may be mistaken and it's actually a po-boy. Got some lookin' to do I guess....have to check Mr. B's for that BBQ shrimp as well. Thanks again for everyone tossing them out there...keep 'em coming ;)

                                            Bourbonstjoe.

                                            1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                              I'm guessing you could get a lot better food if you take the route to Avery Island through Houma and Morgan City. I ate at Parrains in BR last Saturday and it was pretty good. Our server was the pits but I think it was just him as the other servers seemed to be doing okay.

                                              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                                You can order off the regular Antoine's menu inside the Hermes Bar. The bar menu item is an Oysters Foch poboy, and it's pretty good too, but you can get the original if you want.

                                                I think you should ask the board for some specific recommendations in the Abita Springs/Mandeville area. For as good as Abita beer is (the brewery tour is awesome and totally worth the trip), Abita Brew Pub is truly dismal. It might as well be T.G.I. Friday's.

                                                One meat shop/restaurant that is very good and easily accessible from I-10 is Bergeron's in Port Allen, just over the bridge from Baton Rouge. You could stop there on your way to Avery Island if you go that way. Another option closer to New Orleans would be Jacob's in LaPlace, which you could hit on the way or on the way back with a short detour. Both of these places would fulfill your meat desires, except probably for the boudin noir/rouge which is hard to find. Don't forget to pick up a bag of craklins and some beef jerky too.

                                                Bergeron's: http://www.bergeronsboudin.com/
                                                Jacob's: http://www.cajunsausage.com/

                                                I know I sound like a broken record, but get your fried seafood, gumbo and red beans at Mena's Palace on Chartres St. Seriously.

                                                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                  Ain't nothing broken about your record uptownlibrarian, matter of fact I'm pretty sure I could listen to you all day long! Will definitely take the tour and poll the people in the know to find an appropriate place to eat AFTER the Abita tour.

                                                  Depending how we get to Avery Island and back I'll definitely be hitting one of your suggestions, makes a carnivore wanna cry after checking out both those sites.

                                                  Mena's menu's in my hot little hands and it definitely looks like we'll be headed there for some chowhoundy goodness.

                                                  Probably gonna take the plunge and go for the appie platter at the Hermes cause it has the oysters foch and other tasty bits, if the GF doesn't find it within her food comfort zone there's always more for me!

                                                  bourbonstjoe.

                                                2. re: bourbonstjoe

                                                  While I'm not an LA native (although I did live there a good deal of my childhood) my brother lives in Lafayette. There's a grocery store there, sort of along the lines of Central Grocery, that gets rave reviews for their po-boys. I'm thinking it's called Old Thyme Grocery? I have eaten there 2 years ago and it was GOOD. Y'all help me out if that is the wrong name and/or if the quality has declined since my visit. Oh and BTW GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!

                                                  1. re: Proud2BWLVRebel

                                                    I'll google what I can Proud2BWLVRebel and check the guides to see what I can come up with. Like I said we weren't sure which route we were taking to Avery Island or if that was gonna be our sole road trip in the NOLA area. Either way I'll keep you posted!

                                                    bourbonstjoe

                                                3. re: hazelhurst

                                                  Thanks for the time hazelhurst, as always I appreciate any contributions made here which contribute to my gastro-happines.

                                                  After all you said I must admit that you final comment has indeed changed my mind about the Sazerac, I will have to find a reputable mixologist to made me one...with rye. A VODKA martini?! *shudders* heaven forbid one should pass my tanqueray tainted lips. :)

                                                  bourbonstjoe.

                                            2. Everyone has covered the city so here is road trip info...

                                              In Abita Springs, before or after your tour, try the Brew Pub. Besides good food (for a brew pub) they often have beers on tap that aren't being bottled, you can get small sampler glasses, and they sometimes have a cask conditioned brew available. Everytime I've been there the pump cask conditioned was a heavy bock or stout. (For the best beer choices in N.O. and some true atmosphere try the Avenue Pub on St Charles).

                                              While in Abita walk down the street and leave 30-40 minutes to go throught the UCM Museum. If you are a fan of garage sales this is a museum of one artists collection of STUFF.

                                              For your Avery Island trip if you ask anyone in New Iberia where to eat they will tell you "Abbeville". (Local New Iberia joke). I usually hit one of 4 places for lunch with my N. I. friends. The least is Victors, a downtown cafeteria filled with locals and mommas home cooking. It's claim to fame is that it is where Dave Robicheaux eats(for James Lee Burke fans). Then there is Pho Lyly but you probably didn't come to Cajun country to eat Vietnamese.

                                              For good local fare try Brendas Dine In & Take Out (411 West Pershing) a four table soul food place and Bon Creole (409 E St. Peter) with good seafood poboys and dishes. There is so many fried shrimp on a poboy it will feed two.

                                              3 Replies
                                              1. re: collardman

                                                After your words collardman might hit the Brew Pub for a pint or sample, though I'm not a big pub food guy.

                                                As for the Avery Island reccomendations that's pure GOLD brother! As for the probably not Vietnamese....Hells yeah! Doesn't matter what flavor the country of origin if it's good eats sign me up! Just discovered a few local treasures that serve pho/vietnamese spring rolls locally and they rock!

                                                Thanks again for the road trippy advice, gotta combine it with the MEAT places supplied by uptownlibrarian above :)

                                                bourbonstjoe.

                                                1. re: bourbonstjoe

                                                  At the brewery tour, you will have all the versions of Abita currently being brewed. You can get there early and hang out in the taproom and sample everything, you can go back to the taproom during the tour for a refill, and you can stay afterwards and hang out on the patio and sample some more. There is no reason to go to the Brew Pub if you're just interested in tasting the beer.

                                                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                    How can hanging out in a taproom at a brewery not be a good thing?! Luckily the GF can drive :)

                                                    bourbonstjoe