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Upcoming NOLA trip - what do u think of my resto choices - Help?!

My first trip to NOLA and I'm giddy about the it. I'm going to eat - and eat well. I've been researching the board, browsing websites and I've compiled a list and would like your thoughts, suggestions, etc. I know there are a ton of threads and I've been careful to read many of them and hope to not duplicate any questions posed previously by others.

We are going the first weekend in March, thurs - sun. We'll arrive 9pm on Thursday, so we'll need a place that serves food late that night. We're staying at the Westin, riverfront. Here's what I have planned thus far:

Thursday: ??? late dinner suggestion needed. Dick n' Jenny's maybe? Yo Mamas?

Friday Breakfast: open to anything but don't want anything too big. Camellia Grill?

Friday lunch: Galatoire's. What is the best time to get in line? How long is the wait, generally? Do people really pay folks to stand in line for them? Can u get a drink while u wait?

Friday dinner: Mr. B's Bistro

Saturday breakfast: Cafe du Monde - which location?

Saturday lunch: up in the air. The Galley? Domilise's? Central Grocery?

Saturday dinner: Restaurant August

Bars to visit: The Sazerac, French 75, Old Absinthe, Carousel - and Tipitina's maybe for music.

What do you think?

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  1. Mr. B's bistro very solid.
    Cafe du Monde Beignet with tons of sugar and chicory coffee is the thing, tourist place but its worth it.
    Went to Luke another Besh place and the food was very disappointing. Staff said he never comes around any more.
    Central Grocery, great muffallata.
    The best meal was at Commanders Palace for brunch. The food and the entire experience was perfection.

    1. Dick and Jenny's is fantastic. The stuffed pork tenderloin is my favorite.
      I've only been to Galatoire's for lunch once, but we didn't have much of a wait at all. I think the paying people to stand in line thing only happens during their popular holiday meals, such as New Year's.
      You have to do Cafe du Monde by Jackson Square. Touristy isn't always a bad thing. It's a wonderful people watching place.
      I'm a pretty big fan of Domilise's, but there are a million great po-boy places.
      Restaurant August is simply fabulous. I, too went to Luke, and like GodfatherofLunch, agree that it was entirely forgettable. August is a completely different story. Save room for the Ponchatoula strawberry shortcake...I have no words.

      As to the bars, that wouldn't be my lineup, but I suspect there is a generational gap to blame. Tips is a lot of fun. If you're looking for a classy bar with music, I'd also suggest Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta. I know, I know, it's the Royal Sonesta, but trust me here. Great jazz, no cover, and some truly well-made drinks in a swanky atmosphere. You can't really go wrong with the lineup, but Irvin plays on Wednesdays.

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      1. re: stylenola

        Generational gap - eek! We are late 30's early 40's and really think we are more like 28 yrs of age - ha! We enjoy a well-crafted cocktail, but also like to belly up to the bar and have a beer. The lounges and bars I listed were just some of those I've read about on the boards. Live music is a plus and we may go see State Radio @ Tipitina's if we can squeeze it in.

      2. I would switch the Friday arrangements.

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        1. re: hazelhurst

          Meaning you would do lunch at Mr. B's and dinner at Galatoire's?

          1. re: lynnlato

            Mr. B's has a much cheaper but still very generous lunch portion of BBQ shrimp.

            Also they have a $1.50 cocktail menu at lunch...

            1. re: kukubura

              Now you're speakin' my language - thanks! I'm so confused. So many choices, not enough time.

              1. re: lynnlato

                Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, NOLA has MANY choices, and if one is not a local, there is too little time.

                Having moved away, decades ago, we are always torn horribly. That is just the way that it is. We try for some "old favs," but then try to add in some of the newer places (new to us), and it is not easy.

                Back in our youth, we seemed to be able to have three big meals per day, and never gain a pound. Now, we have to be very judicious in our dining, and will gain pounds - luckily, on SW Airlines, our bags fly free, but if we're not careful, we'll end up paying double-fare for our plane back to PHX!

                EC, and others have given some great recs. You cannot do it all. Even if we were spending two months, there would be some places, that would just have to be omitted. That is the great thing about NOLA - you can dine wonderfully for many weeks, and not repeat any restaurant.

                I'm with Hazelhurst, in that I will reserve my "high-end" dining for dinner, and will flit around for lunch. Many of those choices will be higher-end spots, but just not up to the levels of the dinner choices.

                Arise early, do Cafe du Monde, or The Original Coffee Pot, then look for lunch a bit later. Make reservations at the major restaurants for rather late, and then stumble back to the room.



                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Thanks Bill, for offering some perspective. We have one dinner reservation and that is Restaurant August. I am just a little bit excited for the Friday martini lunch at Galatoire's (as one CHer said it's about the experience) and I do plan to hit Cafe du Monde once. Anything above and beyond that is gravy.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    Since your Saturday lunch is up in the air and while you might prefer to flit about, I suggest dressing up and riding the streetcar out to Commander's Palace. You'll get to wander around the Garden District with its amazing mansions and Lafayette Cemetery, plus lunch at Commander's is not only a quintessential NOLA experience but it's one of the great pleasures in life...

                    I think Sat is a brunch menu so it's not quite as inexpensive as their ridiculously inexoensive weekday lunch (unless they have that menu on saturdays too?) but since you're not in town for sun brunch it's probably still worth it.

        2. There are many mentions of / threads on Galatoire's but here's my interpretation of the basics for Friday lunch, from an out-of-towner who has been a handful of times.

          As you know, Friday lunch requires a bit of mental preparation but it's not *that* big a deal.

          1. In my experience, getting on line around 9:45-10 a.m. has been sufficient to get a table for four people at the first seating (essentially 11:30 a.m.). Minutes matter, however. Your whole party does not have to be there, btw -- one person can get a table for four.

          2. Eventually they'll come by with a clipboard and let you know whether you'll be able to get in or not. If yes, around 11 am they let you go to the bar upstairs, and you'll be seated downstairs by 11:45 if not sooner. But that's the timeframe: 60-75 minutes on line and another 30+ minutes in the bar.

          3. If not, don't worry about it. Not everyone stays for three or four hours -- they'll ask if you want to eat later and you can still enjoy a late lunch. Or just stop by at 10:30 or 11 in the first place and they'll tell you how to proceed -- take your name and tell you to come back around 1:30, or whatever. Some say this is the best way to go, period.

          4. If you have a group of six or more, you still have to wait on line but my understanding is that it's advantageous to let them know ahead of time what you'll be looking for. Call a few days ahead of time to inquire.

          5. Whenever you finally sit down, enjoy.

          Various & sundry:

          (a) I don't know if people really pay others to stand in line.

          (b) In theory, you can certainly drink on line -- the same way you can drink anywhere else in N.O. But don't imagine that the restaurant sells cocktails to people waiting outside; they don't. Save it for lunch, anyway.

          (c) As a general proposition, you don't need a big breakfast before Galatoire and a big dinner after. Have a light bite and save your appetite for lunch. For dinner, either make a late reservation (9 pm+) so you have one *if* you're hungry when the time comes, or just plan to eat late when the mood strikes -- perhaps someplace like Coop's or Port of Call. But normal people do not eat full dinners at 7 pm after finishing lunch at Galatoire at 2:30 pm.

          Side note: Don't know where you're staying but Camellia is a haul uptown from the Quarter and CBD -- close to 40 minutes by streetcar and 15-20 by taxi. There are many great restaurants and attractions uptown, but better to plan a day or half-day uptown, and stay there than to pingpong back and forth each day. Of all the things to do, I wouldn't start my day with a trip uptown for breakfast, only to return immediately after.

          Have fun at Galatoire's. Only you can decide if it's worth the trouble, but you can't help but enjoy yourself.

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          1. re: Mark Alberts

            That is a fair assessment of the story. I should point out that the restaurant closes at 9:00, that is, the last people are admitted then. I do not like to go that late (although I have stayed that late) because the staff wants to get the last meals out and go home. Sometimes there will be a waiting game by a couple of tables for the "honor" of claiming that "we closed the restaurant" and I hate to see that becuase it is so inconsiderate.

            People are paid to stand in line for Major Events with the exception of the Fridays before Christmas and Mardi Gras...for those days the tables are auctioned a few weeks before, the proceeds going to charities in town.

            Lots of people get a drink from one of the Bourbon Street joints but I never do because there is a martini waiting for me inside.

            Fridays are always loud, sometimes horribly so. I avoid them.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              I understand that the the souffle potatoes and the poisson amandine are must-haves off the menu? Others have suggested letting the server guide you towards what's good on the day of your visit. I'm sure I am over-analyzing everything as I typically do when I travel. Sorry!

              1. re: lynnlato

                Taking the two postings as one: I think that an 11:30 BBQ shrimp at Mr B's would be enough to hold you until Galatoire's Friday mob begins to clear out in the middle of teh afternoon. You could then go along about 4:00, 4:30 and relax. It is possible you wil have some loud people leftover from lunch. The last time I went on a Friday--and it has been a couple of years--I had to do so becuase it was a friend's last day in town and he wanted to get his "fix"(He'd eaten there every day for the previous four days). It was more-than-hectic but things calmed down around 4:30 and I got my favorite table.

                Poisson amandine is the recent term to allow for a shortage of trout..then they can switch. The trout amadine is usually ranked one of the best but some people object to the amount of butter on it. You can ask them to go light on that if you wish. Souffle potatoes are a standard in town...I think Galatoire's is one place that does not claim to have invented them. Lots of people get them with bearnaise on the side. But do check with your waiter about anything you order. If the pompano are decent size....how do the lamb chops look?....ask about crabmeat canape Lorenzo or stuffed eggplant. The waiter might steer you towards the Goute which is a group of famous appetizers...oysters en brochette, remoulad, crabmeat maison(or sometimes crawfish maison).

                Dress up...in an age debased and mechanical, Galatoire's is one place that (fitfully) holds to some shred of standards

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  had the crabmeat canape Lorenzo yesterday. how I wish I had it again right now. started w/a 6 pack of rock, fried eggplant w/bearnaise, and a Godchaux salad.

                  1. re: edible complex

                    Have you ever put a drop or 2 of Tabasco on a portion? Really wakes it up!

            2. re: Mark Alberts

              Wow, thank you so much for this very detailed explanation. This is exactly the sort of info I was looking for. I appreciate your spending the time to paint the picture for me.

              1. re: lynnlato

                You're welcome. Fish meuniere amandine is indeed the way to go. Also the grand goute appetizer platter - a variety of classics including shrimp remoulade and oysters en brochette. Personally, I don't think the souffle potatoes are anything to write home about. I'm sure hazelhurst can offer more insight on the menu choices, though. I like the liveliness of a Friday but I believe hazelhurst when s/he says it's perfectly nice other times. You have to sit downstairs, though - don't make a reservation which is only for the upstairs. Same drill, just not as much demand.

            3. You won't make it to Dick & Jenny's in time. Perhaps Rambla or Mimis in the Marigny (both tapas) or POC for a burger (IMO better than Yo Mamas). You'll need a car to get to the Galley. Emeril's flagship would be a much better choice than Mr. B's. You'll need a resv.
              Try the tasting menu w/wine pairing at August. Should there be a course you don't like, they will let you substitute. I'd skip breakfast on Fri. and get to Galatoire's early. You won't be ready to eat dinner until 7:30 at the earliest.

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              1. re: JazzyB

                Port of Call is a good idea...I was there a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. You are right about getting to Galatoire's early IF you want to have Friday lunch right away. 10:00AM is usually pushing it for Friday. I should also note that those six or eight people in line might just represent 80 or 100 people.

                1. re: JazzyB

                  I LOVED Mimi's - thanks so much for suggesting it!

                2. I guess from the perspective of an outsider my question is - if you can do Antoine's, Arnaud's, Commander's, Clancy's etc - is Galatoire's THAT big a difference - is it worth the hassle if you can just walk in at the others for similar food?

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                  1. re: uhockey

                    I'm not planning on Antoine's, Arnaud's, Commander's or Clancy's - but the mystique and old charm of Galatoire's has reeled me in. I haven't heard any negative feedback about Galatoire's and so they've caught me, I suppose - hook, line & sinker. Did you have a bad experience at Galatoire's?

                    p.s. I am glad you enjoyed Casa Mono in NYC - I, too, fell in love with the duck egg over potatoes & truffles. The sweetbreads didn't impress me as much, but their crema catalana w/ batter-dipped bay leaves was mind-blowing. Too bad Ko disappointed. :-(

                    1. re: lynnlato

                      we love galatoires and will be there this week, can't wait. it is so "new orleans" to us.

                      1. re: lynnlato

                        By all means go but be aware that the is the possibility that there will be some very rowdy and crazy people there.

                        1. re: kukubura

                          I prefer rowdy & crazy - especially for an occasion like a Friday martini lunch. I'm doin' it, you can't stop me! ;-)

                          1. re: lynnlato

                            Well, sounds as though you'll fit right in. It's a crapshoot as to how much of a show you will get but it will be lively. I strongly suggest that you be at the restaurant by 10:15 am to get in at 11:30. I advise that you skip the temptation, while in line, to prime the pump with a drink--Galatoire's drinks are powerful things. When you are seated, get to know your waiter and you might want to suggest that you are there "for the duration" and would appreciate anything he or she can do to help you see what the place is really like. It is emphatically not an ordinary restaurant...not many in New Orleans are, really...and you should watch for its little quirks and its rhythm. If you are there long wnough--remember, it is open throughout the day---do not be surprised to see the waiters sit down at tables in the back. You'll have fun spotting the regulars, the arrivistes, the clueless...it is not a married-man-and-his-mistress sort of place because everyone knows everyone else. You should order course by course--you have time. If you do it right you won't be near finishing at 2:00. Hell, you are just getting your timing down about then. Most waiters will be taking care of their regular customers but wyou stand a better-than-even chance of getting one of the old guard (unless they are all swamped in the first five minutes---it does happen). Just be sure you know the waiter's schedule...some of them (rarely on Friday) take a break in the afternoon. The tab can be transferred to another waiter but it is best to settle up with the original guy if you don;t know him, then carry on with the understudy. I will be interested in hearing your reaction.

                      2. re: uhockey

                        Galatoires is quintessential old New Orleans. You are going for the experience more than the food. Unfortunately, some folks don't "get it" and would have been better off elsewhere. Fri. lunch is when you will experince difficulty getting a table. Not too bad any other time.

                        1. re: uhockey

                          If the wait in line is an issue, then just make a reservation for upstairs at Galatoire's. The food is the same, and the service is great. You will miss the "tableaux" downstairs, but that is not really a bad thing. Due to clients' schedules, we do this all the time. For us, it's about the food, and not the "show," which is worthwhile, but when you've done it, the charm is not that great. If you have NOT done it, then you do have a decision to make. Kind of like Mardi Gras - if you have not done it, you must. If you have done it six times, then come back for Jazz Fest, instead.

                          It's about the food for me, but the "show" is not bad, especially if you have never done it.



                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Do you and JazzyB think it was an aberration that my boyfriend and I had such a terrible experience at Galatoire's last year? We made reservations for the upstairs, understanding we would miss the atmosphere of downstairs, but we were assured here and in guidebooks that the experience of the food would be the same. We were not impressed -- by the service or by the food. I liked my cocktail.

                            I know my bf never wants to go there again -- he felt ripped off -- but I see such glowing praise here that I am curious what went wrong with our meal...

                            1. re: peachacid

                              As I stated earlier, you're going more for the experience (which you missed upstairs) than the food. Count yourselves among those that "don't get it" and dine elsewhere next time. Some can't miss options: Commander's for lunch in the garden room, Emeril's (lunch or dinner), Coquette (lunch or dinner).

                              1. re: JazzyB

                                Yes, if you would've subtracted the downstairs dining room atmosphere and our snarky server from the experience it would've not been a memorable lunch. The food is what I remember least of our experience.

                                However, we were fortunate to have all the right parts of the equation and the experience was not only memorable, but a damned good time. ;-)

                        2. Thursday nite, after your dinner, get a cab and go see Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ swingers @ (forget the name of venue, damn!!!) A totally fun and unique NO experience, plus they usually feed you some RBR, gumbo, jambalaya, cornbread. Ask a local or any good cabbie and they'll know where he's playing. adam
                          Just googled.... Vaughan's in the Bywater district most every Thursday.

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                          1. re: adamshoe

                            Vaughn's and yes, do this.

                            Vaughan's Lounge
                            800 Lesseps Street,
                            New Orleans, LA 70117-4720
                            (504) 947-5562‎

                            1. re: adamshoe

                              Adam, you're always full of good suggestions, thank you.

                              Once again, my chowhound friends have given me tons of great advice.

                              1. re: lynnlato

                                I will be there that same weekend...and got tickets to go see Indigo Girls on Friday at Tip's, if you like that kind of music.

                                Stanley might be a good choice for breakfast for you, right on Jackson Square; or have brunch at EAT...I have been to both and can recommend both. EAT is BYOB if that is of interest.

                                A late dinner suggestion is Fiorella's across the street from Coop's on Decatur, I love the fried chicken and macaroni, others not so much....check out the discussions on the board to see what you think. They cook the chicken to order so if you are in a hurry , well, chill out and have a beer.

                                As far as Central Grocery...you can't eat in there...if the weather is nice, get a muff and sit outside and enjoy, otherwise stash it in the hotel for late night cravings.

                                Mr B's bbq shrimp is one of my very favorite things in NO...ever. Not to be missed! But you can sit at the bar and have a portion and go on your merry way if you don't want to do a whole meal there. But I am serious, do have it! I may just see you there!

                                1. re: betheroo

                                  Thanks so much, Beth. I was debating on whether to make reservations at Mr. B's or not b/c our schedule is becoming tight. It's good to know we can swing in, scarf down some shrimp and "be on our merry way" as you mentioned.

                                  I did see the Indigo Girls will be there Friday. We're debating on which show to catch. Wear a giant red "CH" on you so I know who to say "hey" to! :-)

                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                    See you there!
                                    I like to avoid reservations as much as possible, gets in the way of serendipity.

                              2. re: adamshoe

                                Adam, Vaughn's and Kermit Ruffins were awesome!!! We had the biggest time there and enjoyed every crazy minute (some dude w/ a curl asked us if we wanted to attend his s&m party on Sat. night - we laughed and hurried to our taxi - HA!). Great music and the cheapest drinks in any bar I've ever had.

                              3. Wow! What an amazing trip! It's official, I have fallen hopelessly in love with NOLA. The local folks we encountered couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, and the food, honey, y'all know how to eat... and drink. :)

                                All the recs and advice was spot on and I don't think I could've planned a better food trip.

                                Here's how it all went down:

                                Thurday: I arrived at 10am and was alone. I checked into the Westin (fabulous location & gorgeous views) and then headed up Canal St. where I caught a streetcar and headed to Parkway Tavern for a shrimp po boy. The weather was gorgeous and I thoroughly enjoyed my streetcar ride and walk to the tavern. It was packed but I found a seat at the bar and ordered a beer & a small shrimp po boy. It was delicious and cheap and the bread was fantastic (the great bread was a re-occuring theme during my trip). I was told afterwards that they are known for their roast beef po boys but I had a hankerin' for shrimp. Afterwards, I headed back to the hotel and rested up for my 3 friends to arrive later in the evening. Around 6pm I made my way out into the quarter and dropped by The Napoleon House for a Pimms Cup. What a gorgeous place - that courtyard is exquisitely beautiful as is the interior. I had a Pimms Cup (it was refreshing) and tried their boudin sausage. I have to say the sausage and I didn't get along. I found the mushy texture a turn off. No matter, I had a glass of wine and then headed back to the hotel. Once friends arrived around 9pm we headed over to Mimi's in the Marigny for some beers and tapas. So glad we did - the food was great. We loved the mushrooms and manchego toasts, the goat cheese croquetas and the lamb chops are haunting me they were so tasty. Everyone but me loved the escargots too. Our bellies full and a little happy buzz going, we headed to Vaughn's to catch kermit Ruffins. This was a must do for everyone - what a blast!

                                Friday morning we were moving slowly but managed to get up, dressed in our best and over to Galatoire's to stand on line by 10am. While we waited we indulged in a Pocahontas bloody mary from Mango Mango - a damned fine bloody mary complete with a little dilly bean juice and okra juice for added flavor. This held us over until we got inside at 11am and went upstairs to the bar. I was duly impressed that NOLA establishments allow you to bring beverages from other bars into their places. Love that! We were seated at 11:30 and it was a delicious, raucous, drunken good time. Our waiter was a laugh riot and kept us laughing and eating delicious traditional dishes. We had the grande goute and the bacon-wrapped fried oysters were ridiculous! The Lyonnaise potatoes w/ bearnaise were interesting and tasty too. Next we had the speckled trout, lobster-topped flounder and the lamb chops w/ a vegetable assortment. Again, everything was delicious. For dessert - 3 hrs later - we had the banana bread pudding which wasn't very banana-y. After Galatoire's we headed to The Old Absinthe House for a sazerac, which led to an absinthe, which led to other adult beverages. We met several groups of locals that had been at Galatoire's also and it turned into one big party. After Old Absinthe we went to Mr. B's where we had our reservation. We ordered the gumbo, shrimp n' grits and the bbq shrimp. We again chatted w/ some locals at a neighboring table. They heard it was my bday and had the server bring me balloons and a party favor - very kind. Honestly, by this point we were exhausted, full, and a little bit intoxicated so we didn't enjoy our dinner. The bbq shrimp were a disappoint. The shells were sticking and thus seemed to be a tad overcooked - but again, we were tired and spent and ready to retire.

                                Saturday morning we went to Stanley for breakfast on the recommendation of some of the locals we had met at Old Absinthe. Good choice! I had the poached egg po boy w/ ham and creole hollandaise and the fried potatoes. The kitchen was very slow - but the food was worth the wait. Afterwards we road the street car out to the garden district. On a whim we went to Cooter Browns for a beer and some oysters and we hit the oyster & beer jackpot there! We had seen Cooter's on a map we had picked up - no one had told us anything about it. They had one of the largest beer selections I had ever seen and the most ridiculously reasonable prices - $5.50 for premium selections. I had a Hitachino Ginger Beer ($5.50) and we ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell for $8!!! These were the biggest oysters I have ever seen - the shucker guy said he was shocked by their size also. Mmmmm is all I can say. Afterwards we walked along the levee and then hopped a street car back to the quarter. We walked around a bit and ended up at Napoleon House where we sat in the courtyard and had some more adult beverages, a yummy artichoke dip and a very good warm muffaletta (loved their olive salad w/ the garbanzo beans). We had a good laugh watching a breakdance group in from of Jackson Square and then went back to the hotel to rest up for dinner. On our way to dinner we stopped by Loa for a drink at their gorgeous bar. The chandeliers, candles and high backed sofas drew us in from the street. I had a delicious cocktails - a cheval. It was muddled cucumber, Belvedere vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer - wow! Dinner was at Restaurant August. We all did the 4 course tasting menu but started w/ their sweetbreads and the foie gras 3 ways. Everything exceeded our expectations.

                                Sunday morning we got up early and went to Cafe du Monde and had the requisite cafe au lait and beignets. We did it but man, what a tourist trap. I was stunned by the # of people waiting in line forever. We only waited maybe 10 mins - good thing b/c I would've been disappointed had I waited any longer.

                                Oh, and I shouldn't forget the Zapp's chips - yum. The cajun flavored were tasty. :)

                                Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you for the best recs a girl could ask for. We were sad to leave and cannot wait to return. You folks have a beautiful city and I for one am envious. Many thanks!

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                                1. re: lynnlato

                                  Thanks for the great recap. As a big Mr B's booster I'm sorry your dish didn't wow you. Sounds like you might have been overstuffed but it also could have been an off night. But overall sounds like an amazing trip!

                                  1. re: kukubura

                                    Yes, I should say that their shrimp n' grits were delicious, particularly the grits. I remember the gumbo ya-ya being good but as I said, we were so tired. I'm sure much of it had a lot to do with our "condition". Also, we had such fabulous service everywhere we went but the servers at Mr. B's were all business - not very friendly. But we'll try again next time.

                                    An amazing trip, indeed. :)

                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                      Oh, how I love their shrimp and grits!

                                      Glad you had a wonderful trip!

                                  2. re: lynnlato

                                    Great review. Sounds like you had a good time. I'm with you on Mr. B's. For next time, BBQ shrimp are much better at Crazy Johnny's (in Metairie) and gumbo is better just about everywhere else. Come back soon.

                                    1. re: N.O.Food

                                      "Come back soon"

                                      You can count on it! ;-)