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Feb 11, 2010 04:37 PM

WWIJRD?! Prolly throw this list in the trash and get a hot dog...

Me and the wife are coming down from Friday morning to Monday afternoon for the Road Food Festival in March. I am thinking we will need to find many places to eat before, during and after the festival. Barring the Coffee Pot in the morning and Cafe du Monde at 0300 (never eaten there sober and I don't intend on starting now) I have been trying to find a couple meals a day.

I have been reading a lot and following this board for a couple weeks and basically I am losing it at the thought of trying to make final decisions. Let me say that we like to eat. From the diviest of dives to the fanciest of fancy as long as the food is good and there is passion and well stuff. I think that New Orleans has a real sense of terrior in their cooking, much more so than the rest of the country. It is those places I am interested. Places that say "here I am! ain't gonna get this no where else!"

We are not interested in a scene at all or specifically a "NO" experience. One of the things I am interested in creole vs. cajun cooking. I understand that there are ethnic differences but I am not certain about food differences. I would try both separately or together if you can. Olivier's is creole and is why I chose that place for instance.

So here goes, there is a lot of second guessing myself. I am obviously willing for third guesses as well.

Lunch: Domilises
Dinner: Cochon (Brightsen's?)

Lunch: Parkway (Willie Mae's?)
Dinner: Bourbon House (Casamentos?)

Lunch:Parasol's (CG? I like warm ones better which is why Parasol is first.)
Dinner: Oliviers (Galatoires?)

Breakfast (second breakfast): Camellia Grill
Lunch: Rivershack (red beans and rice day.)

Please make suggestions. I have read and re-read a lot, and I can't come up with anything else right now.

Thanks very much and GO SAINTS WOOT!!!!!

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  1. Oh. I forgot I wanted to try and get Stella in there...

    1. You are fine with Dom's for lunch--shrimp po-boy is The Way To Go over there. I'd certainly switch Cochon for Brightsen's (see below). Parkway over Willie Mae and without any doubt make it to Casamento's. I think you'd do well to throw Liuzza's on Bienville in there.

      Cochon is perfectly fine for locals who never get to the country and it serves a need for visitors. To my mind it is "upscale" country food. I get out of town a great deal and have scores of little gas stations and shops where I buy crackings and sausages and organ meats; as a result, Cochon is, to me, nothing remarkable. If, however, you come from a place that does not remember when its people ate parts of pig ( no discussion of religious laws at the moment), then Cochon is a fine place to start. It may be "fancy-fication of pork" but it is good.

      As to cajun v. creole? You can argue for years about "creole" alone. Cajun is loosely defined as a triangle area with the apex at Turkey Creek, below Alexandria, and its bottom angles at the river mouth on the east and the Sabine at the West. Wirthin that territory there is enormous variation of food items over short distances. In New Orleans, Cajun is fitfully produced..Bon Ton is a superb "museum piece" of Cajun cooking in the urban world(And I use the term "museum piece" in an admiring manner).

      It is a separate topic but it is fun to look back over the years and note how the Cajun Influence has been played in the City. Also to see how foreign expectations of what New Orleans food SHOULD be have been catered to and how foreign belilefs of what Great Food is have been flummoxed by what is, in fact, a earthy style of cooking without too many Victorian gingerbread adornments (but, admittedly, some adornments. Oysters Rock is a 19th century dish and I doubt it would be invented today. )

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        Thanks very much Hazel. I have read quite a lot of your great posts recently. Based on hours and suggestions this is a revised list. I wonder if Parkway/Parasol's and Dom's are all too similar? Perhaps Luizza's in place of one of them, it is another one on my list (which is actually a spread sheet with over 50 entries so far).

        Lunch: Domilises
        Dinner: Bon Ton Cafe

        Lunch: Casamentos
        Dinner: Brightsen's

        Dinner: Parkway

        Breakfast (second breakfast): Camellia Grill
        Lunch: Rivershack (red beans and rice day.)

        1. re: sekelmaan

          You're right about the similarities---but if you were working on comparing them it's fine. I think Parasol/Parkway is something of a double-kick shotgun sort of day. I (of course) would just give Sunday afternoon over to Galatoire's, going at about 2:30 or 3:00. Or, if you wanted to be truly decadent, do brunch at Commander's and then wander over to Galatoire's. Don;t tell your cardiologist (or do like I do and don't even HAVE a cardiologist)

          1. re: sekelmaan

            you do have there poboy shops: Dom's, Parasol's, Parkway. kinda redundant, esp Para & Park, since both are known most for their roastbeef.

            not sure where you're coming from but if youre interested in cajun then yeah Cochon is probably about it near the FQ. hazel will point out that it's not as good as in the true country, but unless you plan on driving way out it'll do. ive heard it referred to as "cajun comfort food".

            sounds like youve got a mean case of "paralysis by analysis"..!

            1. re: kibbles

              Great, thanks a lot Kib. Probably looking to sub Luzmilla's for one of them in that case. Glad to know about Olivier's as well.

            2. re: sekelmaan

              I'd love to see that spreadsheet!! going to NO for the first time in April.
              willing to share?

          2. Well, I hate to throw another choice in but Boucherie is very good.

            I would definitely try Brightsen's - get a reservation though.

            1. lose Bourbon House and Olivier's.
              look to add Boucherie, Coquette, Patois.

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              1. re: edible complex

                yeah meant to add: Olivier's is in my opinion, tourist crap. would have liked to try it in the grandfather chef's era, but today theres nothing there. im pretty sure they bought their high rating on

                Bourbon House is not a dining destination, but is good for its bar -- nice oyster bar, good baked varieties too. good spot for a between-meal snack :)

                1. Would probably try to do other places instead of so many po-boy restaurants. Of the three you listed, if you want roast beef, go to Parkway.

                  My thoughts on some of your other choices....

                  -1 Willie Mae's
                  -1 Oliver's
                  +1 Casamento's
                  +1 Galatoire's
                  +1 Brightsen's

                  EAT (BYOB)
                  Green Goddess
                  Ruby Slipper

                  LUNCH SUGGESTIONS:
                  August ($20 lunch special)
                  Commander's Palace (25 cent martinis)

                  SNACKS/LITE MEALS:
                  BBQ Shrimp at Mr. B's
                  Muffalettea from Central Grocery
                  Raw Oysters and 1/2 price drinks at Luke every day 3-6

                  Napoleon House
                  Carosel Bar
                  Columns Hotel