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Mar 12, 2010 10:26 AM

The Long and the Short list

Little over a month to go and I'll soon be eating my way through all your wonderful reccomendations and tips guys! And a big Chow THANKS to everyone that shared! I decided to expand my AO and include a few street car/cab fueled trips outside the FQ to have the best of the best :)

The long and the short(In no particular order):

Cafe du Monde - Cafe au Lait and Beignets
Casamento's - Fresh Shucked and the Oyster Loaf
Central Grocery - Muffaletta
Hermes Bar - Appetizer Sampler(Oyster Foch, Fried Eggplant, Crabmeat Ravigote and Shrimp Remoulade)
Luke - Happy Hour! 25 cent fresh shucked and 1/2 price cocktails
Mahoney's Po-boy- Rootbeer glazed Chisesi's Ham and cheese, Fried chicken livers and Creole-slaw AND the onion rings
Mr. B's - BBQ Shrimp
Napolean House - Pimm'sCup
Stanley - Eggs Benedict Po-Boy

Vigroux Po-Boys - Fried Green Tomato Po-Boy

Acme Oyster
Clover Grill
El Gato Negro
Green Goddess
Jager Haus
Johnny's Po-Boys
La Crepe Nanou
The Market Cafe
Mena's Palace
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
St. James Cheese Company
Yo Mama's Bar and Grill
Yuki's Izakaya

Jacob's World Famous Andouille
Bergeron's Boudin and Cajun Meats

Zapp's chips, Hubig's pies, Abita Beer....*SIGH* Did I miss anything?!

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  1. I don't see lunch at Commander's Palace on there...

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    1. re: kukubura

      I now kukubura as is Emeril's, Arnaulds, Antoinnes, Brigstens and other fine establishments. Though I'm trying to get as much local flavor(no pun intended) as possible while I'm visiting your wonderful city I'm trying to keep food costs to around $50.00 per day when I'm there. I like my drink as much as my food and while $30.00 might be my upper limit for a meal I just can't see spending $43.00 for a steak or as much as $18.00 for a po-boy.
      I'm also looking more for the local, casual dining experience as opposed to the elegant extravaganza. In short jeans and a button up shirt. No jacketed affairs for me.(At least not THIS time around.)

      1. re: bourbonstjoe

        Gotcha (although sadly it's not MY city, I live thousands of miles away, not that you'd know it from the way I post on here...)

        I will say this, however: Lunch at Commander's is about as much of a local flavor experience as you can have and you can easily have soup-entree and 2 martinis for under $20pp. And you can look nice but you don't need to go all out dressed-up jacket-and-tie. Just something to consider...

    2. POC instead of Yo Mamas. Try Emeril's fried chicken and waffles w/crystal syrup for lunch. Smoked exotic mushrooms w/tasso cream sauce over angel hair as an app. Banana cream pie for dessert. Grab a bowl of gumbo from K-Paul's lunch menu Thur-Fri- Sat. RB at Johnny's.

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      1. re: JazzyB

        +1000 Yo Mamma's burgers have a very strange consistency. You either love em or hate em. I hate em. Also, the atmosphere is not very, uh, desierable.

        You can't go wrong at all with POC.

        1. re: nikinik

          -1000. I don't find the "consistency" to be strange. It's the consistency of a hamburger cooked to order. I don't love Yo Mama's, but I do like them just as much as POC and I think the atmosphere is much better. More "normal bar with decent burgers" and less "overcrowded hamburger amusement park." There is nothing wrong with POC at uncrowded off hours, but I just don't get standing in a long line for a maybe slightly-above-average burger. Buffa's tops them both though, and it's right across the street from POC.

          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            My husband and I both found it to be mushy. I thought it was just an off night, but then I have heard similar comments on another board I belong too. It just didn't have any kind of grilled burger taste...which I love. Just giving my opinion.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              We'll have to see where the wind takes me when I'm down there I guess. I'm not all that much of a burger fan, though the Romanov does look like something I'd like...or the one with peanut butter and bacon :) Maybe Buffa's it will be.

              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                I guess everyone has their own opinion on the burgers, but for me Yo Mamas>POC>Buffa's. I thought the bartender/patrons at Buffa's were really nice and friendly, but the burger just wasn't anything special. Maybe the kitchen was having an off night. FWIW the potatoes at POC come with bacon bits while Yo Mama's has real bacon on it.

                Yager Haus is an interesting choice. What made you decide to go there?

                1. re: nola79

                  I really love all "Ethnic" foods and I'm a fan of German cooking. Their lunch specials are $9.95 ( Jager Schnitzel, Hungarian Goulash and Passau Chicken) to name a few. Appies are under $7.00 though the European cheese plate is $14.00(enough for 2). And they have Jagermeister ice cream!!!

                  Thanks for the vote for Yo Mammas nola79, the reviews I've read make me wanna go there for the attitude as well as the food :)

                  1. re: bourbonstjoe

                    When the owner (Yarda I think?) is there the service and food is really good. They also have some kind of special coffee drinks which I enjoyed... and I'm not really a coffee person.

                    1. re: bourbonstjoe

                      If you're looking for ethnic, there are some fantastic vietnamese restaurants on the westbank. I also recommend Bennachin for some good African food wtih a creole influence.

                      For a really casual, funky atmosphere, sit out in the courtyard, listen the live band and have small plates at Bacchanal.

                2. re: uptownlibrarian

                  We hit POC so no wait. Sometimes we're in and out in 45 min. Went to Buffa's one night when POC had a wait. Not only did it take over an hour to get our burgers (we were walking out when the waitress called us back to say they were ready), It was probably one of the worst (dry, dry, dry) burgers I've ever had. Wouldn't go back for free. Yo Mamas IMO is a cheap immitation of POC. Not bad but not great either.
                  bourbonstjoe: Emeril's and August have a 3 course lunch for $20.00.

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    That's a shame. Needless to say, that's never been my experience at Buffa's or I wouldn't continue to frequent it myself and recommend it to compete strangers on the internet. I always order my burger medium or medium rare. I've never had a long wait or anything less than a great burger. I'm sorry to hear your experience was so bad.

                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                      Hmmm. Too bad the negatives always seem to creep in :( Still not a huge burger fan so I might hit POC, Yo Mammas of Buffas

            2. Whoops.


              Vietnamese Po-Boys in the FQ.
              Abita Brewery Tour before Vigrouxs.
              Whatever the serve to nosh on at Avery Island Tabasco Plant.

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              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                You'll have agreat time at the Abita Brewery tour. The tour only lasts about 20 minutes, but you can go early and stay as long as you like! The bar is really nice with a pretty courtyard. You can have as much beer as you like and it's all free of charge!

                If you have a hankering for raw oysters while you're out that way, they are really great at the Camellia Cafe.

                PS I THINK you can get a coupon for Vigroux on least you could a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if they are still on there.

                1. re: nikinik

                  Free beer?! Sounds like my kinda tour :) Thanks for the additional info nikinik, though I couldn't find that coupon on anymore and I think I looked up Camellia Cafe before. Just not sure how much time we'll have out there that day.

                  1. re: bourbonstjoe

                    Glad I keep checking other threads...MILA! Almost missed that little gem but I did notice it in another thread. The food sounds amazing and the reviews seem favorable. Thoughts?

                    1. re: bourbonstjoe

                      I've had three wonderful meals at MiLa, most recently the $20 lunch special: it changes, I think, but you get a few choices: I had a lovely salad and then a very well-prepared hanger steak w/delicious sides, and a very tasty rice pudding for dessert. My dining companions both loved the squash soup. More memorable--and much pricier--were the dinners. I recall especially an incredibly delicious lobster dish and fabulous sweetbreads. And my SIL still raves about the sweet potato pappardelle w/shitakes she had when they were here visiting. It didn't sound appetizing to me at the time, but believe me, it was incredible.

                      1. re: nomadchowwoman

                        Perfect nomadchowwoman! I've never had a problem with a small menu as long as it's perfectly executed. Not sure what meal we'll be having there but the foods and drinks look amazing!