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BoomOp Mar 28, 2010 11:25 PM


I have never been to New Orleans but will be there for 2 months for work. I will be renting a place in Mid City a few blocks from Angelo Brocato ice cream (Carrollton and Bienville).

I have founds lots of great recommendations here for places in the FQ, but very few close to where I'm staying (with the exception of Parkway Bakery and Tavern which I'm really looking forward to)

Anyone here familiar with Mid City and have some ideas? I'm mostly looking for a great place to stop in on the way home from work to have a drink and something delicious.


  1. uptownlibrarian Apr 6, 2010 06:19 AM

    Check out Neyow's Creole Cafe at Jeff Davis and Bienville. Great fried seafood, great daily specials, full bar. Crawfish on the weekends right now. Closed Wednesday.

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      ScarlettNola Apr 5, 2010 10:26 PM

      If you like good burgers, try Beach Corner Lounge on Canal. It is a great neighborhood bar/restaurant. Love Mandinas, Ralphs (And pretty much everything on nomadchowwomans list) For breakfast, I like the Ruby Slipper Cafe. Enjoy your time in NOLA!

      Mandina's Restaurant
      3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      Beach Corner Lounge
      4905 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      Ruby Slipper Cafe
      139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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        Guy Caballero Mar 29, 2010 06:05 PM

        You will not go hungry, that's for sure. There are plenty of places in the neighborhood, most mentioned here already, but these are the ones I find myself eating at regularly.

        Creole-Italian: Mid-City, historically being a strong Italian and Irish neighborhood, boasts some great new orleans/italian restaurants, which are also frequently mentioned as being the best "neighborhood" restaurants in the city. Within a few blocks of each other you'll find Liuzza's, Mandina's, Venezia, and Katie's, all of which have a number of dishes featuring a uniquely New Orleanian take on Italian-American food, using local ingredients and seafood. All of them (except Venezia) also serve traditional New Orleans po-boys, soups, and fried seafood, although I find their preparations to be fairly hit-or-miss. I usually stick to the stuff with marinara sauce (a.k.a. "red gravy") on it.

        Taqueria Guerrero: Excellent, authentic Mexican and Central American food. Breakfast (!), Lunch and Dinner. Cheap and quick. Right next to Brocato's.

        Lazaro's: My favorite delivery pizza in the city. Just don't expect to get it quickly.

        And of course Parkway.

        Mid-City places tend toward the casual. For fine dining the only place I would recommend is Cafe Degas. Ralph's is OK, but the menu is fairly generic contemporary creole that's done better elsewhere.

        Cafe Degas
        3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Venezia Restaurant
        134 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Taqueria Guerrero Mexico
        208 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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        1. re: Chris Martel
          lenwood Sep 13, 2010 01:03 PM

          I love Taqueria Guerrero. I've only had the Chile Rellenos and have been there 3 times.
          They have a huge menu which is authentic Mexican.

          Has anyone tried either of the other Mexican Places within a block (one two doors down which is a cantina) and one across the street on the same side of Canal.

          Juan's Flying Burrito on the other side of Canal is a fun place for lunch which fills up quick, but I prefer the location on Magazine.

          Juan's Flying Burrito
          2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. nola79 Mar 29, 2010 02:11 PM

          Lola's has excellent spanish paella, and a great garlic shrimp appetizer. They don't have much of an alcohol selection but you can bring your own and they do have sangria. Don't go if you don't like garlic. They do accept credit cards now, which is a recent development.

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          1. re: nola79
            JazzyB Mar 31, 2010 07:31 AM

            Lola's paella is greatly improve w some of their fiery mojo sauce.

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            imnotorange Mar 29, 2010 08:51 AM

            I heard Crescent Pie and Sausage Co is awesome...on Banks St i think

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            1. re: imnotorange
              collardman Apr 5, 2010 03:08 PM

              Went to Crescent Saturday night with 9 people and everything was well accepted except the mac and cheese. Definitely worth a trip back and it has a nice N.O vibe with the music and photos on N.O. musicians on the walls.

            2. Suzy Wong Mar 29, 2010 08:15 AM

              Don't think I saw this one (unless I am mistaken)

              A true N.O. casual classic and experience, food, atmosphere etc not to be missed, Mandina's:

              Are you working on a film/tv show?

              Mandina's Restaurant
              3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

              1. nomadchowwoman Mar 29, 2010 08:04 AM

                Liuzza's, Katie's, Mandina's-corner, neighborhood restaurants--inexpensive/moderate New Orleans -style food
                Venezia--old-fashioned red sauce, New Orleans-style Italian (not Northern Italian or Venetian despite its name); they have very good pizza
                Theo's pizza (Canal); Lazaro's pizza (Banks);
                Crescent *(Banks)--new, somewhat eclectic menu: very good pizza, housemade sausages (from bratwurst to Cajun styles), jambalaya, gumbo, onion rings, sandwiches
                Doson Noodle House--good, inexpensive, mostly Vietnamese food
                Cafe Minh*--Vietnamese, slightly upscale, with French influence obvious in menu/cooking; fabulous rolls, dumplings, soups, duck, shortribs, specials
                Mona's (Banks)*--Middle-eastern fare that's cheap, good
                Juan's Flying Burrito; also, two inexpensive Mexican places right next door to Brocato's (can't remember their names)
                Ralph's on the Park*--upscale New Orleans dining in a beautiful setting
                K-Jean's*--take-out seafood and po-boys
                Little Tokyo*(Carrollton)*--try chef's choice (Omakase plate) @ $50, feeds four well, but other food is outstanding as well.
                Huevos* and Ruby Slipper*--great breakfast
                The Bean Gallery--popular coffee house w/typical CH snacks
                Clever*--in American Can Company--great cocktails, wine selection, cheese and pate plates, tapas on Tuesdays, wine tastings on Thursdays

                A little farther, on Esplanade--Cafe Degas*, Lola, Santa Fe

                * standouts, imho

                Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

                135 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                Juan's Flying Burrito
                2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: nomadchowwoman
                  figndate Apr 1, 2010 10:47 AM

                  I have to comment on Cafe Minh. I went there last night, and it was truly outstanding. The crab and corn soup was light and so wonderfully seasoned; the crabmeat was so fresh and sweet. The summer rolls were outstanding, all the veggies were absolutely perfect. But the LAMB was the highlight. Perfectly cooked mid rare, with a root vegetable gratin and light crunchy onion rings all in a plum sauce. My bf and I could not get over how delicious it was. We had to inquire, and it was NZ lamb, so they obviously do not skimp on the quality of their ingredients. Great service and atmosphere as well. Outstanding place...

                  Cafe Minh
                  4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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                    nomadchowwoman Apr 1, 2010 02:29 PM

                    It is a great place. We had lunch there today--and it was fabulous as ever. I absolutely adore the shrimp dumplings.

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                    runCP3 Apr 5, 2010 06:22 PM

                    2 thumbs up for K-Jean's seafood. Best place for boiled crawfish. Only place I buy from now.

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                    JazzyB Mar 29, 2010 04:09 AM


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                      underworld gourmet Mar 29, 2010 01:30 AM

                      The original Liuzza's is down the way on Bienvile--one of the last neighborhood restaurants in the city, that were so many...and if you're looking for some takeout, there are two places that recommend themselves as above the norm: the Brwn. Derby on Tuland and Jeff Davis, whcih produces some intersting stuff like stewed rabbit

                      Also good is a convenience store on Banks and Tulane--not the Discount zone, altho they have good poboys--but the other one, that doesn't pump gas, acoss the street . Some good gumbo andother creole specialties you might not expect.

                      The Two Sisters is around, Claiborne and Bienvile; haven't been in a while, but it used to serve out great "soul" food, although that term means little in a city in which both races eat pretty much the same.

                      When I think of all the great restaurants that used to be in Mid City I grow mournful over what time--and Katrina-- have done.

                      Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                      3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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