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Leanne_D Mar 29, 2010 01:05 PM

Hello there,

We'll be in NOLA for a long birthday weekend starting Wednesday. We have a rather long flight back on Monday. In the past I've gotten muffuletta's from Central Grocery for the flight, but it seems it's closed on Mondays. Anyone have other good portable food so we can avoid airplane/airport grub?

Thanks all!

  1. Suzy Wong Mar 30, 2010 11:48 AM

    Not sure if you are limited to a certain area or will have access to a car?

    Also since you have such a long time between depature and arrival , I agree 100%: seafood, anything fried, heavy or full of gravy is going to get cold, limp, soggy and not hold up well.

    Fruit, cheese, crackers, pralines, something light would be best. Or a sandwich with meats cheese, w/o gravy.

    Perhaps something from Napoleon House. They have a muffuletta, it may be heated you have to ask, I can't remember:

    Croissant D'or on Ursuline (Their quiche actually holds up well


    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
    500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Croissant D'Or Patisserie
    617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: Suzy Wong
      BrooksNYC Mar 30, 2010 07:57 PM

      Suzy beat me to it. Napoleon House makes a fine muff. Just phone ahead to confirm that they can wrap it to go:


      And when you order, request that they not heat it.

      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
      500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. speyerer Mar 30, 2010 10:14 AM

      I agree with Celeste. St. James Cheese Co would be a good choice.

      1. j
        jenhen2 Mar 30, 2010 10:14 AM

        How about a roast beef po boy from Johnny's or Parisol??? I think roast beef would travel better than anything fried. Also, grab some zappe's and one of those delicious peach pocket pies that come in the white wrappers. I think that sounds like a darned good lunch!

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        1. re: jenhen2
          roro1831 Mar 30, 2010 10:52 AM

          A roast beef poboy would not travel well, they don't make them without gravy as most places, especially parasol's, slice the beef and it soaks in the gravy. The bread would fall apart by the time the OP was ready to eat it.
          The pie in the white wrapper you speak of is a Hubig's pie, and I highly recommend picking up any flavor they sell.

          1. re: roro1831
            jenhen2 Mar 30, 2010 12:40 PM

            Actually, I just had one from Johnny's at my hotel on Friday. Ate it about 4 hours after I bought it. Bread was a little soft and it was messy, but it was also delicious!! Since the OP won't actually be in the plane when he's eating, I still think this would be a good option.

          2. re: jenhen2
            Suzy Wong Mar 30, 2010 02:30 PM

            "pocket pie" I never heard it called that before....

            1. re: Suzy Wong
              roro1831 Mar 30, 2010 03:28 PM

              I think we can attribute the "pocket" term to those frozen hot pocket things

          3. nikinik Mar 29, 2010 03:34 PM

            Oyster and bacon sandwich from Cochon.

            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: nikinik
              JazzyB Mar 30, 2010 10:06 AM

              I'd stick with options meant to be eaten cold or room temp. Neither cold gravy, juice, fat on a duck poboy nor cold fried oysters IMO is very appetizing.

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              brucec Mar 29, 2010 02:45 PM

              Crabby Jack's can be on the way to the airport, depending on flight time and route. The duck po-boy is my choice for flying.

              Crabby Jacks
              428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

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              1. re: brucec
                Juvu Mar 30, 2010 06:52 AM

                Crabby Jack's is really awesome but I'm not sure the duck po-boy would travel well. With all the juices/gravy from the duck, you might be over the 3 oz. rule. (just kidding).

                Not to mention, I would find it hard to resist scarfing down that sucker before I got to the airport. Something has to compensate for Airline Hwy or I-10's awful traffic.

                Crabby Jacks
                428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

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                Hungry Celeste Mar 29, 2010 01:25 PM

                I think muffs are too stinky to make for polite plane food. How about a wonderful sandwich from St. James Cheese Co, or their ploughman's lunch? www.stjamescheese
                .com Second runner up: a jambon-beurre from La Boulangerie.

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                1. re: Hungry Celeste
                  Bill Hunt Mar 29, 2010 08:05 PM


                  I am with you on that. Maybe it's because I only have a 3 hour flight, unless we have to connect to LAX to get to PHX, but I never worry about it. By the time that I have had a glass of wine in the Red Carpet Club, a glass of Club Soda is good for me, especially if they have a lime.

                  I seldom think of eating on an airplane, unless we're flying to Hawai`i, or to London, and then I'm in FC, or BC, and just go with the flow and the food.


                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                    Leanne_D Mar 29, 2010 09:31 PM

                    Sadly we leave New Orleans in the midafternoon and don't arrive home until around midnight. We have a long layover in Dallas and I prefer to avoid foraging in the airport.

                    We usually eat on the layover so the smelly is not so bad. And I don't mind the few looks of envy from folks passing by. I'm glad it looks like some other fine options exist.

                    1. re: Leanne_D
                      Bill Hunt Mar 29, 2010 09:50 PM

                      It's been some time, since I spent much time at DFW, but many airports have really upped the ante, regarding food. SFO and DEN have made great strides. Even TSY (Knoxville) had added some good dining locations. LAX still leaves much to be desired, but IAD, ORD and even CLT have added some decent dining options.

                      LHR is still well behind the times, but the International FC Lounge for Star Alliance/United has some tasty treats.

                      Personally, bringing food though security and then trying to eat it on the airlines has always left me wanting.

                      Now, I do have to admit that the food at MSY is horribly lacking, but it was not always that way. There used to be a great restaurant, just to the West of the center area - where the arched window and observation deck are, but it seems that whoever has the concessions there knows nothing of food, wine, or service. I feel sorry for people, who might only know NOLA from MSY. It is now a culinary disgrace.

                      I think that I would look into doing a lunch at Le Parvenu in Kenner, or maybe Come Back Inn (also Kenner), and forgoing dining on the plane.

                      Good luck in your decision and enjoy, regardless of what you choose,


                      Come Back Inn
                      3826 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065

                      Le Parvenu Restaurant
                      509 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

                      1. re: Leanne_D
                        FoodChic Mar 30, 2010 10:56 AM

                        If you're going to be at DFW for awhile, just take the Skylink to the D concourse. There are some decent options there, and a much better place to sit and relax. Avoid smelly food on the plane at all costs.

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