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overparshooter Apr 9, 2010 07:27 PM

Will be taking my mother in law to NOLA as sort of a "Bucket List" trip, she's ill. Looking for a good lunch spot that would have the traditional cajun or creole fare that we could order and split; I love the stuff, she's tasted very little of any of the type of food that makes NOLA special.

What places would have the laundry list of the standbys available, like gumbo and/or turtle soup, red beans & rice, crawfish etoufee, etc. I've heard you go to Commanders for turtle soup, Bon Ton for etoufee... looking for the places that could accomodate the whole shootin' match, preferably sides vs. huge portions hanging over the platters. Thanks

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Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. N.O.Food RE: overparshooter Apr 10, 2010 05:21 PM

    Galatoire's for traditional creole. Bon ton for cajun, although I prefer the redfish bon ton to the etouffee. Not a fan of their etouffee actually.

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    Galatoire's Restaurant
    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. Bill Hunt RE: overparshooter Apr 11, 2010 06:57 PM

      Over the last three trips, Brennan's has hit the mark with the turtle soup. For many decades, CP's was our paradigm, but the last few times, they were just not up to the task.

      I also enjoyed that dish at Ralph's On The Park (Ralph Brennan), for some really great NOLA fare, including a better turtle soup, than CP's.

      In case you cannot tell, I feel that CP's has fallen quite a bit, and others have stepped up to fill the space. Still, many here will go just for the $ 0.25 martinis, but I am focused on the food here.

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

      1. kukubura RE: overparshooter Apr 12, 2010 08:17 AM

        Definitely take her to Mr. B's specifically for bbq shrimp (which I love) and gumbo ya-ya (which I haven't had since it has ingredients that I don't eat, but others here love). Word of warning, if this matters: The shrimp is head, shells and legs on, although I believe the kitchen will peel them for you if that's an issue.

        Also K Paul's has some incredibly flavorful cajun food that I'm sure she'd enjoy.

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          overparshooter RE: overparshooter Apr 21, 2010 10:30 AM

          Just got back, here's where we went and our thoughts:
          Opened with lunch at Bon Ton. Since it was a Monday, had to order beans and rice... don't bother. It was like VanKampen pork and beans, without the flavor. Very bland. Crawfish Etoufee was good, turtle soup was ok, bread pudding was good. Sauce was very whiskeyish!

          Next visited Boudreauxs on Bourbon because of its convenience to where we were staying (Prince Conti). It was fine, nothing pretentious, but they don't play it up big.

          Ate a Remoulade the following day, ordered Catfish and Etoufee again, everything was very good. Gumbo was ok, but the Catfish was the highlight.

          Spent the next day out in the Lafayette area; upon returning, finished up with Oysters and Po Boys for lunch at Acme, and the finishing up with dinner at K-Pauls. Had the blackened rib eye, it was phenomenal. Even the broccoli was topped with some tasty sauce that assured that it all was eaten! I had a greens and sausage appetizer that was excellent, along with bread pudding that was also a highlight. Thanks to those that responded, my mom in law had a great time. The only big disappointment was the beans and rice at Bon Ton; heck, I can whip up a far better batch than that at home using Zatarains... that's a sad commentary! Everything else was very enjoyable. You folks that live there are fortunate!

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          Bon Ton Cafe
          401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            N.O.Food RE: overparshooter Apr 21, 2010 11:36 AM

            Bummer about Bon Ton. I guess that's why I typically stick to Red Fish Bon Ton while sliping in some Crabmeat au gratin every once in a while. Unfortunately, there's not much good cajun food in town.

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            Bon Ton Cafe
            401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              joedontexan RE: N.O.Food Apr 21, 2010 03:10 PM

              You might try rocky and carlos out in chalmette not gourmet dining but what an experience. Im probably the only one on here that talks of this place.

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            dookie_doo RE: overparshooter Apr 23, 2010 07:15 PM

            Mandina's might have the whole shootin' match at the right price. Great turtle soup. Great New Orleans neighborhood experience.

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

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