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Bon Ton Cafe's Macoroni & Cheese

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Bigrayok May 29, 2010 07:32 PM

I saw a show on the Food Network tonight where famous chefs talked about the best things they have eaten with cheese. John Besh talked about Bon Ton Cafe's macoroni & cheese made with blue crab meat. Of all the places I have eaten in New Orleans I have never been to Bon Ton Cafe. This made me want to go and try it out.

Bigray in Ok

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

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    midcity RE: Bigrayok May 29, 2010 08:14 PM

    I've never been there either, but I think last year Bon Ton might have been one of the places that in summer does a "temperature lunch"--that is, your lunch costs whatever the day's temperature is, multiplied by a factor of 10 cents, so on a 98-degree day your lunch would be $9.80. I might have to check it out.

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

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      JazzyB RE: midcity May 30, 2010 05:14 AM

      Palace Cafe does the temperature lunch every summer.

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        midcity RE: JazzyB May 30, 2010 03:52 PM

        Ah, that must be what I was thinking of! Thanks!

    2. mrsfury RE: Bigrayok May 29, 2010 08:24 PM

      I googled Bon Ton mac & cheese and all I found was the crabmeat au gratin which has no macaroni and is fantastic. Could this be what you mean or do they have crab mac & cheese? I do not recall seeing that on the menu.

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

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        N.O.Food RE: mrsfury May 29, 2010 09:16 PM

        never seen it either. must be the crab au gratin. also never seen the "temperate lunch."

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          thew RE: mrsfury May 30, 2010 06:06 AM

          the OP is conflating two dishes. john besh was talking about the au gratin. the segemnt either immediately before or after was mac and cheese, Besh's bit had a priceless moment of ego deflation when he said that this dish had the most amazing mix of 3 or 4 cheeses, and was then shown it was just good ol' american cheese.

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            N.O.Food RE: thew May 30, 2010 11:00 AM

            I find their au gratin pretty unremarkable. It's about as one-note as a dish can get because the cheese waaaaay overpowers the crab. That said, it's still good; I just prefer crab dishes where I can taste the crab, not just get the texture.

            I love redfish bon ton, however. Excellent dish in my opinion.

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              lglenn5858 RE: N.O.Food May 30, 2010 08:40 PM

              We thought it was underwhelming on a recent visit also, but to some I guess it recall home. I actually liked the cauliflower au gratin better.

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