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chefdilettante Jun 20, 2010 07:39 PM

I wanted to thank everyone on this board. I used the recs on this board for both my recent trip and my trip 6 months ago. I've synopsized both trips:

Cochon: Ate her on both trips. I understand it's Link's interpretation of Cajun, not Creole. Whatever it is, it's really really good. I dream of the head cheese. The pork with cracklings is awesome. The oyster sandwich may be one of the best things I've eaten held together by two pieces of bread.

Herbsaint: After our first trip, blown away by Cochon, we ate at Link's other place. Great service, lovely wine list (reasonable too), and good stemware. Food above all was great: Deeply flavored gumbo, great duck with dirty rice. Nice desserts, incl brown butter tart.

MiLA: Strangely empty at night. Sweet-tea brined duck lacked acidity or counter note to all the sweetness and tasted, strangely, of bad Chinese food. Average aps: gulf shrimp, veloute. Deconstructed Abita float was an absolutely brilliant dessert. Too bad the rest of the meal wasn't up to snuff, nor was the service or wine list.

Dick and Jenny's: This is such an endearing place: handmade food served without pretension in simple surroundings. Awesome barbeque shrimp. A long, long cab ride for those staying in the Quarter or CBD, though.

Acme Oyster House: I know it's overrun by tourists, I know I shouldn't have gone as a Chowhounder,. But you know, it is what it is, and not bad at it. True, the crawfish boil seasoning was weak. But the grilled oysters are good (and I'm someone who feels guilty combining cheese and seafood), the shucked oysters are good too, the beer's cold, and it was actually fun. But stay away from the gumbo--bleh.

Luke's: A bit generic, overall. But the plat de mer was lovely (except for the dried-out Pacific lobster tail on top). I'd come for oysters and good Sancerre rather than dinner.

Domenica: Ate here for work function. Very well executed. Charcuterie is lovely. Not that New Orleans-ish (though I know the city's long history of Italians from Besh's cook book) but very good.

Johnny's is a pretty decent po boy. Central Grocery really is that good. Mahony's has great po boys and mean peacemaker (oysters and bacon) but has the most inane ordering system, most brain-dead staff, and may be one of the most frustrating eating experiences of my life. Coffee isn't the reason to go to Cafe du Monde--it's the beigets and darn they're good. I love watcing the eponymous drink being made at the Sazerac Bar.

Thanks again, NOLA Chowhounds. Can't wait to plan my next trip.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mahony's
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    roro1831 RE: chefdilettante Jun 21, 2010 07:09 AM

    Glad you enjoyed.

    Did your cabbie take you on a side trip? Dick & Jenny's is not a long long cab ride from the CBD or Quarter. Unless there was some event going on that held things up.

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    Dick & Jenny's
    4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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      ncara RE: roro1831 Jun 21, 2010 08:20 AM

      We were just there last week and took a cab ($15) but took the streetcar home. It was only a 10 minute walk or so up Napolean to St. Charles. I wish I had taken it there...didn't realize how easy it would be.

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      latasche RE: chefdilettante Jun 21, 2010 03:01 PM

      You hit some great places on your trip. Glad you enjoyed. I have to agree about Acme. Say what you will, I know it isn't phenomenal, but I always enjoy eating there. Sorry you didn't have a better meal at Mila. I have thoroughly enjoyed my times there. That root beer float dessert is unbelievable though!

      1. Bill Hunt RE: chefdilettante Jun 21, 2010 08:24 PM

        Nice report, and a big thank you for taking the time.

        Do not fret about Acme. Yes, there are tourists, but then NOLA is a tourist city. It is about what you like. It does not need to be some place that no one else on Earth has discovered. Now, in my family, there was a split - half loved Acme and half loved Felix's. I lean toward the latter, but so many choose Acme. I do not begrudge them, as half of what is left of my family agrees 100%. It is all about the enjoyment.

        I especially thank you on Domenica, as we're at the Roosevelt in the Autumn, and we plan on dining there one night. Only Besh restaurant that I've done is August, and it was great to about 90%. Wines let them down. Wife is a great fan of the chef, having done several cooking classes with him, and I understand. This will be new to us, so we both appreciate your reporting.

        As always, we do plan on CDM, but I still miss the aroma of the JAX brewery on a foggy night. Oh well, "you can never go home again."

        Thank you for taking the time,

        Hunt

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        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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          edible complex RE: Bill Hunt Jun 22, 2010 03:56 PM

          Bill, if Domenica has their goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, get them and do not share them. if not, they sometimes substitute w/grilled radicchio w/gorgonzola.
          if you get any pasta dishes, ask them to be easy on the salt. my last few dishes there were overly salty. the tagliatelle w/rabbit ragu is rich and is best split. the stracci torn pasta, oxtail ragu & fried chicken livers is also a good choice. cin cin!

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          Domenica
          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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            Bill Hunt RE: edible complex Jun 24, 2010 08:14 PM

            In AZ, we often have several squash blossom dishes (usually in the Autumn), and we love them. They are indigenous to several tribes here, and delightful. If we have the opportunity, we WILL get an order each.

            Looking forward to the dining, and will report.

            Thanks,

            Hunt

        2. Bill Hunt RE: chefdilettante Jun 21, 2010 08:29 PM

          Oops, forgot MiLa.

          Our meal and the wine service were great. Really enjoyable and we had two chefs in the crowd. Our only complaint was that it was nearly full, and one table, quite a bit away from us, was just flat over the top with noise. I felt so very bad for the table with folk trying to do a business dinner, that was even closer.

          In a perfect world, the restaurant management would have thrown this group out on their ear, as they were screaming and shouting, like the Rex parade. Others were trying to just talk and dine. Still, that was a one-time issue, or at least I hope. All service (if you could hear them), food and wine were excellent. Sorry that you did not get a quiet group, and the food and wine and service, that we did.

          Hunt

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