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Aug 13, 2010 12:50 PM

Considering visiting NOLA next week, is the food safe and recommendations?

My parents have been wanting to visit NOLA for a while now. First it was Katrina, now the BP spill. Anyway, I might be taking them there next week, but they are concerned about "tainted" Gulf seafood. So for those living in or have recently been to NOLA, how was the food? Any problems in supply of seafood? Should they be worried about it? If we decide to go, any recommendations? They are fairly casual eaters so higher end cuisine is probably something they wouldn't want to try too much. But they really want to try the local flavors. One place that they want to try is Deanie's. Is that place any good? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Deanie's Restaurant
1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. If the seafood is bad, the deep frying at Deanie's will take care of it. lol

    They wouldn't be selling it if it was tainted. You guys will be fine.

    Deanie's Restaurant
    1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. If they want to try Deanie's because of the Man vs. Food spot on their BBQ shrimp, definately skip it and go to Mr. B's Bistro in the FQ. Far superior version. If they are just wanting some crispy fried seafood, Deanie's is a decent option.

      Deanie's Restaurant
      1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. The food is just as safe as it is in FL. NOLA suppliers have been buying fresh local seafood for so long they know exactly where to get the best. You will be more than pleased with the excellent seafood being served in NOLA. Pascal Manale's is a place you might like to visit. It's Uptown in an ancient old building where some mighty fine seafood dishes are served. Liuzza's and Mandina's are two places that come to mind that would be considered great local NOLA cuisine that's average cost.

        You would enjoy the D Day Museum in CBD. Have lunch at American Sector in the museum. It's not a short walk from FQ so a cab or your own car would be best. Bon Ton is just off Canal in CBD and a short walk from FQ but it's not open on weekends. Go for good NOLA cuisine for lunch. You would like Acme Oyster Bar and Gumbo Shop in FQ. Mena's Palace is a local hangout serving good family food. Stanley is a nice place for breakfast in FQ. Fiorella's in the FQ serves country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

        Pacal's Manale Restaurant @ 1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 4877.
        Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar @ 3636 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9120.
        Mandina's Restaurant @ 3800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9179.

        American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.
        Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
        Acme Oyster House @ 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 5973.
        Gumbo Shop @ 630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 2081.
        Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 0217.
        Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
        Fiorella's Cafe @ 1136 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 553 - 2155.

        1. Thank you to the national news media for having everyone affraid to come visit and eat.
          The food is fine. As others have said, if it wasn't safe, these restaurants wouldn't be selling it and risking their reputations on it. Oysters might be hard to come by but shrimp, fish, crabs...all you want.
          I second Mr B's in the FQ. Excellent food...was there this week. I had the soft shell crab this week but their BBQ shrimp are some of the best in the city.
          If your folks want a little more casual place, Deanie's is fine...but so is R & O's which is just around the corner from Deanie's.

          Again...the food is safe. Please come visit!

          Deanie's Restaurant
          1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          12 Replies
          1. re: Shelb

            The Gulf Coast is OPEN....And the Seafood is as Sweet and fresh as ever!!!!!!!!

            Gulf Coast Restaurants
            1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

            1. re: ospreycove

              I don't want to be harsh, but in this internet age, how can anyone with even rudimentary research skills ask such a stupid question? How many different articles need to be published: the food being served/sold is SAFE! They wouldn't serve it otherwise! Good lord...

              1. re: sanglier

                Considering that the economic impact of the spill has damaged the reputation of the seafood industry, I don't think that it is "such a stupid question" to ask. That's why I'm asking here to get some first hand information about the food situation. But thanks for your input nonetheless though I hope the stores and restaurants in NO are a bit more friendly than you.

                1. re: ILike2Eat2

                  I agree ILike2Eat2. The problem is there's always one wise guy in each bunch.

              2. re: ospreycove

                Thanks for all the responses and suggestions. My parents are more into the mid-level restaurants and eateries so those will probably get the majority of the visits. I checked out the menu of Mr. B's and looked at some of the pictures on their website. From what everyone has been saying, it looks as though it's a good spot to dine. How's the dress code for that restaurant?

                1. re: ILike2Eat2

                  I can see at the onset of the crisis how one would fear being served tainted seafood. Over 100 days later, with abundant stories saying the seafood is being tested more than ever before, I don't see the cause for fear. Yes, I was too harsh, and I apologize.

                  1. re: ILike2Eat2

                    NOLA dress code is casual for almost every restaurant except a very few such as Galatoire's, Commander's and August. I would not wear shorts but slacks and a nice golf shirt for men is fine. Shorts would be fine at places like Acme Oyster Bar and the bars and dives in the FQ but not Mr. B's. Don't dress up but don't dress down.

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

                    1. re: ILike2Eat2

                      Don't know about Mr. B's, but the dress code for most places is fairly casual. You can always call them.

                      1. re: janbo19

                        Don't be afraid to "Spread the Wealth Around" as our Prez likes to say; and heavy up on the tips. The Hospitality industry employees took another hit with this Oil Spill, and not really fully recovered from Katrina.

                      2. re: ILike2Eat2

                        This past Monday I was at Mr B's. I wore jeans and a nice shirt. There were some people wearing shorts/sport shirts.

                        1. re: Shelb

                          not recommended. it's not a poboy shop.

                          1. re: Shelb

                            One of the reasons I don't like Mr. B's, the food being the other one.

                    2. Of course restaurants will not sell tainted food. But from another point, last weekend we, with the help of friends, dined at home with boiled crabs (couldn't get as many as we wanted), boiled shrimp and fried soft shell crabs. As it just happened to work out the food came from three differents seafood dealers.

                      Last night was flounder, crab cakes, crab salad, and several shrimp/pasta dishes at Cafe Atchafalaya. The service was very good, not easy with a party of 11.

                      So, yes, the seafood is fine, and there are many good, middle price places to get it. Realize that many of the mom and pop places recommended here stay in business by pleasing the locals and their repeat business. They are not about to "poison" that well with questionable food.

                      Cafe Atchafalaya
                      901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: collardman

                        Just a question about your comment about not getting as many as you wanted. Are they limiting the portion size for the seafood or just limiting the amount of plates of, say shrimp or oysters, that you can order?

                        1. re: ILike2Eat2

                          Collardman was talking about buying seafood to cook at home and could only get a certain amount of boiled crabs. This was from a market not a restaurant. No restaurant is limiting the amount of seafood you can order only what they have available. Many specials each night at various restaurants will be sold out early in the night limiting what you can get at a restaurant if you come in later. Quit worrying. Enjoy NOLA..

                          1. re: Littleman

                            Due to the spill our seafood is currently the most tested anywhere. It would be devasting to the seafood industry/restaurants/tourism should tainted product reach the consumer.

                          2. re: ILike2Eat2

                            sorry for that confusion. Our favorite seafood store did not have the crabs that we had ordered.

                            It had nothing to do with a restaurant although restaurants are stuck with the strangeness of peoples taste (and/or statistics) where they will have no interest in an entree for several days so will cut back on their order for that meat/fish/vegetable, only to have a monster run on it the next day and be out half way through rush hour.