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Great food near the airport?

cletts Oct 17, 2010 03:55 PM

Hi all! Will be spending a long weekend in NOLA this coming weekend and Monday my husband and I will be switching to a hotel near the airport for our Tuesday flight.

We will not have a vehicle but are happy to take transit. Just looking for some delicious local food recommendations in that area - somewhere along the Veterans Memorial Hwy I believe? or in neighbouring areas?

Price range would be mid to low range - we'll have hit the big indulgences while in the FQ!

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    pook77 RE: cletts Oct 17, 2010 04:37 PM

    Harbor Seafood on Williams Blvd in Kenner. It is mid to low range depending on what you order. Don't be put off by the small, dated, diner-esque atmosphere; it's not representative of their food.

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      erikschwarz RE: pook77 Oct 17, 2010 06:54 PM

      I second that recommendation. Harbor has solid, reasonably priced seafood and is located literally 5 minutes from the airport. Some people like Tarka, an Indo/Pak restaurant also on Williams Blvd practically next door to Harbor. Others feel Tarka has gone downhill recently.

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      Littleman RE: cletts Oct 17, 2010 05:07 PM

      Stingray's is a fun place with good seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner just N of Louis Armstrong.

      Stingray's Bar and Grill @ 1303 West Esplanade Avenue, Kenner, Louisiana 504 - 443 - 4040.

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        pook77 RE: Littleman Oct 18, 2010 07:27 AM

        Has Stingray's improved since changing management a year or so ago? I was there under the last management and it was an all aroud terrible experience - slow service, bland food, soggy and cold fried food, frozen shrimp, and very dirty. It was like a Red Lobster gone bad. Hopefully they've changed. I'd like to give them another chance.

        If you're hading all the way to W. Esplanade, I'd try Zea. They have great ribs and rotisserie chicken. The duck empanadas are pretty good too. Plus, they brew their own beer.

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        collardman RE: cletts Oct 18, 2010 11:33 AM

        I haven't been to Siamese recently but it was a good place for Thai food in Metaire, although local food may refer to "native" food and not good food that is local to the airport area.

        Zea's is a decent source for dependable food at a good price. Lunch at Zea's on a Mardi Gras parade Saturday is a great deal.

        1. Suzy Wong RE: cletts Oct 18, 2010 12:10 PM

          Brick Oven had/has very good salads although I haven't had one in a long time.

          Brick Oven Cafe
          2805 Williams Blvd Ste A, Kenner, LA 70062

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            whatisagrit RE: cletts Oct 19, 2010 10:00 PM

            Not quite on Veterans, but you might try Charlie's Seafood on Jefferson Hwy in Harahan. Great New Orleans food at neighborhood prices. Owned by the Brigtsens of Brigtsen's Restaurant Uptown. Everything form boiled, fried, and grilled seafood to po-boys and daily specials. Should be a relatively modest cab ride from the airport area.

            1. Bill Hunt RE: cletts Oct 20, 2010 09:03 PM

              Two that have worked for us are:

              Come Back Inn on West Metarie Road

              Le Parvenu on Williams Blvd. in "downtown" Kenner.



              PS - Interesting that Come Back Inn showed as Williams Blvd, Kenner. Maybe they have moved?

              Come Back Inn
              3826 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065

              Le Parvenu Restaurant
              509 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

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                pook77 RE: Bill Hunt Oct 21, 2010 04:45 AM

                Come Back Inn in Kenner is just north of the airport on Williams. It's almost to the lake near the intersection of Williams and Vintage (3826 Williams). I believe there's another Come Back Inn in Metairie.

                Also Le Parvenu has been closed since early summer. Chef Hutley closed it to take a job as head chef at Chateau Country Club. It used to be a favorite of ours, but our final dinner there last March was disappointing to say the least.

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                  Bill Hunt RE: pook77 Oct 21, 2010 09:24 PM

                  Interesting, and appreciated. The Come Back Inn that I had in mind is in West Metaire, on West Metaire Rd, about 10 blocks (guess) east of Williams Blvd.

                  Thank you,


                  Come Back Inn
                  8016 W Metairie Ave, Metairie, LA 70003

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                cletts RE: cletts Oct 22, 2010 03:40 AM

                Thank you everyone for the input - I head to NOLA this evening from Syracuse and not a moment too soon - snow is flying right now!

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                  Bill Hunt RE: cletts Oct 22, 2010 06:42 PM

                  You SHOULD not encounter little white flakes in NOLA, so enjoy.

                  Again, sorry that I was not more up to date with my recs.



                2. erikschwarz RE: cletts Oct 25, 2010 01:46 AM

                  Here is a late-breaking hot tip: po' boys from Check In Check Out Deli at 404 Veterans Hwy (@ Loyola Drive) in Kenner, about 5 mins from the airport. I was at Parkway this evening with a local chowhoundette who recommended Check In Check Out for best po' boys in Jefferson Parish. Have not been there yet myself - the shrimp at Parkway more than sufficed for today - but CICO gets very favorable reviews online. I believe the deli is part of a gas-station complex, so jacket and tie are likely not required. And I am sure the price is right.

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