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New Orleans Top 5 appetizers

1) oysters on the half shell

2) crabmeat maison

3) shrimp remoulade

4) turtle soup

5) oysters en brochette

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  1. Here's 7, in no particular order:
    White truffle parmigiano toast with wild mushrooms, marrow and veal glace (Lilette)
    Turtle soup (Commander's)
    Short rib (Herbsaint)
    gnocchi (Patois)
    Shrimp remoulade/mirliton napoleon (Cuvee) I will miss this
    Charbroiled oysters (Drago's Metairie)
    Softshell crab w/pecan meuniere (Brigtsen's)

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Love the gnocchi at Patois. The mushroom risotto at rue 127 was also good.

      1. re: CharlieH

        Heard raves about the risotto at 127, but I always have trouble bypassing their mussels/frites.

      2. re: JazzyB

        +1 for Drago's charbroiled oysters

      3. Shrimp Remoulade at Galatoire's

        but.............how can we overlook Artichoke Vincent at Vincent's?????

        OH MY. 5 fried artichoke heart pieces in a tarragon lemon cream suace with a dollop of crab, diced shrimp, and diced red and green peppers and green onions. SO. RIDICULOUSLY. GOOD!!!!!!!!! might have to go there today and just order that at the bar. yum.

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

        1. Crabmeat cocktail at Galatoires!

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

          1. I've been mulling this over and my original though---although this is not as you have asked the question---was to think of the top five appetizers that are from New Orleans/environs. Obviously, something like turtle soup is international but, in this country, it is now almost exclusive to New Orleans.[Nothing against Maryland terrapin soup/stew]. Anyway, as phrased I think we ar trying to figure out the best appetizers in the city, of whatever origin. And I am still thinking on it. CAn't get it down to five...

            1. You read my mind but I would add Mr. B's BBQ shrimp for the shrimp remoulade. Oysters Brochette are outstanding.

              1. Turtle Soup isn't an appetizer, usually ... it is on some menus that way, but no one really thinks of it as an appetizer ...

                1. The hallowed space once occupied by Christian's is set to open as Redemption, anticipated opening 2/1. Enjoy.

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                  1. re: stellawine

                    Funny, I was just thinking about Christian's last night.

                  2. im a big fan of the Crab Cheesecake at Palace Cafe. i could eat a pie tin of that savory stuff.

                    1. The Crispy Pork Belly and Seared Scallop app at Patois is my favorite in the city.

                      1. I love the shrimp and aligator cheesecake at Jacques Imos, the Shrimp Remoulade at Clancy's and the Squash Blossoms at Domenica.

                        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                        1. re: shanefink

                          Very tough indeed..
                          Go to go with my first trip to Comaders the crab imperial dvine... Very close second Emerls recpipe for Chrispy Redfish topped with a crawfish cream sauce on a bed of black eye pea
                          Jambalaya ..

                        2. The one that really sticks in my mind was a deep-fried flounder "stick" at G W Fins. That was served at the bar, when they did the Thursday afternoon "wine tasting." Only wish that it had been on the dinner menu that night. It was absolutely fantastic.

                          Probably next would be a huckelberry infused foie gras at Restaurant August, but it was after what seemed to be a half-dozen amuse bouche offerings. Also, it came after a wonder egg dish (in that amuse bouche lineup), with an egg custard and bacon bits w/ chives, served in a perfectly cut egg shell, that would have to rank as #3, were it not an amuse bouche.

                          Got to be more, but that will have to do, until my memory kicks back in, or I have more wine - whichever comes first.


                          PS - now, there was a crispy pork belly at Stella!, but then maybe the Pinot Noir, that paired wonderfully with it stole my heart and my palate?

                          PPS - using the full capabilities of the "way-back machine," there was a restaurant named Martin's (could have been a variation on that), on about Washington, Riverside of Prytania and on the downtown side of the street. It was run by a husband and wife, and I think that she was the chef. Their lobster thermidor appetizer was wonderful. It was served in a small ramkin, ans seasoned to perfection. The cheese was browned perfectly, and the lobster was succulent. That has to rate at least an honorable mention from me.

                          Restaurant August
                          301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130