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Apr 19, 2011 08:15 AM

New Orleans Reportback - Deanies, Big Fisherman, Cochon

Just got back from a short but tasty trip to New Orleans - only my second one ever! A few highlights, of which there were many since I was staying with foodie locals (my sister and BIL):

Lunch at Deanie's Cafe - went to the Warehouse District location with my BIL, which is right across the street from Cochon (1016 Annunciation - it's unclear if it's related to the other Deanie's - he said yes, other sites say no). They had just started serving lunch, so the crawfish etouffee wasn't quite ready yet, but my oyster poboy was a great replacement and a great deal - 6-8 fried to order oysters on a fresh crispy roll plus lettuce, tomato, mayo, for about $7! He had the stuffed mirlitons, which I had never heard of but loved - baked chayote squash with a seafood and veggie stuffing.

Fried Bar food: We went out quite a bit, and my favorite snacks were the "tachos" (tater tot nachos) at 13 Monaghan on Frenchman, the fried alligator at Huck Finn in the FQ (touristy place but surprisingly decent food - I actually preferred these to the version we got at Cochon!), and the "To Die for Fries" at The Avenue Pub on St Charles, which also has a fantastic beer selection (the name is accurate - according to the menu, these are "waffle fries smothered in a cheddar garlic b├ęchamel.")

I also enjoyed my first New Orleans snoball from the Plum St booth at the French Quarter Festival - I got the coffee and my sister got the coconut, both with a generous serving of condensed milk - so yummy.

Picnic in the park: We celebrated Sunday's gorgeous weather with a big box of oysters, a bag of boiled crawfish, and a sixpack of Abita at a park by the Mississippi - my BIL picked up the seafood from Big Fisherman Seafood on Magazine St. It was $40 for over 100 huge, fresh oysters, which he shucked for us and we ate with a dab of hot sauce while watching the ships go by and listening to the live radio broadcast from the French Quarter Festival - amazing.

Cochon: This was my thank you/happy birthday treat for my sister and BIL - they had been meaning to stop by and I got inspired when we passed by on our way to lunch at Deanie's. I got there before they did and had a drink at the bar - I asked for a smoky, not too sweet bourbon and the bartender nicely recommended the cheapest thing on the menu (I forget the name, but it was a $7 10-year-old and was fantastic.) Once they arrived, we were seated immediately and had a great meal - boucherie plate with housemade rillette, bologna, and creole mustard, fried alligator with chili aioli, cochon with turnips, cabbage, and cracklins, rabbit and dumplings, oyster and bacon sandwich with a side of creamy grits - all with a very reasonably priced pitcher of NOLA Brewing's Flambeau red ale
and followed by the black bottom banana cream pie. Everything was fantastic, though I have to say those cracklins and creamy grits were highlights - maybe I have simple tastes.

In any case, it was a fantastic trip and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Avenue Pub
1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Big Fisherman Seafood
3301 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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  1. The Deanie's in the Quarter is related to the Deanie's in Bucktown. But there is a Deanie's in Little Woods along the lake that neither of those is related to.

    Deanie's Restaurant
    7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

    4 Replies
    1. re: roro1831

      And the Deanie's where OP went, on Annunciation, isn't related to either. Too many Deanie's!

      Tangent: I don't get how people wait in long lines for crawfish at Big Fisherman. They charge $5 a pound cooked. A decent meal would put you in the poorhouse.

      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        That's right, I forgot about that Deanie's, there are too many Deanie's around.

        The OP did mention the tater tots at Monaghan's 13, those are pretty darn good.

        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          Thanks for clarifying. I was wondering when Deanies opened up on Annunciation!

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

          1. re: FoodChic

            I don't know when it opened but it's been there a loooooong time. Breakfast and lunch, weekdays only. Very reasonable prices and good food, but not necessarily a destination unless you work in the neighborhood.

      2. Good report Roving. There's nothing better than some fresh seafood from Big Fisherman and a few cold beers on a bench by the river. Good luck.