Bourbon House, Mothers, Deanies, etc
Thanks to everyone that gave me great advice last week on my question for a group of twelve.
Day One: Mothers & Coops.
At Coops Place, we ate what was recommended by the bartender, gumbo, ettouffee, both excellent. Gross interior, and I am far from a prude but the food more than made up for this. Great place, great atmosphere.
We had lunch at Mothers and I got the oyster po'boy which was excellent and my son ate the crawfish ettouffee. Both outstanding. The others in our party did not enjoy the ham and debris po'boys. Their Bloody Marys are also excellent. I think the trip at Mothers is to get what they are famous for.
Day Two; Gordon Biersch and NO Greek Festival.
Lunch at Gordon Biersch outside was really good. I've eaten at GB in other cities and it is a great chain. Had a bacon cheeseburger and regular fries. The Garlic fries are too much.
New Orleans Greek Festival; OMG omg omg the best Gyro I've ever eaten. We went to the Greek Festival (on Bayou St. John) to run the NOTC Greek Festival 5K and then to chow down on Greek food and Abita Beer. They cooked the lamb whole on the spit, pulled it off, piled it on a grilled pita with Greek yogurt and sweet geezus it was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
Day Three; Daisy Dukes and Boubon House.
Daisy Dukes for lunch and had another oyster po'boy. Excellent.
This was the night our now group of 17 went to Bourbon House for dinner and it was a great experience. Starting with our reservation which was originally for 12 and daily grew to 17. We all sat at one table on one of the indoor balconies with an excellent view of the restaurant, Bourbon Street, and the line at ACME next door. I had the BBQ shrimp and let me tell you, I wanted to put my face in the plate. It was a large amount of shrimp and a shortbread biscuit. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend.
Day Four: Cafe du Monde and Deanies Seafood.
This is pretty simple, beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde and fried seafood at Deanies. Yes, I got the oysters.
I know this review isn't as extensive as others but I wanted to head back and at least mention where I had been. I didn't pay attention to anyone elses meal because I was too interested in the company I was with.
I think the trick to New Orleans is to order what the restaurant is famous for and stay away from the fly by night traps.
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Mother's - actually, the ham and the roast beef debris *is* what they are famous for, and (to me) it's no surprise that your companions were disappointed. this place was sold off years ago, it's strictly on auto-pilot. for solid poboys id hit up Johnny's, Parkway, Tracey's, and possibly Parasol's (tho i havent tried them under the new ownership).
Coop's - was it gross inside, or was it great atmosphere? the two seem contradictory :) me, i like dark bars so that could be why i dont find it gross.
Coops Place was both, dirty and a great atmosphere.
As the wife of a long time restauranteur, I know what I'm looking at. Old oil, horribly dirty bar, floors, tchotckes, etc. The atmosphere was great because the staff and the patrons were so friendly and the music was great. Dark bars have nothing to do with gross as I too enjoy a dark bar.
On the flip side, the oil at Deanies was very clean. It just has that smell.
It was all I could do to get this group to Mothers. Would have loved to have hit up Parkway or Johnnies. Only my son and I went to Coops Place.
Yes, I would absolutely go to Coops again.
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Mrs. W. had a debris biscuit at Mother's during our recent visit -- no complaints! The OP's colleagues might not have been expecting something so "wet." Just a thought.
In general, roast beef po-boys in NO are far wetter than what you get when you order roast beef subs in most cities. We got them at both Parkway and Rocky & Carlo's. Parkway's was a huge, delicious mess, and R&C's was pretty close behind.
And now my mouth is watering...
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re: Bob W
my "beef" w/ Mother's RB "wetness" is that it's not gravy -- it's water, and it didnt have much flavor. in this way it was similar to Johnny's RB last time i had them. guess im more of the stewed, mulched RB style from Parkway, Tracy's, etc..
at least that was the case last time i was there. but it was a few years back....havent revisited since there are so many other solid RB choices in town.