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Is there food for me too?

My husband and I don't eat pork or shellfish. We aren't strictly kosher, but do try to avoid these items. We may have the opportunity to take a road trip to New Orleans over Independence weekend, but are concerned that the food in the area may be mostly food we can't eat! I've been reading about the amazing restaurants in your area and am starting to think we should pass this opportunity. Please let me know that there is food we can eat in New Orleans.

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  1. Yes there are quite a few restaurants for you. I will recommend Mr. John's Steakhouse on St. Charles, GW Finns always has fresh fish not necessarily shellfish. While we do eat a lot of shellfish (oysters, shrimp, crawfish....), you can always get some amazing food other that.
    Peace Out!!

    1. If you haven't made hotel reservations yet it may be tough as Essence Fest is that weekend.

      THere is plenty of food that can be eaten other than pork or shellfish.

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      1. re: roro1831

        No hotel, a friend is allowing us to stay in his home. I don't know where his home is in New Orleans. What foods would you recommend?

        1. re: TampaAurora

          No worries. Restaurants at every price point will have gulf fin fish of some sort on the menu (speckled trout, drum, flounder) Have had amazing veal and sweetbreads (Emerils, Bayona, Commanders) and duck (Irene's, Brigstens) just to name a few.

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        2. re: roro1831

          French Quarter will be closed to vehicles for Essence. Additionally, some restaurants will either be closed or offer a special Essence menu in lieu of their regular menu. Best bet would be to dine uptown, mid city, riverbend.

          Alternatively, you could park on a streetcar route and take it downtown. If you catch it far enough uptown or closer to City Park, there should be some room in the cars.

          1. re: JazzyB

            A couple of years ago I made plans with friends from various locales to meet at Galatoire's on what I found out--the hard way--was Essence weekend. Place was almost empty and we had a fine time.

            I got to thinking that a stuffed artichoke might fit the OP's bill but damned if I can think of anyone off the top of my head who has it regularly. And considering that a lot of them are basically just breadcrumbs I cannot see a problem there. Meat/olives/anchovies/shrimp in a stuffed artichoke are going the way of meat in a muffeletta..half the time I can barely see the sandwich makings....a thin, striated little line is more like it.

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

            1. re: hazelhurst

              R&O in Bucktown (Metairie) has stuffed artichoke as well as Liuzza's on Bienville (I've had the one at R&O but not Liuzza)...

              (I've eaten them my entire life, my grandmothers being perfect. I made one for the first time a couple of months ago. Very good, but too tedious!)

              To the OP, there are many!!! options from ultra casual to upscale that don't involve shellfish or pork at restaurants all over and across town. Most (not all) have an online menu..Italian/pasta dishes, po boys etc to name a couple.

              1. re: Suzy Wong

                Of course..how could I foget Liuzza's. Mostly I just make them myself. it is work but I love them

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                Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        3. How do you feel about dessert? We are in New Orleans right now (our first visit) and we've enjoyed beignets, bananas foster, snowballs and ice cream from Creole Creamery. We had some yummy Mexican food last night (chicken enchiladas), roast beef Poboy, fried chicken. I'm sure you'll find something that you love.

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          Creole Creamery
          4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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          1. re: drcmk

            On St. Charles there is a Copeland's. The have some of the best cheescake ever made on the planet! I am including the stuff I've had in NYC.

            1. re: drcmk

              Dessert may be my favorite part of a meal...my sweet tooth is legendary among my friends. The only foods I knew I wanted were the desserts you mentioned :)

            2. Thanks for your comments all. I love eating local foods when traveling, and I was starting to worry that, without pork and shellfish, I'd be missing all that NOLA has to offer. The trip is being postponed, so now I have even more time to compile a list of great foods and where to get it!

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              1. re: TampaAurora

                One more idea. We went to "The Joint" today in Bywater and I had some excellent bbq beef brisket.