Visiting Nola in August, looking for Boudin, and Muffelatta
If you'll have a car, you should stop at Nor-Joe Import in Metairie for one of their excellent muffs. Great to grab on the way to airport -- make sure they pack it in a plastic bag for you!
Nor-Joe is an excellent non-touristy spot. You just can't stumble upon it, but it's well worth the short side trip.
Nola isn't a boudin town, so you have to take what you can get. That said, the best boudin I've had (which isn't all that great by S. La. standards) is at Crescent Pie and Sausage. Butcher's is decent, too, and Boucherie and Cochon have decent boudin balls.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Galatoire's classic fine dining, old school creole New Orleans cuisine and Stella! modern with local ingredients executed in the best of ways, taste and visually...
re muffaletta, Central Grocery has the love or hate club. Maspero's on Decatur not chartres is a very good choice as well)...IMO
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
re: Suzy Wong
At one time in the past, Frank's was my go-to muffaletta location, bar none. Back then, Frank's M-I-L did much of the cooking, and the muffaletta's were great. That was then.
We moved, and when we returned to Frank's, the kids were doing some new things. All was good, but we did not try the mufflalettas, so cannot comment on how much they picked up from their grand-mother. Once, I felt they were the best in NOLA, though I did cheat, and added a touch of Mulden's Hot Mustard, from the bottle that they kept for me, behind the counter. Not "authentic," but oh, so good. Frank's M-I-L's roast-beef po-boys were also the best, IMHO.
When you say "last day," have they closed?
I've enjoyed both Bayona, and Mr. B's. Both have their supporters, but a few detractors. For me, both are good, though different dining experiences.
Now, here come the questions:
Where are you staying?
Will you have an auto, and are you willing to drive?
Do you have a budget?
What is that budget?
Anything that you just crave (other than boudin)?
Do you want "authentic New Orleans," or do you want newer, more innovative fare?
Will the gentlemen in your group have jackets?
How large is your group?
How many nights will you be dining in NOLA?
There are some "fine dining" restaurants that I consider must-dos. However, based on the answers to the above questions, I may, or may not recommend them. It depends on many things.
NOLA is a wonderful dining city. There is a fairly broad spectrum of pure NOLA cuisine, plus Deep South, Creole, some Cajun, and variations on each. Note: within those genres, there can be MUCH crossover. If one wants specific Creole, then there would be different recs., than if they wanted historic NOLA cuisine. Same for the other genres.
We want to help you, in any way possible, but need a bit more info. The better that you can articulate your needs and desires, the better we can recommend restaurants.
Most of all, enjoy your trip, and pack a few items that are a bit "large" for you now, as they will feel comfortable, after a few nights in NOLA... [Grin]
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112