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mcg1040 Jul 25, 2011 08:01 PM

After having sampled a number of restaurants in this great city over the years, I figured I would provide you with an updated list of some of my old faithfuls and new favorites. The first night we arrived my wife and I returned to one of our favorites-Bayona. We started with sweetbreads. Amazing, nothing less. Easily the single best bite of food I have ever had in my life. I said it. We continued with the pork chop and a rabbitt prepared 3 different ways. The rabbitt was great, the pork chop was out of this world. I am always amazed at how Susan and her team can turn an ordinary pork chop into something just short of heaven.

Thursday night we tried something new (to us) known as Clancy's. I had the veal and my wife had a filet. The filet was prepared nicely and the veal was ok. The desert, chocalate brownie with peppermint ice cream-was out of this world. The thing with Clancy's is that its not full of tourist, like me. I like that and it will now be on our list of must eats in NOLA.

Friday night was my favorite restaurant in the world-Galatoire's. We like Galatoire's for what it was, is, and stands for-simple yet very elegant food mixed with a new orleans attitude. We always seem to make new friends and eat and drink for hours. I have eaten in alot of places around the country and to me-nobody does an evening like Galatoire's. If you have never been, please treat yourself to an incredible experience. I reccomend everything. I had softshell crab topped with crab and capers.

Saturday night was the much acclaimed Cochen. I started with Fried Rabbitt livers with pepper jelly and then shaved hogs head. Both were outstanding. The rabbitt livers were NOLA at it's finest. I then had the oyster and bacon sandwhich. It was ok. Cochen's atmosphere reminded me more of New York than NOLA which was a turnoff for me, however if you want to eat at the hip new place in NOLA it has to be Cochen. It was packed from the time we got there until the time we left and was a very upbeat evening.

PoBoy's-This trip we had them all. Parkway, Johnny's and Domilise's. Domilise's stood to me way out front. The oyster poboy was heaven. The potatoe salad at Johhny's is allworld. Parkway was also very good.

BBQ Oysters at RedFish Grill. No where to me is more touristy than RedFish Grill. This I hate. There BBQ oysters are insane. If you like fried oysters, please don't let your inner snob miss out on these treats.

I am always so sad when Sunday arrives.

PS: Go to the World War II museum and watch the movie Tom Hanks made. It is amazing complete with vibrating seats as the Atomic bomb is dropped.

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

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    collardman Jul 26, 2011 10:57 AM

    That sounded like a great weekend. Think some of the tourists were around for Tales of the Cocktail?

    While many people want to go where the tourists aren't, if it wasn't for the tourists many of our favorite restaurants couldn't stay in business.

    1. kukubura Jul 26, 2011 02:41 PM

      Good report. Definitely whets the appetite!

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