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Heading Back To New Orleans: Ponderosa Stomp at Howlin Wolf

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Planning another trip to my favorite city in the US.

When I'm not at Howlin Wolf for the Stomp I'll be making my way through the city eating and drinking like most folks who visit.

First meal will have to be at Domenica for the oxtail and fried chicken livers but as of now that's the only fast rule.

I read that Feast closed which is a stunner. I figured they'd have a good long run putting out soul food on the level they did.

Keep hearing about Mr. Ed's over in Metairie and am wondering if it's worth the trip out from the Marigny? What are the chances they'll have some soft shells in the freezer?

We're undergoing a coffee renaissance in Austin right now. Who's putting out a top flight cup in New Orleans?

What will the state of oysters be in Mid September? Anybody giving Casamento a run for their money?

Any cool bars near Howlin Wolf that I can dash into for a bit between sets? It's in the 900 block of Peters st.

Is Bar Tonique still at the top of the modern cocktail bars? Where are y'all getting your Dark n Stormys?

What's your favorite spot to eat in the Marigny? I love Yuki and will definitely be going there at least once but would like to try something new.

Is Dante's kitchen still putting out the best brunch in the city?

Thanks for the help.

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Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Tonique
820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. I love Casamento's but there is one better oyster dish out there. Drago's - Metairie (don't go to the HIlton Drago's) - charbroiled oysters. Best oyster dish ever.

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    Casamento's Restaurant
    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    1. First Cup Cafe on Calhoun St., a block lakeside of Claiborne, pours consistently fine and carefully brewed coffees and teas (hot/cold). Great drinks, lovely setting, friendly people.

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      1. re: brucec

        http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/inde...

        This reminded me of Rio Mar.

        Who's been there lately.

        Mini hot muff still delicious?

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        Rio Mar Restaurant
        800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: scrumptiouschef

          Check with Rio Mar, I know they were in the process of doing a makeover, not sure if they finished. Check in with Try-Me Coffee Mills in the Bywater, they are roasting some good stuff, or get it Huevos/Cresecent Pie and Sausage. Muses has good food in the Marigny, You might like Lost Love's Lounge nearby on Franklin also. Try 12 Mile limit for cocktails. Not sure about Mr. Ed's. Charlie's Seafood on Jeff Hwy is better. You should be able to get softshells easily. The Corporation Bar is pretty cool. Don't forget Cochon and A MAno are close also. In other news we are in the midst of burger revolution all over town. Cowbell may be the best, others are having trouble beating Camelia Grill though. High Hat has a pimento cheese burger which is good. Good to see you back.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Rio Mar Restaurant
          800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: CharlieH

            Burger revolution eh? Austin is experiencing the same thing as I suspect our nation is. Lots of new places grinding their own steers and baking their own buns in house.

            A burger in NOLA is a guilty pleasure but one I've been known to partake in. Buffa's has been my spot for years.

            12 mile is the guy from Coquette right?Heard good things about the drinks but how is the atmosphere?

            I have a deep love of Tonique and will also have to spend an hour or so getting caught up with Frank over at Evelyn's Place.

            When was the last time you had a muff from Terranova's?Is it still a Saturday only thing?

            I'll put Corporation Bar on the list. Love the name.Any other good spots near Howlin Wolf? How is Swizzle Stick?

            thanks charlieh

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            Tonique
            820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              Good cocktails at Swizzle Stick. W.I.N.O. is near Howlin wolf good for a baquette and salami sandwich. Bridge Lounge isn't far either, lots of action there. This is what TA Price said about 12 mile:

              Newton found the bar, formerly known as Marvelous Marvin’s Lots a Luck, by Googling “bars for sale in New Orleans.” With its plain entrance and low ceiling, Twelve Mile Limit isn’t much to look at, but the bar was in worse shape when Newton took it over. The ceiling wasn't completely straight and holes in the walls had been patched with those signs for roofers and contractors that littered the neutral grounds after Katrina.

              Twelve Mile Limit is still a genuine dive, but Newton classed it up with new furniture, purple wallpaper, a little art and a well-stocked jukebox. He also brought in Tom Shortall, a barbecue cook from Dallas, to run the kitchen.

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              Bridge Lounge
              1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: CharlieH

                Might have to give it a visit. Remember the bartender from Coquette, he could pour a good drink but had zero people skills.

                Speaking of Coquette.

                Any recent visits?

                I've always thought they deserved more recognition and they put the best bread I've ever had in NOLA on the table.

                Heard the chef is opening a new spot.

                Also,always looking for under the radar po boys.How is Cajun Mikes?

                Here's a link to the Stomp from last year. Ate like a king thanks to Uptown Librarian, CharlieH, Guy Caballero, Kibbles and collardman

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733700

                1. re: scrumptiouschef

                  Guy's Po'Bpys is pretty under the radar. Magazine PoBoys is good also. If you are mobile I would really consider Charlie's in Harahan if you haven't been. Coquette is great last time I had lamb's neck with big white beans. Lunch is a good deal.

              2. re: scrumptiouschef

                I second the Corporation. A truly weird holdout dive in the warehouse district with decent po boys for lunch and taxidermied creatures affixed to the walls. They do not stay open very late though, so get there before 10:00 if it's on your must-do list. Otherwise you could go to the Rusty Nail which is a longer walk but good.

                Twelve Mile is pretty out of the way, and usually attracts a young crowd. Same quality as some of the upscale cocktail bars in town (Tonique, etc) but in a more "homey" setting. I would recommend Loa over the Swizzle Stick. Same area and prices but better drinks.

                Muffs at Terranovas are still Saturday only.

                If you like Domenica you should try A Mano, which is a block from the Howlin Wolf.

                Will post more recommendations as I think of them.

                1. re: Guy Caballero

                  Capdeville is another place fairly close to the Howlin Wolf, they are probably the only ones in the city doing a true gastro-pub thing. Not very New Orleansy, but very good for what it is.

                  1. re: Guy Caballero

                    Thanks Guy Cabballero

                    Staying in Marigny and will be walking to Howlin Wolf each night.

                    Here's the crawl:Checkpoint,Aunt Tikki, ?, Tonique, Chart Room, Loa-stagger into Howlin Wolf to watch set.

                    Obviously need a spot between Aunt Tikki and Tonique.

                    Maybe Harry's?

                    Pop out for break and hit Corporation

                    It looks like soft shells will be on the cusp of season right when I get there.

                    The Asian places out here in Austin do good work with them but I'll need a Louisiana take on my favorite so if you hear anything give me a holler.

                    I've read that Capdeville is a new hotspot over y'all's way. What's their best app?

                    Also, did Kermit take over Antoinette's joint?

                    Been to Sidney's Saloon lately?

                    http://chowpapi.com/?cat=27

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                    Chart Room
                    300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Tonique
                    820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                    1. re: scrumptiouschef

                      You could try Sylvain. The crispy pork on Ciabatta is really good. It and Capedeville are run by the same people. Not my favorite, but you can't deny that the sandwich is really good.

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                        Yep I would have recommended Harry's Corner even if you didn't mention it. Great quarter bar, full of character(s). Fancy cocktails at Loa might not be worth it after that many drinks though.

                        Casamento's will usually have soft shells when they're in season, you could probably kill an oyster bird and a soft shell bird with one stone there. Fried in lard, too. Call ahead.

                        I am not sure about the status of the Mother in Law lounge. I suspect it is open but probably a shell of its former self. If you are going to be in town the 15th, I personally recommend catching the Royal Pendletons and Redondo Beat at Siberia which is more or less in the Marigny, 2227 St. Claude Ave.

                        1. re: Guy Caballero

                          Who's had a dark n stormy at Tujague's? After reading the below
                          http://www.gonola.com/2011/08/12/tuja...
                          it made me really want to revisit Tujagues.
                          I haven't been in ages.
                          Who's your favorite bartender there?
                          Favorite dish?
                          I get lots of brisket out here in Texas so I'll probably hold off on their version.

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                          Tujague's
                          823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                          1. re: scrumptiouschef

                            Always filled with joy but even more so now.
                            It's Louisana Seafood Restaurant Week thru the 18th of September 2011
                            http://www.welivetoeatnola.com/restau...
                            site with all the details
                            Can't wait to see what Chef Shaya over at Domenica has in store.
                            Soft shell crabs here we come

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            1. re: scrumptiouschef

                              On a nice long hike out of the Marigny Harry's Corner always provides a good pitstop for cold beer and conversation with the regs.

                              Domenica has shouldered it's way to the top of the NOLA restaurant world.

                              Two course for $20: Date/pecan pesto topped fresh ricotta with grilled bread and a big hunk of redfish from the plancha w/olives and ceci puree.

                              Phenomenal. One of the best meals I've ever had in town.

                              Can't imagine anyone serving a better Dark n Stormy than Tonique.

                              Aunt Tikki's is always good and boisterous and has dirt cheap bottles of Chimay.

                              Cosimos [est. 1934] was a riot of LSU faithful hooten n hollerin.

                              Checkpoint for more ice cold cheap abitas and good people watching.

                              DBA, newly remodeled, was on fire with a bunch of squares from some conference scrapping for bar space with the soul/rnb crowd there for the 45 party.

                              Ten top djs spinning 45s for 30 minutes apiece.
                              Only the fattest slabs.

                              Verti Marte's back and in full force. Giant 12" po boy, shrimp, out of oysters at 4 in the morning.

                              Good as ever.

                              Day one done.

                              Onto day two.

                              Still real curious about Joe Sepie's?

                              and Mike Serio's?

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                              Verti Marte
                              1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

                              Domenica
                              123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                              Tonique
                              820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                Sounds like a great time. Have you been to Erin Rose before? It's another fun little bar on Conti St., with friendly bartenders and a great jukebox. It's handy to the Chart Room, so you could slip it in somewhere in today's lineup maybe. Erin Rose, 811 Conti St.

                                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                  Yep, love Erin Rose, great late night bar.

                                  Hey Uptown, where you gettin your soft shell fix these days.

                                  Also, been to Terranova's lately?

                                  How's that muff?

                                  and finally, heard the Lilette chef has a new joint.

                                  Anybody been?

                                  Best dish?

                                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                    I think the last softshell I had was at Sal's on the Westbank back during crawfish season...Casamento's is reliable for them though and they reopened this week. Never had a muffaletta from Terranova's.

                                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                      Morning: Cake cafe in the Marigny for good coffee and the Times Pic.

                                      Mr. B's softshells were fine but lacking that fire that makes the difference between great and merely good.

                                      Green Goddess puts out one of the better Dark n Stormys but the price is absurd $11.

                                      Frank was looking good at Evelyn's Place, he must be 90 years old by now.

                                      Tujagues' was gross. I planned on having an app and a cocktail but the restaurant needed cleaning so bad I walked out. This was one of the first "nice" NOLA restaurants I went to when I was a teen so it was sad to see the old girl being treated like that.

                                      Dissolute.

                                      Corporation Bar however is a neighborhood jewel. Good looking menu, kitchen closes at 5 so I didn't get to try it though, but the barkeep was friendly and all the regulars embraced me.

                                      Howlin Wolf is maybe a fourth as nice as last years' Stomp venue, House of Blues. PA was decent but just the chance to see Allen Toussant in a small place made it all worthwhile. Warren Storm's a big ham, loved CP Love and Frogman Henry.

                                      Late night meal at Verti Marte. It was actually gross, the first bad food I've ever gotten there. Perhaps a cup of mayo rendered my oyster po boy inedible. And I love the stuff.

                                      Probably a novice cook.

                                      Thanks for all the recs y'all

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                                      Verti Marte
                                      1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

                                      Green Goddess
                                      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                      Tujague's
                                      823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                      House of Blues
                                      225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                        Morning cup courtesy of Orange Couch, nice, quiet little joint in the Marigny.
                                        Lunch at Jack Dempseys,ss crab haven extraordinaire.
                                        Digestif at Markey's bar, a long time favorite that's gotten a little sports bar-y.
                                        Bar Tonique and Capdeville for Dark n Stormy's
                                        eleven 79 for a first, soft shells sauteed, delicious
                                        What other dishes are good at this restaurant?
                                        Final night of Stomp was spectacular with 88 yr old Big Jay McNeely killing it-worked the room like a master.
                                        Then Westbanks own Joe Clay got up and went nuts!
                                        A good night of octogenarian rock.
                                        I hope if I make it to 80 I can holler "GET IT CATS GET IT" and have everybody singing along.
                                        2 days of crab eating to go before the return to the land of brisket.
                                        What are the finest sausages at Terranova's?
                                        I'm taking a few pounds back and would like some guidance.
                                        Thanks y'all

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                                        Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
                                        738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

                                        The Orange Couch
                                        2339 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

                                        Tonique
                                        820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                          Double morning cup: Sound Cafe, very cool little bookstore coffeeshop and tranquil to boot.

                                          Cafe Rose Nicaud, good cup and great hanging out with the old timers from nearby Christopher House

                                          Domenica, third visit. Oxtails and fried chicken livers and more redfish from the plancha. Best kitchen in NOLA?

                                          Bar Tonique: So glad this place is not in Austin I would be a raging alcoholic. Best Dark n Stormy I ever had

                                          Euclid Records: Vast vinyl selection and Lightnin Lee concert.

                                          Buffa's: off night, good but not great burger, seemed like it may have been hit with a lil teriyaki

                                          Just a few more hours, time for Li'l Dizzys, a drink, Terranova's for a family pack of to go sausages then back to squaresville aka Austin.

                                          Thanks for all the tips, great trip

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                                          Cafe Rose Nicaud
                                          632 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                          Domenica
                                          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                                          Tonique
                                          820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116