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PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS (and familiar outsiders) I beg for your assistance. I have been to the city three of four times now (although not in ten years) and have left dizzy from the array of wonderful cuisine I have sampled. But I am far from an expert on the true subtleties of NO cuisine and would like a much better perspective then mine but Im leery of being given a long list of places Ill need to actually choose from (not good at eliminating good choices...). So instead of an in depth discussion about the best restaurants to visit I would ask if you could instead indulge me the favor of simply filling in the blanks I have provided, to each their own area of expertise:

Best place to get an oyster, raw:
Best place to get a Po Boy:
If you really like shrimp try this dish at:
Best traditional New Orleans Seafood restaurant:
Single best fried food you have ever had and where:
Best grits in the city:
If you must eat on Bourbon Street the best place to eat is:
Best use of meat for breakfast/brunch:
Best diner/greasy spoon:
Best overall use of locally sourced food:
This place WILL make it spicy for you (any cuisine):
This place has been around for 100 years and they still are as good as ever:
Most tastes like something mom would make (if mom was the Cajun Queen of New Orleans):
Best dive bar:
Best beer bar:
Any good BBQ in New Orleans?:

Thank you for your invaluable assistance! Bon temps!

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  1. My extemporaneous, off the top of my head opinions:

    Best place to get an oyster, raw: Casamento's
    Best place to get a Po Boy: Guy's or Tracey's
    If you really like shrimp try this dish at: fried shrimp at Casamento's, BBQ shrimp at Manale's
    Best traditional New Orleans Seafood restaurant: Galatoire's
    Single best fried food you have ever had and where: crab claws at Casamento's
    Best grits in the city: shrimp and grits at Patois brunch
    If you must eat on Bourbon Street the best place to eat is: duh Galatoire's
    Best use of meat for breakfast/brunch: pork belly sandwich at Dante's Kitchen
    Best diner/greasy spoon: Clover Grill
    Best overall use of locally sourced food: Green Goddess
    This place WILL make it spicy for you (any cuisine): 9 Roses
    This place has been around for 100 years and they still are as good as ever: Galatoire's is the only restaurant that is both 100 years old and good
    Most tastes like something mom would make (if mom was the Cajun Queen of New Orleans): This doesn't make sense
    Best dive bar: Mayfair
    Best beer bar: Avenue Pub
    Any good BBQ in New Orleans?: No

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      Thank you uptown. Im excited to try those places. As for the Mom question, essentially what I was trying to say was what place serves food just like a traditional New Orleans mother would cook? In other words, if you are native, what place would be first on your list for "this place serves the best home cooking around".

    2. For home style food and atmosphere I would hit up Liuzza's on Bienville. We always have amazing food there. I love their Gumbo, their Red Beans & Rice with Sausage is delicious. The whole place is a great, fun and very reasonably priced experience. For dive bar I would add in The Chart Room on Chartres near Canal. Love it.

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

      Chart Room
      300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. Best place to get an oyster, raw: Casamentos
        Best place to get a Po Boy: Parkway Bakery & Tavern
        If you really like shrimp try this dish at: Mr. B's Bistro
        Best traditional New Orleans Seafood restaurant: Galatoire's
        Single best fried food you have ever had and where: Oysters - casamentos
        Best grits in the city: Patois
        If you must eat on Bourbon Street the best place to eat is: Galatoire's
        Best use of meat for breakfast/brunch: Duck pbj & Bayona
        Best diner/greasy spoon: Camellia Grill
        Best overall use of locally sourced food: Green Goddess
        This place WILL make it spicy for you (any cuisine):
        This place has been around for 100 years and they still are as good as ever: Galatoire's
        Most tastes like something mom would make (if mom was the Cajun Queen of New Orleans): Joey K's
        Best dive bar: Molly's by the Market
        Best beer bar: Cooter Brown's
        Any good BBQ in New Orleans?: No

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        Camellia Grill
        626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

        Parkway Bakery & Tavern
        538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

        Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
        3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        Green Goddess
        307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Orleans Seafood
        3301 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

        1. raw oysters: Luke
          best poboys: Crabby Jack's
          best shrimp dish: Giant Dippin Shrimp at Crazy Johnny's / Shrimp tasso henican at Commander's
          seafood restaurant: Charlie's Seafood
          best fried: Anything at Casamento's
          best grits: Cochon
          best bourbon st: Galatoire's is pretty much the only option
          best meat at brunch: Shrimp and grits at Dante's Kitchen
          best diner: Camellia Grill's pretty much the only option and I wouldn't go there
          best local ingredients: August
          spicy: ?
          good as ever: Galatoire's
          mom-like food: Joey K's and Liuzza's are good calls
          dive bar: The Kingpin
          beer bar: Cooter Brown's / Avenue Pub (also has really good burger)
          best bbq: The Joint has the best bbq I've had here.

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

          Crabby Jacks
          428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

          Avenue Pub
          1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Camellia Grill
          626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

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

          Dante's Kitchen
          736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
          3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

          1. raw oysters...Felix's standing at the bar w/ an Amber or Manale's
            grits...Zea's roasted corn. skip the rest of the menu
            beer bar...Bulldog
            Bourbon St...Galatoire's
            fried food...Willie Mae's chicken, Brigtsen's softshell w pecan meuniere, Casamentos or Bozos
            fried oysters
            locally sourced...August
            100yrs...Galatoire's
            spicy...Basil Leaf's "Thai hot"
            shrimp...Mr. B's bbq

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

            Brigtsen's Restaurant
            723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            1. Most tastes like something mom would make (if mom was the Cajun Queen of New Orleans): As a point of clarification, most food found in New Orleans is not Cajun. Acadiana is 2-3 hours to our West

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              1. re: paz5559

                My apologies for that. I was going to say "the Queen of New Orleans" which would have meant an entirely different thing of course but thought id embellish the question by adding a familiar line from a CCR song as a means to accentuate rather then redefine. Of course CCR is from California. Wont happen again.

                That all being said, I do remember riding on a boat called the "Creole Queen" once when I was visiting New Orleans so Im assuming that adjective would be fair game in NO culinary circles?

                Which reminds me I had two more scenerios to add to the above checklist:

                Best bowl of red beans and rice.
                When natives move away from the area, what dish do they miss the most and from where?

                1. re: Insidious Rex

                  Things like beans and rice and jambalay or crawfish I cook myself and do as good of a job as any resturant. I don't normally order things like that out and it;s what I miss the most, but I will stock up on beans and pickle meat this weekend when I am home.
                  THe BBQ shrimp at Mr B's is something I miss from a restaurant.

                  As far as something from a resturant that I have to have, I would say a Sazerac as no one up this way knows how to make one.

                  1. re: Insidious Rex

                    Best red beans and rice: Crescent Pie and Sausage. Monday's special.