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Where to eat OUTSIDE the FQ?

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Husband and I will be making our 4th visit or so to NOLA. This trip will be a bit different as we will be spending 6 nights driving around SW LA and visiting Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, and St. Francisville and will just two have nights in New Orleans. We will be staying in the French Quarter but have decided to keep our car rental which will allow us to visit food outside the FQ. We don't want to drive far but would like to vist restaurants that we might not otherwise visit because of transportation costs/logistics.

We will be arriving sometime on Friday driving in from Madewood Plantation. That means we are looking for lunch & dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Is there any place we should try to hit on the way to the airport on Sunday? In the past, we bought muffalettas from Central Grocery to eat on the plane but they are closed on Sundays. Any suggestions? Couchon Boucherie appears open but I can't access their menu off the internet. Do you think they would have muffalettas to go?

We are open to all kinds of restaurants. Past restaurants outside of the French Quarter include Commander's Palace and Upperline.

Finally, this will be the weekend after Mardi Gras.

Thanks in advance. I'm really looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

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  1. have you been to cameilla grill? one of my favorite breakfast spots down there.


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    1. While in the St Francisville area, cross the river and go to Ma Mama's Kitchen in New Roads. good baked goods, perfectly fine Oysters Bienville and excellent turtle soup. DO NOT be fooled into Satterfield's, across the street.

      1. Coquette and Lilette are both fine restaurants on Magazine in the GD and Uptown. Patois and Clancy's are both very nice located Uptown. Cafe Atchafalaya is also located Uptown and a lot of fun. Enjoy your trip.

        1. Dante's Kitchen and Boucherie in the Riverbend/Carrollton area near Oak & Carrollton are fantastic choices with reasonable prices for great food that rivals just about anything in town. I would also highly recommend Rue 127 in Mid-City at the intersection of Canal & Carrollton - all of these are also accessible from the FQ via the streetcar if you so choose. I also enjoy Cafe Atchafalaya and a number of places on Magazine Street including La Petite Grocery. As for Cochon Butcher you definitely have to get a muffaletta - the best in town IMO and they'll definitely wrap it up for takeout. Enjoy!

          1. i had a friend who lived there for years and on my first trip he took me to mandina's. it was quite good. fun local place with many classics.



            1. Cochon butcher doesn't have a muffaletta in the traditional sense, but it does have a nice, similar sandwich called the Gambino. It's much smaller, has house-cured meats (coppa, sopressatta, cotto salame), and is dressed w/arugula and onions.

              As I mentioned in another thread on this board, I'd head uptown for a plane sandwich...Tartine or St. James Cheese company can fix you right up.

              If you're driving in from the direction of Madewood, you can stop for lunch at Wayne Jacobs Smokehouse in Laplace if you return to NOLA via US 70 to I-10. Solid, smokehouse-centric cooking, with a dynamite smoked chicken & made-in-house andouille gumbo.

              Alternatively, you can head down the bayou from Madewood and go south through Thibodaux & stop at Spahr's (thin cut, wild-caught fried catfish) in downtown Thib for lunch after the plantation. Make a swing through the Wetlands Acadian cultural center exhibit at the Thibodaux location of Jean Lafitte National Park, make another little detour over to Bourgeois Meat Market for some boudin, head cheese, and beef jerky....stop in at the Nicholls State U Ellender Memorial Library for a short stroll through their collection of historic wooden boats, then cross the bayou and visit the Laurel Valley Store, part of a plantation complex that includes original sharecropper's cabins, machinery, barns, and some additional wooden boats.

              Keep driving south through sugarcane fields along Bayou Lafourche until you get to US 90, go east on US 90 to Avondale and have an early dinner at Mosca's, or continue into NOLA for a dinner in town.

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              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                They do have a muffaletta at Cochon Butcher - maybe it's a special? I've definitely had one there and thought the olive salad was weirdly sweet. The Gambino is really delicious though, I'd get that over a muffaletta anytime.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  +1 on Spahr's.

                  Drago's charbroiled oysters in Metarie are absolutely worth the (25 minute) drive. Not to be missed. There is a branch in the Hilton near the casino but the board wisdom indicates it's better to go out to Metarie to have them.

                  Closer in, just across Canal Street from the FQ, is MiLa, one of the best restaurants in town but seldom mentioned--James Beard award winner chef. Their sweetbreads on truffled grits was the best dish of our recent two week stay (with the possible exception of the oysters at Dragos). A must IMO.

                  Here is a SW Louisiana thread from another board with a lot of good information.


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                  1. re: johnb

                    If I understood the OP, they will be heading to the airport in the rental car, so Drago's is a perfect spot on the way out of town. Totally agreed on the charbroiled oysters... best hot oyster prep ever.

                    As for dining in Riverbend, I'm a fan of Brigtsens's, which is catty-corner from Dante's Kitchen if I remember correctly.

                2. Thanks everyone. You have given me a lot of things to look at.

                  Unfortunately, Dragos in Metairie is closed on Sundays. It would have been perfect on the way to the airport.

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                  1. re: siam

                    Oysters are entirely too small right now - at least they were at Drago's last Monday. I even cancelled my plans to go to Casamento's because they were so small. We had a really nice meal at Cafe Atchafalaya last week. While you are out and about in Louisiana, if you go anywhere near Krotz Springs, stop at Billie's Mini Mart on Hwy 190 and get some boudin balls. They are in the gas station part, not the restaurant part.

                    Something else that is good in Metairie is Bozo's. We haven't been there in several years though.

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        Oh yeah, I forgot about those. There is a "Billy's" on I-10 somewhere around Lafayette that advertises boudin balls. I was tempted to stop and see but didn't. Have you seen that place?

                        1. re: texasredtop

                          Haven't tried that one. There is another place in Krotz Springs with an odd name that I cannot recall. HIs cracklings are good, too.

                          1. re: hazelhurst

                            There isn't much in Krotz Springs so looking at "cracklin's" on the Yahoo map I only get one other hit - Kartchner's Grocery & Specialty Meats on Division St.

                            1. re: texasredtop

                              Yeah, I think that's it. A friend goes up to Shreveport with regularity and we place orders with him. I really should go up there next week to observe the 25th anniversary of the (original) Little Capitol's rather explosive demise on New Year's Eve. They had good etouffee, too.

                              1. re: hazelhurst

                                Well, the last time I ate at the original Little Capitol, I was probably 8 or 10. It burned down in 1986? I don't remember it being there when I went to bury my Maw Maw in 1974. But I had other things on my mind. I went to Bachelor a lot as a child, several times a year and Maw Maw, Paw Paw and I would always eat there before heading up the river. I didn't go back much as a teen except to my great grandmother's funeral in 1969. Went again in 1974 to bury Maw Maw, then not again for many years while I was raising my children. I got back in touch with one of my Daddy's cousins about 20 years ago and began going every year to bring flowers to the family graves and visit her (and bring her a box of Billie's boudin balls). Sadly November 2010 she passed away and I haven't been back. I do need to go this year. I was just so heart broken that she won't be there to visit with. She was quite a character.

                                I know that a restaurant is sorely needed there as we would always have to eat in Opelousas before making the rest of the drive to Bachelor. I never wanted Norma to have to feed us because she was elderly but she always wanted to. So we would eat before going and something in Krotz Springs would have been perfect. There are a few joints on 190 but without a recommendation, I wouldn't try them. I remember my brothers and sisters wanting to stop and eat before we headed home after Maw Maw's funeral and I had to stop at a gas station on Hwy 1 for them to get a corn dog because there wasn't anything else.

                                1. re: texasredtop

                                  I googled it and remember you telling me before about the explosion on NYE.

                  2. Have you dined at Mila, or Restaurant August, both in the CBD?

                    If not, then for a nicer dinner, I would recommend both.