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Heading to the Jazz Fest in May. We are fun and adventerous eaters from New York. Want a combo of old style, innovative and traditional fare. Help.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      I did. Not much about Bayonne, Cochon, Stella, Herbsaint, August. Hoping for some more thoughts.

    2. Were you also wanting advice on what to eat at Jazzfest? Or just what to eat for dinner afterwards?

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      1. re: pizzajunkie

        Good question. We are staying at Melrose Manor, going to Jazzfest, although not in the VIP format. Should we take our lunch chances at Jazzfest or does anyone have suggestions at the sight? And for dinner, we prefer a short cab ride or walking. Most of the things I have found posted, albeit with my limited computer skills, were from early last year. Looking for updates, Really.

        1. re: zenfoodie

          You absolutely must eat AT the Jazzfest--you have unlimited choices and won't be able to eat all you want to.. Do not leave without tasting Prejean's pheasant, quail, andouille gumbo. Cochon de lait po-boy, soft shell crab or catfish po-boy. Boudin balls, crawfish sausage or beignets. Spinach artichoke casserole. Jama-jama. Meaty white beans. Oyster patties. Crawfish strudel. Raw oysters or boiled crawfish if you want that. Seaweed salad, falafel, tacos if you want that. To name a few.
          If you eat everything you want at the Fest, you probably won't be hungry for dinner--so pace yourself, b/c you certainly want to experience some non-JF options.

          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            Good list. I used to love the crawfish bread and I still get it once per Fest, but not as good as it once was. Also I’ve had better luck with it earlier in the day. It’s pretty bad later in the day. As for her question, I usually forego fine dining during Jazz Fest. Most of my out of town guests do too. I used to try to rally them for dinners, but half the time they were too burnt out and canceled. Most of my friends nap from 7-11 and then go out to see shows all night long. Those 2am shows are ridicilous, but I guess it’s not so bad when you don’t have a 3 year old waking you up at 6:00 in the morning. The food at Jazz Fest is half the fun. It should be called the New Orleans Jazz, Heritage and Food Festival.

            1. re: shanefink

              I agree; they should add "food" into the title.. I don't think people who haven't been realize how big a part the food plays.
              And I know what you mean about trying to eat dinner on top of everything, but if people are visiting, they generally want to try some of our restaurants.

              @zenfoodie--if you want to try some of the restaurants for dinner, make reservations very early. You're competing w/lots of other folks!

          2. re: zenfoodie

            At the Melrose Manor, you're right across the street from Buffa's. Solid neighborhood joint you can make your "home base." For lunch, absolutely do the food at Jazz Fest. My favorite is the slightly less touted Fireman Mike's Alligator Sauce Piquant. You're also only a few blocks from Frenchmen Street, so you'll find some good dinner and/or late night eats. Except, sadly, Marigny Brasserie which went Sysco a couple years ago, almost everything on the street is good to very good. My favorites are Three Muses and Yuki Izikaya. Mojito's can be fun (Saturday night at 11pm is SoulabillySwampboogie Band -- awesome), and there's a new place next to Cafe Brasil where I've not yet eaten, but talking to them, they seem to have the right philosophy to excel instead of settle. Enjoy!

          3. re: pizzajunkie

            We love JazzFest for the incredible music, but the food is outstanding. Pasta monica, crawfish bread, crawfish sacks, the offerings are incredible. Never been to any other festival with this level of food. go the JazzFests website and you can see the food offerings.

          4. Lived two blocks from the Fest for 6 years and this will be our 19th in a row. Incredible line up this year. I'll touch on places outside of the Fairgrounds and local - not fancy fare- Go to both of the Liuzzas - By the Track only during the week, not on the weekends - best gumbo in the city. Liuzzas on Bienville (mid City) - great local fare for locals. Drago's in Metairie/Fat City and Hilton Riverwalk for bbq oysters. Uptown - Frankie & Johnny's (crawfish) and Domilise's (po-boys). Tujagues, Irene's, and the 10Cent Martini's at Mr. B's in French Quarter. Stay away from Bayona - don't need anymore competition to get in!

            1. At JF:
              Pecan Catfish Meunière, Seafood Mirliton Casserole, Fried Crab Cake w/ Smoked Tomato & Jalapeño Tartar
              Spinach Artichoke Casserole, Seafood Au Gratin, Sweet Potato Pone
              Alligator Sauce Piquante, Shrimp & Okra Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffée
              Cochon de Lait Po-Boy, Fried Eggplant w/ Crawfish Sauce, Fried Eggplant w/ Marinara Sauce
              Crawfish Sack, Oyster Patties, Crawfish Beignets
              Ya Ka Mein (great for hangovers)
              Fried Soft-Shell Crab Po-Boy from Galley Seafood
              Pheasant, Quail & Andouille Gumbo from Prejean's
              Tagine of Lamb (Lamb Stew w/ Basmati Rice), Merguez (Grilled Lamb Sausage),
              Crawfish, Spinach & Zucchini Bisque from Jamila's
              Oyster Rockefeller Bisque
              Crawfish Strudel (better than the crawfish bread, but get a go crawfish bread at the end of the day to eat on the way out as traffic can make you hungry)
              Jamaican Chicken, Curry Chicken Pattie from Palmer's
              Jama-Jama (Sautéed Spinach), *Fried Plaintains, Poulet Fricassee (Chicken on a Stick)
              from Bennachin
              Trout Baquet from Li'l Dizzy's
              Shrimp Macque Choux, Shrimp & Sausage Macque Choux, Fry Bread, Indian Tacos in the Folk Area from the Houma Indians

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              1. re: edible complex

                Can't wait, am hungry already. However, we still need still need a more "comfortable, quiet dinner for one night. Somewhere to be waited on and relax. Right now today, what does anyone think is that restaurant in New Orleans. Best food, best service, but still lots of local flavor.......

                1. re: zenfoodie

                  Clancy's. Was there last Tuesday and had an excellent turtle soup, sweetbreads.

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    I second that call. That is exactly what you are looking for.

                    1. re: shanefink

                      and here's your third! oysters w/brie, veal chop, smoked soft shells, and a frozen brandy alexander for dessert!

                      1. re: edible complex

                        I 'm probably in the minority, but don't think fried oysters topped with melted brie are anything special. Kinda like La Boca's provoletta...a dish of melted cheese. Unimaginative, (dare I say ...junk food) and so easy to prepare, if my Jack Russell had thumbs, she could whip them up. Just kidding. Her attention span is too short.

                        Good hearing from you edible. Do you miss living here?

                        1. re: JazzyB

                          No your are not. Sorry guys, but no oysters with brie. Thanks anyway.

                          1. re: JazzyB

                            hey JB, miss it terribly, and will try to get back more often this year.
                            I'd kill for some oysters right now! hoping to get a sack sent up here for our Eureka Gras.
                            but back to Clancy's, I've even had the OwB for dessert. cheers~

                      2. re: hazelhurst

                        to get "quiet" at Clancy's you'll next to request upstairs seating!

                    2. re: edible complex

                      I'm so excited to go to 2nd weekend for my 3rd time. This time I'm bringing high school buddies who've never been to NOLA. My first thing to eat there will be a Cochon de Lait Po Boy and a Rosemint Ice Tea. Definitely second the Pheasant Gumbo, Soft Shell Crab Po Boy. Also love Boudin Balls and Fry Bread. Of course have to have the Coconut Pie and Mango Freeze. Thanks for the other recs; have to try them as well.

                      Cant wait!!!!!!!