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briox Apr 29, 2012 01:49 PM

I live here in New Orleans and love dining out when I can afford it. I really love sweetbreads. I'm looking to go out for my birthday next week and I'm wondering: Who has the best sweetbreads? I've had them at a couple of places, but I'm wondering what y'all think. Also, my birthday is on a Monday, so a place open on Monday would be nice, but I could always go out on a different night, too.

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    Bigshadetree RE: briox Apr 30, 2012 06:32 AM

    Not form New Orleans, just a tourist who has visited often - one of my many favorite things to eat in New Orleans is the Sweet Breads at Bayona - "one of the best things I have eaten". They are available as an appetizer or main course.

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      hazelhurst RE: Bigshadetree Apr 30, 2012 07:14 AM

      Also Clancy's and Galatoire's have them.

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        BayouTeche RE: hazelhurst Apr 30, 2012 08:31 AM

        I think the previously mentioned Clancy's and a Bayona have the best in town. For pure gluttony, La Crepe Nanou has an entree portion that is huge. And pretty good, too.

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          edible complex RE: hazelhurst May 2, 2012 07:53 PM

          and Brigtsen's

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          briox RE: Bigshadetree Apr 30, 2012 09:29 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions! What makes the sweetbreads at Bayona so special? I Have actually never been there and tend to see mixed reviews on the place.

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            collardman RE: briox Apr 30, 2012 11:25 AM

            I'm a Bayona fan for the food, although the service has been spotty.

            MiLa has had a sweetbread app that one group i was with ended up reordering it instead of dessert.

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              briox RE: collardman Apr 30, 2012 02:07 PM

              Please tell me more about the MiLa sweetbreads, and the rest of the meal, too. Thanks!

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                collardman RE: briox May 3, 2012 12:26 PM

                At that time there were 6 of us and all we ordered (and reordered) were apps. MilLa's menu is very seasonal so of the following all I remember are the oysters and the sweetbreads


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          BerkeleySQ RE: briox Apr 30, 2012 11:59 AM

          La Boca

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            Overweight RE: BerkeleySQ May 1, 2012 11:55 AM

            I second La Boca. They are prepared simply and grilled with some salt and a squeeze of lemon. They are amazing, appetizer or entree. My other favorite is Galatories, simple lemon beurre blanc sauce with capers...Galatories' version made me fall in love with eating offal.

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            briox RE: briox May 9, 2012 12:12 PM

            Hey y'all. I just wanted to report in on my birthday dinner and how it went. I'm ashamed to admit I didn't take yall's advice and went to Iris instead. I'm happy to say, however, that the sweetbreads were delicious. We also had foie gras, hangar steak, lamb, and a poached pear appetizer. All were delicious. Thanks do much for the suggestions and I will definitely try them sometime. By the way, I tried but I couldn't get a reservation at Bayona or we would have gone there.

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              Boatman RE: briox May 10, 2012 10:06 AM

              I just had the sweetbreads risotto at Rue 127 last night. They were terrific, the best dish of the meal, and the sweetbreads themselves were perfect.

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                briox RE: Boatman May 20, 2012 02:01 PM

                That's good to know, thanks!

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                nomadchowwoman RE: briox May 25, 2012 05:50 PM

                I almost always order sweetbreads when I'm at Bayona, and I had them today for lunch--they really are divine. On Saturdays, Bayona offers a $25 lunch--you choose three items from the appetizers, soups, and salads. That's a great deal, and there is a sweetbread appetizer.

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                  briox RE: briox Jun 1, 2012 01:37 PM

                  We went to August for our anniversary on Sunday night, and their sweetbreads were AMAZING. I think it was the best meal I've ever had.

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