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Aug 4, 2012 06:08 AM

What and where is the single best dish in New Orleans?

Can't wait to hear the discussion on this one!

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  1. Roast Beef Po Boy from Johnny's!

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    1. re: twyst

      Good one. I'm definitely a fan of Johnny's!

      1. re: twyst

        Yep, It hasn't changed a bit. Great sandwich!

      2. Crawfish and/or crabs in someones back yard. It is a one pot meal!

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        1. re: collardman

          Great one. Unfortunately we don't have people in NO, is this an invite?

          and BTW. I'd put up crawfish/ crab boils in Port Arthur/Beaumont against anywhere.

          1. re: SteveGuid

            I am partial to the shrimp and aligator sausage cheesecake at Jacques Imos. When my wife was pregnant, she used to make me go there and bring home two for her. It’s that good.

            1. re: shanefink

              wow, that sounds interesting.


              1. re: shanefink

                it is good. in the same vein i like the crabmeat cheesecake at Palace Cafe.

                1. re: kibbles

                  My N.O. experiences are limited, but that's my favorite for sure, as my avatar implies.

                  1. re: Steve Green

                    yeah, totally love it. tho someone just posted on another thread warning people to avoid the "seafood cheesecake" at PC, which is surely this. crazy.

                  2. re: kibbles

                    Really you liked the crabmeat cheesecake that much? We mujst have gotten it on a bad night. Both the wife and I did not like it. Really???

                      1. re: Steve Green

                        I worked there in my college days. The number of crabmeat cheesecakes and white chocolate bread puddings that came out of that kitchen were staggering!

              1. re: paz5559

                Drago's oysters are certainly a contender. My wife would not think of visiting NOLA and not going immediately to Drago's for charbroiled oysters, and several times more while in town. The question is, Metairie or downtown? Bill Hunt would say Metairie only. We finally tried downtown as well and, speaking for me, I couldn't tell much difference.

                1. re: johnb

                  The huge scallops served in a Cohiba cigar box at Root, with potatoes and cauliflower. Sounds hokey, but man it is some tasty!

                  1. re: johnb

                    Ok, I'm all over that dish next week. has to be Downtown, probably not going to Metatrie

                    Thanks for the post!

                    1. re: johnb

                      We always go to the one in Metairie but the last time the oysters were the size of my little finger's nail. Really!!! So tiny it had absolutely no taste at all. That was the week before Christmas last year. I may walk across the street and try them at the Hilton this trip if I get hungry in the evening.

                      I think my favorite two dishes are those oysters at Drago's and the bbq shrimp at Mr. B's. After I eat either dish I declare it to be the better but honestly, I'd have a hard time saying which is #1 and which is #2. Adore them both.

                      1. re: texasredtop

                        Thank you. I'm gonna try those oysters this trip. I;ve had the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's and it's the only thing i would ever get there. great dish.


                      2. re: johnb

                        Drago's charbroiled are tasty. The best part. being the butter/garlic/parmesean sauce for sopping. Unfortunately,, the oyster is often cooked to death. GW Fin's cold smoked,sizzling oysters are (IMHO) the gold standard. The oysters succulent and plump with a lovely smoky flavor. Since the menu changes daily, they are not always available.

                        1. re: JazzyB

                          Thank you! I love me some oysters. If I make GW.s I'll get that for sure.

                          Any other Oyster dishes i need to know about? I love Benville style!

                          1. re: SteveGuid

                            Oyster Absinthe Dome at Commander's is lovely. Also, the Oysters Delacroix at Green Goddess was fabulous, but that was with the old chef and I don't even know if it's still on the menu.

                    2. Commander's turtle soup....Galatoire's shrimp remoulade. But I think a classic NOLA item (and hell if I can think of anywhere offering a real one) is grits & grillades.

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                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        I like the shrimp remoulade at Clancy’s better than Galatoire’s.

                        1. re: shanefink

                          What about the remoulade at Tujagues? Any good?

                          1. re: SteveGuid

                            It's been so long I can't recall. In the 1970's, it was the yellow/white kind,a la Mandina, which used to be The Standard. Done well it is terrific.

                        2. re: hazelhurst

                          Love Commander's turtle soup, so glad that a native is on the same page!!! Can't wait to have it on our next visit in November.

                          1. re: n.o.lover

                            We have resv at CP on Sat. nite, so I'll start off with the turtle soup.

                            Thank you very much!

                          2. re: hazelhurst

                            Had wonderful grits & grillades at Luke for breakfast a year or so ago...

                            1. re: Niki in Dayton

                              Serves me right for not going...I had some at the Royal Sonesta a few years was OK. Most of the offerings I have seen in recent years have been grits and identifiable pieces of meat. Of course, pounding and frying the meat takes time and few places want to bother with that. The NOCC does a great job with them at Carnival.

                              1. re: hazelhurst

                                MiLa has a grits appetizer dish, sweetbreads with truffled grits, that is one of the best things I ever ate (they call it pan roasted sweetbreads). I won't necessarily go so far as to say it is the best dish in town, but it is certainly up there. MiLa is one of those places that is under the radar but well worth a visit.

                                1. re: johnb

                                  That was a dish that we had with a five top where all we ordered was apps. When we were finished we ordered the sweetbreads again instead of dessert. Yea, verily it was good.

                                  1. re: johnb

                                    thank you. I'LL look out for that one!

                                    1. re: johnb

                                      yep thats definitely one of the best.

                              2. Thanks to everyone for their input. Can't wait to pull into town!

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                                1. re: SteveGuid

                                  i really loved the Roasted Duck with tart dried cherry sauce at Brigtsen's