A Prodigal Son Returns........
I grew up in NO during the late 60's....an only child, and fortunate that my parents included me in fine dining from a young age. Our favorites back then were Gals, CP and Moran's La Louisianne downtown, and Barts, Brunings, Hong Kong and Masson's Beach House towards the West End.
I have been back 3 or 4 times over the years, but my wife and I are spending a week in early October for the first time in some years.
Our eating wishes are a blend of old and new, and I would appreciate any comments or alternatives that any of the members might care to make....
Friday night: Emeril's. We are staying in the Quarter and this seems a good place to start.
Saturday lunch: Casamento's for raw oysters, oyster loaf, maybe soft shelled crab.
Saturday dinner: Upperline or Clancy's. Help here, please.
Sunday brunch: CP, hopefully in the Garden Room.
Sunday dinner: Not hungry probably, maybe horse some oysters standing at the bar at Felix' if they have their liquor license back by then.
Monday lunch: Poche's at Breaux Bridge during a driving look through Cajun country.
Monday dinner: Drago's in Metarie on the way back into town. Roasted oysters for sure.
Tuesday lunch: Parkway, for roast beef or shrimp poorboys.
Tuesday dinner: Brightsen's
Wednesday lunch: B&C Seafood on the way down River Rd. to visit the mansions.
Wednesday dinner: Gals, probably.....unless we want a change from Creole, then maybe Cafe Minh.
Thursday lunch: August for the prix fixe lunch, or Mr. B's for BBQ shrimp. Thoughts?
Thursday dinner: Herbsaint.
This is all predicated on being able to handle this much food.
How does this program look?
Mr. B's bbq shrimp. My favorite!! There was a recent post here about the lunch at August that was negative. Lots rave about it though. I'm assuming it's just the luck of the draw if you get a good or bad meal there. My experience was awful but the positives seem to outweigh the negatives. Just bring your rabbit's foot for luck on the day you go if that is your choice.
We had a great meal at Cafe Atchafalaya last December so you might give it a look.
Well, it sure is ambitious, I'll say that. Oyster load and a soft shell plus oysters (which "present no bulk) at Casaemnto's is a hefty dinner. Between Upperline and Clancy's I would do Clancy's but the place is kinda clubby (which I like) and you might enjoy Upperline more, which is also a good place.
The views of August have been All Over The Map and some of it, I think, is what the eater brings to the table in expectations. A professional cook I know was in August last year and "blown away" as he put it but I should emphasize he does not work in High End places. He felt underdressed without a coat, he said. I've only gone a few times and it has been fine but I think how I'd rather have spent the money at someplace I am used to.
Got a "blah" report on COmmander's last week but I don't trust the deponent.
Well, probably split a dozen oysters, she has the loaf, I have the crab....but still a lot. We live in Wisconsin, so fresh seafood is a huge attraction for us. Figured if we invest only $20 for lunch at August we can't be too disappointed if it is not great, but I am sorely tempted by BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's. Gotta go to CPs.....
I hadn't considered the $20...that makes perfect sense. You can always do BBQ shrimp as a snack. When I was in college we did that a lot at Pascal Manales.
If I'd been living in Wisconsin, though, I'd make the rounds of the Big Boys and load up on every fish with every sauce I could think of....Once, in Boston, the maitre d' at Locke-Ober told me they had fresh soft-shells (allegedly from maryland). Told him I was flying to new Orleans that afternoon. Had some clams, some swordfish with a nice hollandaise on the side, an oyster dish afterwards..flew to New Orleans, got off the plane and went to Galqtoire's for dinner. Probably the most decadent afternoon of my life (which those meals surely shortened by a week or two...I love it).
I don't know, don't discount a Hansen's Snobliz til you've tried it. It's a tougher choice than you might think. However, I believe they usually open March through October, so you should be able to drop in for dessert after Casamento's. It's not too far away, and that would make for a really nice afternoon.
I live and work in the industry in NO, so for what it's worth, here's is more than my 2 cents.
riday night: Emeril's. We are staying in the Quarter and this seems a good place to start. GOOD.
Saturday lunch: Casamento's for raw oysters, oyster loaf, maybe soft shelled crab. Shells may not be availble in OCT, Last oyster loaf I had from Casemento's was disappointing. However, their oyster shucker the best in town. Oysters on the half shell are superb.
Saturday dinner: Upperline or Clancy's. Help here, please. I favor Clancy's over Upperline.
Sunday brunch: CP, hopefully in the Garden Room. CP brunch is a hell of a lot of fun. However, the food is better at dinner and the Garden Room is over-rated.
Sunday dinner: Not hungry probably, maybe horse some oysters standing at the bar at Felix' if they have their liquor license back by then. See notes about Casementos.
Monday lunch: Poche's at Breaux Bridge during a driving look through Cajun country. Don't know it.
Monday dinner: Drago's in Metarie on the way back into town. Roasted oysters for sure. Yeah, Drago's BBQ oysters are rocking good. Cant say the same about the rest of the menu...but that doesn't keep me out of there. The oysters are just that good.
Tuesday lunch: Parkway, for roast beef or shrimp poorboys. Parkway hands down makes the best shrimp poboy in town.
Tuesday dinner: Brightsen's Yes. Big fan.
Wednesday lunch: B&C Seafood on the way down River Rd. to visit the mansions. Don't know it.
Wednesday dinner: Gals, probably.....unless we want a change from Creole, then maybe Cafe Minh. I'd suggest Pho Tau Bai over Cafe Minh
Thursday lunch: August for the prix fixe lunch, or Mr. B's for BBQ shrimp. Thoughts? August for the pre fix.
Thursday dinner: Herbsaint. Fine.
In my humble professional opinion, you'd during yourself a disservice by missing Bayona and Cochon. Also, since you're staying in the quarter, I'd at least stop in at the latest Brennnan creation Soubu (in the W hotel).
Parkway is closed on Tuesday! But he shouldn't miss the shrimp poboy. Could drop in Wednesday on the way to the other destination?
Recommend Herbsaint. wholeheartedly. Twice/thrice a year visitor's, we just got back from 5 nites... my big surprise was Herbsaint. Compared to Emeril's and R'evolution this trip, it won easily for total value of food, service and price. Just lovely all the way around. Having said that, the small charcuterie board at Revolution, as well as the pates and pork rillete, is an absolute steal. And the quail entree was the best quail I've ever eaten, which is considerable. The service was entirely disjointed, however. No offer of cocktails, wine i-Pad placed on the table. !!! Awkward moment when we noticed a tad of static by offering a gentle suggestion that the amuse bouche, which was an truffly-thing, was served less than optimally in a deep asian-style soup spoon which necessitated tonguing it out like a jello-shot. The food was outstanding, as was the room, but.....I don't know that it's on the top of the list for a repeat. Since this has now turned into somewhat of a mini-report, I would also say the grillades at Antoine's brunch is some the best gravy I believe I have ever put in my mouth. And that's a lot of damn gravy. Aw hell, I'm typing..Emeril's service has slipped to casual eatery level, or we just got unlucky. Down in the lower quarter, my new favorite pizza and house wine is Mona Lisa's. Surprised about that one but after 6 hours at Satchmo, it hit the spot. Loved chit-chatting with the neighborhood (self described) super-queens.
Personally, I would choose Bayona over Clancy's. Her food for me has always been consistent, strongly flavored but simple in the good way--you can eat very well without it being too rich.
"This is all predicated on being able to handle this much food."
I've just come back from almost a week in New Orleans (see my trip report on a different thread). I scheduled no more than two meals each day and tried to keep lunches early and dinners late. Still, about three days in, I had a period of about 24 hours where my body was making me just pick at my food and leave a lot on the plate. After a day of very light eating, my appetite recovered.
Next time I will just build in a day off from the fine dining every few days, so that my appetite stays up to the challenge. But everybody's different....