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2 WEEK NOLA EATING ADVENTURE!!

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Hey everyone,

I got a few amazing suggestions from this board so wanted to post a review and summary of my food adventures. NOLA is really a food paradise....

1) NOLA (Emeril Lagasse) http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nol...
- Smoked duck was awesome.
- Stuffed Chicken was another high light.
- Shrimp & Grits- was tasty.
- Dirty rice was awesome...
- Other stuff we had was ok to good. Rated about 8.5 out of 10

2) Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse - http://www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com/
- Turtle soup- too salty, so were the veggies (to a point we couldn't eat it
)- Duck and egg sandwich - ok, nothing special
- My cowboy rib eye - nothing special.
- Other people got the prime rib and they loved it.
- Rated this 6.5 out of 10.

​3) Cafe Du Monde - http://www.cafedumonde.com/
- Beinets - awesome!!! so good, went back 3 times.
- Coffee- basic but awesome!
- For a cheap place with so much history- a MUST - Rated 9 out of 10.​

4) Brothers Chicken - http://www.yelp.ca/biz/brothers-food-...
- Fried Chicken- awesome late night eats after the bar.
- Cheap Fried Chicken w a hint of spice- can't be beat.

5) Galatoires - http://www.galatoires.com/home
- Institution in N.O. Old school and cool setting but none of the food was amazing.
- A jacket a must, they can provide you a jacket to wear.
- Rated this 7.5 out of 10.

6) August - http://www.restaurantaugust.com/
- Prawn w ravioli like pasta... seriously the best ravioli I have ever had... we ordered an extra dish.
- Duck w dirty rice- Asian influence - like Korean hot bowl rice. excellent.
- This was the place that everyone agreed we had the best meal.
- Rate this one 10 out of 10. Freaking amazing...

7) Royal House Oyster Bar - http://www.royalhouserestaurant.com/
- Someone else picked this place.
- Hush Puppies; Crawfish Ravioli - both ok, nothing special. Edible meal.
- The only stand out was the redfish beinet - that was pretty good.
- Rated 6 out of 10

8) Parkway Bakery - http://www.parkwaypoorboys.com/
- Roast beef w gravy po boy, not bad. Good basic eats.
- Lots of history, good to try it out.
- Rated 7 out of 10

9) Cochon Butcher - http://www.cochonbutcher.com/
- Buckboard Bacon Melt- damn... one of the best sandwiches I have had. top 10.
- The sweet potato hot sauce is also excellent.
- Chocolate cookie & bacon praline - good, above average.
- Rated 9 out of 10

10) Taceaux Loceaux - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/153301...
- Anthony Bourdain visited this food truck on his layover
- Braised short rib taco - excellent - perfect street food for right before the game.
- Had this at the Saints vs. Dolphins game- food cart - rate this 8 out of 10

​11) Coquette - http://coquettenola.com/
- Cured meat w soft boil egg - very tasty
- Soft shell crab - pretty good, but didn't blow me away.
- Rate this 8 out of 10​

12) The American Sector - http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...
- Go for happy hour- 75cent pulled port sandwiches!
- Fries w Italian sausage and barrata - not that good- too soggy.
- Lump crab meat salad - not bad, but not amazing.
- Duck wings- heard it is awesome- was hoping to try but sold out.
- Great place to eat when you are checking out the WWII show - rate 7 out of 10.

13) Phil's Grill - http://www.phils-grill.com/
- Check out the menu- you build your own burger
- For $10, best burger I have had at that price. Unlike in Canada you can order your burger medium rare!
- Rated 9 out of 10

14) Dat Dog - http://datdognola.com/
- Had the Duck Dog - really good, but I think they put bacon in the dog for the fat content.
- Tasted good but would have like more duck taste.
- Rated 8 out of 10

15) Willie Mae's Scotch House - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/134932...
- Was shown on Food Network as America's best fried chicken
- It was above average but definitely not the best.
- Skin had too much batter and too greasy
- Rated 6 out of 10

16) Central Grocery - http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620391...
- Suppose to be the original Muffuletta
- Super busy- went to store 4 X before getting one. 1- store close at 5pm. 2-store close on Sunday. 3- sold out by 4pm. 4- finally got one!
- A lot of hype and it was good but not worth the line up and waits.
- Rated 7.5 out of 10

17) Santa Fe - http://www.santafenola.com/
- Crawfish empanada - pretty good.
- Fried whole fish - very tasty.
- Rated 7.5 out of 10

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  1. Nice! Appreciate your concise, bullet point review.

    1. Awesome.

      1. Next time try the muffuletta at Cochon Butcher. I'll never go to Central Grocery again!!!
        I had the same experience at Galatoires. Was SO excited and looking forward to it and found everything besides the Shrimp Remoulade so lackluster. All the rest of our dishes looked like they sat under a heat lamp for 40 minutes. I would love to go back someday and be escorted by a local ! We've been too afraid to go and try it again with so many other dependable options.

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        1. re: piglet3000

          I wish I had more time... I would probably have eaten at Cochon Butcher 10 times to try every single sandwich they have.... Would also have loved to try R'evolution and Root. Both seem to have amazing menus.

        2. I love the way you wrote this up chung006! Easy to read, concise with links! Awesome. I'm going to refer to this when I'm in New Orleans in 3 weeks. Already doing so much food research. Thanks for the insight.

          1. Thank you for the report, and glad that you seemed to enjoy your trip.

            While I have not dined at all, I tend to agree completely (or nearly so), with those, in which we have a comonality.

            I especially agree about Willie Mae's Scotch House - good, but far from the best, but that might well be personal tastes.

            Most of all, it seems that you DID enjoy the trip, and that is the most important part.

            Hunt

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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Definitely enjoyed the trip! Planning the next one for Miami in 3 weeks!!

              1. re: chung006

                Was just there. Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau was well worth the money.

                1. re: shanefink

                  Thanks! The menu looks awesome! Will have to add to list then narrow things down..

              2. re: Bill Hunt

                Agree with TSAW above, I like the style of the report; short and to the point.

                I assume like many, I fell in love with the Willie Mae's Scotch House cinderella story. We really want to visit this place on our upcoming trip, but I feel we'll be let down (can the place live up to the hype?).

                With that said, is there anything comparable? I dunno, under-the-radar neighbourhood joints outside the french quarter?

                Any thoughts appreciated

                1. re: porker

                  Most of the restaurants were actually outside or the quarter... Seems like the up and coming neighborhood is the warehouse district. Loads of restaurants.

                  1. re: chung006

                    Emeril's opened in the warehouse district in 1990. The wareshouse district has been thriving for awhile. Although new restaurants still pop up, the truly up and coming areas are Bywater and the Freret corridor.

                  2. re: porker

                    Porker,
                    Dooky Chase seems to be under the tourist's radar. Not so for visiting Presidents and local politicos. The Friday lunch buffet ($18 pp) offers true southern food and hospitality, with Leah Chase making the rounds in her lovely dining room.

                    1. re: JazzyB

                      Really disappointed I missed dooky... Walked by there a couple times but was just way too full the entire trip. Lol, tried hard to walk off a lot of the meals and tried to build an appetite..