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Dec 12, 2013 08:11 AM

A deeper examination of NOLA eating

Been all around NOLA... Need new foodventures. What are some places that I might not know about or are new and haven't hit the blogosphere? I've done all the places recommended to me on Chowhound. Commanders palace, august, tiny shacks uptown that make po'boys. I'm looking for an insiders go-to list of places that haven't tipped yet. In exchange, I will reveal some of Los Angeles undiscovered gems. (Okay, I realize this isn't really worth much...) So open up the vaults and let me how where to go!

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  1. It's obviously impossible for us to know where you haven't gone, but as someone who has visited NOLA 50 times or so over the past 25 years, I'll suggest you get to Bacchanal quickly, if you haven't already. It's hardly new, and not "undiscovered," but only recently has been discovered by tourists. But it's still not too late to go and feel like a local. (I really enjoy going on Monday nights to see Helen Gillet perform.)

    I also have found the Eater heat map and the Eater 38 (both available at good sources of listings of places I might not have tried yet. I find they're a good balance to chowhound discussions, which tend to focus on the more traditional and established places.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Tried bacchanal last night and it was worthy of the hype. Great call.

      1. re: ivankrueger

        I am so very glad to hear that. I've enjoyed it and, moreover, the people there.

        1. re: ivankrueger

          I'll be there tomorrow night. Cheese plate, bottle of wine, Helen Gillet on cello.

      2. Without being clear on what exactly you're looking for (and you only mention two restaurants you've been to by name...), I can see no better bulk recommendation than the Eater 28 Essentials:

        The majority of that list is pretty solid eating. Eater in general is smarmy (maybe that's too harsh ... sophomoric?) but still not a bad aggregation of food news around town.

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        1. re: montuori

          Hi Montouri -- Agree on your observation, although I am an avid follower. They try so hard to be "inclusive" and "bloglike" in their tone to the point of annoyance. But in terms of news and whats going on they have found a good niche.

          OP: Very different for me this last trip: Satsuma (on Maple Street; Maple is a fun block to stroll with a wonderful bookstore and great patisserie open until 2 pm) and Merchant on Common Street for soups, crepes and coffee. Neither of these are tourist spots, but little gems for delicious light lunches.

          I need to get to Bacchanal next visit; my daughter went on her/our very first trip to NOLA and it helped her fall in love with your fine city!

        2. Have you eaten a roast beef poboy at the St Rose Tavern? Butterbeans and shrimp on Fridays at Hymel's in Convent?
          Go eat the smoked chicken gumbo at Wayne Jacobs in Laplace.
          In short, get the hell out of the city and see what's going on in the hinterlands. A decent boudin survey alone will take years of your life.

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            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Good suggestions. Since eating in L.A. means driving two hours there and back he should be up for that road trip.

              Even Mittendorfs or Spahrs. The Jolly Inn Houma; there might be tourist there but you will also be surrounded by oil industry workers at lunch.

              Then there is Lafayette and New Iberia.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Is it true that the St. Rose Tavern is being evicted? If so I'll miss trying their Poboy

                1. re: ibew292

                  I certainly have not heard that but I'll call a friend in the S.O. this week to find out. I've never inquired but should have thought they'd own the place by now--dogs and all. But maybe they fell into a Brennan's-like mortgage trap?

                    1. re: collardman

                      How terribly discomfiting. It isn't clear, to me, if Coleman wants to run the joint himself or lease it out or eventually blow it up. The family--in-laws and outlaws--seem to be working into a Brennan-like restaurant empire of their own. Trying to make St Rose into a destination poor boy shop would be a fools errand. Someone will make money (for awhile) but the "place" may be lost while the building yet stands.

                      Fingers are crossed but not placing a lot of emotional hope in the future.

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        Word is, SRT got a lease extension to April, but that's the end. It's a shame.

                        1. re: Hungry Celeste

                          Yes I saw the stay of execution. What does Coleman think heis going to do? Open a trendy Nordic Foraging place? It's a far cry from the Windsor Court....

                          1. re: Hungry Celeste

                            I plan on being there in Feb. thanks for the update. +2

                2. If you are in town on a Thursday go to New Orleans Food and Spirits for lunch and get the white beans and rabbit special. Get there early as it sells out

                  1. Tartine uptown for lunch might be a good suggestion. Small place, small menu, good food.