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Feb 14, 2014 07:57 AM

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

Ahh, got you attention?
I dont see any recent discussions about this. What would be your ideal food crawl. It can be any food in any neighborhood, although if its outside the FQ, a nice walking neighborhood preferred.

Suggested drinks at those places will earn you extra oyster points.

Winner gets a free food tour of Hell's Kitchen, NYC!!!

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  1. Hey gang, did I come on too strong, the prize is not exciting enough, or is this a tired, vague question.

    Basically what I'm looking for is some "snacking" ideas while walking the FQ or other neigborhoods. Something like, Mr B's bbq Shrimp, Felix's oysters, crawfish somewhere? something like that. Forget the prize ;)

    4 Replies
    1. re: Ziggy41

      Limited responses, probably b/c many locals won't "restaurant hop" at sit-down places. Progressive dinners aren't popular here....pick a restaurant, go have a few courses, and dine.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        And thats what I'm planning to do regardless for dinner and some lunches.

        But at least for one lunch I'm also looking for the "One trick ponies" out there not worthy of full meals but rather combine with something else. Like Mr B's and Oysters elsewhere. It doesnt have to be OTP tho, but anything good we should try anywhere. Dont make me ask Trip Advisor ;)

        1. re: Ziggy41

          Why not ask on Tripadvisor? I think that's a good idea. I read both. This is a food board. Theirs covers more of the mosey around the quarter and grab a snack type thing

      2. re: Ziggy41

        Hey ziggy
        You are helpful on TA and would love to read what others say about a good food crawl with drinks. With limited days on our holiday we would like to try out as many popular dishes then sitting down at only few restaurants for a whole meal.

      3. Bourbon House for oysters! Nice atmosphere! Great oysters! Crescent City Brewhouse is also good for a snack! Love the shrimp at Mr. B's, can't go wrong! The Carasol Bar at the Montelone..not to be missed!

        1. I am planning a trip in April and have been looking for the same thing here is one I have come up with.

          Luke Happy hour 50 cent oysters (3-6PM) and maybe an app.

          Domenica for happy hour(3-6pm) 1/2 price pizzas
          Felix or Acme for some grilled oysters
          and MR Bs for BBQ shrimp

          walking map

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          1. re: jimg28

            Hey JImg
            When in April are you going? Are too and might be on the same crawl ::))

          2. I spent 20 minutes responding only to realize that I hadn’t signed in. Anyway, here’s the recap without the witty banter. dozen oysters and an Abita at (fill in favorite spot)
            Mr. B’s BBQ shrimp and a bloody mary
            Venison carpaccio and a glass of pinot noir at R’Evolution
            Brussel sprouts and a beer at Cochon Butcher
            1/2price happy hour pizza at Domenica and a glass of wine
            Change over to hard liquor and get a sazerac while your at the Roosevelt
            Hit Herbsaint for the Spaghetti, crab and yard egg with a cocktail off their drink menu.
            Finish up with dinner and dessert at Restaurant August with the gnocci appetizer, key lime pie and a glass of port.

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            1. re: shanefink

              Sounded great until I read the brussel sprouts LOL

              1. re: shanefink

                Sorry for the lateness. Great post, even without the witty banter.
                Cant wait to have Herbsaint's "Carbonara" again. And I noticed that its available for lunch as well so I may switch it to lunch unless you all object. May have to do without that sick lamb neck this time.

                Cochon Butcher and the brussel sprouts (thanks to you) are on the schedule as well. I can use other musts at CB tho, besides the Muffuletta

                1. re: Ziggy41

                  not much response for a foodie crawl ziggy :(

                  Shanefink your having oysters. plate of shrimp. pizza. spaghetti and desert all in one food crawl?? or is this a sharsie crawl?

                  has one ever tried to see how many HH they can hit between 3-6pm??

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    One ... if I hurry.

                    I actively spurn the "hurry up and go" attitude: where ever I'm at Right Now is the Absolute Best Spot. If you want to experience "the real New Orleans" I recommend losing the "what am I missing out on" anxiety and concentrate on what's right in front of you. Leave your cellphone at home and just roll with it.

                    That's my Ferris moment for today; as you were.

                    1. re: montuori

                      I agree. The how-many-places-can-I-pack-into-a-crawl mentality is exactly the polar opposite of what I think about when I think about dining in New Orleans (and that would be a leisurely, relaxed multi-course meal with exemplary service that I can savor and fully appreciate without a thought for the clock).

                      1. re: Gizmo56

                        i just thought if one doesn't get a chance to go to NOLA for another 5-10 years be nice one night to hit up several popular places to get a feel for them then few hours at one restaurant that may or may not be up your alley so to speak.

                        1. re: palmtree38

                          If you may not return for ten years, that (to me) is all the more reason to take every opportunity for the full ride at each meal, rather than just getting a feel (so to speak) by hopping from bite to bite.

                          You will have plenty of chances to duck in to places for a drink and a snack between meals, I just wouldn't want to spend a precious dinner opportunity on a frenzied happy hour expedition.

                          1. re: Gizmo56

                            good to know..

                            guess we better make some reservations for 2 nights and wing the others.
                            lunch at CP is already made

                            1. re: palmtree38

                              I'll give your request a shot. No judgements. If I were going all day, and doing it on foot, I would think you could do it best in the French Quarter and CBD. I'd say start in the morning with beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde. Next, grab a bloody mary at Muriel's and walk through the French Market, stopping at their raw oyster bar along the way. Next, circle back to Sylvain for a Lagroni cocktail and some apps. Next, stop at the Erin Rose bar for a frozen Irish Coffee and a poboy from Killer Poboys located in the back of the bar. I would next hit Bar Tonique for a cocktail and then walk to Cane and Table for another drink and some more apps. Finish with the long walk into the Warehouse District and have drinks and dinner at Peche. I hope you're bringing friends to help eat all of this food! Let us know where you end up or if you decide to forego the crawl. An enticing idea, for good or bad.

                                1. re: Ziggy41

                                  Since I live in Manhattan, can I be considered a finalist for the free food tour of Hell's Kitchen?

                                2. re: bmoskowitz

                                  CBD what does this stand for? Something business district?

                                  Is the warehouse district and the business district 2 different areas or the same?

                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                    Central Business District. The Warehouse/Arts District is a different neighborhood, closer to the river, and it adjoins the CBD.


                2. I actually mapped out a first night food crawl for our trip next week, we have 6 people and we want to try different food while not stuffing ourselves. We are starting in the CBD.

                  *note* all subject to change on a whim! :)

                  1. Champagne and cheese in the room - a little tightwad toast and nosh before hitting the streets.
                  2. Luke - across the street for a happy hour oyster and something wet.
                  3. Carousel Bar - a drink and a whirl.
                  4. Felix' - if we didn't hit Luke.
                  5. Erin Rose - Frozen Irish Coffee? Killer Po-Boys? Gotta try em.
                  6. Napoleon House - grab a Pimm's and go (unless we missed Erin Rose then we'll get in a Muffalatta)
                  7. Café Du Monde - must see the river and will stop and grab some beignets if our sweet tooth needs a fix.
                  8. Pat O'Brien's - cause you gotta stop in at least once.

                  Since the group requires serious cat herding and loves to chase squirrels, I doubt it will go like this, but it will be fun to get the party started and never hurts to have a plan. :)

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                  1. re: jashlock

                    "Since the group requires serious cat herding and loves to chase squirrels"

                    Does this mean you are Australian?

                    Sounds like a fun day. Let us know how it went please.