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Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 04:26 AM

If this is what I think it is, I'm salivating. It's the remnants from the pan and end piece off-cuts from a roasted piece of meat, right? And I assume you don't get it as a dish or side dish, it's mainly found on poboys?

If so, where can I get some good debris in the French Quarter? It has to be the French Quarter because it's my first time to NOLA and I'll only have two full days there. Thanks.

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  1. grampart RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 05:15 AM

    Mother's is the only place that I've had it and loved it. Also, get there early and have the "black ham" with breakfast.

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      Aynat62 RE: grampart Feb 19, 2014 05:42 AM

      I've read about Mother's. Some people love it and some people hate it. I'll make a note of it anyway.

      I've been wondering where else to have breakfast besides Cafe Du Monde so I'll look into the black ham. Sounds intriguing.

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        grampart RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 05:47 AM

        Breakfast at Mena's. "Where the locals eat". We thought it was great.

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          ibew292 RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 07:00 AM

          Mothers is what it is. I wish people would get over it. It is a solid place. Not wonderful but certainly not bad. Will go again when I have a short amount of time to eat before leaving for Airport..

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            grampart RE: ibew292 Feb 19, 2014 07:29 AM

            Agreed. Some say " it ain't what is used to be". Well, the same could certainly be said of Cafe Du Monde.

      2. TaTee RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 08:14 AM

        If you will be in the FQ on the weekend, try EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine. Great breakfast.

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          Aynat62 RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 12:13 PM

          Funny how this has turned into a thread about breakfast....I won't be in NOLA for a couple of months so plenty of time to research. Thanks for all the links, I'll check them out.

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            collardman RE: Aynat62 Feb 21, 2014 12:25 PM

            A favorite breakfast/lunch place has a breakfast dish called Goolash.

            It is eggs any style over a grilled biscuit over cheese grits, all topped with debris,

            There, debris can be ordered with many dishes and can be ordered as a side dish. They cook down their own roast.

            The place is always packed, including highway patrol, and I've never taken guest there when they haven't raved about the food and wanted to make it a priority stop on their next visit.

            The problem for most visitors is that it is in Mandeville, and as good as it is (debris and all) not worth the special drive when there is so much to choose from in N.O.

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              montuori RE: collardman Feb 21, 2014 12:43 PM

              Didn't think of it till you mentioned breakfast -- the eggs cochon at the Ruby Slipper is poached eggs over pork debris. It's been a long time since I've had it but remember it as being pretty good. (Not as good as their croque madame, however.)

              Those cheese grits sound good though...

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            lakshmidas RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 04:47 PM

            Like another poster here, Mother's is the only place I've had it - and I still dream about it. It was awesome. I've had it on a sandwich, and I've had it as a side - for breakfast, I think it was. I think it's even better on its own without the bread.

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              Aynat62 RE: lakshmidas Feb 19, 2014 05:55 PM

              Oh so it's a side dish too? Awesome. Sounds like Mother's is the place to go for good debris.

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              Enfielder RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 07:35 PM

              The Rib Room has a debris po boy on their menu,

              1. hill food RE: Aynat62 Feb 19, 2014 07:56 PM

                mmm debris, when I roast something I try to hide it under the 'choicer' slices so I get them for myself (pisses me off when someone tries to be self-effacing and 'nice' and takes what they think nobody else could ever want)

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: Aynat62 Feb 20, 2014 07:41 AM

                  Palace Cafe has a cochon de lait debris pot pie on the menu...

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                    lakshmidas RE: Hungry Celeste Feb 20, 2014 08:08 AM

                    Be still my heart!

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                    sufficientlybuttered RE: Aynat62 Feb 21, 2014 08:39 AM

                    This sounds like something I definitely want to try. In my research I'm seeing a lot of roast beef po boys with debris gravy. Is there such thing as just a debris po boy? There is a "debris" on the Mother's menu - does that mean just the cracklin end bits that fall off stuff into some bread?

                    Oooooooohhhhhh. I'm salivating.

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                      BayouTeche RE: sufficientlybuttered Feb 21, 2014 08:49 AM

                      Debris is no longer debris as described (if it ever was). It's just shredded or chopped roast beef in gravy....or in Mother's case, a watery jus.

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                        Aynat62 RE: BayouTeche Feb 21, 2014 12:26 PM

                        Oh don't say that! That's nothing like what I am dreaming about! A watery jus? That's disappointing.

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                          collardman RE: Aynat62 Feb 21, 2014 12:38 PM

                          Like gravy and gumbo, somes likes it thin and somes like it thick. You will find both being served. But it is shredded beef not cracklins.

                          You can pull it off at home but there is just so much outside to a roast (and many places don't actually "roast").

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                            ibew292 RE: Aynat62 Feb 21, 2014 01:22 PM

                            It was tasty last time I had it at Mothers. Try it if you don't like it go some where else.

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