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french quarter fest

Heading to New Orleans for French Quarter Fest! My husband and I are frequent visitors, but never during any sort of festival.

What are some of the must eat's? I'm afraid I'll be overwhelmed with all the choices! Good problem to have :)

What are the details on the largest jazz brunch? I saw something mentioned, but I don't know what it entails.


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    1. When they say 'jazz brunch', I think that's kind of misleading.
      Basically, at every stage area, there are booths set up by restaurants and you buy food.
      Here is this years list of vendors:

      I print and then go though the list with a highlighter. Seriously.

      1. I've seen the list of AMAZING food.
        Does anyone have any favorites from the list?

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        1. re: Kfren09

          My spouse and I will be there as well thursday and Friday of FQF. The food looks great but I too want to know what is the for sure must eats.

          1. re: Kfren09

            Shrimp & Aligator Cheesecake
            Stuffed Merliton
            Bad Bart Black Jambalaya
            Caribbean Fish with rice and veggies
            Cochon de Lait Po boy (Must have)

            1. re: shanefink

              Bad Bart Black Jambalaya? Hell yes.

          2. We are visiting too at that time (my husband and I are past and future NOLA residents ). I just printed the food list and highlighted a few things that I plan to seek out:

            Praline Connection - fried chicken livers with jalapeno jelly (an old favorite)

            K Paul's - Butterbeans and rice; chicken grillades with cheese grits

            Café Reconcile - white beans with shrimp

            WWOZ mango freeze (a must have)

            Royal House - chargrilled oysters

            Lakeview Harbor - crawfish bread

            1. Stuff I've liked in the past:

              Boucherie: roast beef poboy

              Praline Connection: grilled chicken livers

              Tujagues: brisket with horseradish

              Benachin: jerk chicken

              Love at First Bite (Walker's): cochon de lait poboy

              Haven't tried at the festival, but I'd think anything from Three Muses should be good. Also, if the duck poboy from Jacques-Imo's, is anything like the one served at Crabby Jack's (Jacques-Imo's downmarket and far superior sister establishment), it is well worth having.

              1. I forgot to mention Mrs. Wheat's meat or crawfish pies. Always a favorite.

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                1. re: kittyfood

                  Great suggestions and i will highlight some of these food must try's too. I find the map of stages overwhelming when its our first time going and dont know our way around.

                  Dr john,Irma Thomas and amanda Shaw are on our list to see.

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    You can download a French Quarter Fest app that lists all of the food and music venues and includes a map.

                    1. re: kittyfood

                      I didnt know they had a app for it. Im canadian so dont want A lot of roaming fees going on apps.
                      Unless use a wifi area