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Mar 17, 2014 11:42 AM

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.