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McLure's Barbeque ? & Mini trip report

I'll do my best. It won't be a comprehensive report (I took zero notes) but I'll try and post something by the end of the weekend.

Apr 16, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

Thanks, Hazelhurst. This is exactly the kind of stuff I wondered about.

Apr 16, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

I know that more than one of the kids were involved with Zachary's, especially in the Front of House.

Apr 16, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

Thanks, I could have sworn that Li'l Dizzy's had closed. Next time!

Apr 15, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

Sorry if I wasn't clear. The Law Street "Eddie's" is where I hung out. But one of the articles above mentions a white tablecloth restaurant called "Eddie Baquet's," and I never got a chance to eat there.

Eddie's gumbo DID taste different from any other I've ever tried. It tasted like it had more ingredients, particularly vegetables, than others, but that's only my guess/perception.

Apr 15, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

McLure's Barbeque ? & Mini trip report

I can't wait to read your review of MeauxBar. It was probably the biggest positive surprise of my recent 16 days in New Orleans. Come to think of it, I should do a proper write-up.

We were a little disappointed with our dinners at Shaya and Herbsaint: no major blunders at either, but inconsistency at Shaya and a certain generic quality to most of the food at Herbsaint (I miss its early days when Susan Spicer was involved). Hope you fare better.

Apr 15, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans
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Two Questions About the Baquet Family

If I had to name my all-time favorite restaurant in New Orleans, I would say without hesitating it was Eddie's, a modest looking establishment in Gentilly that churned out the best gumbo and bread pudding I've ever eaten, produced an estimable oyster loaf, and a fantastic platter of pork chops with oyster dressing, plus the po' boys and beer that made it popular in the neighborhood before Eddie and family got more ambitious. The history is summarized in these two articles: http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/...
http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/...

Two questions:

1. After Eddie Sr.'s death, I followed the family to Zachary's and L'il Dizzy's, but I never had the opportunity to try Eddie Baquet's circa 1979-1980. If any of you Chowhounds did, I'd love to hear your remembrances about it.

2. Does anyone know if any of the Baquet children are in the restaurant business at this point?

I will never forget Eddie's kindness to me, a tourist who freaked out over his food. He remembered me from trip to trip, and when he wasn't busy, he'd talk to me in the kitchen. He was justifiably especially proud of his gumbo, and emphasized how he didn't have a recipe. The downside, of course, is that the dish couldn't be duplicated by his children.

Apr 14, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

My Manhattan Dream Begins Tomorrow!

I love Patsy's, but if it is going to take too much time, Joe's is an institution for slices. Maybe do a little walking tour and combine it with Chelsea Market and Russ & Daughters.

Especially because of your friend's, I'd urge you to go to Louro and perhaps let David Santos you are coming (if you make a reservation via Open Table, he'll see it if you write a little note). The cuisine is "fine dining" but in a very informal atmosphere. I took my friend Marycarmen and her BF there (they live in Los Angeles) and they loved it.

Apr 14, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Lunch -- yes, but where?

I feel you. I had a similar experience in New Orleans, where my only window for "real" eating was from about 5-7. And then I would be starving at midnight, when the options weren't as inviting as in Las Vegas.

I'm coming up short thinking of ideas for you, because to me good lunch places are good dinner places that are open for lunch! On your list, I think only Jaleo and LOS are open for lunch - I think both would be great for lunch -- although the menus are the same as dinner.

Apr 13, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Source for live crayfish in Vegas?

By the way, there's a thread on the Manhattan board about finding crawfish boils in NYC. You are not alone.

Apr 13, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lunch -- yes, but where?

I'm not clear about the main issue. Do you want to eat a "big deal" upscale lunch to substitute for the non-dinner?

Apr 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Source for live crayfish in Vegas?

Barq's goes back to the very late 19th century in New Orleans. It's purchase by Coca-Cola was relatively recent, about 15 years ago.

I'm curious, does the beer koozie have anything to do with the food items, or is it a souvenir?

Apr 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Three dinners in New Orleans

I'd highly recommend Coquette. At a recent tasting menu dinner, the standouts were the smoked catfish, the duck entree, and a fabulous beet ice cream that I don't think is on the regular menu. What I was particularly impressed with was how the accompaniments for the proteins were not just afterthoughts, but enhanced the dishes immensely, often providing crucial textural elements.

I'm a big fan of Rich Table, and Coquette reminds me a little of the Rich's cooking.

Apr 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Source for live crayfish in Vegas?

Glad you got some of your crawfish jones satisfied. I just came back from 16 days in New Orleans, and Barq's, if not ubiquitous, is all over the Crescent City. Places that serve alcohol tend to carry Abita root beer along with Abita beer, but if they don't, Barq's tends to be more common in mid- and down-scale places, in my experience. I think Barq's would be even more dominant if New Orleans were a Coca-Cola town, but it's a Pepsi town.

Apr 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

I know you mentioned that you were happy that the pastas were not undersauced, but the pics make many of them look like they are drowned in sauce/gloppy. Not so, I assume.

Apr 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Source for live crayfish in Vegas?

Wouldn't Hot & Juicy Crawfish be, ahem, swimming in crawfish now? I just got back from New Orleans, where it's high season. Let us know if and how you satisfy your crawfish jones.

Apr 07, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Authentic Szechuan/Xi'An Style Hot Pot

Yunnan Garden is probably the most popular Sichuan restaurant in Las Vegas, and I believe YG serves both beef and lamb chop hot pots, and they are they are "authentic." But I've never been knocked out by the quality of the food, at least under the current management.

I have a suggestion. Call Szechwan Express, which is in the big Chinatown Mall at 4300 Spring Mountain, and ask if they have hot pots. I have only eaten there once, and was much more impressed with their food than Yunnan's. The phone is 702-685-9600. SE serves quite a bit of offal, duck tongue, boiled fish in chili sauce, and many other classic Sichuan delicacies.

Apr 06, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Dinner in West Chelsea -- near Sleep No More

+1 on Tkikito. I've got their squid ribbons on my mind at the moment.

Apr 06, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Dinner in West Village

If you want to go a little more upscale than most of the suggestions, how about Annisa? More peaceful than most of the places recommended, if more expensive.

Louro is great, too, and more informal.

Apr 06, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Are you old enough to remember Schrafft's ice cream and Restaurants??

As a native Los Angeleno, what struck me most about Schraft's as a teenager in 1964 was that they refused our family entry because my older brother and I were not wearing jackets (don't remember if ties were required), and we thought we were dressed up. I was familiar with Schraft's candy in California, but didn't know about their ice cream.

Apr 05, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

How's Mr. B's these days?

I think Mr. B's has lost a step or two. Neither the gumbo nor the bread pudding are quite as good as they used to be, and all soups seem to be served lukewarm. But service is unfailingly warm and professional. Have you considered Bayona? It often has reservations available when lesser restaurants are full.

Apr 04, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Dinner: Antoine's, 3/26

And it warms my heart to see you and Hungry Celeste still sharing your wisdom with Chowhounds for decades.

BTW, after the theme of this thread, where did I go for my first meal on this trip? Coquette, kind of the anti-Antoine's. In some ways, Coquette could exist in any decent-sized city. And what did we order? The tasting menu, so thus the parade of smallish plates. But most of it was fabulous, with three courses (the smoked catfish the duck, and the beet ice cream) I will remember for a long time.

Mar 31, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans
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Dinner: Antoine's, 3/26

It is refreshing to read a positive review of Antoine's, especially a balanced one like this. New Orleans would be ever so poorer without places like Antoine's and Galatoire's. I recently came back from 12 days in New Orleans, and although I was very fond of the modern American restaurants I visited, there was a certain sameness to them. But you step into the doors of Galatoire's, and you are immediately struck by its unique spirit.

Mar 30, 2015
Dave Feldman in New Orleans

Hometown Bar-B-Que Red Hook

I went today a little bit before 5 p.m. and they were slammed all day, evidently. It took about an hour to get to the head of the line (with only two employees on the other side of the counter). By the time we got to the front of the line, they were sold out of spare ribs, and we were among the last to get brisket.

We ordered the lamb belly bahn mi and the brisket and the bahn mi was the star. The bread was outstanding and the vinegar in the dressing cut the fat effectively. I wasn't equally enthusiastic about the brisket. It was cooked perfectly, less well done than most briskets in NYC, but the edge with the pepper was dominated by the spice, and yet the flavor of the rub had barely penetrated the rest of the meat.

Is the lack of sufficient staff a constant problem?

Mar 29, 2015
Dave Feldman in Outer Boroughs

Trip Report

Thanks, I think what uhockey, you, and I have in common is a fondness for iced coffee. I usually do not prefer cold-brewed iced coffee, but I know I'm a minority on this.

Mar 27, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip Report

Thanks very much for your report. I had never heard of Makers & Finders before so I just checked out the website. I've never seen a coffee place that featured Latin snacks like this. Do they have waiter service and is the food made fresh?

Mar 26, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chada and Lotus of Siam: More similar than contrasting

Good work, gentlemen!

Mar 24, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One night for off strip Asian food - Raku vs Chada vs LoS

Glad Chada treated you well -- no surprise, whatsoever!

Mar 23, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One night for off strip Asian food - Raku vs Chada vs LoS

Despite the fact that I prefer LOS, Chada, and Raku , in that order, I tend to agree w/Kagemusha that the bar at Raku is ideal for a solo dinner, and because of the small plates, less frustrating to order (you simply can't sample sufficient dishes to make a dent). And Raku is great. But if your name indicates you are from NY, I'd opt for LOS or Chada (you can't find Thai food this good in NYC. If you live in Chicago, I'd choose to eat Japanese.

Mar 22, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Unconventional recommendations for chowhound

You started a cool thread. How refreshing to post a new kind of question. Lots of good recs.

Mar 19, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas
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