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September Dining Review and Rec.

I've never thought of a restaurant being bizarre (although JaquesImo's and Moscas might be that to some.

What do you mean?

2 days ago
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

No hunting or fishing involved but a house guest this weekend showed up with a box of Don's boudin. Breakfast was boudin scrambled eggs. Amazingly good.

And I have used a church key to open beer, although it never saw a church door and is most commonly called a skeleton key.

Aug 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Cartozzo's French Bread

Since they are wholesalers it makes sense that they can whole sale to someone like Krogers but may not want the hassle of route trucks servicing a hundred mom and pop and chain grocery stores in the N.O. area. And competing against some good local bakers that have the delivery infrastructure.

I'm sure I've eaten some of their products at local hotels and wedding receptions.

Aug 16, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Seeking Recs for Business Lunches in French Quarter

I agree with that order too

Aug 15, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

Upriver being definitely LSU country I don't think you will find a bar without a TV and being football season it will be on.

Driving up the river road you will see a few bars clustered around a grain elevator or chemical plant. My time on the river road always involved work so I've never stopped into any pure bars.

Aug 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

Horst is not at all Cajun which was my point.

Although the Germans had a great influence in New Orleans with their wave of immigrant laborers. St. Roch cemetery has a lot of German vaults.

The movie may have had Horst Bucholtz in it.

Aug 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Seeking Recs for Business Lunches in French Quarter

For the lunch I would probably go to Mr. B's for the BBQ shrimp. I'm a fan of NOLA and have had their Banh Mi several times. It was influenced by a Vietnmese lady that has worked for Emeril for decades and is the source of the Ms Hays chicken wings (Do try them if you get the chance) and the bread comes from Dong Phoung bakery. Having said that the jalapeno peppers can have a big range in heat and I like my kim chee better than theirs.

NOLA's BBQ shrimp is good but it is a different base than Mr. B's. I like Mr. B's as it is similar to what I make, and I think both our recipes came from the same source.

Aug 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

Middendorf's is a good food choice, but it's funny a "Cajun" place called Middendorf's run by a Chef named Horst Pfeifer.

If you read the history the founders were poor hunters and fishermen but good talkers and bartenders!

Well, Alsace and Acadian both start with an A. :-)

Not to steal a thread but I wonder if there are other N.O. older restaurants that have the apparent disconnect between its name/founders/cuisine.

Aug 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Seeking Recs for Business Lunches in French Quarter

If "boisterous" works then almost any of the good restaurants mentioned on this site (and in this thread)will fit.

And, as also mentioned, Mr. B and NOLA are good although the latter does not have lunch Mon/Tue/Wed.

Aug 13, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

I haven't been upriver in a while. My only recent forays have been Kenner Seafood and Jolly Inn. I think there was a visitors favorable review of Hymels last year.

Aug 13, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Outskirts of NOLA Recs? Looking for a cajun destination lunch 45min-1.5hr away

These are pretty much local places but that do attract some tourists. Most of these places have web sites.

Spahrs Des Allmends known for their catfish. A favorite stopping place for oil field hands traveling hwy 90.

Hymels on the river road in Convent

The Cabin in Gonzales

Pier 51 Laplace family seafood, There are a number of similar good seafood places in Kenner. Kenner Seafood is a trip back in time and I think it has every Jazz Fest poster ever printed.

Jolly Inn Houma. Simple Cajun food plus live music.

Aug 13, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Seeking Recs for Business Lunches in French Quarter

I fight the business meal with quiet battle. There aren't too many great choices. That is there are many great choices for food but not so much for quite. And most of the good places are going to be white table cloth.

For dinner I suggest MiLa and August. A little further afield is Coquette and possibly Ralphs on the Park. It is quieter than the old Tavern but we had dinner early so there was no crowd.

For lunch Kingfish (now that it's back on my good list)

Aug 13, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

McKenzie bakery wine cakes

In this age of home made charcuterie will the book contain a Lucky Dog recipe?

Aug 09, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Service issues?

Agree on Yelp.

I only had truly bad service in New Orleans better restaurants once, and that was Lilette. I recently went to give them another try and accidently made the reservations at Coquette. Meal and service was excellent.

A meal at Herbsaint, while not great had satisfactory service. It can happen.

Aug 05, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

I remember the bad batch and was alluding to it in my "never drinkable" comment.

I got a private tour of the brewery thanks to a connection to a Nick's bartender. It seems like it was last year but it was 1996.

To date me I started dropping by Nick's in the afternoons in 1967 when it was Nick, Ms. Dora and Johnny. Last week I was trying to remember the name of the poor abused porter.

Aug 04, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

You still haven't had a Dixie beer and the "real" Dixie didn't taste like Bud Light.

Dixie hasn't been made by Dixie since Katrina and in Louisiana since about 2009. I have a six pack of Dixie taken right off the last run of Dixie at Heiner Brau in Covington before production was moved north. While I've kept it in a dark room I don't know if it is still drinkable. (And I know there will be some comments that it was never drinkable :-) )

Aug 02, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans on Weight Watchers -- follow up

Thanks for the report. It can be done. Just point me towards the shop where I can purchase some will power!

You did great!

Aug 02, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

I've been wondering the same thing about Bill. I've done a little more roaming on other CH boards the last two weeks and I haven't seen his name on some other boards where he used to comment.

Aug 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

A restaurant on the corner of Chartres and Conti down and across the street from SoBou.

Food is pretty good too, but a bit pricey for lunch. I was against the place after a poor lunch last July. But tried it again during TOTC and all 6 of us had a good meal.

Jul 31, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Trip in October - any great places with decent vegetarian options

There have been several recent threads on vegetarian restaurants in New Orleans. Do a search. In a few of them you may also find comments that many of the main line restaurants will do a vegetarian dish for you.

While not a vegetarian I'll occasionally have a vegetable urge and have a vegetarian meal by selecting apps and sides.

Jul 31, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Add Carousel, Kingfish, SoBou, and The Sazerac for a Sazerac and the Bombay Club for martinis. The argument will go on for ever as to who makes "the best".

Everybody was at their best for Tales of the Cocktail so some of the best bar tenders may be taking some time off during the slow season.

Jul 30, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Feedback please!

Well said.

Jul 28, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Filipino food in New Orleans

If you are interested in Filipino food the current source is Milkfish on Carrolton Ave at Canal. It's next to Rue 124 and across from Venezia.

It is pretty typical of suburban "ethnic" restaurants with simple décor, reasonable prices and home cooking.

We enjoyed dinner there about 2 weeks ago and will go back. Nothing exceptional but it is always nice to dine on some new ingredients, spices and combinations.

Two in our party have Filipino/a inlaws and the discussion on the lumpia reminded me of the "best gumbo" questions. Lumpia can come in cigar size, cigarette, size and joint size and the "right" size was the size you were first served the first time you had it.

Among the six of us we had about half the things on the menu and there were no complaints. I also drank my first San Miguel beer since my days in the Philippines, decades ago.

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Corkage fees

No. Just doing my own math on wholesale bottled beer and usual menu price.

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I admit that I'm not a fan of fusion cooking as it is not easy to pull it off. The drink menu and the food menu both sound like fusion for the sake of marketing fusion. I would guess that there are some good things on both menus but the campy overload would keep me away from here.
It is rated highly on Trip Advisor. One review states "Best tapis in town".

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in Spirits
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Corkage fees

Has anyone heard of or thought of bringing in their own "exotic" beers? There have been times when I really wanted a good beer with a meal but the beer list was limited and/or mundane. I know there are some restaurants in town with good beer lists.

Should there be a "cappage" fee? Restaurants aren't going to get rich on the mark up of beer.

Jul 21, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I think the balance takes away the juniper for me. It's not like something like Citadel with botanical overload.

But gin has now gone all over the place from London dry.

Part of the presentation was some great photos of the restored gin palaces in London (and Dublin). Made me want to hop a plane just for an architecture tour.

Jul 21, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Had some Broker's gin today. They are dropping a ton of money with a large hospitality room.

The gin is good. very smooth and "light". It is supposed to have 6 or more botanicals in it but the blend is not heavy on the juniper or any others. It was nice neat and would work nicely as a pink gin with various bitters. My one complaint is it is 94 proof so one must be a bit careful on how many you drink.

As you know, the town is full of bar tenders this week, We were at Chris McMillans place for lunch and all the bar tenders used measured pours. (PP, Chris is one of the top five bartenders and drink historians in New Orleans. Having him make you a cocktail on a slow night when he can spin tales is a treat.)

Another note on mixing a drink is the ice. I sampled a Pernod Absinthe with lime cocktail that was served on the rocks. I set it aside and 3 hours later there was still cubed ice in the glass. There are machines that make pure ice that lasts.

Jul 17, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

That is a great martini and what I make at home. Measured.

Tomorrow morning I will be at Tales of the Cocktail in a gin class at 10:30. I promise I won't be wanting a Martini for lunch!

Jul 16, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Help, please. Rehearsal Dinner for July 2015.

If you do a search on rehearsal dinners and weddings you will find quite a few threads over the last few years, including some with cost in mind.

Your biggest problem might be the large size of the party. That will need a place with special room. There was a thread a few days ago on Napoleon House second floor.

Jul 15, 2014
collardman in New Orleans