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New Orleans bachelor party

I've been in GW Fins when a bachelor party of about 10 was going on a few tables away. They were having a good time yet not disturbing the room. But it is more formal, and expensive, than Jack Dempsey's.

Somewhere in between on cost and quality could be Superior Seafood, a streetcar ride up St. Charles to Napoleon. Another casual place with good oysters (at least they were a month ago) is Grand Isle.

Jan 20, 2015
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"Rules" at Central Grocery

How many bakeries made muffaletta loaves? Were the loaves used by Italian familes for other sandwiches?

It would seem to be a natural to make work lunches with left over loaves and leftover food.

Jan 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

post marathon meal suggestions

Having been there last night for a large family gathering there is Venezia on Carrilton and Canal street. Not great food but good in the old school New Orleans Italian tradition. I believe N.O. first pizza place. Post race carbo-reloading!

People ask for a place where locals go and Venezia is one. It was slammed last night from 5 pm on.

Jan 11, 2015
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Spicy food to fight a cold

Well, the well known source is Miss Linda the yet ka mein lady. She markets various places but the steady gig is the Feret Street Market. Since that is monthly that probably won;t work. There is a grocery at the corner of Elysian Fields and Rampart/St. Claude that probably has it. For the big names Ralph's on the Park has it as an app for dinner. And their turtle soup is good. The Sand's turtle soup was very good back in the Tavern on the Park days.

Jan 10, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Spicy food to fight a cold

I had thought of gumbo but many gumbos are too thick and heavy for the purpose. You can find some watery gumbos but they are not for me and, I think clear broth fits better than an oil and flour base.

Yet ka mein is considered to be local. Maybe not as old as poboys and muffalettas but it has deep roots in the culture.

Jan 10, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Spicy food to fight a cold

I think the closest thing to the chicken soup cure in New Orleans might be yet ka mein (AKA Yat ka mein). As a cure for hangovers it should work well for colds. I think a few of the known restaurants now serve it now that it has gotten gentrified.

It used to be a staple for those who reeled out of La Casa de los Marinos and into Youngs Chinese.

The second choice would be pho.

Jan 09, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

September Honeymoon

We have gone to Mena's. Breakfast is OK but lunch had some good po-boys including roast beef, shrimp (breading stays on) and hot sausage (patty),

Jan 07, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Willie Mae's: original vs Grocery and Deli?

I believe the grocery and deli has only been open several months which may be why there have been no reviews. Most of the reviews for WM come from tourist, I believe because we locals may have our own favorites and when dining out don't make fried chicken a priority.

A few months ago the local paper had food experts eat at 5 fried chicken places. Dooky Chase won. I don't know if they mentioned other placements, but WM was one of the five sampled. If you read the readers comments to the contest you will see that out of 100 probably 80 thought someplace else should win, including Popeyes and Brothers.

Unfortunately for your hours you would only be able to eat at DC on a Friday evening.

Jan 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

September Honeymoon

Remember that this is a restaurant town and that the flashy tourist places are that because that's where the locals eat and the food tourist follow.

If you meant flash as expensive the inexpensive places also draw the tourist, such as Coop's or Elizabeths.

Follow the recommendations here and you will do well. You can find older threads on specific areas, budget meals, breakfasts, etc.

The hard part is realizing you really can't do three meals a day for a week (at least I can't) and you need to save part of your wish list for next trip.

Jan 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

post marathon meal suggestions

Mandinas back toward town or possibly the other way for one of the many choices on Harrison Avenue. Or down Carrolton for heavy protien at Toups Meatery.

Jan 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

September Honeymoon

Nice introduction list.

For a FQ hotel I would add the Royal Orleans.

Jan 05, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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NOLA trip for babymoon :)

For standard type po-boys Johnnies (FQ), Parkway (up Canal Street), Guy's (Magazine Street) and a host of others that I don't hit but many others do...Domalise, Magazine Steet Po-Boys, etc.

Gumbo/jambalaya Dooky Chase. Gumbo, Mandina's and NOLA. I've heard this from others as I don't order those out, except for Gumbo Z'herbes from Gumbo Shop when they have it during lent.

If you like to stand in line with other tourist keep Mothers on your list. I've heard reports that it isn't bad but never that it was a don't miss place. None of the reports have come from locals. We need a volunteer to go to Mothers and give a report. I've been meaning to try Court of Two Sisters since we had our company holiday gathering there upstairs a two years ago and the buffet offerings were pretty good.

Jan 05, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

March Trip

Surprisingly, it is a bit of a problem thinking of good food and romantic. I agree with Bayona, add Muriels, maybe Emerils Delmonico

Jan 04, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Year's Eve dinners

I don't want this to die so I will comment on a memorable dinner this New Years Eve to see if it gets some traction.

Raw oysters on the half shell followed by shrimp cocktail followed by hearts of palm salad and then turkey and andouille gumbo. Beverages were Blue Glaciers, prosecco and champagne with cold seafood, and a wide variation of drinks with the gumbo, red wine, white wine and for me a German double bock.

All at home with good friends

(Being quick on my feet at Thanksgiving I snared the turkey carcasse which is always the great base for gumbo stock helped by some turkey necks and smoked legs for depth and extra meat.)

And I didn't have to cab home.

But let's hear what some of the restaurants offered.

Jan 03, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

NOLA trip for babymoon :)

Bought boiled crawfish(and shrimp)today from my local purveyor (northshore). The crawfish are small and tasty (they always do good boils) and, for comparison sake, were $4.35 a pound boiled.

I would think a place like Big Fisherman would have them, but they would probably go fast.

Jan 02, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Take out/pick up party food recommendations for a surprise party

What is the location of the party? There are some neighborhood choices that might be better than Rouses, but Rouses does decent straight forward basic catering.

Then what is your budget? Finger sandwiches or imported cheeses? Vegetables and dip or hot dishes?

Dec 27, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Unhappy so far

The gas station is Brothers Food Mart, a local chain, and they have around 30 locations. FWIW they get high Yelp ratings for the chicken. I've never bought food there so I haven't paid any attention to see if there is "dining-in".

Dec 23, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

recommendations for NYE in New Orleans?

Getting a res might be the problem. Close walk, Antoines, NOLA, Sylvain, Paul Prudhomme, Muriels, Mr. B's, SouBu, and a bit more casual, Kingfish.

We stay at the Onmi for TOTC and walk to restaurants in the CBD and Warehouse, but for the crazyness of NYE I'd keep the walk short.

Dec 18, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

turduckin

Today I just read of a new Cajun treat, an Alnusum. An alligator stuffed with a nutria stuffed with a possum. Of course it was a joke. I think it's easier to stuff a possum with a nutria than a nutria in a possum. So an Algossia is next in line.

Dec 16, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Do you really like the look of stainless steel appliances?

And, lamentably, the now unaffordable colored Chambers. (although there can be an occasional sale by a family getting rid of gramma's hunk of ugly red cast iron for $50)

Dec 15, 2014
collardman in Cookware

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

Agreed. I use them in Bloody Mary or Bloody Bull variations.

Dec 15, 2014
collardman in General Topics

Recs for X-Mas Eve @ Bonfire on the Levees?

I don't know but I'm guessing your best choice will be in LaPlace, a seafood place like Pier 51. Once you leave Metairie you will not see "fancy" again until Baton Rouge.

There will be a wider choice of decent lunch places along the river and Hwy 90 but not too much for dinner as I'm not sure what sort of hours these mom n pop places keep for the celebration.

Dec 11, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Suggestions for NYE 2014 dinner in NO, 2 adults + 1 10-yr old girl

Any of the good restaurants around Jackson Square will give you a good meal and have you at the center of the midnight ball drop and a short walk to the river. Choices can be Tujaques, Muriel's, Sylvain, Tableau, Mr. B's, Paul Prudhommes and NOLA.

Dec 11, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Turducken and Christmas?

If you check some earlier threads you will see some details. But the hotel restaurants will be open and many of them a very good, and reservations need to be made.

I know of no one that serves turducken although it is possible. Serving/plating might be an interesting challenge.

Dec 10, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans Bachelor Party Dinner/Private Dining

The listing will vary by the diner but I think all 3 Emeril restaurants would be in most peoples N.O. top 20. They have distinct personalities and there is nothing chain-y about them xcept maybe the continuity in the high level of FOTH service.

To look at the larger Emeril empire no two restaurants could have less in common than NOLA and Orlandos Tchoup-Tchoup (except for good food)

Dec 10, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Keurig Coffee Maker

We have a Keurig at the office. With a regular commercial machine we would daily dump a part full carafe of pure and/or decaf. Someone at 4 pm would make a new caraf for one cup. No more coffee waste. The staff loves being able to choose flavors, teas, various pure and decaf "models" and chocolate.

There can be practicallity to them. I prefer my own from home tea bags and the on demand hot water dispenser.

Dec 09, 2014
collardman in Cookware

Willie Mae's Dooky Chase fried chicken smack down

True. I haven't had a cab driver (or for that matter, anyone)call me Cap in at least a decade. I still use it from time to time, along with Slick and Easy Money, just to keep them alive.

Dec 09, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Willie Mae's Dooky Chase fried chicken smack down

As a comment on the new New Orleans, you had a discussion with your cabbie, a local, about fried chicken. We had a discussion with our cabbie, not a local but a long time United cab driver, about the halal butcher on Williams Bvd.

The times are a'changing. :-)

Dec 08, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

XMAS NITE DINNER

As an aside, last night I made an inquiry about MiLa and was told a new Chef was in place (I didn't recognize the name and forgot to ask his background). A new menu is being prepared and the current food "is not what it used to be" but the new chef "needs some time to work things out". The MiLa bar is closed so you use Bar Uncommon, as some of the same staff have worked both. We caught a quick drink there as the Sazerac Bar was way too jammed, before we went to Petit Grocery

Dec 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans Bachelor Party Dinner/Private Dining

Check the wine room at Tableau. I think we had 14 but I think they could work the table with 15 if they wanted to.

Dec 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans