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2015 Turtle Soup

HEAR! HEAR!

about 3 hours ago
collardman in New Orleans

2015 Turtle Soup

Your's is a good list. I might add Ralph's on the Park. The old Sand's recipe was great but I think the newer iteration is a bit different.

After having several versions with ground meat (I think SYC was the last I tried) I like chunk better. With ground you probably end up with more meat but I don't like the texture as well.

But what a great and fun quest.

1 day ago
collardman in New Orleans

3 Night Anniversary Trip in August

Of the three given I'd pick Brigtsen's for an anniversary. The other two are good on food but not as good on atmosphere for an anniversary. Of the bigger list I might choose La Petite Grocery for the anniversary (or as noted Coquette).

For dim and quiet it might be MiLa. However, the husband half of the husband/wife chef/owners has gone to Brennan's and I haven't heard anything since that change.

Jul 17, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Dinner Reservations

Agree with others. Everything on your list is at least five years old, most beyond 10. There have been some great additions in just the last three years, or even last 18 months.

You can work Bywater, OC Haley and even Magazine street for new choices.

Jul 13, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans end of June Trip report

Nice commentary. I held a small meeting at Q&C some years back. I'm glad it is still a nice place. I'll have to keep it in mind for guests.

Jul 12, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Week in NOLA 7/17

just for an experiment also get a bit of andouille from the other Jacobs and from Bailey's.

Jul 08, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Crawfish broil? (plus comments on food itinerary)

Superior Seafood is not bad. There are some better seafood-centric places but don't be scared off if that's where everyone want to go.

You have been given a bunch of good choices. I'll add that for the Running of the Bulls there are no accesible balconies that I can think of on the route but there are restaurants in the area. The in-Famous Mother's is a choice for breakfast but it will probably be impossible to get in. Grand Isle is there for a seafood lunch, or if you are a bit late there are several good local seafood places in Kenner convenient to the airport.

FWIW At our local fishmonger boiled No.1 crabs are $5 a piece. Pretty steep prices. I did buy crawfish about 10 days ago and they were either small or large and hard shelled. But did taste good.

Jul 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Needing to trim down my list... what should I remove or add?

Blumie had my intention correct.

Simply, I go to some restaurants because I want to go to that restaurant. It is the "night out" experience I'm after with the food being secondary.

I would not necessarily expect a visitor to do that but there are some N.O. places that are just fun and interesting to visit, with decent food being the excuse.

Galatoire's might be a good example. And CP, with it's good food, is inhanced by where you sit. One doesn't find many places with an interior like Casamentos. And if Kolb's was still around I would probably be telling visitors to go there for a touch of old N.O., not to satisfy a check off list.

Living here I can go for fun or go for food but I realize that is not true for most who come here for guidance.

I completly agree with you comments on having to have multiple visits to a restaurant before commenting. Even after repeated visits to several very well regarded places in N.O. I have refrained from giving my views as everyone likes the places except me, so it must be me.

A group had dinner at Casa Borrgas last week. A woman to my right and another woman to my left both ordered the fish tacos. One loved them and cleaned her plate the other thought they were terrible.

Yes, reviews are often subjective.

(Overall concensus on the place, with me having been there for a lunch and a dinner, is that it is pretty good)

Jul 04, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Needing to trim down my list... what should I remove or add?

You don't go to Casamento's because it is the best, you go there because it is Casamento's. This covers many of the old school places, even the ones you don't hear much about like Mosca's and Pascale Manale's.

If you are here for the food you skip them. If you are here for New Orleans it's nice to hit one upon occasion.

Jul 03, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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Walking and snacking, Uptown and beyond?

I thought Dat Dog was good but not at its per bite cost.

Jul 01, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Monday apps and drinks

Agree Borgne is good but not to travel all the way from the River to the Dome. Grand Isle has had good raw oysters at every one of about 8 lunches there except for one when they needed sauce help, and it is very close to your hotel.

Jul 01, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Walking and snacking, Uptown and beyond?

Neighborhood boundaries can get a little blurry.
Your plan sounds like it would fit Feret Street.
Then there is mid Magazine Street with a number of fair to very good restaurants.
Uptown are also Patois, Clancy's, Upperline, and toward Riverbend places like Dante's Kitchen and places on Oak street.
There is even some good breakfast places like Tontine.

One could stay above Washington Avenue and have a great choice in New Orleans restaurants.

Jun 30, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

Richard Fiske used to be Mr. Bombay. Richard Fiske's is now down the street from The Bombay Club, on the corner of Bienville. We've been there for cocktails and it is a nice place. I've been wanting to get back to the old Bombay to see how it has changed.

I can only assume that at the dead spot of 2 PM with no activity, even the bar tender was in the back. I guess I could have whistled but by then I was running out of time.

Jun 30, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

June 2015 Openings and Closings

Scores of ingredients? Like 40? I've made several piri-piri sauces and have been cooking piri-piri chicken and shrimp for over 20 years but I've never seen tarragon included and garlic left out.

I will be in Boston for a week mid July but probably won't make Cluckit a priority. I'm looking forward to a first long leisurly stay as most others have been work related.

Tujaques. Yes, bad meal is possible in N.O.

Bywater has had its share of pop-ups and pop-ups tend to fusion and "cutting edge". And the shops in St. Roch market are a little off main stream.

It is actually interesting for us that knew the neighborhood for 50 years as to how it has changed in the last 5. I spent a lot of time in that neigborhood, on the Poland Ave wharves, at the POE, and one of my sister-in-laws was a nun at St. Peter & Paul, which is now becoming a hotel, and we spent many days there.

Camp & Julia is now a warren of law offices and art galleries and it used to be skid row. The bar on the corner was an interesting hang out with the bar back lined with half pints of Tiger Tom bourbon.

Things change. I happen to like the changes on OC Haley and have tried Purloo and two trips to Casa Borrega and like them both. I'll get to the others.

Jun 28, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

Even those who know better can get stuck. Wednesday I was at a conference at the Roosevelt and had plans to lunch at MiLa. ut they were only serving lunch at Bar Uncommon and I didn't want to do that. So I crossed Canal and tried Richard Fiske's which was entirely empty, including staff.

Running out of time I went into Deanie's. I was probably the only local there other than staff. I was definitely the only one in a suit. The people watching was as good or better than Galatoire's.

Service was good and the catfish po-boy and fries was acceptable and inexpensive. I don't think I'd put it on any list. If I want that type atmosphere and cost Felix, Acme or Mena's are better choices.

Jun 26, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Tujaques. Yes, bad meal is possible in N.O.

I 've just received a gift of the 1939 cookbook "New Orleans Cookbook". Nothing cajun and only a small handful of what we consider Creole.
The jumbalaya (yes, with a U) allows ham, shrimp, crabs, oysters, chicken or brisket.

And a note how to make boiled rice that is finished in the oven with the door open.

There is a lot of talk that the Nicaraguan breach of Central America cannot be economically viable, but I'm not sure the Chinese are concerned about that

Jun 26, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans in July

Many on your supplemental list are not inexpensive. Only the "sandwich" places fit that.

Don't worry about tourist places. Some of the tourist's are there because the food is good. If they are recommended places, go.

Going to Emeril's NOLA instead of Emeril's can save a little bit but I'd go to the one with the menu that calls you.

You are going to find more Creole than Cajun. Possibilities are Bon Ton, K-Pauls, and Bourne. Also Cuchon and Toups' Meatery, but again not inexpensive.

There will usually be afternoon rain showers, heavy but short lived. Plan outdoor things before 10 and after 7 if you can. Mid day is good for naps and museums. Wear hats.

If you were a week later you'd be into August Coolinary with many good restaurant deals.

Jun 25, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

It sounds like fusion cooking is getting over into fusion cocktails. I've never seen a Sazerac recipe with whiskey or lemon.

Good bartenders know their chemistry and can make custom mix cocktails. However custom, they may be just a riff on some of the basic repatoire. I'm pleased that cocktail culture has grown and that we can attend Tales of the Cocktail.

Jun 25, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

NOLA food porn

Thank you. Didn't know of that site and it's a good one to pass onto those who now have another reason to miss New Orleans.

Jun 25, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Tujaques. Yes, bad meal is possible in N.O.

I thought everyone knoew what a Panamax was and have moved on to learning Post-Panamax. Now, Q-Max is really esoteric.

I can't keep up with the names of "new" vegetables, fruits, cuts of meat, and the most loved dish in Azerbaijan, although it is probably being made and sold somewhere in Bywater.

Jun 25, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Tujaques. Yes, bad meal is possible in N.O.

Thank you for the comment on possible "bad" meals. So true.
When that happens at a recommended place I always give the place a second try, and occasionaly a third, before I strike it off the list or slide it down to "when someone else is paying".

A "bad" meal can be the surroundings, wait staff, surrounding guests, poorly prepared food, or just a customer with the red ass. So multiple visits should be tried to be fair.

Jun 24, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

I'm not sure it is the same person but one of the bar tenders at NOLA is an OZ DJ.

Jun 24, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Recommendations

Tracks were redone but now parts of uptown can be a street nighmare due to areas being dug up for new sewerage lines.

Jun 23, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

I guess I'll step in here too. Obliged might not be the best word but I would suggest that going to Pat O's and having one of their Hurricanes be on a tourist's bucket list.

When I travel in the U.S. I see no problem with doing "stupid" tourist stuff. Sometimes stupid is just downright fun and taking a sight seeing bus is a great way to acclimate yourself to a new city you are visiting.

While this is a food site I encourage visitors (and locals if you have never done it) to take a swamp tour, a river cruise and visit a plantation or two. Visiting museums should be automatic. We go to over seas cities and make a point of visiting one or two museums, but rarely at home.

Besides, NOMA and WWII museums both have decent restaurants.

NorCal Hounds with kids heading to NOLA: Feedback on my proposed plan, please!

I agree on French 75. As a local their "late" opening hour has kept me and guests out many times when we are after early evening cocktails in the Quarter.

Jun 22, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

The tabasco factory is an interesting tour. The grounds are very nice and beautiful in the spring when many flowers are in bloom. Although alligators are more active when it get a bit warmer.

A trip there will take you around some good eating in Lafayette, New Iberia and Abbeville and the areas off I-10 near Lafayette.

Walking Algiers point will suffice but a rental car can get you to some good places on the westbank including some mom n pop seafood restaurants, a good selelction of Vietnamese restaurants and, if you don't have one in your town, the amazing Hong Kong Market (and a cheap but good bahn mi)

Jun 20, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

Great review. I'm glad you did a few of the tourist things and enjoyed them.

I've been to Boston many times but always limited to 2-3 days interspersed with business. I'll be there for a week next month and I'm planning on as many of the tourist things that I can fit in among the restaurant visits.

Jun 19, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

NorCal Hounds with kids heading to NOLA: Feedback on my proposed plan, please!

I've had lunch at Purloo and daughter has had dinner. We agree it is a good place. And if at lunch the museum is worth the $5. I also was pleased to meet up again with the Brunning's bar. There were some happy times leaning on that thing.

Jun 19, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Current restaurant pet peeve

That is a challange when on the road and your only choice is one or more chain restaurants.
You try to pull in the reins on the server so you can enjoy your cocktail before the food starts arriving. But if you run them off too many times before you order you seem to no longer exist.