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Staying 10/30 - 11/2

I agree. That is a nice spread.

Sep 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

drinks/apps for 15-20 ppl

With casual and local atmosphere I also thought of Grand Isle. A little further afield I saw a similar social gathering thrown by one of the liquor vendors during TOTC, at the back of Kingfish.

Sep 15, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

drinks/apps for 15-20 ppl

Will everyone be near the conference center/warehouse district? Or can you go further afield?

Sep 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Suggestions for dinner 20-25 men near Quarter

I've only had lunch at Kingfish so don't know about dinner. Our 2013 lunch was not good but the one this last July was quite good. And the bar is nice, couldn't fault the drinks either time.

NOLA 2nd or 3rd floor would work with 3 sixes or eights. You can be a little "frolicsome" with no problem and there is a service bar on each floor.

Sep 14, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Creating my own Pub Crawl in NOLA, Help Please!

An organized crawl in New Orleans is good but an unorganized one can be a lot more interesting. Such as start at one end of Chartres Street and working to the other end. Starting at Canal and working into Marigny would be cool, but also starting at Esplanade and working to and across Canal would also be interesting.

I say this as having once decided on a significant birthday to drink Airline Hwy. Myself and BIL stated at a dingy bar near Howard and Baronne and worked our way to Allen Fontenot's Cajun Bandstand near the airport. Then back to the FQ for a night cap at Absinthe House. While there was not enough material for a book there was a short story in being requested to leave a biker bar and, in line at a Popeye's, being offered a kilo of hash "Right off the boat". While name bars can offer you good drinks, no name bars can offer you an interesting evening.

Sep 12, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Court of two sisters, Tujague's or Hotel Monteleone restaurant

I tried to word my answer so that it was purely my view having self serving reasons for it. If I was a visitor stuck with those choices it would still be between the historic "grunge" of Tujague and the historic "splendor" of Two Sisters. They do have two distinct atmospheres and two distinct menus. I've no basis for measuring their current food quality.

Crillo was unexceptional. I've heard that from several other locals that tried it for lunch during one or more of the restaurant industry special menu weeks/months

Sep 10, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Recs near Hyatt Regency on Loyola?

Add MiLa, Dominica and Little Gem Saloon.

(And one of the most amazing cancer survivors parks in the USA)

The Hyatt is not a bad place to be.

Sep 09, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Court of two sisters, Tujague's or Hotel Monteleone restaurant

I only have experience with Crillo but if I was making the choice it would be Tujagues, Two Sisters, then Crillo.

Tujaque's just to try out the new version. While I haven't done any recent sit down dining at Two Sisters our company had our Holiday party there, upstairs, and the place is very nice and the buffet food was as good as most party buffet dishes get.

Sep 09, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Casual Dinner with Business Associates (16 people)

Luke and also Dominica came to mind but neither are what I would call local flare. That's what stops me. Most of our good restaurants are casual, can certainly do two eight tops, or 6/6/4, and any CBD/warehouse/FQ are walkable.

Mr B's? NOLA 2nd or 3rd floor? Murials?

Sep 09, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

I was in Apalach on a project during the shut down and a guy from FL Fisheries was attending. His answer to my question was somewhat opaque but he said the shutdown cause had nothing to do with nature and more with legalities and economics. While too little fresh water has an affect so does too much. As in the fight by oystermen to stop Mississippi River diversion projects that would put more fresh water (and sediment) on the oyster beds to the east of the river.

Minimal rains made for wonderful salty oysters last year in Mobile, Panama City and Apalach.

Aug 25, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

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?

Aug 20, 2014
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