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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.

2 days ago
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

Blue crab in New Orleans

Last night I had two very good lump blue crab apps at Petit Grocery.

Dec 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

I know it can be tourist trap central, but I would like FQ recommendations please

While spending five days dining and waundering much of the CBD/Warehouse and FQ another "tourist trap"came to mind...Mother's. While I think you can get a decent po-boy there is it worth standing in line just for "acceptable".?

Dec 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Galatoire's or Antoine's for a family lunch in December?

Agreed. A business customer booked dinner with us at Galatoires last Wednesday evening and regretted it. It was so loud it was almost impossible for him to carry on the bits of business necessary to justify the credit card dinner. But the food was mostly good. The turtle soup quite good and the sweetbreads good.

Dec 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Please help me perfect my plan - LONG

You have already been given some good suggestions. If you are at Pere Marquette obvious lunches are MiLa and Domenica and possibly Luke.

I would also advise to back off your schedule a bit. "Seven countries in five days" doesn't work well in New Orleans. You could spend 2 days in the WWII museum and should spend no less than 4 hours there. Leave room for serendipity. It is a drag to find yourself deep into something cool and realize you have to leave to get to something that you may not even like.

I would also skip the swamp tour. I think it should be on every visitors list but only between May and October. Now the foliage is dying and the critters are getting ready for winter...and getting scarce.

Dec 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Roast Goose

I agree with HH. The only goose I've eaten in the last 30 years has been on my own table.

But that is a good question and I'll ask some people in the business why it isn't on commercial menus.

Nov 30, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

I know it can be tourist trap central, but I would like FQ recommendations please

Any of the restaurants mentioned in numerous posts will probably fit your cost requirements unless you order heavy on the alcohol or wine list.

I dont think tourist traps get mentioned here although Court of Two Sisters may be an exception and Coops is getting that reputation but is not over priced. So there are probably a dozen spots in the FQ that fit your needs, particularly for lunch.

There are many restaurants with dining at the bar and the city is used to business diners eating solo so tend to treat them well.

Nov 30, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Children in bars

Others can give a better answer as I haven't faced that problem in a long long time. I think there is a greater taboo on having a minor in a bar that has video poker. The good bars don't have video poker.

As for the Sazerac, if there is a problem you can get your drink and go sit in the lobby with your son and people watch. We do that when the Sazerac is packed and will probably be doing that next weekend during our annual stay at the Roosevelt.

Nov 30, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Is Brennan's officially open yet?

Now all the other restaurants are going to want to have messy breakups so they can also get front page coverage upon their return.

Nov 26, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Local Thanksgiving favorite according to New York Times

Stuffed artichoke might be NYC/NJ but not the state. If you go to the state menu page for Nov 18 the NY receipe is Double Apple Pie.

That Nov 18 issue has some interesting receipes.

Nov 26, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

French Quarter Restaurant with private room for wedding reception

I attended a dinner meeting in the wine room and it went quite well for a set menu. Good enough that I'm ready to give the "real" restaurant a try.

Nov 25, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Absolute don't miss

Raw bars are attractive but I would have never thought to order shrimp at Luke. Although there may be some shrimp in the Rhine.

(The BASF and Bayer plants may make them pre marinated.)

I just think of Luke for their Alsatian bent.

Nov 24, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

quality during week after Christmas

Some places may have problems with wait staff and line cooks showing up but those problems are the same for any holiday (or any day!)

Most management will be solid as around here vacation time can be typically during the summer when things are slow. Most of the name places will be roaring with locals and tourists that take advantage of the holiday time off.

Besides, the "bench" in most name places is deep so if the name or Chef is gone for any reason the Sous do just fine.

Nov 21, 2014
collardman in New Orleans
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Coctail hour for out of town guests

It's not thought of in most talk about New Orleans restaurants but the 2nd floor at the Irish House on St. Charles has the room and could probably be kept private. And the pub food is pretty good. And its easy access for a crowd from the FQ via street car.

Nov 18, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Is Brennan's officially open yet?

I know Chefs move and some jump around on cuisines, but Slade Rushing at Brennan's just seems like an odd match. I guess it is the idea that Brennan's and MiLa are like the apples and oranges comparison.

It may be that the Chef wanted or needed such a jump.

Nov 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Good Delivery Options near Canal and Decatur

Take out will probably be at the most basic level as in pizza and sandwiches. There may be salads and soups made up for take out. I'd ask at the hotel desk.

Parran's is closer to the airport than to town and most of their takeout would be for local business and the hospital.

Mena's Place is close and they may do take out but few that I know of do delivery. For that matter I would think that a few places would help you after you explained your mobility problems and pack up some of their dishes. I'd see if spouse could be your runner to pick up items between his conference demands.

As HH has noted, few dishes have alcohol other than wine in sauces and those have been well cooked down.

Nov 13, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Fried chicken

So, with Cuchon and Peche, when is someone going to open Poulet?

Nov 12, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Gift Basket

For charity auction baskets in far places I've been doing N.O. Spiced Rum, one of the classic local cookbooks, like River Road, Zatarains jambalaya mix, and one of the spice mixes like Tony's. Once I added a jar of Roux. None are time sensitive.

Care should be taken with shipping alcohol as UPS won't do it and it is illegal to ship into some states. I don't know about CA. One solution is to not declare alcohol.

Nov 11, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Fried chicken

I've never heard fried chicken and Cuchon mentioned by any reviewers.

Try lunch at Dookie Chase for fried chicken.

Nov 10, 2014
collardman in New Orleans