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Fried chicken in quarter

I think NOLA has fried chicken (check to be sure) and you can eat at the bar or the food bar at the open kitchen.

Some people can make a meal out of Ms. Mae's chicken wings, and that is why they have been on the menu for 20 years.

about 21 hours ago
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans to Austin

If there is a Mambo near I-10 it is a good inexpensive local chain for seafood, Mexican and some Cajun.

There is one to the East before you get to the 610 loop and the one I've been to several times on Airline off 610 loop north.

May 20, 2015
collardman in Austin

Dining alone in NOLA

Many places feed at the bar while Emeril's and NOLA have food bars at the open kitchen.

May 19, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans with toddler

Great question but I don't have the answer and I don't need the answer but I'm curious. In all my dining I've never seen a high chair in any of the "white tablecloth" places nor has it come up in conversations with people who run the places. But I'm sure some places have them as it just makes sense in a tourist/restaurant city.

We do know that most of the good places have FOTH and BOTH that will work with children but usually of sitting in a chair age. I have seen on occassion very young babies in carriers in restaurants.

Have other seen highchairs around?

May 18, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Requesting thoughts on North of NO…in Cajun country

There have been some very good threads in the past on dining around Lafayette, from Henderson, Breaux Bridge down to New Iberia and Abbeville.

Do a search with some of those words

May 16, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Dining alone in NOLA

You may find that even tho you are sitting at a food bar or table this is a pretty friendly town and it is easy to end up chatting with other diners.

May 16, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Friday Lunch Specials

Deals are better in the summer but you will have to check individual restaurants in June to see what they are offering. The wide spread Coolinary menus are in August.

Other than that go where the menu calls to you.

If your July visit is during Tales of the Cocktail lunch places in the FQ can get crowded.

May 14, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

large group in the french quarter

Muriel's will take larger groups

May 12, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

large group in the french quarter

We're running out of places that that do classic New Orleans cuisine, at least among the "hot" restaurants.

Antoines, Arnauds, Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Bon Ton, but many places don't like doing anything over an 8 or 10 top. You can split tables or get one of the rooms at one of the A's.

May 08, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Quintessential, Casual Dinner

The first is a restaurant and the second a deli, if that helps you make up your mind. Most do Butcher for a lunch Cochon for dinner.

For a bit more casual and quintessential dinner you might choose Mr. B's and the bbq shrimp. Other places like Luke or Dominica are good but not quintessential N.O.

May 07, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Rehearsal Dinner in New Orleans

Over the past year or two there have been other threads on rehersal dinners so do a search. Most were about FQ and CBD/Warehouse but if you review them you will get an idea about costs and what is available.

May 05, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Roch St. Market

I don't know what the rental costs are. It may be that the only people who can afford a space there have to sell value added products with a higher markup to cover the overhead.

May 04, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

For those looking for something new ...

I had a foodie friend in town from Boston for a convention who aksed me to give him some guidance. He couldn't get into many of the "Names" so I gave him a few New palces that might be easier to get into.

He did Balise and enjoyed it. He also raved about Cochon Butcher for lunch and they had a business dinner at Arnaud's which he said was good. Worth going but as old school was not eye opening. He had a new hire with him, a lady from London, (he is an ex-Brit) and she was stunned by the good food here, including Cochon Butcher.

My daughter goes to Brown Butter frequently and once brought me a take-out sandwich. Very good and I'm ready to try the palce myself.

Also got to Coulis yesterday for first time. Worth putting on the list for breakfast.

Apr 30, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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Toup's Meatery vs. Sac-a-lait?

I haven't tried dried shrimp in "domestic" dishes but have put them in a spice grinder and used them in seafood based Asian soups, stews and curries.

Apr 30, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Dining Before Marc Maron show at the Joy Theatre Sunday 5/17

In that area are Richard Fisk'e Martini Bar (ex Bombay Club) and the new Bombay Club. I haven't been to the latter but the former's "bar food" menu is better than Deanies fried food. A block or two from Deanies is GW Finns. The other direction is Little Gem Saloon and Bourne in the Hyatt.

Apr 27, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

One lunch on Wednesday

Between Jazz Fest and the big insurance convention you did well with the reservations you got.

Apr 26, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Would you visit New Orleans as much if Seafood becomes unavailable in the future?

That might be true for those who might pick N.O. as a food destination.

I moved to New Orleans well over 50 years ago long before I got interested in cooking. I travel a lot and I can't think I've gone any place just for food. While in a city or area I will search out interesting restaurants and menus as they are another local attraction.

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

I agree and try to do the same. Occasionally, you will be rewarded when you order a second drink at the table and find it "enhanced".

Apr 22, 2015
collardman in Not About Food

Boiled crawfish near Warehouse District?

Boiled crawfish with a sauce. Has anyone else done anything like that?

Can we expect boiled crawfish Hollandaise? Bercy?

They aren't messy enough to eat as is? Zounds!

Apr 20, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Return to New Orleans trip report, 4/13-4/16

That is a good set of reviews.

Sometimes it doesn't take "the best" but just what hits the spot at the time.

That is a problem in a restaurant town like N.O. All of our "just OK" places would blow away the restaurant scene in most of the U.S. (This also applies to so many other great foodie cities).

Apr 19, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Late dinner after Pelicans game?

I was thinking N.O. food but there is also Horinoya On Poydras. I haven't eaten there but I've heard high points from frequent sushi eaters. But it may not keep late kitchen hours.

I've mentioned this before, if you walk into a restaurant shortly before closing you can clear the air by asking the manager if you can buy a round of beverages for the kitchen and FOTH when they are done. Not suggested for places with a shift staff of 20 or more!

Apr 19, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Best Steak in NOLA?

I have done Crescent City and Charlie's in the past as sometimes a restaurant outing in N.O. isn't just about the food.

The casino is a great place. As long as you don't stop there. During hot weather or rain, it is a great route for transiting from the FQ to Warehouse district. Go in on Canal Street and come out near Mannings on Fulton.

And celery, thank you, that is the article I couldn't find.

Apr 18, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Best Steak in NOLA?

I probably eat a resturant steak maybe once every 5 years or more, usually because someone else wants to go to a steak restaurant. so I'm not a great direct help.

But I thought I read an article in the last week that covered 10 N.O. Steak houses, describing each but not actually givng them a ranking. But a quick search of T-P, Advocate and Gambit and I don't see such an article.

Can some one else help on this? I know if you do a search here you will find several discussions on favorites.

Apr 17, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Late dinner after Pelicans game?

My places in that area are Bourne in the Hyatt and Little Gem Saloon on the corner across Loyola. But I'm not sure of the late hours. I'm guessing they might work later on game days.

Little Gem should have late hours bar food as it is also a music club.

Apr 16, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

New Orleans - Prioritized recommendations based on CH input for first time visitor

Like SoBou? :-)

And nature gives us the Mississippi running north at Jackson Square.

No wonder N.O. has never followed the rules. There is a painting of Ruthie at Ochsner hospital with the caption to the effect She wasn't out of touch with reality, she just wasn't interested in it.

Apr 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

VolleyBall Trip - In Charge of Team Family Dinners - Suggestions?

Ooops! I didn't mean Bon Ton but meant Grand Isle. Previous Bon Ton talk carried over.

Apr 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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New Orleans - Prioritized recommendations based on CH input for first time visitor

Mosca's is upriver across the Huey Long bridge on Hwy 90. R&O is at West End on Lake P at the end of the 17th Street Canal (dividing line between Orleans and Jefferson Parish). Midedendorfs is at the west end of Lake P off I-55 near Pontchatoula. Most of the places I mentioned are within about 5 miles of the north end of the Causeway.

Apr 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

VolleyBall Trip - In Charge of Team Family Dinners - Suggestions?

Since this isn't a foodie group there is Mulate's with it's picnic table atmosphere. Bon Ton may have the room for you and their gumbo and po-boys are decent and onion rings great. Maybe Manning's a sports bar.
Then for a Plan B the RiverWalk has a pretty nice food court as food courts go. There is enough variety there, and some of it "local", to satisfy a group like yours.

Apr 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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New Orleans - Prioritized recommendations based on CH input for first time visitor

The Abita Mystery House (will always be UCM to me) is a fun visit. I won't say the Brew Pub food is bad but it is not a food destination. I love it when they have a cask condition offering.

But the "area" does have good food besides Middendorf's. For breakfast or lunch there is Liz's Where Ya At in Mandeville, Pontchartrain po-boys (packed at lunch and dinner even in their larger space), Ox Lot 9, Del Porto, and Lola in Covington, and several nice layed back places on the river in Madisonville along with the old family seafood place Mortons which is OK as what it is, an old standard family seafood restaurant.
Then there is La Provance and even a couple authentic Mexican restaurants like La Taqueria Noria.

Apr 15, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Any thoughts on Bon Ton Cafe these days?

Nicely put. I have no problem going to "good" New Orleans restaurants for what I want rather than "excellent" restaurants for what I'm supposed to want.

But if I was a visitor I would probably want to go to the "excellant" places. After all, when I visit I go to Ellis Island, The Capitol Building, Fisherman's Wharf, The "Bean", etc. to see what I'm supposed to see.

Apr 09, 2015
collardman in New Orleans