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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.

about 19 hours ago
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.

about 20 hours ago
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.

about 20 hours ago
collardman in Greater Boston Area

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.

current restaurant pet peeve

Agreed on the sandwiches, and that includes "overstuffed sandwich". A sandwich, like any good dish, should be balanced, not a tennis ball of shredded ham between two slices of bread with a minimum of other fillings/seasonings.

Jun 16, 2015
collardman in General Topics

The restaurant salad

And what happened to tossed salads? While an artfully plated entree is great I don't necessarily want a layered or divided salad no matter how nice it looks. That's like getting a BLT in a four piece kit (with mayo on the side).

If a salad is properly made and tossed you don't need the dressing on the side as there should be just the right amount of dressing to accent each piece of the salad. If you want a glass of Ranch with lettuse on the side ask for extra dressing with your (properly) dressed and tossed salad.

Or, serve the art work in a large enough bowl/plate so that I can toss the salad myself without getting half of it on the table.

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

+1 Well put.

My summer guests have often ended up at Meyer the Hatter. This past winter I picked up a beautiful straw Katy at a garage sale. I don't know about mad dogs, but Englishmen (and Frenchmen) wore hats under the summer sun.

Jun 08, 2015
collardman in New Orleans
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Lafayette, Louisiana Restaurants

You did well in the restaurants, and in marriage, so congatulations on your 50th.

I have what is left of a box of Don's boudin in the freezer, but I'm still looking for a boudin that I don't like. (Actually a few of the hybrid boudins served at Beer & Boudin didn't set to well).

Jun 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Crawfish Boil, Oysters, Po' Boys -- LA

You can get frozen crawfish and that is what is often used for cooked crawfish recipes.

For boiled crawfish I found this pictorial guide. No dill in sight.

http://www.myinvisiblecrown.com/2013/...

I wondered about the writer bit as a few years back a Finnish writer was in town and did some interviews for a Finnish newspaper article on crawfish in Louisiana.

Jun 06, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Trip Report (long) – Patois, Peche, Brigtsen’s, August, and other great meals!

Nice report and a good spread of dining spots.

Thanks for the report on Gumbo Shop. I know some of the old places aren't multi-star (or bean) restaurants but the food is still dependable.

I've gone to Venezia several times in the past month for a family gathering and the food is good and the place has been slammed both times. The old horses are over shadowed by the new but still have life.

Jun 05, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Crawfish Boil, Oysters, Po' Boys -- LA

Casamentos closes for the summer and won't reopen until mid September.

Pelicans follow the fish and it's difficult to know where the fish are, which is why many people spend a lot of time fishing and not so much time catching.

If you are flying into Houston, at Beaumont go south to Hwy 82 and take it to Cameron (short ferry ride there) and then on to Abbeville. You will be along the coast and will have some oportunities to film pelicans, shrimp boats and stop at some cajun gas station/grocery store/delis for who knows what food, although boudin for sure. In Abbeville and New Iberia there are some good local restaurants that you can find mentioned in some previous posts.

Are you a writer doing research?

Jun 05, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Crawfish Boil, Oysters, Po' Boys -- LA

While you may find a raw bar in some "white tablecloth" places most seafood/shellfish places like you want will range from shacks to nice mom & pops. And while there are exceptions, Shreveport edges you into the BBQ/fried chicken/greens country.

There have been some recent threads here on sources for N.O. crawfish boils and many past threads on local po-boys.

I rarely stop in Lake Charles but out of convenience stop in Sulphur. Holliers Cajun Kitchen is OK with its basic country cooking. I've had meals from just Ok to pretty good.

I've eaten in Iowa, La once and the meal was good but I don't remember which restaurant off I-10 it was.

Jun 04, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Pop-Up Dining Down in New Orleans

This may be the dividing line between eating and dining, or this same divide may be generational.

There are obviously those that go out strictly for certain meals and certain specific foods. Then there are those who consider food only one part of an outing.

Pop-ups for some may be about the venue with a food excuse.

One good thing is that cooks/chefs can hone their chops with a reasonable risk of capital.

May 31, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Oyster dome soup

I make that soup, hold the dome, almost every Christmas. The small touch of pastis flavor does kick it up nicely.

May 28, 2015
collardman in New Orleans

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.

May 24, 2015
collardman in New Orleans