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Fretet Street (Portlandia?)

I would say you might want Magazine Street for your bike ride for many of the things you said you were looking for, with some spots that are new and fresh.

Freret Street is a condensed 2-3 blocks of good places for food/drink that is new and fresh but missing the charm part you want. You could call it a cool street but I wouldn't call it a hip street unless by hip you mean the new hot in area definition of hip.

Apr 16, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher Expansion?

I bet you can get a good buy on Encyclopedia Brittanicas and have multi height adjustments!

Apr 12, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Group dinner??

You will need a place with a dedicated room but you are too big for some and too small for many.

Napoleon House second floor may fit. GW Finns. NOLA third floor. Irish House second floor.

Those give a wide range of style and cost.

Apr 11, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

NOLA Shortlist advice

Nice list. Many will be packed during JF but worth it for the food and/or atmosphere & history.

I'm not a line stander but the two I definitely wouldn't stand in line for are Willie Mae's and Central Grocery just because I don't consider them a destination place for their one touted product.

Apr 08, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

crack the Galatoire's code

A half block from the Roosevelt is MiLa. The menu changes with what is fresh some of the apps stay because of demand.

Apr 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans
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early bird offers

Where are you staying? There may be good places within a block.

Many good places in the FQ start dinner at 6 and reservations can be easy. However with FQ Fest this won't be a typical week.

Apr 05, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Would you tell me about how you like to spend your hot and humid summer days/nights in New Orleans?

Two things. More time is spent at indoor attractions and outdoor patios in the daytime lose their charm.

The other is time shifting. The time just before sunrise until maybe 8 AM can be beautiful. Then life returns after the sun goes down.

While not hiding, the time shifting goes on for more like 5 months. And as mentioned the "unfriendly" summer gives us good hotel prices and easier restaurant access.

Mar 28, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

upcoming trip

You will have some comments that your choices are not "the best" but I like them as you will have a great range of local cooking from places that are in most peoples local top 10 or top 20.

Mar 24, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

A few unusual cravings

Agreed, those places are satisfactory when we locals want the taste and don't want to cook it ourselves, but they aren't at the level of restaurants in areas with larger Greek/MiddleEastern populations.

There are no Hungarian restaurants here and having Hungarian roots and being from the same general area you were from I cook my own when the urge strikes. I have several Hungarian cookbooks and recently got one from the 50's translated from Hungarian. Typical of early cookbooks, keep up your stock of lard and typical of early cookbooks you may have trouble finding some ingredients like chicken beaks!

An advantage of New Orleans is catching cabbages at the St. Patrick's Day parades and putting them in the freezer. When you are ready to make stuffed cabbage you have wilted cabbage leaves.

Mar 22, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Best crayfish boil?

How does your palate define best?

Long on lemon?

Long on garlic?

Balanced?

Long on heat?

I know many people who will tick one of those as best and they have their favorite vendor who prepares crawfish along those lines. Then there are the places that can make all batches taste alike and not vary among batches.

Mar 20, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Bon Appetite says Sirarcha's "Totally Over." Agree?

There are so many hot sauces that do well in cooking. I have 4 different sambals that I use to kick things up. Sriracha is just one other tool in the tool chest of flavor profiles

Mar 20, 2014
collardman in Food Media & News
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Sources for andouille?

I'm partial to Bailey's. While you are buying also pick up tasso. My turkey or duck gumbo always gets tasso along with the andouille.

Mar 18, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

ISO fresh horseradish root

I found it at two upscale chains. Whole Food has it seasonally, and Fresh Market. I know that may not help those who have neither near them.

I bought it to try horseradish infused vodka after having some in house made at a restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Mar 18, 2014
collardman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Easter Dinner (or is it supper?)

I think the food is better then OK. Not the best but I'd have no problem going there.
But it is loud

Mar 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Speed! Is there some contest to see how many times a restaurant can turn a table?

My dinners at non chain New Orleans restaurants usually last 2-3 hours (with a rare 4 hour on occasion). Some visitors are used to 1 hour meals and since visitors do make up the diners at good New Orleans restaurants you may have to identify the type diner you are..

When the server first asks for your app order and you may have just gotten your cocktail, that is the time to explain that you are not in the race. But I'm sure you know that.

Now at some chains such a request will drop you out of your servers cycle and you may have to remind them that you still exist and are ready for a second drink and your apps.

Mar 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans
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My Gumbo Rankings

I think I have a small jar of file dating from the Moon Landrieu era somewhere in the back of the spice drawer.
I agree it has its own flavor but I don't know of anyone (home cooks) that currently use it in their gumbo. But then I don't know any okraphobes.

Mar 17, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Has Fast Food Killed off all the cafeterias??

One from fact and fiction. Victor's Cafeteria in New Iberia, LA is famous from the Dave Robicheaux novels and in real life. While not the best eats in that small town I do love the country vegetables there and it is voted No.1 in the town by Trip Advisor.

Mar 17, 2014
collardman in General Topics

Trip Report: 4 days in New Orleans - days 3-4

I'm impressed, exhausted by your review, but impressed!

Thank you for the great write up. (are you sure you like Peche? ;-) )

Mar 11, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Are my suggestions out of date?

HH I did read the source of the Hurricane and it is the path you mentioned above. Once being forced to work with the only ingredients available I learned that dark rum, juice freshly squeezed from a pineapple and...Dr. Pepper makes a decent summer beverage.

Montuori the only new things I've added to my bar stock in the last few years has been Dolan, orange bitters and a few variations of "anise" spirits such as Absinthe, aguardiente, and ouzo, and sipping tequila.

That old greasy spoon order "And drag it through the garden" can now apply to cocktails. Bartender, give me a shot of kale infused red-eye!

Mar 08, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Are my suggestions out of date?

My vintage "Old Mr. Boston" bar guide doesn't even have tequila in it. But quite a few sloe gin choices!

The challenge drink for this years Tales of the Cocktail will be the Hurricane. I have to agree that most anyone can produce a better red fruit rum drink than what is now being sold so I look forward to the experts work.

Mar 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Fish Fry!

That is the prime list but I'm guessing the vast majority of these Captains will be fishing out of Venice, so that is a full day outing, including travel.

I checked with friends and they don't know of anyone who charters on Lake Pontchartrain but I think there most be someone from the east end of the lake, such as out of somewhere around Lake Catherine, or Slidell or the Rigolets.

Mar 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Vegan and Foodie in NOLA for two more nights-HELP,

Not Frenchman Street but easy access via Canal Street streetcar is Canal Street Bistro.

Nice place with good vegan and vegetarian. Across Canal from Mandinas

Mar 07, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Three lunches--Mandeville, Covington, Albita Springs, La

Chinese is a take out night about every other week. I mostly get vegetarian as it tends to be lighter and a bit different. My wife always gets an order of pork fried rice which I share so that balances my vegetarian. She favors Trey Yuen so we alternate. We both like the curried chicken at both places.

For you I would order something with local seafood. You need to go with the strengths.

Check out the menu at Taqueria la Noria.

The Barley Oak has a wide selection of beers but limited pub food. Old Rail Brewery brews some good beers but their food is only OK.

Mar 04, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Fish Fry!

I'm guessing you said fish fry for the alliteration as I can't think of any salt water fish that I'd want prepared fried over the other options.

If you want to go big fish that would probably be out of Venice and you will burn a long day and some $$. For something closer look at this site http://la-charters.com/

There may be a few guys who charter on Lake Pontchartrain and that would be convenient for time and cost. (I'll try to check into that

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Everyone I know around here fishes with friends and no one charters. The one charter fisherman I could recommend fishes out of Grayton Beach, FL ( a great destination itself).

Mar 04, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Three lunches--Mandeville, Covington, Albita Springs, La

Covington lunch Lola and Del Porto. For sandwiches/plates Bears, Seiler Bar at Columbia Tap Room ( step up from the Tap Room grub), and Buster's Place or The Chimes for oysters and seafood (skip Acme).

Abita is just the Abita Brew Pub, decent food but beer sampling makes it worth it.

Between Abita and Mandeville is Taqueria la Noria. It is one of the authentic country Mexican restaurants to open hoping for the Hispanic labor trade but it has been taken over by locals. Not Tex Mex.

Mandeville lunch. Best casual lunch/brunch is Liz's Where Ya At. Always busy. For boiled seafood lunches Mandeville Seafood, although they also do good catfish, soft shelled crab plates and an exceptional hot sausage patty po-boy.

Pontchartrain po-boys is also a great place for po-boys and plates. Always busy.
Trey Yuen is good but I like Sesame Inn. Both higher quality Chinese.

You can also eat with a view along the lakefront. Rips and Barley Oak more about view than fine dining. There are also several places along the river in Madisonville, including a new coffee shop that I heard was good.

Mar 03, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Covington for Easter

There doesn't seem to be any consensus on good Thai on the North Shore. I've followed various recommendations and never been impressed. So I save Thai for when I'm in New Orleans, although I'd much rather have Vietnamese. Vietnamese is also pretty limited.

Lunch during the week is Lola. Lunch or dinner would be Del Porto,

There are some others that I'll fill in later,

Mar 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Casual as sandwich and plates, or table cloth?

Mar 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Suggestion for a meal away from parade routes?

It goes on the list! I recommend it for what it is.

While I don't know that it is a "destination" place or a place for visitors who are after New Orleans/Creole/Cajun, I think it is a great place for locals to have fine dining in a casual Mid City location.

Food and service was good. Serving sizes reasonable. Atmosphere similar to other places that have taken over old houses.

Interesting, the place was half full Thursday night and the median age about 55-60. With so many other choices in Mid City that are cheaper and more casual, younger people may be at the other places.

Or, everyone young was uptown at parades and only those "bearded in moss" were out to dinner

Mar 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Suggestion for a meal away from parade routes?

You silver tongued devil, I have reservation for Rue 127.

I was surprised that there were no Metairie parades so the possible area available did open up.

I wanted Toup's but another party joined the group so the butcher shop centric menu wouldn't work. Mondo takes no reservation for small parties.

The menu at Rue 127 looked perfect. Mid City has many places that I like but needs some in the fine dining range. We'll see how this place does.

Thanks.

Feb 27, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

New Orleans Rum is now near the Old Mint, walkable from the FQ. I took the tour when they were in their old spot near I-10 and Elysian Fields and it was very good. Also made me a customer of Cajun Spiced Rum.

The Abita tour is Ok as it gets you out of the city. Lunch at the brewpub is OK and they usually have limited production stuff tapped there, sometimes some cask conditioned. A few miles from there is another small brewery in Covington that does tours. And there are some great lunch choices in Covington/Mandeville, including another brew pub in Mandeville.

But you will burn most of a day on such a trip.

Feb 27, 2014
collardman in New Orleans