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Craft Cocktails in NO?

Add Carousel, Kingfish, SoBou, and The Sazerac for a Sazerac and the Bombay Club for martinis. The argument will go on for ever as to who makes "the best".

Everybody was at their best for Tales of the Cocktail so some of the best bar tenders may be taking some time off during the slow season.

about 10 hours ago
collardman in New Orleans

Feedback please!

Well said.

Jul 28, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Filipino food in New Orleans

If you are interested in Filipino food the current source is Milkfish on Carrolton Ave at Canal. It's next to Rue 124 and across from Venezia.

It is pretty typical of suburban "ethnic" restaurants with simple décor, reasonable prices and home cooking.

We enjoyed dinner there about 2 weeks ago and will go back. Nothing exceptional but it is always nice to dine on some new ingredients, spices and combinations.

Two in our party have Filipino/a inlaws and the discussion on the lumpia reminded me of the "best gumbo" questions. Lumpia can come in cigar size, cigarette, size and joint size and the "right" size was the size you were first served the first time you had it.

Among the six of us we had about half the things on the menu and there were no complaints. I also drank my first San Miguel beer since my days in the Philippines, decades ago.

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Corkage fees

No. Just doing my own math on wholesale bottled beer and usual menu price.

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I admit that I'm not a fan of fusion cooking as it is not easy to pull it off. The drink menu and the food menu both sound like fusion for the sake of marketing fusion. I would guess that there are some good things on both menus but the campy overload would keep me away from here.
It is rated highly on Trip Advisor. One review states "Best tapis in town".

Jul 22, 2014
collardman in Spirits
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Corkage fees

Has anyone heard of or thought of bringing in their own "exotic" beers? There have been times when I really wanted a good beer with a meal but the beer list was limited and/or mundane. I know there are some restaurants in town with good beer lists.

Should there be a "cappage" fee? Restaurants aren't going to get rich on the mark up of beer.

Jul 21, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I think the balance takes away the juniper for me. It's not like something like Citadel with botanical overload.

But gin has now gone all over the place from London dry.

Part of the presentation was some great photos of the restored gin palaces in London (and Dublin). Made me want to hop a plane just for an architecture tour.

Jul 21, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Had some Broker's gin today. They are dropping a ton of money with a large hospitality room.

The gin is good. very smooth and "light". It is supposed to have 6 or more botanicals in it but the blend is not heavy on the juniper or any others. It was nice neat and would work nicely as a pink gin with various bitters. My one complaint is it is 94 proof so one must be a bit careful on how many you drink.

As you know, the town is full of bar tenders this week, We were at Chris McMillans place for lunch and all the bar tenders used measured pours. (PP, Chris is one of the top five bartenders and drink historians in New Orleans. Having him make you a cocktail on a slow night when he can spin tales is a treat.)

Another note on mixing a drink is the ice. I sampled a Pernod Absinthe with lime cocktail that was served on the rocks. I set it aside and 3 hours later there was still cubed ice in the glass. There are machines that make pure ice that lasts.

Jul 17, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

That is a great martini and what I make at home. Measured.

Tomorrow morning I will be at Tales of the Cocktail in a gin class at 10:30. I promise I won't be wanting a Martini for lunch!

Jul 16, 2014
collardman in Spirits

Help, please. Rehearsal Dinner for July 2015.

If you do a search on rehearsal dinners and weddings you will find quite a few threads over the last few years, including some with cost in mind.

Your biggest problem might be the large size of the party. That will need a place with special room. There was a thread a few days ago on Napoleon House second floor.

Jul 15, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

New Orleans has the French fry po-boy and one version adds roast beef gravy or gravy with "debris", bits and pieces of roast beef that come adrift during the cooking and shredding.

Jul 09, 2014
collardman in General Topics

Questions on grilled shrimp skewers

Agreed. We make shrimp piri-piri which does have a small amount of acid in the marinade and is a tasty way to grill shrimp. Down here on the Gulf we can get the 10-12 count shrimp which make for good grilling.

The first time I had shrimp piri-piri was in South Africa and the serving was one prawn that filled the plate!

Jul 04, 2014
collardman in Home Cooking

Rare Bourbon

Gambit bar issue indicates Barrel Proof on Magazine Street and Whiskey Blue in the Poydras M Hotel might carry the exotics you are looking for.

Jul 03, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Kingfish, La Petite Grocery, or Peche - only meal in New Orleans?

Not Kingfish based on one try. We may try it again during TOTC. Drinks great food disappointing.

Jul 03, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Advice and feedback for first trip

Great list.

I'd still do the swamp tour. I'd go to the earliest one offered. Hot and humid but you are almost always in the tree shade (and boats have canopys.) Skip the bike ride. Any bike riding I do in the summer starts at the first hint of sunrise and is over by 8 AM. If you are young you can extend to maybe 10-11.

Jul 03, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Feedback on New Orleans itinerary

I'd choose Borgne over a return to Luke both for something new and more interesting dishes. Not exotic but good.

Jul 02, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Restaurant Recommendations for Guys' Weekend

That is a good list with GW Finns, Herbsaint and NOLA the most expensive in that order.

GW Finns and NOLA are the ones with the highest noise level and I've seen bachelor parties and bachelorette parties in both, and both are in the FQ.

Jul 02, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

August Visit-Filling in the gaps

Instead of the dome consider Borne in the hotel or Little Gem.

In Laplace there is Pier 51 a family owned local seafood restaurant. In Kenner some other similar seafood places. Kenner also has some acceptable Vietnamese and Hispanic restaurants.

Upscale is Vegas Tapas on Metairie Road.

Jul 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

21 Things chefs wish they could tell you.....

There are some times when you arrive in a city or area late and there are few choices for a meal. To soften the blow of a late arrival I've seen two things done. See if you can get the food take-out or ask management if it would be OK to buy a round of drinks for the staff upon completion of their work. Or do both.

I've had line cooks come out of the kitchen and thank us.

Jun 26, 2014
collardman in Food Media & News
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From a 1997 Frommers New Orleans travel guide and the many closed restaurants from that time period.

Some of those are failures, which is not difficult considering the small margins in some places and the fickleness of patrons, and some are the usual Chef/owner shuffle and, of course, Chef/owner burnout.

Jun 23, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

One Dinner in New Orleans

The Bombay Club is just around the corner. It has pub food but good pub food. A short walk away is GW Fins.

A few blocks across Canal is Dominica in the Roosevelt.

Any of those will have 9-9:30 reservations as long as there are no special events going on. Tales of the Cocktail is mid month and may affect reservations that week.

Jun 20, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Chowdown at Toups' Meatery July 17, 2014

That does sound fun but it is also the night of TOTC Spirited Dinners and I (and possibly others) already have other reservations.

Jun 19, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Family with teens

Domenica is one of the top restaurants in town and has pizzas on the menu among the other items. But these are not pizzas that you will find at most domestic pizza places because of the ingredients and quality.

Jun 15, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

NOLA - First Timer - Need Recommendations

Every restaurant but Galatoires fits the attire question.

Every good restaurant that you will read about in any search here will have tourists as one of the local attractions are the good restaurants. You will not find "tourist trap" places mentioned here with the exception of Mother's and Court of Two Sisters which get mixed reviews but would not be in most peoples top thirty of forty. Although Mother's might be in some peoples po-boy top 10.

Jun 06, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

List of places with crab fingers/claws, any preparation

I've had two reports on Blue Crab but haven't been there myself. Both reviews were high price for mediocre food.

Went to Landrys two weeks ago as everywhere else we wanted to go to the west was closed. My partner went the previous week and had a good meal so the four of us went. Apps were good, service fair and entrees poor. I don't remember seeing crab claws on the menu.

Jun 03, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

french or warehouse?

If you will be here during the summer the hotel rates are as cheap as they are going to get. While the chain low end places, like Hampton Inn are good some of the fancier places have good summer specials.
The cheapest food you are going to get are the sandwich/po-boy places although the tapas lunch at Rio Mar is a great deal and anything is better than the food in the convention center. The food court in the redone Riverwalk may have some decent places now.

Jun 01, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

french or warehouse?

The big difference is that there is a longer walk to the convention center from the FQ. Both have a lot of foot traffic at night and I have no problem going from one area to the other although I keep aware of what is going on around me and make my route the busiest streets.

For something at the convention center I would stay in the Warehouse district/CBD. But with the exception of the Roosevelt the hotels in that area are of recent conversion and don't have the history and possible charm of some of the hotels in the FQ.

There are plenty of good food choices in both areas.

May 30, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Frozen Lunch Meat Sandwiches

Another suggestion is to press the meat in paper towels before assembly. Many packaged lunch meats have water added and removing some of that water will remove some or all of the icing.

I regularly freeze bread and meat and assemble them frozen or part frozen, adding condiments and lettuce or spinach at that time. If still frozen it can slightly wilt the lettuce.

May 30, 2014
collardman in Home Cooking
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Eloping with a picky eater. Reccomendations?

Many of the "good" restaurants will also have steak and chicken on their menus in some form, most forms not too exotic. And most restaurants will take an 8 top but 10's are often the tripping point.

Also, things can be jumping in November, particularly if there is a big convention or Saints game in town. Make your plans early.

You've been given some good leads already.

May 29, 2014
collardman in New Orleans

Picou's donuts

Ain't dere no more.

I have a six pack of the last run of Dixie beer made in Louisiana. I happened to walk into the brewery in Covington when they were bottling the last batch before the contract went north. The brew master took the bottles off the line, put the labels on by hand and put them in a six pack holder for me.

I guess I shudda put a few of Al Scramuzza's crawfish in amber for historic paperweights. And gotten a Brennan's breakfast menu.

May 27, 2014
collardman in New Orleans