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Seattle Meal

If you were to prepare a meal which represents Seattle and Washington type foods, what would you prepare? What types of foods are indicative of the area?

Aug 29, 2009
calliope in Greater Seattle

Joe's Dreyfus Store

Ate there a few months ago. It was good. A few things I like were missing from the menu, but what we had was good and the crawfish bisque tasted like the old place. I'd return.

Jul 09, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

Lafayette Seafood and Cajun? Breakfast?

Ate at Randol's in Lafayette, last week, for the first time in several years. It was fun to watch the Cajun dancing while dining. This is not a quite place, but it's a lot of fun.
The seafood gumbo and crawfish bisque were outstanding. Also had a shimp app which was panko crusted shrimp in a cane syrup ginger sauce. The soft shell crab I had was the biggest, fattest crab I've ever had and fried well, not greasy at all as some are from time to time. I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely return.

Jul 04, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

Upperline

I don't know anything about the feast, but I've had nothing but fine meals and service at Upperline.

Jun 25, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

What should I eat in Alexandria?

Thanks for your reports. Have a safe trip home.

Jun 09, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

That's a longer route regardless of obeying the speed limits. We take 49 to Opelousas and get off to Port Barre. Much shorter. Also, if you've ever been in 10 between Lafayette and BR when there's been an accident, you'll never do it again. You are stuck over the spillways. Maybe there will be some corn at one of the closer markets before you leave. If I see any, I'll let you know.

Jun 05, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

When you get to Cheneyville, you turn left on Klock St. and go until you reach the point of having to turn right or left on Bayou Rd. You turn right at that point and it's several miles on your left. The corn is worth the trouble. I can promise you that.

Jun 05, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

We always go the "old" pre-49 route and I assumed you did as well because it's longer to take 49 to Lea's. You head straight out of town on MacArthur Dr. Go straight under 49 rather than getting on. If you go straight on that hwy through Cheneyville, Lecompte, Bunkie etc..., it will take you to the hwy just before you hit Krotz Springs. (I'm assuming you are not taking the long route to NO through Lafayette)
Anyway, going that way takes you right in front of Lea's. After Lecompte, you will hit Cheneyville. You turn left on the first street (there may only be 2 streets). Go over a little bridge, turn right and go until you see the Poole's veggie signs. That's it. There's a veggie stand off Hwy 28, closer to you, but they don't usually get the corn this early. You could call them, though. The name is Bayou Best Produce, I believe.
There's a fellow out at Lake Buhlow right now, during the day, just off the bridge past the Buhlow Fun Park who has some great purple hull peas and specks. Purples hulls are similar to black eye peas, but much better, in my opinion. They are grown in the area. We stock up in the summer.

Jun 05, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I love the ham sandwiches at Lea's and the ham itself is delicious, but part of the allure of the sandwich is probably nostalgic for me.

If you get a chance to have the fried shrimp and catfish at Robbie G's before you leave, I recommend that.

Before you leave or on your way home, stop in Cheneyville at Poole's produce and pick up some of the sweet corn coming in. I was lucky enough to have some from there last year and it was outstanding. It's off the main road, but very easy to find and not far from your route. Take 71 out of town rather than I-49, like you are going to Lea's. You can call Poole's before you go and tell him what you want as far as corn and he'll give you directions. Here's the info.
Sweet Corn, Pooles Home Grown Produce. 318-279-2429 or 318-452-7061

If you like corn, you will find this hard to beat.

If you like fresh purple hull peas or speckled butterbeans, the new crops are coming in and they are flash frozen the day they are picked. They keep in the freezer extremely well and taste just as good as fresh, not frozen. I've eaten some I had in the freezer for well over a year without any flavor or texture differences. This is good old country cookin' food. The tomatoes coming in are very good as well, though not Creoles!

Jun 05, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I've never had the chicken at Westside. Initially, the menu was small and you could basically get chipped beef, sliced beef or ham with potato salad or slaw and that was pretty much it. As the owners changed, they expanded, but the original meats are still prepared as they always were, so I stick with those. Probably should have told you that.

Don't know what was up with the silverware problem at Tunk's. That's unusual. You're right about the salad bar. It's just there for a filler, in my opinion. I've rarely dined upstairs. I like the view of the water downstairs. Glad you liked the gator.

Cellar door, Robbie G's is better for seafood, in my opinion, though the menu is smaller. Tunks is an okay seafood restaurant and kind of fun because of it's quirks.

Jun 01, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

Emeril's Restaurants

Had fabulously perfect meals (4 diners) at Emeril's about a month or so ago. Chef fed two of us while the others ordered from the menu. All dishes were prepared well and the service was great. I've always enjoyed my meals there and I like Emeril's dedication to the city. For crying out loud, he has 3 restaurants which employ a number of folks and he's raised money and promoted NO right and left.

Haven't eaten at the NO Delmonico, but had great meals at the Las Vegas restaurant last month. 8 or us ate there. Food was great and the service was outstanding. Made the reservations through the NO Delmonico restaurant and the NO Gen. Mgr. sent out apps, on the house, for us in LV. Nice touch.

May 21, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I'll have to remember that shrimp dish. What was it called on the menu? The people there have always been very nice folks. Glad you were able to find the place. I think those dumplings are new. The dumplings I've had there are good, but they've been the normal size.

May 19, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

Couldn't find the thread! So where did you eat on Sunday?

May 19, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

Baton Rouge - need recommendations

Zea recently opened in BR. I've not been to that location, but the one in Lafayette is excellent. Have the Thai ribs, Asian almond shrimp or the pesto crusted trout or all of them!

Joe's Dreyfus has reopened in Livonia which isn't a bad drive from BR and a neat little restaurant.

May 19, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

Bangkok should be open. I think they are open 7 days a week. They are near the Mall and, if you were on Mac South, you should have seen the Mall. They are located on North Drive in the strip mall which has Books-A-Million. North Drive hits MacArthur at a lighted intersection. Logan's is on the right there and I Hop, I believe will be on the left in front of another strip center which houses Bath and Body Works, PetSmart and Shoe Carnival, among others. Sam's is right around there as well.

Lea's is not hidden. It's been on the main drag through Lecompte since it first opened a million years ago and before I-49, that was the only option (other than through Marksville) to drive from Shreveport to Baton Rouge. It actually suffered when I-49 opened. It was always packed to the max when you drove through there.

Tunk's is not as good as Robbie G's in my opinion, but it has a much larger menu and serves good cocktails. You can eat in the bar area downstairs with a good view of the lake and even eat outside if the weather is suitable. Good view of the sunset on the lake or the moon rising. The beef filet is surprisingly tasty there.

Sammy's had pretty good steaks as well. It's just off MacArthur near the Pizza Hut across from the Power Center shopping center.

Maybe this map will help you.
http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=...

If you enjoy bbq with the vinegar based sauce, try Westside just before you get to Robbie G's on Jackson St. Extension. It's cheap, so that should fit your bill. The chipped beef sandwich is good. Get extra sauce on the side for dipping.

http://westsidebarbeque.com/WestsideB...

Not open on Sundays, unfortunately.

May 18, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I would think that the chains and Asian and Mexican restaurants are all open on Sundays.

You are quite close to Tunk's for a meal on a weeknight or Saturday night. It might be closed on Mondays, though.
http://www.tunkscypressinn.com/index.htm

Spirits has always been closed on Saturdays, which seems odd, but historically, they've done booming day business during the week and pretty good business at night as well. It has a band on Friday nights quite often, also. The current owners are a young couple with small children and both of them have plenty of money of their own outside of the restaurant income. They can do what they want, but they work hard at it during the week. It probably nearly runs itself at this point.

It's possible Sister's in the mall could be open, but call first.

Lea's Lunchroom in Lecompte is open until mid afternoon, generally, and is a pleasant drive for a good ham sandwich, rootbeer served in the bottle with an accompanying small clear glass of ice, the old fashioned way. I've never been wild about the pies, but have a slice to say you ate at the "pie capital of the world". I don't believe anything at Lea's has changed since I was a child at least. It's pretty nostalgic and just a crack up to go there. I really love the ham sandwiches.

http://www.leaslunchroom.com/Default....

There's a map if you hit the home page.

Do not speed in Lecompte, though. You will be nailed if you do.

May 18, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

The mall is easy to find. Go out hwy 28 from the base and you'll hit MacArthur Drive. Veer right onto MacArthur Dr. and follow it, going around the South Traffic Circle. The mall will be on your left. Sister's is in the back, just inside the back entrance.

Glad you've had some nice meals. If you end up at Suburban again, ask for extra red and some white sauce on the side. Mix them and put the sauce on the canneloni. It's much better than just the red sauce, which I find too sweet for my taste. The white sauce tempers the sweetness. Suburban Gardens just cracks me up. The music, the decor...it's a blast from the past. It also has an oyster bar, if you like them raw.

Love the red gravy at Critic's. It has a kick to it.

May 11, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

Time for another update.

Also, I heard about another place in the Mall called Sister's. Have you tried it yet?

May 10, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

Coming to NOLA May 22-25! what are the new hot spots?

Not necessarily new, but if you haven't eaten at Cuvee', you should put it on your list. Excellent. You might enjoy Cafe Adelaide as well.

Apr 30, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

jfood at Commanders - Great food/service

Had lunch there last month. Perfect. Every single thing was perfect and the food was outstanding. I like the booth in the right river side corner of the restaurant, as you enter the main dining room. Great for people watching.

Apr 30, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

What should I eat in Alexandria?

Thanks for the report! Keep 'em comin'. I'm learing some things. I'm glad you got to Robbie G's.

Apr 28, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

Four Delicious Days- Report from "plan of attack"

I will never understand folks coming from out of town, eating at Coop's with so many other great casual restaurants around, miles better than it. I must be missing something. I've always thought Mother's was overrated as well. It's okay at best and I would never wait in line to eat there.

Luke seems to be a mixed bag, running hot and cold.

Apr 28, 2008
calliope in New Orleans

Golden Nugget Hotel Restaurants

I had a good meal at an Asian restaurant there about 8 years ago as well. I have a feeling this one could have been fairly new. It certainly wasn't up to the standards I recalled.

Apr 27, 2008
calliope in Southwest

Golden Nugget Hotel Restaurants

Thanks to everyone. The meals at Emeril's Fish House and Delmonico were outstanding. Service was excellent, especially at Delmonico. Had a very good lunch at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. Ate one dinner at the hotel at Lillie's Noodle House. Awful food. Not one person in our party enjoyed his/her meal. I do believe that was the worst Asian food I've ever had. The ginger creme brulee dessert was good and the service was excellent, but the food was not enjoyable.

Apr 27, 2008
calliope in Southwest

Golden Nugget Hotel Restaurants

Are any of them good? Will be staying there, shortly, for 3 nights. Eating at Emeril's Fish House, one night and Delmonico on the other night. No plans yet for the third night, but we're thinking of staying at the hotel rather than going out. . This is a business trip and the other choices are in stone.

Apr 22, 2008
calliope in Southwest

What should I eat in Alexandria?

You can get some lighter fare at any of the "fried" seafood restaurants, such as grilled fish, for example. Tunk's, Robbie G's and Cajun Landing will all have something lighter if that's what you prefer.

You can get some light fare at Diamond Grill as well.

Lots of people love Julia's. Too much velveeta like cheese for me.

Agree on the Red River Grill. Debarge's crawfish are the best I've had anywhere, ever, other than a good backyard boil, on occasion.

Apr 20, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

If you like oriental fare, you might try the Bangkok. Its hit and miss,depending on what you order, but they also have some Thai dishes, if you like that. Its near Saki Sushi next to Books A Million. There's another Mexican restaurant, locally owned, near there as well, in a strip center just before Wally World. I think the folks are related to the folks at El Reparo, but its a bit different. The flan is very good.

Apr 17, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I'm surprised Fire Mountain had anything good. Its a chain owned by Ryan's which is not described too favorably. I've never been in one of them, but I've heard about it.

Near there is Cajun Landing, which would be much more appealing and has darn good fried catfish, among other things, and hushpuppies which are long and thin and tasty.

I had drinks and apps at Diamond Grill this week. The crabcake was just okay. The fried oysters were very good. The extra large grilled shrimp were okay. The atmosphere is lovely. There's a neat story behind it. It was a family owned jewelry store for eons. They finally closed it to move to a growing area of the city since downtown had gotten a bit slow. Now, you know the origin of the name. The folks who renovated really brought out the best features of the old building. You should try it while you in Alexandria to make your own decision about the former New Orleans chef. The architecture is worth the visit.

Lou and Laura's has been around forever, though I've been told ownership has changed. The fellow running it makes his own Italian sausage, which is excellent. I heard he was now selling it in the restaurant. Its a very casual place, famous for broasted chicken. It never served alchohol and I doubt it does now. I'm not sure if its open at night.

Sorry to hear that Sake Sushi has mixed reviews. Its been around for about a year, maybe. I've attended some catered events at which they had sushi set ups. Folks just flocked to it and never seemed to leave.

You might enjoy the Hana Japanese Steakhouse, which is new to the city. I've heard it is very good and fun. Reservations may be necessary, though, for night dining. It may still have the "new restaurant" crowds.

If you get to the Main Dish before it closes at 5:30, you can pick up some of the old fashioned shredded chicken salad like grandmothers used to make for easy lunches while you're at work. Throw in some green grape halves and almonds for variety.

Put Robbie G's on your list if you like fried shrimp or catfish. You'll enjoy the hole in the wall atmosphere.

If you go back to the wok, people seem to like a dish called "Effie's chicken". I think its like an almond chicken, but I'm not sure. Their "Japanese" dumplings are very good, but you have to specifically ask for the "Japanese" version and I'm not sure they are actually on the main menu.

Take the "old" way back to NO through Cheneyville, Lecompte and Bunkie to hit Krotz Springs. The scenery is quaint and you can run into Lea's in Lecompte and get a ham sandwich for the road. OR, stop at Stelly's in Lebeau and they'll fry up a decent meatpie for you. Its a good "rest" stop and its a hoot. The old route actually cuts time on the trip even though the speed limits are lower. I drove that route a million times coming from NO to Alexandria.

Apr 17, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

That's interesting. I hadn't heard of Brocato's. The same folks, or at least one of them, had a Brocato's some years ago, but it closed a good while back. It was just okay. Interesting that this one is cafeteria style. and not open at night.

Apr 16, 2008
calliope in General South Archive

New Orleans Trip Day 4

I'm sorry to hear that. I had a great meal there on a Sunday evening last month. In fact, food and service were outstanding as for as all 4 diners were concerned and we weren't expecting it to be quite that great. I've eaten there before and thought it was very good, but this was beyond that.

Ate at Brigtsen's as well and it was darn good. The oyster artichoke gratin was outstanding. The seafood was great. I was concerned about the menu just a bit relative to one diner, but he left completely satisfied with his choice.

Apr 16, 2008
calliope in New Orleans