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FEAST opens in New Orleans

Ha, I bought the living social deal yesterday and used it today. I got the 3 course lunch prix fixe- pork fat on toast, braised pork cheeks, and bread and butter pudding.

The first two courses were fantastic, especially the cheeks. The bread pudding was not great-- there was a really bitter taste that I couldn't identify, but it really ruined the dish. Nevertheless, I will definitely be back.

Feb 25, 2011
trkydnr in New Orleans

Grill Room- Windsor Court

Has anyone been to the Grill Room lately? I"ve heard they have a new chef-- is it as good as it used to be? Thanks.

Jan 11, 2010
trkydnr in New Orleans

Need Help Choosing Between Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, and Lasserre

My husband and I are going to be in Paris the last week in December, and we want to have one really fabulous dinner. We want top notch food, warm service, and a romantic atmosphere. Price isn't too much of a concern for this meal. We're both in our late 20's and are foodies who will eat pretty much anything as long as it tastes good.

I've narrowed down our choices to Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, and Lasserre, but I'm finding myself unable to make a final decision. Any help in choosing between these three would be very much welcome.

Dec 06, 2009
trkydnr in France

Help build our dream restaurant weekend in New Orleans. Please.

I would do Friday dinner at Herbsaint, which in my experience is always a solid choice. Saturday I would do Po-Boys at Crabby Jacks. I've been to August three times now, and have never been that impressed. We have always left very underwhelmed and always wished we had gone elsewhere. I would substitue August with Bayona.

Jul 06, 2009
trkydnr in New Orleans

7 Course Tasting Menu At Stella! ?

We had the 7 course tasting with wine pairing a couple of weeks ago. Overall, we thought it was good, but not outstanding. While there was a course or two that we really enjoyed, nothing seemed to really blow us away until we got to dessert. We got a dessert tasting and absolutely loved the "Grilled Cheese". So delicious. I was happy that we did the wine pairing because we tasted some really interesting, wonderful wines that we'd never had before. Our total pre-tip was around $480.

Mar 31, 2009
trkydnr in New Orleans

Sichuan peppercorns

I got mine at Williams Sonoma at Lakeside. I couldn't find them at the local Asian markets when I looked.

Mar 20, 2009
trkydnr in New Orleans

Houston- Mexican Breakfast/Downtown Dinner

We are flying into Houston from New Orleans on Saturday for a concert that night. We would love to have a fantastic Mexican breakfast that morning and are looking for any recs. We don't mind a hole-in-the-wall and don't care if they speak English or not. We don't have any firm plans that day, so anywhere in Houston would be ok.

That night we'd like to have a nice dinner before the concert. Our hotel and the concert are both downtown, so I'd rather have dinner in that area. Also, the show starts at 8 p.m., so we'd have to eat rather early. Any recommendations?

Mar 11, 2009
trkydnr in Houston

Mahoney's Po-Boys on Magazine

I hate to be the lone dissenter, but we ate here yesterday and thought it was just ok. I had the meatball, and my husband had the shrimp and fried green tomatoes. Neither of us were overly impressed. I thought my po-boy was lacking in flavor and could have used a bit more sauce. The meatballs were also way too big, and the entire contents of my sandwich fell out on the first bite, which was annoying. My husband thought the shrimp and fried green tomatoes po-boy is much better at Crabby Jack's.

Aug 24, 2008
trkydnr in New Orleans

Alexandria Wedding Cakes

I also grew up in Alexandria area, and we had to move our wedding there after the hurricane. We used Julie Wolf for both of our cakes, and she was wonderful. We were both very picky about the cake, and we loved the end result. I can't find her number right now, but I'll keep looking. Most of the caterers in the area know who she is, so maybe ask around.

Apr 28, 2008
trkydnr in New Orleans

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I also forgot to mention that I second the recommendation for crawfish from DeBarge's. It's fantastic. Just be sure to place your order early in the day.

Apr 19, 2008
trkydnr in General South Archive

What should I eat in Alexandria?

I grew up in Pineville (actually Tioga), so this thread is making me a little homesick. I would recommend Fant's for pretty good fried seafood. It's in Tioga, so if you're working at Pinecrest, it's pretty close to where you are. Robbie G's is also good for seafood, and I think they have good boiled shrimp. Lighthouse in Tioga also does pretty good burgers.
Last I heard Bracato's is no longer open, and I wouldn't recommend Bellino's-- we had an awful meal there. We recently went to Suburban Gardens, and everyone had a great meal-- the veal scallopini was especially delicious. For lunch, I second the suggestions of The Cottage and Portabella's, although the latter can be a little hit or miss.
My favorite Mexican place in Alex is Julia's; however, people either love this or hate it. I love, love their tacos and cheese enchiladas. I also like El Reparo/El Rodeo (which is in Ball and probably much closer to you), but hate Los Portales.
Finally, on the topic of fine dining, Bistro once had amazing sushi, and we would go just for that. They recently changed sushi chefs, so I'm hopeful it's as good as it used to be. We had the worst dining experience of my life at Diamond Grill, so I wouldn't recommend it. I've heard Red River Grill in Marksville is wonderful, but I haven't had the chance to try it myself.

Apr 19, 2008
trkydnr in General South Archive

Disappointment at Restaurant August

The pork belly was an entree that was served with butter poached Maine lobster and black truffles. The first few bites were heavenly, but as I got deeper into the pork belly, it started tasting extremely salty. The oysters were just flat out bad- flavor was off and texture was tough.

Aug 11, 2007
trkydnr in New Orleans

Disappointment at Restaurant August

Last night we took my parents to dinner at Restaurant August, and I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. The service was spotty-- my husband ordered the 5 course tasting with wine pairing, and 3 of the 5 courses, they completely forgot to bring his wine. He hated having to ask for it each time, and it would always take them at least 10 minutes to get it. The last course he had, they didn't bring it at all.
While most of the food was excellent (the gnocchi, loup de mer and kobe beef in particular) a couple of items were extremely disappointing. I could not eat one of the oyster dishes, and my pork belly became overwhelmingly salty as I ate it. I could not finish it. This was most disappointing because the lobster was cooked perfectly.
I'm not sure if anyone else has had a similar experience at August, but I'm not sure that we'll be back.

Aug 11, 2007
trkydnr in New Orleans