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Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

Very interesting info...thanks

Aug 29, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

If that is the case then I stand corrected. Is there typically no thickening agent? This did not appear to have one.

Aug 29, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Recap of Restaurants Visited on New Orleans Trip

I've had a really nice visit this week and have had the opportunity to try several new restaurants in the greater New Orleans area. I'm down on business from North Carolina for the week.

Monday for lunch we at the Po Boy Company in Mandeville, some of the better onion rings i've ever had...the ham/roast beef po boy i had was solid, although their "famous" roast beef was over salted IMHO, and i generally like salty.

Monday night we went to Domenica and tried some John Besh Italian fare. I was quite pleased with the restaurant, we had two pizzas for apps, very solid pies. i had the tagliatelle with a rabbit ragu (waiter boasted he thought it was one of the top dishes in the city...), i enjoyed it very much, but to call any dish one of best in this city is a tough standard to live up to...

For dessert we shared a couple, an apple pastry, and a peach pie, both very good. The bill seemed to add a little higher than we would've thought, but what's new right???

Tuesday i was in Slidell, and a local took me to a place called southside cafe for lunch, he had spaghetti with meatball special, could've fed three people with that plate...i kept it light with chicken salad po boy...not great not bad.

Tuesday night, we went to Mr B's Bistro, and 2 of us shared the pork chop plate, absolutely fabulous. From a temp standpoint, they said it would be medium, it was a little under medium, but no big deal there, really, really good chop and side of veggies with a broth.

Wednesday, i had lunch at Smilie's in Harahan, and i had the blue plate special brisket, the brisket was probably a little tougher than they or i would prefer for that type (or any type) of brisket, but still not too bad, and i always enjoy having lunch at Smilie's when i visit this area. 2 desserts were ordered, a white chocolate bread pudding, which i had half of, and a strawberry shortcake. The bread pudding was not what i consider a traditional bread pudding, but i'll tell you what, it was good.

For Wednesday dinner we ate at Peche, everyone really enjoyed it, and it was quite reasonable as well. I had the baked drum dish...spot on, and the corn fritters in the jus were a great compliment. The tuna dip app, had character, but i personally wouldn't order it again given other choices. The chili crab claws app, outstanding. The sorbet dessert (peach rose'), also very enjoyable, more so than most sorbets i've had. After dinner we went to the Royal Sonesta to catch Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, i have nothing but respect for that guy and his craft and his ensemble, what great, great and pleasant musicians...rock on Irvin.

Today's lunch was at Liuzza's by the Track. I split the BBQ Shrimp dish as an app, i had the turtle soup, and i mean good gosh...i had to try some crawfish etouffee on my visit. The soup was great, the shrimp grew on me, not the best not worst version i've had, and the etouffee, was rich in flavor, but not really an etouffee based on my experience, the roux had not been developed, it was more of an etouffee soup, with lots of butter, nothing really dark red about it (or whatever color you normally get with etouffee), and no discernible flour/thickening agent whatsoever. Flavor was good, just not the consistency or color you would expect. The waitress had to go see if they had any left before accepting my order, and erased it from board after taking my order. I enjoyed it though.

No time to proof this long review...so excuse any errors above...heading to Manning's across from Harrah's to watch some college football.

Always great to visit...look forward to next one in a few months.

Aug 28, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

yea i agree, the only concern was this game is on the new SEC Network. I'm guessing most places have it, but just don't want to mess around looking for it on game day...

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

thanks for all the recs hounds...looks like plenty of great options to work with...started my tour of Quarter area eats last night with Domenica, was very pleased. Nice tight menu, great crisp flavors, everyone was real pleased with their dishes, the ambiance, and the service. Thanks again

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

got it

Aug 26, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

don't know that I've ever tried Q down there...do they serve decent Q at The Ugly Dog Saloon?

Aug 24, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

those damn hard headed neighbors...i'll just have to come down next March or April i guess.

Aug 18, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

very good news to hear, and i know exactly what you mean. Am i going to be able to get a plate of crawfish next week, still in season?

Aug 18, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Frankie and Johnny's

I see Frankie and Johnny's has reopened since my last visit, with a face lift to boot, is it basically the same establishment as I've visited on many previous visits before the remodel?

Aug 17, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

Bobby Hebert-A blast from the past...we don't hear that name so much anymore being 700 miles away, i wish it was a little closer it would be the choice and still may be...we'll take under advisement. Thanks

Aug 17, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

been visiting for almost 25 years...oddly enough my first two visits were when i played football...hows that for irony, playing tournaments on the UNO campus. Now i visit for work a couple/few times a year and always enjoy seeing the familiar places, smelling the nice aromas, and listening to The City of New Orleans. We'll toast one to you my friend.

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

i took no insult, it did not appear your intent...just giving a little back. Thanks again

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

just because it's a sports bar does not "necessarily" mean that it can't also serve decent eats, but we both know as a generality, it does seem to be the case. I will look up WalkOns...

funny response though...i could taste your disdain with each typed word.

Hey, the night before the football game we are going to try Peche, and last visit i was fortunate enough to eat at August, Galatoire's and R'evolution...but occasionally we have to slum it down a bit and whoop it up with the other "morons" to catch a good game in the right environment. Thanks for rec

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

ah yes over in the Jacques Imo's area...thanks, we'll certainly give it some consideration.

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

A Place to Watch a Game in The Quarter with Good Eats and Drinks

I'll be down in the Quarter the week of 8 25...on the 28th college football kicks off, and we'll want to hang at a sports bar/restaurant where we can focus on a game (South Carolina/Texas A&M on the new SEC Network), but also enjoy some good eats/beverages (although creative beverages are not a big deal to us). Can anybody throw some recs my way for a North Carolina Chowhound? We're staying at the JW Marriott (what great pricing August in the Quarter offers!!!), but will have access to a cab if necessary. Thanks for any suggestions you have.

Aug 16, 2014
picklelicious in New Orleans

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

That's exactly what I thought.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

fair enough

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

I imagine I can get good color in the oven, honestly I've never oven roasted a whole turkey, I've always fried them and i'm just going through different options to achieve a near perfect bird. I've never really been wowed by a oven roasted turkey, and we kind of had the fried thing down to a science, so I thought I would challenge myself to trump the boring birds that used to be the thanksgiving rule of thumb before the fried birds came into play. And it's not just color i'm looking for, it would be nice to have a slightly crispy/crunchy skin.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

Blow Torches and Turkey Skin

Can any of you give recommendations for or against using a blow torch to and properly color and crisp the turkey skin of a whole oven roasted turkey? I've never really used one, and I thought it was worth getting some feedback on if any of you have any experience or advise on this subject.

Nov 24, 2013
picklelicious in Home Cooking

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

6203 Millhouse Rd. Honestly, I'm not here to slam the place. I know that too many knowledgeable Q fans praise this place too much for the place to be of the quality I have found it to be on my initial visit. Hopefully I will catch the on a premier day one of these times. Only one of the three times was it what i would refer to as bad, but i had just heard so much praise about them, that it disappointed me, and after reading what Qball wrote, i thought i would mention i knew how he/she felt regarding being disappointed with this restaurant.

Dec 06, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

I agree on Allen and Sons, heard about it forever, finally visited their 3 times recently, kept giving them the benefit of the doubt, and it just never lived up to my expectations or what i consider to be a "real quality product". One of the 3 visits, the first, i'd say it was almost bad. Chunks of inedible pieces that by all means should have been culled from the process, and the product literally had a burnt flavor to it, not smokey, burnt. Not that i let sides have any bearing on rating of the Q, but i wouldn't have served those fries they put on my table, just complete grease fries. With my love for Q, and it's reputation and convenience to the interstate, i'll probably try it again, but to date, been very disappointed with Allen & Sons.

Dec 03, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Where to go in Chinatown?

Hopefully we'll get a chance, but it's just two of us, and they're website indicates they require 4 people for the Peking Duck lunch special, perhaps we'll just have to do some roast duck and dumplings somewhere instead...may still go there anyway.

Sep 18, 2012
picklelicious in Manhattan

Where to go in Chinatown?

Are both Peking Duck House locations equally good? I'm traveling up in a few weeks and looking to round out my experience with some exceptional Peking Duck. So far, before a show on Broadway (my first time doing that) we have reservations at Trattoria Trecolori, and then going to try Daniel the next night. I've just got to try one of these three star Miichilin places and get that chip off my back.

Sep 17, 2012
picklelicious in Manhattan

Altamonte Springs for Dinner

Having dinner with a couple of friends Tuesday night in Altamonte Springs. I'm looking for a nice, but reasonable restaurant ($20-$25 entree selections) with a relaxed environment, and a full service bar. We're not to picky on type of cuisine, I guess what you would consider mainstream style menu where the restaurant really cares about the quality of food they put on the table would be ideal for this group.

Any suggestions will be appreciated, and if we need to drive a little ways, that's no big deal.

Aug 24, 2012
picklelicious in Florida

Hey Baltimore Hounds...

I went to La Scala. It was a very enjoyable evening, and the food was generally good.

The Bruschetta was simple and very nice. It's amazing how many people screw up such a simple concept by trying to get creative...

I had a swordfish entree that was all about the swordfish. It came out cool, it was cooked to the right temp, but in my opinion had sat in the window too long. I wouldn't have said anything, because i just didn't really care, but the chef owner asked, so i told him, at whhich point they went back there and made the same peice of fish that was on my plate hot...NOT A BIG FAN OF THAT, but as i said I really just didn't care (long day at the office so to speak), so i had a few more bites and moved along.

My associate had gnocchi w pomodoro sauce. He loved it, i enjoyed the bite i had of it as well. My pasta side, penne in a red sauce was done very nicely as well. In retrospect I wish I had ordered a pasta dish for entree, but I'm trying the healthy thing, and sometimes I order with my brain and not with my heart/stomach.

Anyways, thanks so much for all the recs. I hope to try many more of these in the future.

Hey Baltimore Hounds...

I'm a North Carolina hound heading to my first O's game tonight, and would like to try some good Italian, perhaps in the Little Italy area. Is there "a best" in that area I need to check out? Any location in the inner harbor/downtown area will work just fine though, upscale is fine, down and dirty is fine, I just want good eats. Thanks for any recs you can provide.

Dinner in Centreville/Chantilly Area

In the Centreville/Chantilly area tomorrow night for one night. Can anyone recommend any Chow worthy, nice, relatively mainstream options for a business associate and I? Let's give a radius of 10 miles, and looking for something with preferably a full bar. Unfortunately, the other member of this party won't eat seafood, so please keep that in mind.

Any and all recs will be most appreciated.

Mooresville, NC- Recommendations

Caruso's is a must...very nice restaurant...it is very dim lighting dining though-just an FYI.

Jul 13, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast

Good but affordable itallian in charlotte?

This is not a traditional attempt at the dish, it's more like a pile of proscuitt rendered and then a good vodka type sauce creation, with some peas added at the end. Not traditional, but DAMN strong plate of food!!!

Jun 12, 2012
picklelicious in Southeast