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Lunch Catering Options

Cafe Reconcile: http://cafereconcile.org/cafe/use-our...
It offers both onsite and pickup & delivery options. Delicious food, though it's all on the heavy side.

May 18, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Cheap Graduation Dinner?

Are you really looking for dinner or is this a late lunch? How large is the group?
Ciro's Cote Sud might fit the bill (dinner only). It's a Riverbend/Maple St institution, so there would be added nostalgic benefit to having the grad dinner in the university area. http://www.cotesudrestaurant.com/web/...

As I think that "celebratory" is a state of mind rather than a style of decor, I'll add Cowbell to the list. Tres casual, but delicious. It has a new outdoor patio, though I'm unsure if you can reserve in advance for larger parties: http://www.cowbell-nola.com/menu.html

A reasonable, fixed-price option is the Board Room at Cafe Reconcile. Private dining, with a preset menu (lots of options, though). Room minimum is $200, but this can be a great way to stick to a budget and avoid all of the spendy uncertainties that can arise w/groups in restaurants. You can even pick a pre-mixed cocktail by the gallon, if you want. http://cafereconcile.org/wp-content/u... A bonus is the social mission & nonprofit status of Cafe Reconcile

May 13, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

Winn Dixie carries it. It's sold in a white plastic cylinder container with a nondescript white/red/black label, usually on the bottom shelf near other salts/seasonings.

May 11, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Toup's Meatery vs. Sac-a-lait?

Powdered, dried shrimp are readily available in s LA supermarkets. Even WalMart carries the cardboard display card w/little baggies of dried shrimp & powdered shrimp attqached to it. Pappy's Gold, Ragin Cajun, River Road, Louisiana, etc are some of the more common brands.

May 05, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

What would Pythagoras do?

Indeed--but the vast majority of south Louisiana dried bean buyers will not pay $6/lb for their red beans. 1 lb of Camellia is ~$2.50, so RG is priced 3X the "premium" dried bean in our market (store brands are often 25 to 50 cents/lb cheaper than Camellia).

(I do love the Rio Zape beans sold by Rancho Gordo...damn delicious.)

May 05, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Roch St. Market

I disagree: if chadron become the pickled okra of the 20-teens, I'm gonna get rich. Beaucoup des chadrons (trop, trop des chadrons) in the pasture behind my house.

May 04, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Roch St. Market

Have seen a pic of the $10 single crabcake. Give me a break...

May 04, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

What would Pythagoras do?

Their bisque and gumbo bases are pretty awful, IMHO.

May 04, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

What would Pythagoras do?

I can't imagine much profit potential in dried beans....I guess they're just packaging the beans they buy for canning purposes? Brand extension to another part of the grocery shelf: it's like advertising the canned product on the dried bean shelf.

May 04, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Creole's Stuffed Bread

I'd start with an enriched white sandwich loaf--the sort of bread containing milk, an egg, and a bit of butter. This kind of dough stands up to handling/filling, it has a small, tight crumb, and it browns well. Here's a solid white bread recipe from King Arthur: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

I make filled breads from time to time, and I usually use a hard roll dough, as I like the harder/firmer texture & crisper crust: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

One tip I can offer on making filled breads: divide the dough into pieces, roll into balls. Allow the balls to rest/relax for 5 minutes, then flatten each one. Put filling in the center of the flattened round, pinch sides up to close like a pouch (this will make the center portion over the filling a bit thicker than the rest). Put pinched side down while proofing....filled rolls tend to sink/not rise beneath the filling, so the thicker area beneath the filling will rise a bit more than a thinner area would.

May 04, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Creole's Stuffed Bread

Is the filling stuffed into an already-baked roll, or is it folded inside raw dough?

Apr 29, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Where to find crab clusters?

All of these will require a car.
Bevi on Airline Hwy: http://beviseafoodco.com/
Seither's Seafood in Harahan: http://seithersseafood.com/menu/
Perino's Boiling Pot on the Westbank: http://perinosboilingpot.com/site.php
Sal's Seafood in Marrero/Westbank: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sals-seafood-...

Apr 29, 2015
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Toup's Meatery vs. Sac-a-lait?

I really like Toups. Friendly service, laid back vibe, always something interesting on the specials.

Apr 28, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

I like it....great fried chicken, very solid homestyle gumbo (by that I mean not the overly rich, overly reduced fancy restaurant style), simple veg sides. It's not a trying-to-be-gourmet joint. It's a neighborhood resto, serving typical neighborhood food. Yellow baked mac n cheese, fruit cocktail in the bread pudding, etc.

Apr 16, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

VolleyBall Trip - In Charge of Team Family Dinners - Suggestions?

Great point about the RiverWalk food court. Not gourmet, but certainly sufficient to satisfy 13 year old hungry athletes. Izzos burritos, a Cafe du Monde for some local flavor, and decent gumbo at Mike Anderson's, plus a great view of the river.
http://www.riverwalkneworleans.com/dine

Two Questions About the Baquet Family

Yes, Wayne is still operating Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade Ave. http://www.lildizzyscafe.com/

Apr 15, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

VolleyBall Trip - In Charge of Team Family Dinners - Suggestions?

Are you amenable to splitting the group? 5 groups of 6 ppl can easily be managed at a whole slew of places, and you could mix n match the groups based on the sort of food people like.

On the other hand, if these MUST be dinners en masse, you might try Ernst Cafe. While the food is not legendary, it is competent, and EC handles groups all the time. Historic, quaint building. Call 'em and see if they can help you out: http://www.ernstcafe.net/home

If all else fails, you can hit Gordon Biersch. Yes, it's a chain, but it's also big enough to handle groups and has a wide range of vaguely familiar items on the menu sufficient to please even finicky teen girls: http://www.gordonbiersch.com/location...

You are within walking distance of the Canal St streetcar route as well as the St Charles streetcar line. So don't think you're limited to the Warehouse district/convention ctr area.

Any thoughts on Bon Ton Cafe these days?

Liuzza BTT has fallen off my personal list (one of those "used to be way better" places), and I'm not a big Katie's fan. And the old guard holds no fascination for me...would rather eat a pate chaud and a banh mi in the parking lot of Dong Phuong than stand in line at Galatoire's. Chacun a son gout.

Apr 09, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette? Brocioloni/Bruccolini/Bracciole?

Haven't tried the dish at Rocky & Carlo's, but you can find it on the menu at other places. For example:
Tony Angelo's: http://tonyangellos.com/our-menu/
Tony Mandina's: http://tonymandinas.com/dinner_menu.html
Vincent's: http://www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com...
Probably on a few other menus around town as well.
I like the versions with an egg in the middle.

Apr 09, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Any thoughts on Bon Ton Cafe these days?

Plenty of good to almost great local restaurants are woefully underrepresented on chowhound. This board tips in favor of places frequented by tourists, newer places, and those joints getting plenty of national media buzz. Bon Ton is a slightly old fashioned seafood centric place; it's a bit 60s/70s in style/approach to Cajun food (lots of butter, sauce, fried). Does that make it sub-par? No. I'd happily go to Bon Ton and eat crabmeat au gratin. Is it reinventing itself every three years? No. Is it trendy or cutting edge? No. Still a solid, businessman's lunch kinda place, doing the same food it's always done.

New Orleans - Prioritized recommendations based on CH input for first time visitor

Hmm, I wouldn't call Casamento's gritty (except for a poorly shucked oyster). Plain, yes; unfancy, certainly. But if a place sheathed in white tile (floor & walls) ranks as gritty, you probably wouldn't eat boudin at any of my favorite spots in south LA.

Apr 07, 2015
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ISO good take out/bring in food for dinners

Langenstein's, a very small grocery uptown at the corner of Arabella & Pitt, has a small selection of pretty tasty cooked food. Red beans n rice, crawfish pies, etc. http://www.langensteins.com/ Ditto for Rouse's, a supermarket at the end of Napoleon & Tchoupitoulas. Robert's, on Claiborne at Carrollton, has a hot lunch line with pretty good fried catfish & other local stuff.

You can also get tasty takeout from Martin's Wine Cellar: http://martinwinecellar.com/menu/dail...

Chez Nous Charcuterie: http://www.gotocheznous.com/

And everyone needs a takeout pizza in case of emergencies. Here are two locals near you:
--Slice, whose website isn't working?
--Pizza Domenica: http://www.pizzadomenica.com/

Apr 01, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Dinner: Antoine's, 3/26

I kind of agree regarding the wrong standards. I think of Antoines more like a country club dining room open to the public, or a banquet hall. By those standards, it's fine. But as a first-rate restaurant in the modern sense, no way.

Mar 30, 2015
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Help with restaurant choices.

No Cochon or Cochon Butcher? If you're looking for "near Convention Center" restaurants, both deserve some attention, as does Peche. All are part of Donald Link's growing empire.

Mar 30, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Solo Dining

I've had several lovely solo lunches in the bar at Restaurant August.
Other good sit at the bar options are Herbsaint, Borgne, and Toups Meatery.

Mar 24, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Help with restaurant choices.

I am really liking Toups' Meatery these days...on the Canal to City Park streetcar route (make sure the Canal car is going to the park, not the cemetery) http://www.toupsmeatery.com/

Mar 24, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Vegemite in New Orleans?

Seems like I've seen it on the shelf at Whole Foods?

Mar 23, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

short visit with foodie-family - longish and lots of questions for you

Last had a RBP at Mothers 2-3 years ago. It was, without a doubt, the most tasteless thing I've ever eaten in Orleans parish outside of a school cafeteria. Sure, it might have been an off day. But I wouldn't waste a meal in NOLA on Mother's.

Why Saveur? New chef took over very recently, early reports haven't been mind blowing. I'd look elsewhere, if on a limited trip to NO. Or, since you're lunching at Galatoire's, substitute something lighter and snackier, as your lunch will have been substantial.

Mar 23, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

short visit with foodie-family - longish and lots of questions for you

Magasin vs Mopho: Magasin is basic viet food, sanitized a bit (flavorwise) for its primarily non-viet audience. Mopho leans in a more fusion-y direction, with food inspired by viet but not hewing too precisely to the mold.

Mar 23, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Crepe cake

Never seen one in NOLA, at a bakery or restaurant. If you want good cake, try the Cake Cafe: http://www.nolacakes.com/
If she likes pretty above all, then Sucre is the ticket: http://www.shopsucre.com Sucre has a couple of locations, with a "dessert salon" slated to open in the French Quarter on Conti St in March.

Mar 02, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans