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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

UPTOWN - Tchoup & Magazine Street here we come!

I thought the same thing: WHERE along the approximately SIX MILES of parallel Mag/Tchoupitoulas is she relocating?

Mar 02, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Dooky Chase vs. Willie Mae's-GO!

Different kind of places. Willie Mae's is a fried chicken joint...not much else on the menu, very casual, humble place. Whereas Dooky Chase is a full service restaurant that happens to have damn good fried chicken, it has lots of other stuff as well.

Feb 26, 2015
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brief visit to New Orleans from UK

Feb 25, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

traveling with a vegan

A few vegan friendly places spring to mind:
Satsuma Cafe (Marigny & Uptown) http://satsumacafe.com/
Pizza Delicious (vegan cheese is available, and one of the daily special pizzas is often vegan) http://pizzadelicious.com/
Breads on Oak: co-owner/baker's wife is vegan, so always a few sweet & savory vegan options, plus fantastic breads: http://www.breadsonoak.com/
Cafe Carmo: eclectic Carribbeanish menu: http://cafecarmo.com/

Also check out the Vegan New Orleans FB page, I'm sure you'll find more: https://www.facebook.com/VeganNewOrleans

Feb 19, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Food Fight!

I make it without tomato sauce. Brown the damn onions sufficiently, and it will have good color. But to me, crawfish fat is the key. The roux crept in when people needed some thickening to substitute for the crawfish fat. Once upon a time, you could buy peeled crawfish and containers of fat on the side. Now, you've got to do it yourself.

Feb 19, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

Try the hot dog at TruBurger. A righteous Zwigel's weiner, it's pretty good on a bun but even better as the hand-dipped corn dog.

Feb 19, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

Newish pizza: Pizza Domenica on Magazine, Wood pizza on Andrew Higgins, Oak Oven in Harahan.

Feb 18, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Food Fight!

I think "etouffee" is pretty meaningless these days. It's interchangeable with the term stew. Maybe a roux, maybe not. I'm just happy people are using the word at all, and not capitulating to "stew" or making up some trademark-able term. Or, g-d forbid, following Rachel Ray's lead and calling it a "stoup".

Feb 18, 2015
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Weekday 7:30 breakfast

Three blocks from the Hyatt is not much of a range. It's hemmed in by the post office, the bus/train terminal, the Superdome, the Smoothie King arena, and City Hall/Civil District court across Poydras. There is a PJs coffeehouse across Poydras, a local chain. Don't believe it has full service, though.

Merchant is 6 blocks away: http://merchantneworleans.com/ It offers Italian coffee & breakfast sandwiches.

P & G Restaurant is a downtown locals inexpensive spot w/greasy breakfast....not remotely nice or fancy, but if you want to rub elbows with actual New Orleanians, it's a good choice: http://www.yelp.com/biz/p-and-g-resta...

Feb 12, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

4th NOLA trip End of March

The Maple Leaf does crawfish boils on Sundays. http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/inde...

Feb 11, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Suggestions for night of Nyx

It was a deep, reddish brown. Almost a smoky brick color, with sieved hardboiled egg on top. Lots of back of the throat, red-pepper slow burn that built over time...I have no idea if it contained actual turtle (I didn't ask) but it was very tasty.

Feb 09, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Suggestions for night of Nyx

Borgne, inside the Hyatt over by the Superdome. Seafood centric menu, happy hour specials of tapas/small plates. I had excellent turtle soup at Borgne last week. http://www.borgnerestaurant.com/

You can take the new Loyola Streetcar instead of walking. http://www.norta.com/Maps-Schedules/S...

Feb 09, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

King Cake

Then you'd better not look at the boudin king cake, topped with cracklings and steen's cane syrup. Your old heart might seize up for good this time.
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/en...

Feb 02, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans