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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.

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.

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

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

King Cake

Gracious Bakery makes a lovely king cake..."pretty" but still tasty. It's a brioche dough with a whisper-thin layer of chocolate folded into the cake. No 7 lbs of low-quality custard or gluey fake fruit filling.

Hi-Do on the Westbank for a more traditional, sweeter cake.
Caluda's King Cakes/Coffee Cottage (in Elmwood area, just off of Citrus) if you're a fan of the more-is-more, crazy-ola filling cakes. Ex: this week's special flavor is Dreamsicle, next week's is Bananas Foster. https://www.kingcakeshop.com/

My all time favorite is Cajun Pecan House, in Cut Off, LA. A sweet dough braided with plenty of cinnamon and pecans. Not too sweet, with beaucoup nuts. http://cajunpecanhouse.com/

Jan 29, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

It's average. Not as much MSG (or whatever it is that makes Manchu chicken good).

Another one for the true hole in the wall list: Chicken & Watermelon on Claiborne Ave. Home of the Boogie Bird, as well as a large painting of Barak Obama shooting pool with the Cash Money Millionaires. http://www.boogiebird.com/

Jan 28, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

Oh, Manchu counts as gritty, though not as gritty as Wing Snack. And 5th Ward Weebie filmed a video in the Manchu parking lot, while name-checking Wing Shack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMzd9...
"Chiiiickkk, don't think you all that..."

So the front of the building says Wing Snack, but people call it Wing Shack: http://www.yelp.com/biz/wing-snack-ne...
There is also a slightly more upscale Wing Shack Express out in NO East.

Jan 26, 2015
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

New Olrean's Hole-in-the-Walls

Most of those don't exactly count as hole in the wall, gritty, or remotely dirty. Hell, I'd say that NONE of those count. All are established, well-known restaurants.

Let's try again--real NOLA holes in the wall/gritty. (No dirty, no one wants to eat in a dirty place, right?)
--Dong Phuong Bakery; buy 10, get one free. Counts as a hole in the wall because it's a tiny storefront for a largish commercial bakery. You squeeze inside, place your order, then squeeze out. Get banh mi, meat pies, cinnamon rolls or pandan cake for dessert, then have a trunk top parking lot picnic. http://dpbanhmi.com/DP_Bakery/Welcome...
--Salt n Pepper; 201 N Peters. Pakistani hole in the wall on the edge of the French Quarter. http://www.yelp.com/biz/salt-n-pepper...
--La Morenita;2703 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna. Taqueria food line inside of a grocery store/meat market, located in a former WalMart by a thrift store. Cheap, tasty, and quick. http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-morenita-5...
--Guillory's, 3708 Derbigny St, Metairie. Tamales and plate lunches. http://www.guillorysdeliandtamales.com/

That's three to get you started....if anyone local is left on this board, please add to the list.

Jan 26, 2015
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your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Follow up report....managed to get some tasty grub.
--Underbelly....a hit with the grownups and the teen. The no spoons thing is weird, tho. Loved the flip up window/street side counter arrangement, oxtail dumplings, kimchee ramen.
--Craft and Commerce....mini bacon corn dogs. Nice.
--El Pescador, in Chula Vista. The fish taco of my dreams. We polished off four and went back for more, plus shrimp tostadas. Those truck ladies can sling some food.
--Isola: after wandering Little Italy and seeing some truly scary pizza and mediocre Italian joints, we happened on Isola...excellent Neapolitan pies, plus good salumi.
--Influx: good hot viet coffee, nice coffeehouse breakfast.
--Burger Lounge: the excellent ginger beer outshone the burger. Decent patty but the oddly crusty yet disintegrating buns left me feeling meh.
--Pappalecco: a real macchiato and fruitti de bosco gelato, plus good cannoli. Wish it was down the street from my house, frankly.
--Saturday farmers market. Surprised at the large variety of cooked foods/value added stuff. It outnumbered the produce vendors. Samosas, croissants from Bread and Cie, pulled pork tacos, Thai coconut pancakes, mango juice, fresh dates...

Tried to get inside Extraordinary Desserts, but it was mobbed. Chinese food in the Zoo's panda exhibit was surprisingly fresh and full of veggies. Food at the Safari Park was...terrible. Wonderbread masquerading as a bagel and panini that would make an Italian want to defect to France. Thanks to all who made suggestions!

Jan 19, 2015
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Looks like a cool place. What's not to like about a water view and house-smoked fish?

Dec 18, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

Recs for X-Mas Eve @ Bonfire on the Levees?

Fatty's Bar & Grill in Garyville is one option. Fatty's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fattys...

Dec 17, 2014
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your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Thanks for this tip...didn't realize you could bring in a picnic.

Dec 15, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

So tell me where to find your favorite taco shop...'cause if they're like poboy joints, some do indeed suck yet manage to survive.

Dec 10, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego