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Stale muffaleta at Central Grocery

Sorry you got stale bread. Since Katrina, the Central Gro muff hasn't been the same (to me). It used to be made on United Bakery bread, but K killed off the United Bakery. It is hard to find decent seeded muffelatta bread....most are too squishy/soft without the proper chew.

Jun 09, 2014
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Mr. John's coupon (surprised to see that)

Summer can be rough for restos in NOLA...

Jun 09, 2014
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504 source for honeycomb?

Farmer's market in Destrehan has a great honey vendor. A J Cancella, "Bees are My Business": http://www.beesaremybusiness.com/

Jun 09, 2014
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cash or credit?

Most everywhere takes credit/debit, with a few notable exceptions (like Mosca's, Casamento's, and Mandina's).

Apr 16, 2014
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Fretet Street (Portlandia?)

Freret is a far cry from Portlandia....it's mostly a focused strip of restaurants surrounded by mostly residential blocks. If you want more variety (restaurants, boutiques, different shops), then look to Magazine Street.

Apr 15, 2014
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Price of Oysters?

Oyster prices haven't gone through the roof, but crab prices have. Cold winter = few early spring crabs, so prices for live or boiled or crabmeat are sky high, when you can even find 'em.

Apr 15, 2014
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HIP COFFEE PLACE "A LA STUMPTOWN" IN THE QUARTER OR UPTOWN?

I beg to differ about CDM....I'm talking about the CDM Coffee, not the Cafe du Monde restaurants. CDM is the coffee of choice locally for Vietnamese iced coffee (cafe sua da), and I'm a fan of its coffee:chicory ratio. Look for the orange can at your favorite Viet places...and see the stacks and stacks of CDM at Hong Kong market.

Apr 14, 2014
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NOLA Lunch recommendations needed

It's hard to beat Restaurant August's three-course prix fixe: $20.14, with two choices in each course. http://www.restaurantaugust.com/menu....

Apr 08, 2014
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crack the Galatoire's code

I like Southern Candymakers, 1010 Decatur and Pralines by Jean, 1728 St Charles Ave.

Apr 07, 2014
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crack the Galatoire's code

Insane? NOLA was the second largest port of entry for Italian immigrants in the late 19th/early 20th century....we have an entire sub-genre of Creole Italian cooking in NOLA. Until gentrification began in the French Quarter in the second half of the 20th century, it was largely an Italian slum area. The Quarter is still home to St. Mary's (Italian) church, the official Italian church of the archdiocese.

Restaurants like Mandina's, Liuzza's, Casamento's, Mosca's, and Pascale's Manale attest to the importance of Italian influences in local cooking. The iconic muffaletta is an Italian sandwich, for pete's sake.

Tow amazing discoveries in the last 24 hrs - awesome Indian food and a new Asian market

That resto has a long lineage of related predecessors, stretching back to the Indian buffet place inside the old Elmwood mall food court. IIRC the owners are Sikh.

Apr 05, 2014
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Anything amazing in Gretna?

My favorite Gretna resto is Tan Dinh, which has many more viet options other than pho....
Banana blossom Thai: http://www.eatbananablossom.com
Cafe Hope: http://www.cafehope.org Good food and an even better cause. In Marrero, but that's pretty close. Also in Marrero is Sals Seafood: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

Apr 05, 2014
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Cochon Butcher Expansion?

I'm with you on the high tables and stools. They're decided not short person friendly.

Mar 31, 2014
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Best cheese course?

Cafe Degas has a nice cheese plate, but I don't know if it's high-end enough for your needs.

Mar 26, 2014
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Best cheese course?

If you have a hard core cheese lover in your midst, go to St. James Cheese Company on Prytania: http://www.stjamescheese.com/ You can have an entire meal based around cheese, and their selection is fantastic.

Mopho and Lucky Rooster

A friend went to Namese this weekend and says the bacon-shrimp spring rolls were completely disappointing--obviously prepared far in advance & quite hard/chewy.

Mar 25, 2014
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Where to find "clean" oysters in NOLA?

But big ol flabby muddy gulf oysters are damn near perfect when fried. They're big & meaty enough not to shrivel into rubbery bits when deep fried...or char-grilled.

Crawfish book

Ditto for inside skirt steak and short ribs. Popularity has its downside.

Mar 25, 2014
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Where to find "clean" oysters in NOLA?

Absolutely true. Sticky, sticky mud....anyone who thinks that Gulf Coast (esp LA) oysters aren't muddy as hell on the exteriors has never experienced them.

And since when do oysters go from the fisherman to the "processing house". Many LA oysters go from the fisherman to a wholesaler to a restaurant with minimal handling. All are certainly NOT sorted by size or washed.

A few unusual cravings

No Hungarian.
Only one Chicago style pizzeria of any note: Midway: http://midwaypizzanola.com/ Peoples opinions vary widely on whether it is any good.
Lebanese or Greek: we have plenty, as long as you're not looking for high-end or refined. Many are Palestinian as opposed to Lebanese. A quick Yelp search will reveal how dang many Mediterranean places are in NOLA. A few to note:
--Mona's: multiple locations around town, including one on Frenchman St.
--Cafe Lebanon, uptown on Carrollton. It's the same veg-friendly pan-middle-eastern joint you find near practically every college campus in a town of any size.
Slightly different is Jamila's, a Morroccan place on Maple Street. Just a few blocks off the streetcar line. I love the merguez.

Mar 24, 2014
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Best crayfish boil?

Hello--read the OP. There is NO one "the place" to get boiled crawfish. They're a commodity--basically all cooked the same way--boiled in seasoned water, usually accompanied by (at least) potatoes and/or corn (cooked in the same seasoned water). The only thing that varies is the spicing and the add-ins. Price and availability vary with the weather, and the price goes down as spring wears on.

Mar 24, 2014
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Mopho and Lucky Rooster

I have had similar experiences at Mopho...the crispy wings are good, but to my palate the sauce is entirely too sweet. It would be helped by a shot of acid or heat or something. And the pho tries hard to be upscale, but it fails on a few key counts: 1)bowls with the fried shallot/garlic garnish begin to be overwhelmed by said garnish; by the time you're 1/2 way through, it's just a garlic soup.
2)the shallow metal spoons are just stupid. Not large enough for a real mouthful, weirdly angled, and when paired with the straight sided (not standard flared) bowls, they have an annoying tendency to fall directly to the bottom of the bowl.

If I was in the area, I'd give it a whirl; the room is interesting in a woody way. But it's not worth driving across town for, IMHO, nor has it surpassed the food it is riffing.

Mar 24, 2014
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Best crayfish boil?

It's a sleeper. The latest entrant into the seafood/poboys/neighborhood restaurant category is Bevi on Airline Highway. I haven't yet tried it, but the menu looks promising: http://beviseafoodco.com/seafood/

Mar 20, 2014
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Best crayfish boil?

Let's get the terminology straight: a craw- (not cray-) fish boil is a party-type event, not a dish. You get invited to a crawfish boil, and while there, you eat boiled crawfish.

So the dish is termed boiled crawfish. If you are asking where to find the best boiled crawfish in the city, you'll find a huge range of opinions. Perino's Seafood on the Westbank, Zimmer's Seafood in Gentilly, Seither's Seafood in Harahan, the Galley on Metairie Road, Harbor Seafood in Kenner, Cajun Seafood on Broad near Washington Ave, Sal's Seafood in Marrero....in season, boiled crawfish aren't hard to find.

Claibourne-ish mystery places - any thoughts/experiences?

If you can remember the old chowhound, then you're the venerable one...it's not just me. RE: new/interesting in your general area of mid-city, have you ever been to the BestLife Pharmacy & Restaurant? At the corner of Tulane & Broad, catty corner from the courthouse. The name intrigues me, but I've never been inside. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/173932...

Mar 20, 2014
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Claibourne-ish mystery places - any thoughts/experiences?

Did u just call me an old lady? (jk)
If you drive by Eat Well frequently, you're a short hop from Gracious Bakery on Jeff Davis, Pizzicare on Tulane, and Avery's Poboys, also on Tulane: http://www.averysontulane.com/

Mar 19, 2014
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Claibourne-ish mystery places - any thoughts/experiences?

No "u" in Claiborne.
--Little Korea gets mixed reviews; NOLA only has 1 other Korean place, so the competition's not exactly stiff.
--Ideal Market has interesting stuff on the hot lunch/takeout/steam table line. It's decent food.
--Russell's Marina grill: okay for breakfast/brunch; haven't had any other meals there in years.

Add Norma's Sweets on Bienville to your list--seems like the sort of place you might like, if you're seeking lower-priced, no-frills, ethnic. Info on the mid-city Norma's: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

Mar 19, 2014
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Sources for andouille?

Andouille: Wayne Jacobs in Laplace, though I don't think they ship.

But I also use various non-andouille smoked sausages as well....Bourgeois Meat Market in Thibodaux, Bergeron's in Port Allen, Best Stop in Scott, Poche's outside of Breaux Bridge....

As for non-butcher-shop, supermarket grade andouille: I use the short, fat chub of Veron's andouille and Savoie's brand hot smoked sausage. If you want to mail order several different kinds to sample, www.CajunGrocer.com offers at least five different brands (Savoie's, Poche's, Richard's, etc)

Mar 18, 2014
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Live crawfish/oysters?

He will be driving around in LA but flying home to SF (see last line).

Mar 11, 2014
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Live crawfish/oysters?

P&J Oyster Co: http://www.oysterlover.com/contact.html
Oysters are heavy....I wouldn't be hauling Gulf Coast oysters back to SF. Gonna be an overweight baggage charge involved, and you've got plenty of tasty oysters in your backyard.
Crawfish--live will be widely available as the weather warms up. If you're here now, the supply is still a bit tight & expensive.

Mar 11, 2014
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