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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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans
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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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Yes, will have a car. Happy to travel a bit for good chow.

Dec 10, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

If y'all are finished fighting about In-n-Out, can we now argue about where to get the best fish taco? (FWIW, I've had In-n-Out...I'll take the kid there if he demands it, but I'd rather have gelato than burger/fries). Back to the fish tacos: where?

Dec 10, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Thx for the ramen rec; I live in the land of plentiful pho but ramen is thin on the ground 'round these parts.

Dec 10, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

your latest Little Italy recs plus....

Taking a first trip to San Diego (coming from NOLA), staying MLK weekend in Little Italy. Tell me your favorites in that 'hood....I like offbeat, non-chain, laidback. No need for fancy, just excellent food.

Also: food recs in/around the zoo? Schlepping up to the Safari Park w/a 17 year old; should I pack snacks or is the food at the park edible?

TIA 'hounds.

Dec 10, 2014
Hungry Celeste in San Diego

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Mr. John's coupon (surprised to see that)

Summer can be rough for restos in NOLA...

Jun 09, 2014
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

cash or credit?

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

Apr 16, 2014
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans
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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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher Expansion?

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

Mar 31, 2014
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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
Hungry Celeste in New Orleans

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.