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Experienced NOLA traveler looking for some new "digs"...

I've only been to New Orleans a few times but for a really special lunch I'd go to Restaurant August (John Besh's flagship), or Bayona in the French Quarter (Susan Spicer's restaurant, open Wed.-Sat for lunch): not sure of their dinner hours, but if you are trying to save, splurge at lunchtime and do it twice!
Once I was starving on arrival and walked in to Oceana Grill on Conti St., not expecting anything special, and was very happy with my red beans and rice! For chicken and andouille sausage gumbo Mr. B's is still my favorite. Eat something for all of us who can't be there!

Jun 28, 2012
archipelagic in New Orleans

Cuban food in Juneau, Alaska

Although it's been there for awhile, I just checked it out: People's Place. You can now get Cuban takeaway in Juneau, Alaska, served from a spotless canteen style trailer in Lemon Creek (right across Old Glacier Highway from the Heritage Coffee stand) by friendly folks. Have so far tried the Ajiaco Griollo Soup (green peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, beef, corn, yucca, green plaintain, pumpkin, sweet potato, celery, carrot and potato) -- best food deal going in town, and the Ropa Vieja. Muy sabroso!

Eating your way around the island of Kauai

1.) DIY If you love food, and have a kitchen, build your itinerary around the farmer's market schedule for the island, and you won't be sorry! (personal faves: Asian greens, little bitty chilies with a kick, freshly ground turmeric, young ginger, and Kauai honey). Then source some local fish (we looked at grocery stores, supermarkets, and fish markets, as well as farmer's markets).
Here are our favorite spots, working from west side and going counterclockwise to the North Shore:

2.) If you are in Kokee State Park stop at the scenic overlook that has a concession run by Hawaiians and treat yourself to the offerings, including an unbelievable cookie called a Pineapple Cracker. We call it "Cookie State Park" Tell 'em the Alaskans sent you! Great gfits for friends, too!

3.) Island Taco in Waimea (da kine wasabi ahi and kahlua pork items)

4 .) Kauai Kookie in Hanapepe (not a restaurant, but worth the stop for homebaked cookies for gifts or yourself: we are partial to the chocolate dipped macaroon)

5.) Mariachi's Authentic Mexican Food in Lihue -- we had lunch and breakfast on the lanai, and could see Nawiliwili Harbor while enjoying great service and great food. You can even get nopalitos (cactus) or chilaqhiles with your breakfast eggs. Muy sabroso! We are Mexican food snobs and we were happy. Easy trip to the airport from here, too.

6.) Papaya's Natural Food Store in Kapaa - This is a health food store with broad range of offerings: at lunch time they had soup, salads, sandwiches, hot dishes, Island specialties: there are a few tables outdoors and you can eat on the premises or get items for a picnic. It is set back from the highway in a shopping center.

7.) Postcards - Hanalei: fine dining. Yum.

8.) Neide's - Hanalei. Casual indoor or outdoor seating: We return for the mellow vibe, not only chef owned and operated: the chef owner of the eponymous place was cooking up the food the night we were there. They have Mexican but we always get the Brazilian food and have cocktails.

9.) Tahiti Nui - The food and beverage are just fine, but people come for the social atmosphere, created by the live music. Enjoy island musicians and hospitality: a tradition carrying on now from one generation to the next.

10.) The mobile purple food concession, sorry I don't know the name, we found it parked at Anini Beach: the gourmet salad and dressing were a surprise: I wish I had been able to try everything on the menu! Ono grinds served up by these folks.

Mar 19, 2012
archipelagic in Hawaii

Unpretentious homestyle food downtown?

Any recommendations for unpretentious homestyle breakfasts, lunches, dinners downtown, for someone staying in core downtown area for several days? Easy access a must.

Dec 01, 2010
archipelagic in Greater Seattle

Kauai Culinary Delights revealed

Kauai's Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park are famous for spectacular views, hiking and birding, however you haven't lived until you have sampled the incredible cookie called a Pineapple Cracker sold by the Hawaiians operating the concession stand at one of the big scenic overlooks. Delicate little flowers, in relief, pressed together to form a tiny "sandwich" with a fruit preserve in the center. We hand carried many bags of them home to Alaska. The stand's toasted coconut, taro chips and sweet potato chips are also luscious. All conveniently and prettily packaged in vaccuum sealed packages --- as IF you could resist sampling!

On the North Shore, in Hanalei, the restaurant call Neide's tucked away in shopping center offers mouth-watering Brazilian food (as well as Mexican, however we tried the Brazilian on my husband's birthday), smooth service and fine libations, for what we considered a very fair price.
Also in Hanalei, Postcards offered superb seafood, top notch service and a delightful atmosphere.

On the west side, Waimea area, enjoyed Thai Summer Rolls with oodles of basil, libations, live music and great evening atmosphere at "The Grove"/Waimea Brewing Company connected to the Waimea Plantation Resort.

Take advantage of Farmer's Markets: we did so in Hanalei, Kilauea, and Kalaheo (small but got what we needed) and cooked at home in both Hanalei and Kekaha.

Dec 01, 2010
archipelagic in Hawaii