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Viet-Cajun

There are different iterations locally of Vietnamese, Cajun, French, and/or Creole. The following articles discuss the fusion-oriented crawfish boils:

http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/index.ssf/2012/04/cajun_seafoods_success_testame.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/dining/28united.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

There are also restaurants like Ba Chi Canteen, Pho Bistreaux, and Cafe Minh that do some fusion items. Cafe Minh has the most upscale restaurant items in the area. You might also check menus on the Westbank at Kim Son, Nine Roses, or other venues to see if there is something of interest.

Here is a recent commentary on some of these trends: http://www.whereyat.com/neworleans/article-2345-rolling-out-summer-.html

Some places mix the local poboy and Vietnamese banh-mi: http://www.gonola.com/2013/03/26/gono...

Or try Killer Poboys at Erin Rose for some experimental versions

Phillip Lopez at Root does some outstanding mixes of Asian and local cultures that I would highly recommend.

Jun 27, 2013
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Reviews of M&M Tamales?

M&M has a sign on the westbound side of Claiborne in the Uptown area and a car parked on one of the side streets. They mention that they are from Mississippi. Has anyone tried their tamales? I am intrigued.

Thanks

Feb 26, 2013
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Cajun/Creole restaurants with vegetarian dishes, not overly expensive

Some of the vegetarian options at Green Goddess can now be found at Serendipity but the following would really answer your question: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/800945

Dec 28, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

New Orleans on a Budget

My advice would be to swap out some of the lovely twenty-dollar lunch specials instead of the indulgent dinner. I would recommend Coquette and/or Restaurant August for their twenty-dollar lunches (see their sites for sample menus). Reasonable lunch/dinner options would include the half-priced pizza happy hour at Domenica, Cochon Butcher (given your budget I would do this instead of Cochon), Carmo Café for great fusion food, Magasin Vietnamese Café, and some of the menu items at High Hat Café.

Mar 26, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Food for Youth Groups

I would recommend Café Reconcile. Their lunch only restaurant offers delicious and reasonably priced food that is cooked and served by at-risk youth. The service is charming and deeply earnest. Almost everything is less than eight dollars, including sides.

Depending on the focus of your group, it might be a nice match for their interests. The space is big but you should call ahead to confirm availability of tables. You would also need to take cabs or have other transportation arranged.

Here is their description: Café Reconcile is a nonprofit restaurant that uses innovative strategies to provide life skills and job training to youth from at-risk communities in the New Orleans area. Since the restaurant opened in 2000, more than 600 young people (ages 16-22) have successfully completed the program and moved into permanent jobs in New Orleans’ food service industry. Focusing on the kind of “soul food” for which New Orleans is known, the restaurant has earned high praise from local and national critics.

http://reconcileneworleans.org/

Jan 24, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Suggestions for healthy eating in NOLA?

I sympathize with your quest for healthier food options in the area. I occasionally love pork and rich chocolate desserts. However, I personally prefer not to eat like that every night. I am not sure what you mean by “healthy” and if you have any specific dietary needs. I am including a list of places with vegetarian/vegan options that I posted a few months ago and some new ideas. I would really be curious to learn about other people’s lists. I am especially interested in fish/seafood that is grilled or cooked in “healthier” oils.

Satsuma Cafe in the Bywater has lovely salads and other options and is now open for dinner.

Cafe Carmo in the CBD has wonderful Latin fusion food, including salads and vegan versions of their daily specials. They also do a great job of keeping their website/twitter updated with daily specials.

Il Posto in the Uptown area also has salads, vegan soups, and some more sinful paninis.

9 Roses and many of the other Vietnamese restaurants tend to have some great seafood salads and lighter fare.

In addition, I would recommend the Hollygrove Market for fresh local produce, bread, jams and jellies, and the great food truck scene (Tuesdays and Saturdays).

Many great restaurants have vegetarian options on the menu:

Dante’s Kitchen
Mat and Naddie’s
Green Goddess
Feelings
Café Abyssinia

Some casual vegetarian pop-ups may be appealing:

Wandering Buddha (in the Hi-Ho Lounge)
O! Vegasm (St. Roch Tavern)
Tsai: http://tsainola.wordpress.com/2011/07...

Jan 19, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

McClure's Barbeque at Dante's Kitchen

With the chill, it seems like a great day for BBQ/smoked meat. I wouldn't mind some of that cornbread right now... Have a great lunch!

Jan 13, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

McClure's Barbeque at Dante's Kitchen

I just had a delicious lunch at McClure’s Barbecue, which is a Monday-Friday pop-up lunch spot that is operating in the Dante’s Kitchen space. The home-style servings allowed us to try all of Neil’s meats and sides. The chicken was moist, with a wonderful rich smoked flavor. I also loved the fall off the bone tang of the pork ribs and the brisket and pulled pork. What made this fun was the large array of regional BBQ sauces that were available on the tables. Neil seems to be doing an excellent job of researching the different sauces. His Pork & Pork & Beans side was also aptly named. It was some of the most savory and meaty beans that I have experienced.

I am thrilled at the many new pop-up options in town and think this one is worth supporting. For people looking for a flavorful and reasonably priced lunch, this is a great option. It all costs about $15, including the meats, side dishes, and beer/beverages.

Jan 12, 2012
AmuseWord in New Orleans

WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO?

You have chosen to stay in a lovely part of town with great architecture and I have always been curious about the Magnolia Mansion. You would be in walking distance of wonderful restaurants like Coquette. Places like Lilette and Abyssinia are a little further away on Magazine Street. Prytanaia also has an array of restaurants and bars near Delachaise Street and also at Upperline Street. There is also Delachaise (with small plate food options) and the Columns Hotel (with a blissful view from the porch of St. Charles Avenue). Personally, I find The Quarter too crowded and unpleasant for NYE. I think the show at Tipitina’s (a short cab ride Uptown) would be accessible and fun. It is a little pricey but includes bands like Galactic.

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Columns Hotel
3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Delachaise
3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Nov 16, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Best upscale grocery stores

I am not sure it is what you are looking for but I want to mention the Hollygrove Market and Farm as a wonderful food option in NOLA. They offer fresh produce from their garden and seasonal produce and other goods from locally sourced farmers. They have a small selection of such things as jams, honey, coffee, organic meat, rice, cornmeal, and dairy. I find that the produce is fresher and better priced than Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Admittedly, it is far from an upscale grocery store but they do feature wonderful shitake mushrooms and other gourmet items.

They also usually have bread from some local bakers and a variety of purveyors offering their prepared foods each week. Tuesdays now feature one of the local food trucks. I love my trips to their Hollygrove location on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which are the only days they are open. It is a much more pleasant experience and I leave with nicer produce than when visiting any of the local food stores.

They do offer a $25 box of produce and other goods that can be ordered on line (It is set up so you can only order for a particular date and items for that week are listed on their website). These items are then selected once the individual gets to their Hollygrove location. There are also other pickup sites and a home delivery option: http://hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

Oct 28, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Hush Puppies in NOLA?

I used to love all things hush puppy as long as there were no corn kernels in the fritter. I haven't had any in years but recently noticed them at the following. If you try them, I would be curious to learn how they are.

Cochon: charred onion & chile hushpuppies with goat cheese cream

High Hat: Fresh pond raised U.S catfish served with slaw,
fries and hush puppies (but no mention of them as a side)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 26, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Best Bar Around Tulane University...........

The previous posts offer many great options. For me, the choice would be based on the day of the week and time. Some of these venues get very crowded later in the evening and on the weekend. If you want a nice apothecary influenced cocktail and it isn’t too crowded then the bar at Patois (across the street from Clancy’s) would be a great option. Cure has fantastic apothecary cocktails and a wonderful space but can be packed on evenings later in the week and over the weekend.

I like Dos Jefes because of the live music (check the website for the schedule) and it tends to get a slightly older crowd than St. Joe’s or Monkey Hill, which attract many students on weekends. There is, however, the sometimes intense cigar smoke. While St. Joe’s is rather divey, and that has its own pleasures, the back garden has a lovely series of decorations and can be a temperate place for early fall drinks. I like their rendition of the blueberry mojito. The Columns, Cure, and Delachaise also have pleasant outdoor spaces.

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Delachaise
3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Oct 24, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Chef Pete Vasquez

I highly recommend the Slivered Ginger Salad. It was spicy, crunchy, and tart. At $5, it was also reasonably priced. I also loved the chicken curry. Given the lack of Burmese food in town, I hope Chef Pete will do this cuisine again. I think Chef Pete uses the following facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hush-Su...

Has anyone tried the Noodles and Pie pop-up?

Oct 03, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Boucherie, Rue 127, or La Crepe Nanou?

I posted something from their website (which was also on their blackboard). As I noted, I like their food and had dinner there last night. I don't work in the food/entertainment industry.

Sep 09, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Boucherie, Rue 127, or La Crepe Nanou?

That is a great question about Chef Zimet. Given the following announcement about the Que Crawl truck, (typos not mine), I would assume that he is back at Boucherie. And after my meal there tonight, I would highly recommend the crispy duck confit with fall vegetable cornbread panzanella and roasted muscadine. I especially loved the different preparations and textures of the cornbread.

“The Que Crawl @ The Wolf Den! Boucheire's food truck inspiored menu at The Howlin' Wolf's! - The Wolf Den
September 11th, 2011 from 12:00 pm till close
Menu / Extra Info:
Chef Nathanial Zimet & James Denio will be cooking Sunday evenings at The Howlin' Wolf's Wolf Den Starting Sunday September 11th. Kitchen opens at noon, and we cook till the doors close after the Hot 8 wrap up their show!
http://www.thehowlinwolf.com/new-orle...

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Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Sep 08, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Boucherie, Rue 127, or La Crepe Nanou?

I am perplexed; Boucherie is a phenomenal restaurant that features a number of seafood/fish options. There is always an innovative smoked scallop; vegetarian; and, I believe, a fish option for entrees. All of these dishes offer a care in preparation, attention to seasonal ingredients, and experimentation that I have not found in the other originally mentioned restaurants, which I would identify as “good.” Nathaniel Zimet, the chef/owner at Boucherie, also offers some notable references to New Orleans cuisine. The small plates provide a number of options for vegetarian/seafood dishes. Vegan friends have found the restaurant to be willing to prepare things for them, which is often an option. I have often enjoyed their hamachi small plate. I love their shrimp and grit cake appetizer but that has a bacon vinaigrette. Last I looked, they were also offering a stellar mussels dish. I find their cocktails to be equally innovative.

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Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Sep 06, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans

Take pity on a poor vegetarian soul!

I actually requested an account to answer this question. I have vegetarian and vegan friends who live in NOLA. They eat quite well.

Many great restaurants have vegetarian options on the menu. A review or restaurant websites will help determine if items might be appealing but you might try:

Dante’s Kitchen
Mat and Naddie’s
Green Goddess
Feelings

Other restaurants have always made my friends items that suit their dietary needs. Calling ahead is a great idea for these but options include:

Coquette
Ste. Marie
Boucherie

Some casual vegetarian pop-ups may be appealing:

Wandering Budha (in the Hi-Ho Lounge)
John Morales and Paige Vann (Grits Bar for vegan Sunday brunch)

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Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Hi-Ho Lounge
2239 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Ste. Marie
930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

Aug 10, 2011
AmuseWord in New Orleans