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Southern Decadence Food Report

You should have tried some of the food at the Country Club. Mary Jane's a pretty badass cook.

Sep 10, 2013
Paranatural in New Orleans

Trip Report August 26-30 !

My GF works at a bar maybe a block or two from Mr. Gregory's. I've eaten there a few times. I'm much more a fan of Verti Marte.

Sep 10, 2013
Paranatural in New Orleans

Please Critic my Culinary Itinerary

Mother's is highly overrated, IMHO. I think it's primarily something remembered fondly from childhood and is basically just old. The Poboys are ok. Average. Nothing all that good. I'd much prefer one from Johnnie's.

Yo Mama's isn't really my cup of tea either. The burgers are big, but nothing special; they rely on their odd toppings to make up for frozen, pre-formed patties.

GW Finn's is nice and can have a good view of the city, but I've heard great things about Revolution.

Commander's Palace is nice. I have actually never been for lunch but it sounds like a solid choice,

Be aware that the time you are visiting is during Southern Decadence. If you are not familiar with it, look it up. You'll really want to know about it before going out. I hope you are not conservative.

Aug 20, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Any Coolinary reports? Good or bad?

Tried a couple last weekend.

Last Friday we went to 'One'.

We sat at the 'bar', which was more like a serving window for the kitchen, so we got a good eyefull of everything before we ordered. One chef was especially friendly, and the waiter was a good old New Orleans boy. Coulda been from Metarie with his accent, though. Anyway...I should also note that the potions were quite nice, not small and unfulfilling like you get at some places.

Apps:

I had the Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Roasted Eggplant & Huckleberry Gastrique. These were very well done. The scallops themselves were perfectly seared, just a touch caramelized, and the insides were tender and soft. With the Gastrique I was a very happy camper. The Eggplant was just sort of there, it wasn't bad or anything but I honestly didn't see the need for it unless you wanted something to soak up more gastrique with. This was a very solid app, not small. I think I got 4 or 6 scallops, and they were I'd say U10's or U12's.

My GF had the Fried Green Tomato with Escargots in a Garlic Bordelaise. We were less impressed with this one. The fried green tomato was done very well, but the garlic bordelaise really needed some seaosning, and honestly wasn't very garlicy. The escargots were cooked well, tender and large, I want to say there were at least 6 with her order, but without a strongly-flavored sauce they were pretty...bare. Eaten with the fried green tomato it wasn't bad, but my scallops were just plain better.

Entrees:

Me: Duck Confit Leg Quarter with Applesauce & Grilled Chicken Sausage served with
Heirloom Potatoes and Baby Carrots. Not the most adventuresome thing in the world, but I *love* confit. The portion was again generous, plenty of duck and plenty of chicken sausage. The sausage was pleasantly light and tasty, and the apple 'sauce' went well with everything. The potatoes were rather plain, just sort of seasoned and roasted. The carrots were better, tender and tasty.

Her: Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Warm Beef Shoulder Rillete and Stilton Cheese Glaçage
served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables. The 'Beef Shoulder Rillete' was basically debris, the tenderloin was indeed tender, stilton melted nicely on top. The 'Dauphinoise Potatoes' (A term with which I was unfamiliar) was very nice as well, it was almost like a very thinly layered gratin that was flaky...I would explain it almost like a bak lava made with potato shavings instead of phillo dough. I don't recall much about her veggies, I think they were fairly standard.

Dessert:

Me: A malted 'milkshake', that I believe was actually a creme frachie/marscapone thing and malted milkballs. It was an interesting take, but ultimately fairly pedestrian.

Her: Creme Brulee. My GF is a huge Creme Brulee snob, but she was very happy with this one. It was nothing crazy or anything, just a simple creme brulee, executed quite well.

Commander's Palace:We went Saturday night, along with a friend from out of town.

Apps:

Me: Originally I decided to go for the Turtle Soup. I don't know why, but I went for the Gumbo instead. Duck and Sausage, as I recall. The roux was about as dark as any I've seen, the flavors were deep and strong, and overall I was quite happy with it. I make my own at home though, so I think I should have gone with turtle soup.

Our friend got the Gumbo as well, and I forget what my GF got. Bad memory and all that.

Entree:

Me: Hog Heaven Grilled tenderloin, housemade sausage, & sticky pork belly over cochon de lait boudin with pickled mirliton, and a spicy peach mustard. Our friend followed my lead and got this as well. The sausage was good, if not special. The Sticky Pork Belly was very nice, almost steak-like, and made me very happy. The Boudin was nice but again, nothing too special.

GF: Garlic Crusted Wild White Shrimp A sauté of sweet summer corn, smoky tasso, crispy garlic, Northshore legumes, and ripped herbs with sauce Acadian. A solid dish, large shrimp, in a strongly flavored and nice sauce. I seem to recall the peice I had was a bit tough, but my GF said that mostly they were cooked perfectly. I think that's why she gave me that peice.

Dessert:

Me: Praline Parfait. A praline ice cream sundae. That about sums it up. Nothing crazy, but pretty decent.

Friend: Pecan Pie. Pecan pie and vanilla bean ice cream with melted chocolate. Being from up north she didn't get much Pecan Pie. She liked it, and the chocolate peices were mixed in well.

GF: Creme Brulee. The presentation of this was nicer than at One, but the flavor was not as good.

Overall, two very nice meals. I have to say we liked One better, though.

Aug 20, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Cause for chicken/sausage gumbo turning "sour" after 24 hours

This is the first time I have heard of this. Sounds like something is fermenting. Maybe you should go into more detail as to exactly how you are making your gumbo?

Jun 18, 2012
Paranatural in Home Cooking

which should I eliminate?

GW Finn's or August, I think.

Jun 18, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Summer in New Orleans!! Where do I Start??

I think Port of Call is way overrated. Been there a couple of times, have never been impressed. It's just a damn burger.

Jun 13, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

San Francisco Hound Coming to New Orleans: Please Critique My List for My First Visit!!!

Excellent write-up. And yeah, I don't know if anyone told you but generally speaking good dinners are not anything you do in a hurry in NOLA. Also, in NOLA, there isn't much that starts on time, and generally speaking you are not expected to be on time. Concerts (At least the smaller local ones) tend to run 15 mins - an hour late, and I'm not surprised that you had to wait past when your reservation 'started'. To be honest that's probably more the other patrons fault rather than yours; people tend to have long dinners and not be in a hurry to leave after they eat.

Jun 13, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Wild Rice Jambalaya

That looks more like a soup than a Jambalaya.

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in Recipes

12 Best Muffulettas

It also depends if you like them hot or cold. I always like mine pressed, I just think they're better that way. Anyway yeah the Central Grocery is still a good one to get. You have to understand with a muffuletta it's typically enough to feed 2 people. That's why they offer them in quarters. Is the central grocery one smaller than others? Could be, but then, that only matters if you are trying to feed more than two people or you're both big eaters.

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

NYCer 1st time in New Orleans !! What are your MUST trys ???

Agreed with the rest. I'd like to add in a suggestion that you try some BBQ Shrimp. (Hint: BBQ Shrimp does not mean grilled shrimp with BBQ sauce or anything like that, it's a whole different beast.)

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

LA Recap - The Good, the bad, and the disgusting

George's Diner is just that, an old Diner. It has sentimental value, but it's nothing special or anything. The best place for PoBoys in the Red Stick is probably Rocco's. Rest assured that George's isn't considered really good poboys or anything.

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Visiting Tulane - Any Suggestions for Dessert?

La Divina actually has a store on the LSU Campus. Fantastic Gellattos, environmentally friendly, locally sourced ingedients, all that jazz. The best part is the taste.

La Divina Gelateria
300 LaSalle Place
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 258-2115

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in New Orleans

Maque Choux

The Okra is seriously optional. I'm from southern Louisiana and basically nobody I know who cooks really uses it very often. I, for one, frankly hate the stuff (Except maybe deep-fried). So if you are checking out this recipe to make Maque Choux, don't worry about the Okra if you don't have any. Or even if you do, for that matter.

Oh, and instead of using the vegetable oil, just use the bacon grease you got from cooking the bacon. Also you can use whole milk instead of heavy cream, you'll just have to use more and reduce it, and be careful of curdling. This is the tastier type, a white maque choux rather than a red one, which uses a more tomato based sauce.

Also, it's perfectly fine to add shrimp or crawfish tails to your Maque Choux and make it your meal rather than just a side.

Jun 12, 2012
Paranatural in Recipes