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3 Specific Questions from DC Chowhound

Had some of the best food in the world at Emeril's...don't miss it!

Oct 14, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Good places to eat in Monroe?

Sorry, I'm so slow...lots going on right now. Cafe Jefferson at Jefferson Island is my latest favorite. The seafood bisque is exquisite. Could have jumped in the bowl! Great homemade bread. My friend ordered the seafood pasta and loved it. I also ordered the shrimp remoulaude, but I was not a fan of the sauce--too much horseradish for me; would have been good with raw oysters.
It's open 7 days, but only for lunch. The view is outstanding, and outside seating is available.
Hot news is that Cafe des Amis is opening in downtown New Iberia. Will let you know when it happens. Dickie Breaux and his son have purchased a building near Guidry's Cake Shop, on Main near Jefferson St.
The older restaurants continue to thrive, but you really have to know what to order. At Little River, I like the stuffed mushrooms with remoulaude sauce (you have to ask sometimes for the sauce), catfish riverside, lump crabmeat sauteed in butter, and stuffed shrimp. Their blue cheese dressing is very good, as is their house salad. But I find it overpriced for the size.
Bon Creole lunch counter is quite good. Their seafood gumbo is excellent, along with their overstuffed poboys and fried catfish dinner. Many like their softshell crab poboy (in season). The bread pudding is wonderful, but they don't have it all the time.
I also am a fan of the Yellow Bowl. The fried catfish, crawfish half and half, catfish supreme (served with etouffee), are all consistently excellent. The grilled shrimp and catfish are also very good. The salad is pitiful but comes with the meal. Try the house dressing, it's a red bell -pepper concoction that is very good most times.

Jul 21, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Looking for an old restaurant in Pensacola...

Yes, Jubilee's I remember it fondly. so sorry it has closed. The food and ambience were both excellent.

Jul 21, 2011
cajungirl in Florida

Dress code guidance, please

OMG, I would Never have tried to go to CP in jeans, shorts, or such even in my Cajun country youth! I'm really sorry that they let you in the second time. And I'm not trying to be rude, honest.

Jun 11, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Good places to eat in Monroe?

Thanks so much to you and Celeste for the recs! We loved Sage. It was a great choice for us. The grilled oysters were so excellent, we almost ordered a second plate. I had the shrimp and grits--very spicy and succulent. DH had the sea bass, which was very delicately flavored with the lump crab and avocado despite the Thai sauce, so I suggested he wait until the end to try my shrimp.(He agreed.) Our graduate had the duck with cherries. I'm not a fan of duck, but he liked it.Our only disappointment was the dessert. There were only two choices (creme brulee and white chocolate breading, and they were not listed on the menu. We chose the white chocolate bread pudding, which I have enjoyed in delicious ecstasy at palace cafe, cafe vermilionville (lafayette) and cafe jefferson (jefferson Island, near New Iberia). This was not a fair representation of that wonderful dessert. It had some type of fruit, maybe pineapple, which did not complement the white chocolate in any way, shape, or form. The coffee was excellent, however, although we did have to ask for a second cup. Service was fine for the first 2/3 of the meal, but dropped off considerably after that.Otherwise, I could tell you what the fruit was! The decor was quite suitable for a special occasion without being overly stuffy.
I forgot to mention that there was also a salad bar with quite fresh and interesting items. It was extra, but my son and I tried it and enjoyed it quite a lot. The entrees were served with sides, so the meal was quite reasonable for the type of food and ambience. All in all, a very good-to-excellent choice!

Jun 11, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Graduation Dinner in Monroe, LA

Thanks for the recs. We tried Waterfront Grill last time, and it was enjoyable but a little casual for this celebration. We ended up trying Sage. The decor was much nicer yet not overly stuffy. Great salad bar--very fresh and varied. The sea bass, shrimp and grits and grilled oysters were excellent! My son chose the lamb, which he liked very much, but I'm not a fan, so I shouldn't judge. The only disappointment for me was the white chocolate bread pudding, which tasted like it had fruit, maybe pineapple, in it, and that totally ruined it for me.

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Waterfront Grill
5201 Desiard St, Monroe, LA 71203

Jun 11, 2011
cajungirl in Central South

Good places to eat in Monroe?

Thanks to both of you!

May 19, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Good places to eat in Monroe?

Forgot to ask if you have any favorite dishes you've tried at Sage.

May 18, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Graduation Dinner in Monroe, LA

Any suggestions of what to order at Sage?

May 18, 2011
cajungirl in Central South

Graduation Dinner in Monroe, LA

He really likes all of the above.

May 18, 2011
cajungirl in Central South

Good places to eat in Monroe?

We're going to try Sage. Thanks for the rec.

May 18, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Graduation Dinner in Monroe, LA

I'd like to take my son out for a special meal for his graduation from ULM. The last suggestions I have are from 4 years ago. I'd appreciate any recs.

May 08, 2011
cajungirl in Central South

Good places to eat in Monroe?

Believe it or not, we are heading back for my son's graduation. Just checking to see if anyone had updated recs since these are from 2007. Yes, we are happy that he's finished in 4 years. So we are looking for a nice place to celebrate. Any thoughts will be appreciated.

May 08, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best Desserts - New Orleans

Ooh, the tres leches cake is outstanding, too!

Mar 24, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best Desserts - New Orleans

White chocolate bread pudding at Palace Cafe and Crepes Fitzgerald at Brennan's. Also love the bread pudding souffle at CP.

Mar 24, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Crawfish Etouffee in New Orleans

I've never seen etouffee served in a cup. I think it must be bisque, too.

Mar 11, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

What makes a good Po' Boy?

Fortunately, when you buy the bread at LeJeune's Bakery, it is not generally in the bags, although they will give you one if you want it. It's only pre-wrapped for the grocery stores.
That can be overcome by removing the plastic and heating in the oven to restore the crispness. Be sure to wet the paper to avoid burning.

Mar 02, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

The very BEST King Cake?

The Napoleans are my fave. Also like the chocolate-filled eclairs.

Feb 18, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

The very BEST King Cake?

Are the in-store prices the same as online? At $60+, I'm not sure locals would flock in.

Feb 18, 2011
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best BBQ Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish??? Help from locals?

Sorry, must have missed the date.

Dec 17, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

La Provence

May I be curious as to what entrees you and your wife ordered?

Dec 15, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best BBQ Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish??? Help from locals?

No, actually crawfish season is near the beginning.

Dec 15, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best French Bread

Are you possibly going via Highway 90 or Old Spanish Trail? If so, please stop at LeJeune's Bakery in Jeanerette for the best bread.

Nov 30, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Best French Onion Soup in Nola

I agree. The onion soup at Hoolihan's was delicious. The only thing I remember besides that was the strawberry daquiris.

Nov 16, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Breakfast at Brennan's?

The last time I went to Brennan's was in 2006. It was outstanding! It all depends on what kind of experience you are looking for. The turtle soup, eggs hussarde, and crepes fitzgerald were excellent and worth a return trip. The service was first-rate, and we even got an extra dessert when the waiter prepared too much bananas foster for another table.

Nov 08, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Quick dinner in New Iberia?

Another possibility for boiled seafood is Seafood Connection on Parkview. Right now they have boiled crabs, according to yesterday's newspaper. I have never been, but I always hear good things about it. I believe they are open late.

Oct 29, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Quick dinner in New Iberia?

Yes, it is further east, almost across from Torido Village, if you're familiar with that. I think it was the site of Trappey's.

Oct 29, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Quick dinner in New Iberia?

It's on Hwy 182 (Main St.), a block or so west of Lewis St., a little less than a mile from the plaza where the cookoff is held. The address is 833 E. Main St.

Oct 27, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Quick dinner in New Iberia?

Another option is Little River Inn, which is open until 10:00 on weeknights and 11:00 on weekends. I really like their sauteed lump crabmeat, stuffed shrimp ( but only the fried), shrimp and catfish pirogue, and catfish riverside. Although the restaurant itself is inconsistent, I have always been more than pleased with these particular dishes. http://www.poorboysriversideinn.com/F...

Oct 27, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans

Quick dinner in New Iberia?

I have to say that the Yellow Bowl and Clementine have been inconsistent. When good, they are very good, but you never know these days. Of late, I've had the crawfish etouffe, crawfish supreme, and broiled catfish at the Yellow Bowl, and they have been very good. (I'm omitting the fried entrees.) I've had some very good dishes at Clementine, including corn and crab bisque, stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, grouper. I believe they close at 9:00 on weekdays, but perhaps the bar is open later.

Oct 27, 2010
cajungirl in New Orleans