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Sunday Dinner in NOLA?

I've lived here for three years and am still baffled about what to do with guests on a Sunday night. Can anyone recommend good restaurants open for dinner on Sunday night? Are there any Uptown/Garden district options, or are we forced to go to the quarter?

May 20, 2010
smctexnola in New Orleans

Sour pickles? Any sour pickles out there?

Awesome! I am headed there right after Thanksgiving. THANK YOU!

Nov 24, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Help with Thanksgiving plans.

If one son is a professional chef, I totally agree that Cochon MUST be on your list! I ate at their butcher shop for lunch today and noticed that their proprietor, Donald Link, is serving Thanksgiving fare at his private dining venue upstairs, Calcasieu. I've never done one of their dinners, as I think they most often cater events, but it may be worth while. And, if you decide to scrap Calcasieu, but go for Cochon, arrive early and go for a glass of wine and some apps to Butcher... I suppose it's all the same food in the end, but the Butcher meats are just out of control amazing. They also have the best head cheese in town.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 09, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Best Mexican food?

Bless you for finding Tex-Mex!!! Do they have real queso there?? Or is it the awful glop served in all of the faux Mexican spots in NO?

Nov 09, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Sour pickles? Any sour pickles out there?

Sour pickles are my most favorite food. So much so that I just googled them, found some for sale on eBay, and had to be talked down from the purchase of food products from "some random dude online" by my ever-practical boyfriend.

I've read all about Guss' pickles in NY, but I live in New Orleans, and a gallon of Guss' pickles shipped to my house costs about $75...plus, I am then the proud owner of a GALLON of pickles. And, let's face it, a gallon of pickles in a two person home can't go that fast...even if one of us could eat several a day. (And just how does one store an open gallon of pickles, anyway? Must they be refrigerated?)

So, my question/issue is clear: are there any sour pickles available in my region? Am I forced to be an online pickle consumer for life? And, if I must choose this technologically-advanced option, where are the best sour pickles in the country that will deliver to my door in NOLA?

Thanks for your help!

Nov 09, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

High quality mail-order foods?

My father lives in the Panhandle of Texas and is an avid cook, but doesn't have access to many ingredients required in many gourmet/experimental recipies (especially for any kind of ethnic cooking). He also doesn't always have access to the freshest foods.

Is there a high quality food delivery website that could act as a supplimentary grocery store for him? I think that I'm looking for a sort of "out-of-the-box" version of Harry & David. Something that does monthly gift baskets would be totally ideal.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Nov 08, 2009
smctexnola in General Topics

Squeal BBQ

I couldn't agree more. My experience at Squeal was dreadful. The meat was dry, the waitress was not with it, and the bbq sauce was sub-par. I'd go to the Joint 1000 times before I'd risk another visit to Squeal.

Aug 28, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Best Sushi in NOLA?

How can you talk about sushi in NOLA and not mention Horinoya?? The fish there is hands down the best in the city. The location is downtown, and not exactly ideal unless you are planning to head to the quarter or Frenchmen St. afterwards, but the sushi at Horinoya is superb. It's unfortunate that they have no website, but this also contributes to the "hidden gem" factor.

Aug 28, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

coquette or bistro daisy ?

The food at Bistro Daisy far outdoes that at Coquette. Though Coquette is cute, has lovely wine and excellent cocktails, the plates are unsubstantial and some of the food is simply not worth the cost. My recent meal at Bistro Daisy was one of the best I've had in the city, rivaling Patios, whose fall menu I adore.

Aug 13, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Boucherie Summer Hours?

That's a major bummer, but thanks for your help!!

Aug 13, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Nola Martini Fans??

Have you tried the martinis at La Petit Grocery? They used to be 50 cents in the summers during happy hour, which may have made them taste better, but I've always thought they are quite balanced and really cool you down after a hot NOLA day.

Aug 10, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Restaurant advice for a local

Oh absolutely try Eat! It's my favorite party spot--perfect for big groups. Also, I think Mandina's is an excellent spot...though it's not in the quarter, it's pretty nearby. I don't know how they handle big groups, though.

Aug 10, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

John Besh's bacon...

This is a reply to a really old post. Hopefully, you've all been to Butcher by now to sample their amazing meats. I haven't worked my way through all they have to offer yet, but the bacon is great. I can't quite get mine to taste like the bacon in Luke's oyster salad though. Is there some trick I'm missing?

Aug 10, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

Boucherie Summer Hours?

I've heard through the grapevine that Boucherie (on Jeannette near Carrollton) is closed in August, but their website is down. Does anyone know their summer schedule?

Aug 10, 2009
smctexnola in New Orleans

John Besh's bacon...

Ok, I hear that John Besh has a deal with a local farmer who, clearly, produces heavenly bacon. And, apparently, the farm either has a waiting list a mile long or no longer sells to individuals, only restaurants (I hear conflicting reports on this).

What I know for certain is that the bacon I buy in the grocery stores in New Orleans doesn't begin to compare to what is served a Luke, August, and Cochon...

Does anyone know a good local shop that sells real bacon?

Jul 16, 2008
smctexnola in New Orleans

Frying Lemon Wedges?

For Val: At the restaurant, they used a really light batter similar to tempura and the wedges were quite small. I agree that it sounds horrifying, and had to be pushed to try one, but the taste is incredibly refreshing and really complimented the fish.

For Everyone else: So, I tried a recipe I found on epicurious that required dredging the lemons in flour and then frying in a cast iron pan. I am not at all an expert at frying, but the splatter wasn't an issue and they came out nicely browned. Unfortunately, the taste was just okay, but not as delicious as the ones at Primizie. I think that the flour took away from the refreshing acidity of the lemon juice... Next time I am in Austin I will ask the chefs if they can share their secrets and be sure to report back. I have a feeling that a deep fryer may be required.

Jul 16, 2008
smctexnola in Home Cooking

Frying Lemon Wedges?

Last week I ate at Primizie, in Austin, Texas, and ordered their calamari starter. The dish included small, fried wedges of lemon that were simply incredible. I am interested in frying lemon wedges to serve with fish filets, but am not an accomplished fryer nor do I own a deep fryer. Anyone have any suggestions?

Jul 13, 2008
smctexnola in Home Cooking