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12 Best Muffulettas

Fitzmorris left LaBella's muffuletta off that list

Jun 04, 2012
mimadeli in New Orleans

Dining during Mardi Gras (and the days leading up to it)

The key thing to remember about parade routes and times is this - parades usually traverse about 5 miles in distance, and usually take 4-6 hours to march, depending on if its a regular parade or one of the superkrewes like Bacchus and Endymion. For example, a parade that begins at 6pm uptown by Napoleon and St. Charles will be marching down Canal St. around 10pm or thereabouts.

Also scrutinize the parade schedule to see if there are multiple parades following each other, or if there is an afternoon parade, then a night parade on the same route.

A detailed map of the city will also help you navigate around town and around the parades.

Check the websites or call the restaurant to make sure they are open on the day you want to go. The only day most restaurants close will be on Mardi Gras Day.

Feb 03, 2012
mimadeli in New Orleans

11/11/11..........Big Food Event in NOLA.........Mmmmmmmmmm.....................

Fun event - good food, good drinks, good music

The Abita Oyster Stout was delicious

The Foundry is a cool place

Nov 11, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

11/11/11..........Big Food Event in NOLA.........Mmmmmmmmmm.....................

I have a stylish pair of patterned wellies, might that be an OK substitute for white shrimp boots?

Oct 31, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

11/11/11..........Big Food Event in NOLA.........Mmmmmmmmmm.....................

What is Cajun Cocktail attire?

Oct 29, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

PJ's Buttercream Brownies

You can also try e-mailing Judy Walker at the Times Picayune

She has a weekly column that readers send in queries for lost recipes - and her readers almost always produce the missing recipe. Try that and see if someone can come up with your buttercream brownie recipe.

Oct 13, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

3 Specific Questions from DC Chowhound

1) Casual Po'Boy and a beer are typically not synonymous with waiter service. Most places you order at the counter, and when your po-boy is ready you pick it up and if the place has tables then eat it there. Walking distance, Johnny's comes to mind - they may serve po-boy's at Stanley and Mena's Palace and there is table service at both places, but not sure of the quality compared to typical po-boy shops.

2) I would change the reservation to Emeril's - its more expensive than NOLA but worth it

3) This is still not peak season for oysters - they may be on the small side - oysters are best after the weather cools off significantly, usually mid-November. Don't expect perfect oysters this time of year. You could try Drago's in the Hilton for grilled oysters too.

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mena's Palace
200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 11, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Going to give it a shot...Friday lunch at Galatoire's...Tips for a rookie??

This local prefers not to participate in the typical lunchtime melee' - I've gone mid-afternoon a lot to Galatoire's with friends, usually around 3pm-ish, and yes a few times on Fridays too.

Its interesting to see the waning lunch crowd, some all sloppy drunk with the wait staff ever patient tending to their needs, and then watch the transition to dinner as the evening patrons filter in around 5:30-ish.

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Sep 24, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Why does everyone hate Jacques-imo's

its dirty...

Sep 18, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Stella! Good meal but with some significant missteps (sadly)

figs grow everywhere down here, I have a tree in my backyard

Sep 18, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

non-touristy cooking classes

Sep 18, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Stella! Good meal but with some significant missteps (sadly)

I didn't know peach trees grew in Plaquemines Parish, hmmm

Sep 17, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

PJ's Buttercream Brownies

You can try here for starters

Someone may have a recipe, or know where to find them

Sep 14, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Metaire good eats

Chateau du Lac Bistro on Metairie Rd.
I'll second Vega Tapas
Mark Twain Pizza on Metairie Rd.
Royal China for chinese and dim sum
Fury's for old style New Orleans fried seafood plates and such
Restaurant Cypress on Transcontinental
World Deli for lunch, on Clearview
Short Stop on Transcontinental for po-boys
Giorlando's for Creole/Italian like Mandina's
Byblos Market on Veterans
Nor-Joe's for muffaletta's
Quarter View on Clearview
Cafe Fresca for lunch and coffee
Mr. Ed's in Bucktown
Don's Seafood for Lafayette style seafood dishes
Ristorante Filippo
Kanno Sushi
Radosta's for po-boys
Drago's for grilled oysters and lobster
Bozo's for oysters and seafood

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Royal China Restaurant
600 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005

Giorlando's Restaurant
741 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

Ristorante Filippo
1917 Ridgelake Dr, Metairie, LA 70001

3205 Edenborn Ave, Metairie, LA 70002

Aug 29, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Looking for a romantic Friday night dinner for two

How about Cafe Atchafalaya uptown?

Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Aug 23, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Dragos in New Orleans

Went to Drago's Metairie on August 13 with a friend. The oysters were indeed small, but flavorful. Consider this - it is NOT oyster season right now and are usually small during the summer - the oysters will fill out and get bigger and plumper come November when the weather cools off.

Plus I've never had chargrilled oysters at Drago's with breadcrumbs - they use heaping amounts of parmesian cheese though.

Aug 23, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Velvet Cactus in Lakeview?

Only thing good is the patio is nice to sit outside - but not right now, its too hot - the inside is cramped and feels like you're sitting in a garage - food was not good, but maybe that will improve as time passes and the kitchen staff get more proficient

Aug 21, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Wedding cakes in N.O.??

Maurice's Bakery makes them

Jun 14, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

restaurant gift certificate for incoming Tulane student

Besh Restaurants will mail their gift cards to you

Jun 12, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Captain Sid's in Metarie

I just bought 10 pounds of crawfish from them a couple weeks ago and the place was alive and kicking

they're open till 6pm - they might be closed on Mondays

Apr 05, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

rec for private chef?

Contact Fleur de Lis catering - ask if Melissa is still there, she comes recommended

Apr 04, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

What's your favorite low key breakfast place?

The name is Betsy's Pancake House fyi

be aware, service is sometimes lacking - the waitresses are more concerned with having a conversation with the regulars and those that aren't are an afterthought

Betsy's Pancake House
2542 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Mar 11, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Latino supermarkets

The former Union Supermarket that was on S. Carrollton underneath Rock & Bowl moved out to Kenner - they have a good selection of items and they have daily lunch specials. Union Supermarket, 2105 W. Esplanade Ave. #A, Kenner, 504.469.1861.

There is another Latino market on Florida Avenue in Kenner, Los Latinos Grocery (504) 443-1029 3521 Florida Ave Kenner, LA

Here is a list of ethnic markets in New Orleans

Jan 14, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Cafe's or lunch spots in Ponchatoula?

We went to Paul's Cafe - we mostly talked and the food was an afterthought. My friend had a hamburger and I had the club sandwich on wheat, which had roast beef on it too! Coffee was decent. I watched as plates came out filled with daily specials, po-boys and one of the waitresses was walking around with a tray of desserts. And the bill was less than $20 for everything.

If you need a quick lunch spot that won't blow out your wallet, Paul's Cafe is the place.

Jan 07, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Cafe's or lunch spots in Ponchatoula?

Anyone know of anyplace for lunch in Ponchatoula? Headed there in a couple days and internet searches are coming up empty. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2011
mimadeli in New Orleans

Vegetarian Muffulettas?

All the recent talk of muffalettas, and I just went to Nor-Joe's to get one. The muffaletta was warmed, the cheese melted, and the bread thick and fresh, made nice and spongy from the olive salad. It was delicious.

So I looked up muffaletta and yes the bread from Sicily is called a muffaletta - a round sesame bread. However in the Wikipedia article there was a reference to a story about the origins of the New Orleans muffaletta, as follows:

"One of the most interesting aspects of my father's grocery is his unique creation, the muffuletta sandwich. The muffuletta was created in the early 1900's when the Farmers' Market was in the same area as the grocery. Most of the farmers who sold their produce there were Sicilian. Every day they used to come of my father's grocery for lunch. They would order some salami, some ham, a piece of cheese, a little olive salad, and either long braided Italian bread or round muffuletta bread. In typical Sicilian fashion they ate everything separately. The farmers used to sit on crates or barrels and try to eat while precariously balancing their small trays covered with food on their knees. My father suggested that it would be easier for the farmers if he cut the bread and put everything on it like a sandwich; even if it was not typical Sicilian fashion. He experimented and found that the thicker, braided Italian bread was too hard to bite but the softer round muffuletta was ideal for his sandwich. In very little time, the farmers came to merely ask for a "muffuletta" for their lunch."

Here is the link

So yes, in your context, the bread is the muffaletta. However we must agree to disagree in the context of the New Orleans muffaletta which is defined by the combination of salami, ham, cheese, olive salad and Italian bread.

Nor-Joe Importing Co
505 Frisco Ave, Metairie, LA

Dec 11, 2010
mimadeli in New Orleans

Vegetarian Muffulettas?

Never heard of a vegetarian muffeletta. The whole point of the muffeletta is to showcase the meats - salami, mortadella and whatever else the sandwich maker puts on it.

Central grocery does not make mufflettas to order. They make one sandwich and you get either a half or a whole one and you can buy a bag of chips and a drink to go with it.

Now there might be other delis that can make an olive salad/provolone sandwich on italian bread, but I doubt that would still be considered a muffeletta. Maybe Stein's Deli on Magazine?

Dec 07, 2010
mimadeli in New Orleans

High style itinerary for N.O.

Consider Arnaud's for Sunday Brunch

Dec 03, 2010
mimadeli in New Orleans

Crab Trap in LaPlace is closing

wow that's sad -- is the restaurant on the lake's edge closing too?

The parish wants to build a marina there, maybe Crab Trap got caught in the cross hairs of that

Nov 01, 2010
mimadeli in New Orleans

transporting muffs

bring a few gallon size ziplock bags to put them in

Jul 21, 2010
mimadeli in New Orleans