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TP's dining guide

I always consider this and gambit's more of an "advertising guide", althoughTP not as much. the lists are useful for trying to decide what to eat/where to go.

Apr 13, 2012
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JazzFest time frame food choices

Don't miss the food demonstration areas. Local chefs prepare recipes and give out tastes at the end, and often give out copies of the recipe. I feel like this year's schedule is one of the best yet. The indoor demo area particularly is a good respite from the weather.

Mar 30, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Closest alternative to Commander's Palace Brunch

I don't generally recommend Ralph's, but it would be a nice brunch alternative. Also, you should check back with Commander's -- perhaps they will have cancellations, or perhaps they will take your name on a wait list.

Mar 21, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Nawlins Trip Advice

I think I would so the other way around.

Mar 20, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Looking for great steaks!

What are you looking for? My favorite place for steaks is La Boca. We just went there a couple of nights ago. I like it because it's not a standard steakhouse menu. If you want that, I'd suggest Ruth's Chris or Besh Steak. There are others too, but none of that interests me anymore.

Mar 17, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

One dinner, one person: what would you recommend?

Agree about Root, although Maurepas is new and really good too. Root is just a couple of blocks, well maybe three and a half, from Cochon Butcher, so it would be convenient to pick up the sandwiches.

Mar 13, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Places in the CBD/Warehouse

Try the baked oyster appetizer at RioMar. My mouth waters thinking about it!

Mar 12, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Saturday Brunch 1st Weekend of Jazz Fest???

Jazz Fest is from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you arrive early ready to eat, you will have no trouble having enough to eat before the lines get long, and again in late afternoon the lines go down. Even when the food areas are very crowded, the lines aren't really that long. I've been in much longer lines at event like the N. O. Wine and Food Experience.

Mar 11, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Late Night Great Food in the French Quarter

Although not in the Quarter, La Boca and Root, both on Fulton Street in the Warehouse District, are both open late, Root quite late. 

Mar 06, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Best Happy Hour - Hermes Bar @ Antoine's or Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse?

The first half of the block from canal to redfish grill can be VERY scary. I would advise approaching and leaving redfish grill from Iberville street.

Mar 05, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Where's the best muffaletta now?

I haven't seen the 5" ones. I'll have to look next time I go back.

Mar 04, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Where's the best muffaletta now?

For way too many years I lived in the Land Of No Olive Salad (and of course no muffaletta bread either), but I made a pretty good olive salad, exactly how I like it with lots of good olive oil, and made do with some kind of bread. Now that we've moved back to Nola, I'm pretty accustomed to my own olive salad.

Mar 03, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Where's the best muffaletta now?

BigJoe, it's so easy to make your own olive salad.

Mar 03, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Where's the best muffaletta now?

I've ordered mini muffs from rouses several times for parties, and they've been very good. I haven't had the big ones from there.

Mar 03, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Help with Bachelor Party planning

We recently had our dinner at Herbsaint ruined by a Bachelor's party of about 12 or 15 guys. It was so loud that we hurried to eat and skipped dessert.

Emeril's has a private room that I think may fit 15, although that would be the max. I think they can close off a part of the restaurant for a larger party. Also, Dickie Brennan's has private rooms. Luke too. Tommy's. Many other restaurants too.

Feb 29, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Taking my mom to NOLA for the weekend. Would LOVE you forever if you could help.

WWII Museum, along with eating at American Sector. A streetcar ride is interesting, and there are many places in the route or not far off to eat. I personally enjoy a ferry ride across the river and back, to see the power of the river and for the view of the Cathedral. And popping in to the Cathedral is interesting too if you're into that. And of course it's close to many restaurants, the closest bring Muriel's and Sylvain. Also a block from Cafe du Monde, although there are often lines down the sidewalk. There's also a Cafe du Monde in Riverwalk, where you can see the ship traffic on the river while enjoying your coffee and beignets. Do you have anything in particular in mind?

Feb 29, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Le Meritage vs. Mr. B's vs. Muriel's Jackson Square

Bill, where do you like the BBQ shrimp better than Mr B's?

Feb 29, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Veal Parmigiana

I haven't had the Veal Parmigiana at 1179, but I've enjoyed everything I have had there.

Feb 28, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Taking my mom to NOLA for the weekend. Would LOVE you forever if you could help.

Absolutely agree about La Boca. I haven't been to Besh Steak because of it being in the casino. I don't like the noise and smoke in casinos.

Feb 27, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Roast Beef poboys

Tracey's is where the Parasol's people went when the owner's of the building took over the operation. It's just about a block away. Kid Creole is in a gas station (free air) on Airline Hwy (or I think it's been renamed Airline Drive), a bit on the New Orleans side of the intersection with Causeway, across from the toy store Le Jouet. There are a couple of tables inside. They also have opened an outpost in Metry Cafe, a bar on Metairie Rd, just across the train tracks if you are heading west from New Orleans, around the corner from Nor Joe's. the same food, but my problem with the location is the chance of smokers being in the bar. You really need your own transportation to go to either.

Feb 27, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Any holes in my itinerary for March 12th-17th? Changes/additions welcome

Out of all of those, I would skip Joey K's (ok, but not especially worth crossing town for) and Port of Call. Verti Mart only for the fun factor, or adjacent to the hotel factor.

Feb 27, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Advise for Crawfish Boil Mar 2012

also, most family-style neighborhood places will be closing up by around 9:00.

Feb 27, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Taking my mom to NOLA for the weekend. Would LOVE you forever if you could help.

I would omit Maspero's and Deanie's, keep Emeril's, and Dickie's is a steakhouse, and I don't think you can get steaks at the bar (maybe you can call and check on that), so there's not much point in going there for apps and dessert. I'd do a poboy at some point. Johnny's in the French Quarter is good and not too far a walk (maybe a mile?), or you can get a pretty good poboy (fried seafood or duck) at Grand Isle in the Warehouse District, close to your hotel. As far as Sunday dinner, after brunch at Commander's you may not want much, but the Besh restaurants are all open on Sundays, and you can get a light dinner at Luke on St. Charles just the other side of Poydras or at American Sector in the WWII Museum. many places are closed on Mondays, but Emeril's, the Besh restaurants, Herbsaint, Cochon, RioMar and La Boca are all in walking distance and open Mondays.

Feb 27, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Roast Beef poboys

I always thought Acy's was the best, but they've been closed so long I wonder whether it was as good as I remember. I think you'll enjoy Tracey's.

Feb 26, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Best Places without Reservation During Jazz Fest

I go all 7 days too, and I still enjoy the food on the last day. I don't get everything I love on the first day, or even the first weekend, pacing myself, but I will repeat some favorites. I've been out to eat with out of town friends following jazz fest in the past, but last year I put my foot down and excused myself from going out afterwards. They are free to go without me. All I want is a shower and to rest up for the next day. Not interested in crowds, waiting, or rushing to get home and ready to go out again. I like to stay until the last minute.

Feb 26, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Roast Beef poboys

Bill, next time you come to town, try the roast beef poboy at Tracey's. Acy's was my favorite, and I think Tracey's is as close to that as exists. Close second: Kid Creole.

Feb 25, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

St. Charles Streetcar line - can I get to restaurants past the Riverbend or is still being repaired?

Sorry, I'm not sure about the answers, except that the bus goes to the end of the streetcar line, carrollton & Claiborne. I got on at St Charles & Carrollton and headed downtown. I didn't notice where the bus had dropped people off. You could try calling RTA

Feb 20, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

St. Charles Streetcar line - can I get to restaurants past the Riverbend or is still being repaired?

As of Friday, the streetcar was running on St Charles as far as Carrrollton. You can transfer to a bus to go to Claiborne, but the Riverbend area is just a block or so from where you get off.

Feb 20, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Food to bring to a Mardi Gras Ball

Bill, the balls to which you bring food aren't that kind of ball. They CALL them balls, but it's not at all like the old-time balls at the Auditorium.

Feb 13, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans

Food to bring to a Mardi Gras Ball

A couple of times, we have ordered mini-muffalettas from Rouses, plus a couple of cheeses, crackers, some nice olives, and some kind of nuts. I don't know whether the FQ Rouses does the mini-muffs, but the Warehouse District one does.

Feb 12, 2012
expatorleanian in New Orleans