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Best (or even good) Coffee or Espresso in N.O.?

I second that. La Divina on Magazine makes consistently perfect espresso, with luscious crema. I brought an Italian foodie friend there during Mardi Gras; he was loving the food, but had been grumpy about the lack of good espresso in town. When we went in, he asked Carmelo (who was, thankfully, working that day) how the espresso was, with a sceptic's tone and his strong Italian accent. Carmelo replied, quietly, that he thought his was the best in town. My friend was practically swooning over his ristretto, chatted with Carmelo in Italian for twenty minutes, and went back every day until his departure. Meanwhile, I was sampling their extra virgin olive oil gelato - completely divine, reminding me that olives are fruit, after all. Also, though I'm veering far off from espresso, their Steen's syrup with bacon (yes!) gelato is sinfully good. Yum.

I also like the espresso at Angelo Brocato's, but I have to say that I prefer La Divina - both their espresso and the gelato. Heresy, I know.

Apr 05, 2009
djinniya in New Orleans

Court of Two Sisters/Jazz Brunch

I've only ever had bad food and bad service at Court of Two Sisters - but haven't been there for brunch. I'd try the Intercontinental Hotel in the CBD - the music is a quartet featuring Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White - two of the world's best traditional jazz musicians alive, and the food is excellent - a buffet, with a decadent variety of options, including plenty of hot made-to-order dishes. I believe it's $40, and only on Sundays. Because the phenomenon of the jazz brunch is primarily frequented by tourists, I find many places have mediocre food and insipid music, because they know you won't be back for a while. I haven't been to the Intercontinental in a while, so you might call to confirm that the same musicians are there.

Feb 02, 2009
djinniya in New Orleans

Enchiladas

It's called Tacos San Miguel, and they are as close to a Mexico City taqueria as one can find in New Orleans. That means: red and white checked tablecloths, Televisa on the tv, exactly the right condiments on the tables, and - sorry - no enchiladas. But excellent fresh salsa, carnitas to die for, and even really good lengua, which I don't normally eat anywhere for any reason. But at San Miguel, they convinced me to taste it, and I'm glad I did!

That said, there are pretty good enchiladas at the place on Carrollton, right next door to Brocato's. I think it's called Taqueria Guerrero.

Feb 02, 2009
djinniya in New Orleans