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Where to get a Sazerac

I second the French 75 bar, which is a really nice place anyhow. Herbsaint makes a great one and you should eat there too. Galatoire's bar (upstairs) is quite good for a Sazerac. Also try the Swizzle Stick Bar at the Loews Hotel on Poydras. Oh, and the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone.

Apr 26, 2009
DavidIB in New Orleans

Looking for farm to table restaurant in Nola!

I think it is a little bizarre to come to a place known for its culinary culture and search primarily for food that is not associated with that culture. However, it is worth noting that since the days of Paul Prudhomme, Commander's Palace has emphasized sourcing their ingredients from within a few hundred miles of here...but they produce food that is definitely New Orleans food. As already mentioned here, the same is true of Dante's Kitchen and, while we are in that neighborhood, Brigsten's. Don't forget Bayona, which makes a point of being able to meet special dietary needs. All the restaurants listed above will work (I happen to really like MILA, although it is pricey). A lot of our best chefs here shop at the Crescent City Farmer's Market (which you should also visit on a Tuesday, to sample food made from ingredients at the market) and have relationships with regional farmers. If you can relax a bit about your fear of local cuisine, perhaps we can persuade you that eating locally includes the cooked products as well as the ingredients!

Apr 26, 2009
DavidIB in New Orleans

soft shell crab poboy

When in season, which usually starts sometime in March according to the Louisiana Seafood promotion folks (although I have not seen many soft shells around so far this year), the best place to get a soft shell in a sandwich is Casemento's. Not exactly a po'boy...but just darn good.

Mar 11, 2009
DavidIB in New Orleans

one dinner in montreal

Thanks for all the recommendations. I ended up eating at L'Express, which was delightful. Os a la moelle for an app, rognons de veau for the main, a couple of glasses of cahors and the apple crumble to finish. Classic french food, well-executed. I sat at the comptoir and the two guys next to me both raved about their fish soup, but I could not resist the bone marrow. One of them, by the way, is a chef at another local restaurant and his happy presence on his day off signaled that L'Express is worth visiting. But you locals probably all know that already. My next trip will be much longer and in a warmer season.

Mar 03, 2009
DavidIB in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

one dinner in montreal

The dilemma: I will be in Montreal for dinner Sunday night. I was going to go to Au Pied de Cochon, but this Sunday is the one Sunday they are closed all year. How annoying, but what can you do?

Eat somewhere else.

But where? I need suggestions. Some place open on Sunday night, food along the lines of APDC would be nice, but I am really open. I am staying just a few blocks away from APDC, so something in the area would be nice.

I know this is a rather vast query, but I am hoping the wise people here can help.

Feb 26, 2009
DavidIB in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good Lunch Spot on Magazine Street?

Lilette (open for lunch tues-sat). Wonderful, wonderful. http://www.liletterestaurant.com/

Feb 09, 2009
DavidIB in New Orleans