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One Restaurant-Uptown Gem

Thanks - we're going back in October and we're going to try all new restaurants this time out. One will definitely be on our short list.

Jul 16, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

7 Days in NOLA (looooong trip report)

Wow. Great post. I almost got a little teary-eyed at the end, that your amazing New Orleans adventure was over. Thanks for sharing that.

For a hotel next time, try Le Richelieu on Chartres and Barracks. It's not expensive and the people who work there are really nice.

Jul 16, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Camellia Grill

Y'all who say it sucks now are crazy!! It looks smells and feels exactly like it did pre-k AND pre-sale! We went back to NOLA for a vacation and ended up eating at the Camellia Grill 3 times in 4 days and each time was great. I know I'm gettin' in this late but puh-leeze!! All you crazy kids gotta do is breath in, breath out and eat a cheeseburger and french fries with a mocha freeze. See? Don't you feel much better?

Jul 16, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Pralines in New Orleans

Just got back from New Orleans and I made a special trip to Leah's just to get some yummy creamy pralines, and ended up leaving with a full bag o' sweet treats. My favorite, besides the pralines, was the chocolate covered pecan brittle. Wow. Wish I had some now!

May 10, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Late-May trip with a toddler (!?) and healthy-eating hubby

We too are going to NO in May with our 4 year old child and I've done mounds of research to find places with kid's menus or at least something my kid will eat (grilled cheese!!) Here's our list of stuff in the upper and lower garden district, riverbend, carrollton etc.:
Breakfast/lunch: Gott Gourmet (Kids Menu), Surrey's (some healthy options and juices), Slim Goodies Diner, Oak Street Cafe, Camellia Grill.
Also try Cafe Atchafalaya and Dick & Jennys for a casual-slash-fancy dinner that has kid's menus!!
Most of these places have semi-healthy or vegetarian options (except for Camellia Grill!)
My vote for fancy pants dinner goes to Commander's Palace.
Kermit Ruffins plays other places that aren't quite as far - the Rock n' Bowl which is in Mid City on Carrollton. If I were you i'd try to catch the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar, which is just outside the garden district in the riverbend area. That show just might change your life!

Apr 26, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Please help me plan my Foodie itinerary to NO

I'm in the same boat - i love the food but like coming home with at least 2 cents in my pocket!!
If price is no option, try Stella! It is the best meal I've ever had in my life. Granted, it was $100 (each!) but it was amazing.
Commander's Palace is also good (and, really, what's a trip to NO without going to Commander's?) they have a prix fix menu option for about $40 for soup, main course and dessert. I don't remember the exact details, but check their website. The atmosphere, the Garden District neighborhood, the building, the food - all combine together to make it an amazing NOLA memory. And it's across from a cemetery for pete's sake!!
Lola is also really good. Their chicken and andouille paella is amazing as is their garlic butter you get before the meal. Yum! And it's not pricey - i think the paella was about 13 bucks?Great atmosphere inside and out. The restaurant is on upper esplanade near bayou st. john and they have a nice outdoor sitting area where people drink wine, talk and wait for their tables (no reservations). it's in a residential area so you're surrounded by beautiful homes and huge oak trees. It's definitely a fun (and delicious) place to feel like you're a native New Orleanian.
And, lastly, if you don't go to Cafe Du Monde on your trip, well then you might as well not go!! You may even find yourself sneaking there 2 or 3 times in a day.
Hope this helps!!

Apr 23, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Inexpensive Restaurant for Dinner in the French Quarter

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Mona Lisa, Port of Call, Fiorella's, Gumbo Shop. All are relatively cheap and the food is good. Not Stella good, but good nonetheless! Also, the take out food at the Quarter Master Deli (a.k.a. the Nelly Deli) is surprisingly good and really cheap. My parents stayed at a place close by and my dad ended up eating there a couple of times a day.

Apr 23, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's & Stanley - 1st time, what do you like there??

Wow, thanks! I'm leaning towards the Basil Grouper, and something that comes with smoked carrots! That goat and cheese puff pastry sounds yummy too. And thanks for the heads up that kids are welcome there - good to know!!

Apr 09, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Austin Burger Smackdown!

My vote goes to:
Shady Grove
Not known as a burger joint so we never got it, but a couple of weeks ago my wife ordered the cheeseburger and - wow, i was very impressed.
The burger was evenly cooked and had just enough crispiness to the outside of it. It was juicy but not drippingly so. I hate those huge drippy burgers that leave you a bottom bun half so soaked it mushes up into the burger and turns to bread mud.
There was just enough stuff on top (lettuce, tomato, etc.) so that everything does not fall off when you lift it to your face.
And to top it all off the bun was great too. It wasn't all spongey or too dry - it was grilled and had a crispy ring at the inside edges.
We get it almost every time we go now, and every single time it's been the same - delicious!!

Apr 09, 2009
jreedtattooer in Austin

Best Pizza in Austin?

Stoney's Pizza - it's the red pizza truck across the street from Emo's in the small parking lot at the corner of 6th and Red River. It's as close to east coast pizza that i've had in a long time. The two owners (a father and son team) are both originally from Back East, so they know how to make a slice - not too thin, not too crispy, not too thick - just perfect; you can fold that sucker in half and eat it like yer supposed to be able to eat a slice. No crazy/weird toppings either - pepperoni, veggie, cheese. I think half my friends back in NY would laugh til they died if they saw some of these white sauce/shrimp/trail mix/ whatever toppings that these other pizza places come up with. That's good for "fusion pizza", I guess, but I like my pizza old school and so far Stoney's is the tops.

Apr 09, 2009
jreedtattooer in Austin

Dick & Jenny's & Stanley - 1st time, what do you like there??

We're coming back to NOLA for 5 glorious days in early May and we're hitting all of our favorite spots, but this time with our Native New Orleanian 4 year old son in tow! The only 2 places on our agenda that we've never been to are Dick & Jenny's and Stanley. What's your favorite dishes, or any suggestions, at both places?

Just to let ya know...we're also going to Lola's, Bluebird (sob), Camellia Grill, Nola (for lunch), the Ruby Slipper, Parkway and Commander's Palace (for dinner). We were broke when we lived there so all our faves are kinda cheap!!

Apr 09, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Breakfast: since I'll miss Bluebird...

Camellia Grill for sure. Slim Goodies is also really good. I feel ya on the Bluebird. We're visiting 3 weeks before the close. I'll have a pecan waffle in your honor!!

Apr 04, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Help! On a budget dinner..$50 a couple...Irene's, Boucherie, Elizabeth's, or Lola's?

Lola's - the paella is amazing as is the garlic butter with the bread!! Man, that garlic butter (although I don't think it's butter, it's whipped garlic I think?) - I can almost taste it now.... we ate there and we were broke, so it can't be too pricey.

Apr 04, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

BBQ

I've only eaten at one BBQ place in NOLA and it was really good - Voodoo BBQ on St. Charles. The pulled pork was really good as was the sauce and PLEASE do yourself a favor and get the corn pudding! The desserts were also really good and the location is fairly close to the quarter, just a few blocks past Lee Circle.

Apr 04, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

the quest for the best in new orleans

Praline bacon at Elizabeth's in the Bywater. It's like bacon candy.
7 course tasting menu at Stellas! Expensive but amazing.
French Fry Po Boy at Johnny's. Add brown gravy and cheese and you won't be able to move out of your chair.
Camellia Grill - just about everything there is good. Word!
Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé at Commanders Palace.
Breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe. Go before it closes so you can say you ate there! the Big Bird breakfast plate and the praline waffles are really good.
Chicken and sausage gumbo at The Gumbo Shop. Touristy, yes a little, but great atmosphere and I gotta say the gumbo is damn good.

Apr 01, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Bluebird closing May 31

That is unbelievably sad news. Our son was born across the street at Touro Infirmary and we went there everyday for breakfast. We even brought him down there (as soon as he was ready!) to show him off to some of the waitresses who we befriended and are still friends with now, 5 years on. The food and the atmosphere of the Bluebird and similar places, like the Camellia Grill, were part of the allure of the city that made us fall in love with New Orleans. We are coming back for a trip in early May and I'll be having the Big Bird breakfast plate every morning we're there. I can taste it already.....

Apr 01, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Pizza in NOLA - where?

Hope it's not too late, but LPK is very good. It's much different than regular pizza - smaller, crispier (but still with a good crust) and a well proportioned amount of toppings. Plus the location is nice, right across from the Old U.S. Mint, right on the corner.

Apr 01, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

7 Course Tasting Menu At Stella! ?

Me and my wife did it about a 1 1/2 years ago and it was hands down the best meal of our lives!! I'm allergic to shellfish (huge bummer!) and they changed everything on the 7 courses to meet my dietary needs. The waiter described everything in great, but not boring, detail which totally added to the whole experience. I even took a photo of the menu outside so I'd never forget all the delicious stuff we ate. Pre-tip it was $200 for the two of us, but we didn't have the wine pairing. I hope you go, it's more than worth the money you'll pay.

Apr 01, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Good restaurants that don't mind kids?

Thanks so far!! I just looked up Cafe Atchafalaya's website - yum yum! I had never been to or heard of it until now. Thanks!!

Feb 17, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans

Good restaurants that don't mind kids?

We're taking our 4 1/2 year old son back to NOLA, his first time back since he was born there. Any suggestions for restaurants that don't mind kids? Maybe a place with a kid's menu, or that would at least make him a good grilled cheese sandwich (the only food he eats!!)? It doesn't have to be Chuck E. Cheese style, we were thinking Camellia Grill, Bluebird Cafe, Eat, NOLA, Stanley, Commander's Palace for lunch, Cafe Du Monde (of course!!) - if you think any of these mentioned places would not be good for a lil' kid please let me know! We haven't been there in a few years so any ideas on new places would help us out greatly! Thanks!!!

Feb 16, 2009
jreedtattooer in New Orleans