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Best Po Boy in New Orleans?

Best po boy covers a LOT of ground. Interestingly, our ongoing poll for best shrimp po boy in the state currently is led by three places outside of NO:

Blake's (Thibodaux) (36.0%, 27 Votes)
Olde Tyme Grocery (Lafayette) (19.0%, 14 Votes)
Danny & Clyde's (in a city near you) (18.0%, 13 Votes)
Parkway Tavern (New Orleans) (18.0%, 13 Votes)
Domilise's (New Orleans) (12.0%, 9 Votes)
Crabby Jack's (New Orleans) (11.0%, 8 Votes)
Felix's (New Orleans) (8.0%, 6 Votes)
Short Stop Po boys(Metairie) (7.0%, 5 Votes)
George's (Baton Rouge) (5.0%, 4 Votes)
Rocco's Po boys (Baton Rouge) (4.0%, 3 Votes)
Harry's (Larose) (4.0%, 3 Votes)
1921 Seafood (Houma) (3.0%, 2 Votes)
Village Cafe (Maurice) (1.0%, 1 Votes)
Le Cafe (Breaux Bridge) (1.0%, 1 Votes)
Bear's (Covington) (1.0%, 1 Votes)

That being said, if looking for one of the big three (oyster, shrimp, and roast beef) "in New Orleans," I would go with:

Shrimp- Parkway/ Crabby Jack's
Oyster- Parkway/ Domilise's
Roast Beef- Parkway/Parasol's

Really, Parkway could be a "one stop shop." Feeling adventurous, get the Surf and Turf.

Oh, and one more thing, as nikinik alluded to earlier... all hail the CDL po boy at Walker's!

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May 12, 2009
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Food at Latrobes

Okay, I went to another wedding at Latrobe's last weekend catered by the inhouse crew. Everything was very good, including:
-passed apps (fried oysters, crab meat, etc.)
- chicken and sausage gumbo (one of the meatiest I have ever seen)
- carving station was whole filet cooked perfectly served with mini ciabattas and a gravy, see photo)
- the mashed potato bar was a huge hit, primarily because they had a bowl of diced thick cut "praline style" bacon to sprinkle across the martini glass of mashed potato
- shrimp and andouille pasta

Mysteriously, I also saw a fellow come out of the back with a Cochon jacket on...

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May 12, 2009
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Cheapest Lunch Place

Just sent by buddy to the taco truck and he confirmed it. Three tacos, 4 bucks and a big smile!

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May 08, 2009
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the quest for the best in new orleans

A little late jumping on this train, but I think the quest for the best encompasses getting yourself a Hubig pie or two and a glass of Kleinpeter milk.

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May 08, 2009
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the quest for the best in new orleans

I LOVE Zapp's after throwing a couple dashes of hot sauce in the bag and giving it a shake. Any flavor will do, although Cajun Crawtators plus hot sauce is a little overkill...

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May 08, 2009
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Raw Sugar Cane

Something tells me a store in the Riverwalk has it, although you may only be able to find an "imported" version (Sugar in the Raw)...

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May 07, 2009
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best bloody?

Franks in Des Allemands...bring a tent for your post "meal" nap!

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May 04, 2009
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Cajun Stuffed Pistolettes

Off topic, but the Billy's boudin balls are the best in the state...

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May 04, 2009
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Biscuits & Gravy

While New Orleans is really not a bastion of biscuits and gravy in my opinion, Surrey's Juice Bar on Magazine and Cafe Fleur de Lis on Chartres do a good job with it.

Elizabeth's in the Bywater also has it on the menu and if their other items are any indication, I am sure they are very tasty!

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May 04, 2009
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Help - Herbsaint vs. Brigsten's

While chef Donald Link and Herbsaint is a high quality establishment, I would have to say that Brigtsen's is probably one of the best restaurants in the city. If I had to choose out of the two, Brigtsen's would be an easy choice. Chef Frank Brigtsen has been whipping out some of the city's finest cuisine at his riverbend restaurant for quite some time. This is not to knock Herbsaint by any means as I would take Brigtsen's over just about any place in the city. Also, check out chef Donald Link's other restaurant, Cochon in the Warehouse District for authentic Cajun cuisine.

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Apr 24, 2009
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Potato Salad in Gumbo

On the side for me, warm and simple with no relish, and of course, rice underneath. There are not many things in life better than a warm, freshly made potato salad.

Something this conversation reminds me of is putting your white beans OVER your jambalaya. It is also big in the Thibodaux/Chackbay area but I do not know if I have ever seen it served that way outside those locales...

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Apr 22, 2009
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Lafayette -- On the way to New Orleans

pattisue, l know Bonnie Bell's moved downtown (around Christmas) and was open less than a month ago... hopefully they have not closed for good since then! If so, that is really too bad, the place was a gem in the old location and the owners were really excited about the move downtown.

Just called and no answer...

Apr 22, 2009
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Catering?

Maybe you could convince Love at First Bite, the catering arm of Walker's to go to your place and with some cochon de lait poboys.

I would scale the walls to that party ...

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Apr 21, 2009
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Seafood outside of Nawlins

How's the food?

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Apr 21, 2009
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Lafayette -- On the way to New Orleans

Given that schedule, I would probably pick up shrimp poboys at Olde Tyme Grocery. Totally authentic and the best outside of LA (and possibly in all of LA), this would fill the only "hole" I can see in the lineup: awesome poboys.

Riverside Inn would largely be a duplication of the fare at Brigtsen's and Commander's in my opinion.

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Apr 20, 2009
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Catering?

I'd second Cafe Reconcile for the cause alone.

Went to a Cuvee catered affair that was outstanding, and if you're looking for some of the more traditional fare to fresh grilled fish stations, Cashio's out of Thibodaux is outstanding!

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Apr 20, 2009
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Seafood outside of Nawlins

Born and raised in Thibodaux (down the road from Houma) and I would put Houma and its surroundings higher in the "more good seafood restaurants per capita" category than any other place along I-10. While a lot of it is fried (who has a problem with fried food?), the boiled versions are great too.

My ratings are a bit skewed though, as pretty much nothing else counts but the quality of the food in my view. As a former service industry guy, I overlook all but the most atrocious service and have seen many a kitchen that is...well... Let's just say that long as they are not cleaning the grills with ditch water or something of that nature, you're pretty much good in my book.

West Main pizza (taco pizza or supreme) is out of this world too.

Lastly, I may be very wrong on this, but I believe The Seafood Pot is gone. No phone calls answered (just tried), website is down, and only chatter online about the place is pre-K. I would love to try the place if someone tells me my senses are wrong though!

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Apr 20, 2009
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Lafayette -- On the way to New Orleans

Poboys- Olde Tyme Grocery
Burgers- Judice Inn or Southside
Boiled Crawfish- Dwight's
Eclectic- Bonnie Belle's
Overall for a non frequent visitor or first timer- agree with N.O. Food, Riverside Inn

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Apr 20, 2009
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French Quarter Festival - Food Stands

I think the memory may have failed you Annasta, that was the Strawberry Creole Creme Cheese Bavarian. The Praline Creme Brulee (which was also excellent) was akin to a butterscotch pudding in a pastry shell with a crumbled praline/pecan coating that had been burnt on.

As for the Abita, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone that thought every one of them was "WAY off." Did you get the Purple Haze because it was a wheat beer and didn't know that it was a raspberry wheat beer, hence the "way off?"

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Apr 19, 2009
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Stanley

While walking around the FQ Festival we passed by Stanley and it took all I had to not snag a seat with the wife and place an order.

What's the latest on this place and the food? It seems like a great way to get a taste of Boswell's creations without jumping up to Stella prices...

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Apr 19, 2009
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Seafood outside of Nawlins

Don't know how far you're looking to go, but you can check out our map at

http://www.thecajunfoodie.com/maps/houston-to-new-orleans-restaurant-roadtrip/

with suggestions from Chowhounders that were made on this board.

Outside of the NO metro area, Houma (about 1 hour southwest) would have the highest concentration of non-touristy excellent seafood joints, but there are several others that are closer (Middendorf's, Spahr's, etc.) and Galley Seafood in Metairie might even qualify for what you're looking for.

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Apr 19, 2009
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Catering?

What type(s) of food are you looking for and approximately how many people?

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Apr 19, 2009
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Best Steakhouse in New Orleans Area

I know it is not in NOLA but Maxwell's in BR dry ages their Prime and Choice for 28 days (just called to confirm the specifics of the aging).

Additionally, their prices are almost HALF of the WF across the street. I once picked up a 2lb. bone-in Prime dry aged ribeye for $25. Felt like Fred Flintstone when I ate that thing and oh so good.

Off topic but their crab and brie dip with a bag of Neva Betta's is insanely good and their Cuban is the best in town.

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Apr 19, 2009
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Tommy's vs. Irene's, Update?

Second kibbles on all counts and the majority view in the previously linked thread.

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Apr 19, 2009
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French Quarter Festival - Food Stands

Okay, here was the actual rundown of what we tried yesterday if any of you are contemplating going out there today:

Poboys/Sandwiches
-The Joint: Smoked Chaurice sandwich (tasty little sausage poboy but not a very hard smoke on it and nothing like my first adventure with smoked ponce)
-Love at First Bite: Cochon de lait poboy (UNBELIEVABLE- talked to them and "Love at First Bite is the catering name for Walker's, a.k.a. they are the same as Jazzfest. I swear they piled on even more meat for the FQF. Both here and a Jazzfest, the CDL poboy is the best deal and the best dish. If they would have had butcher paper I would have had them wrap me up a half dozen.)
-Jacques Imo's: Slow roasted duck poboy (didn't try it, but my buddy said it was good, it looked a little "loose" to me
-Alibi: BBQ Shrimp poboy (didn't try it but their BBQ shrimp pasta was tasty, good amount of spice and nice sized shrimp)

Ribs: Bywater vs Nola (decided to forgo the ribs after seeing the portions for the price, did try Delmonico's confit pork cheeks with dirty rice and it was pretty darn good though

Have to haves:
-EAT: shrimp and grits (REALLY good, much more soup like than most I have tried, but great flavor and a great dish)
-Mrs. Wheats: Crawfish meat pie (total disappointment, nothing like Lasyone's at the Roadfood Festival, the crust tasted like Domino's pizza crust and the filling had very little crawfish and a good deal of rice...sorry Mrs. Wheat)
-Muriel's: Crepes (stellar, both the sauce and the crepe were excellent)

Desserts:
-Gelato Pazza (didn't try)
-Flour Power (had the praline creme brulee and the strawberry creole creme cheese Bavarian, both very good with the former winning a head to head contest)

Also tried:
Trey Yuen- Crawfish with lobster sauce (excellent)

Wanted to try but just couldn't manage:
Juans- pork and slaw tacos
Love at First Bite-crawfish pasta (people were lining up for this stuff, and when they got backed up, they let the cochon de lait'ers come up to the front of the line...yes, it was a good day)
Tujague's- brisket of beef with horseradish sauce

Summary- get out there for a cochon de lait poboy if nothing else. More to come (with pics) on the blog very soon.

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Apr 19, 2009
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French Quarter Festival - Food Stands

I recently received confirmation from the Wife that we'll be going to FQ fest on Saturday, so I've put together my "game plan." Luckily, I'm going to have a couple other people with me so I'll be able to share dishes and try more options, but here is what I'm thinking so far:

Poboys/Sandwiches
-The Joint: Smoked Chaurice sandwich (I have to give the ponce/chaurice another run)
-Love at First Bite: Cochon de lait poboy
-Jacques Imo's: Slow roasted duck poboy
-Alibi: BBQ Shrimp poboy

Ribs: Bywater vs Nola (want to try both and compare)

Have to haves:
-EAT: shrimp and grits
-Mrs. Wheats: Crawfish meat pie
-Muriel's: Crepes

Desserts:
-Gelato Pazza
-Flour Power

Any thoughts?

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Apr 17, 2009
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Need good honky-tonks in Cajun Country

Nick's in Eunice has live music also, but it is not quite honky tonkish.

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Apr 14, 2009
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Shrimp boil

Scratch my brutish reasoning in the previous post, I prefer to stand at crawfish boils to ensure that any lady that would like a seat is able to take one...

I agree on the elbow room (whether standing or sitting). It ranks right up there with proper seasoning when it comes to measuring my enjoyment of devouring crawfish.

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Apr 14, 2009
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Food at Latrobes

I recently went to a wedding reception there and it was a really nice venue, however, I can't really help you with the chef on staff as this reception was catered by Cuvee and a few other select outsiders.

I'll be going to another one there in a month though so I may be able to provide more insight then...

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Apr 14, 2009
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Need good honky-tonks in Cajun Country

Where are y'all going to be staying Friday night?

Also, Eugene, LA is a new one on me. Do you mean Eunice?

Willie's Campground Tavern/Lounge in Washington is about as close to the Gator Bar as you are probably going to get. Low key scene and it has great live music (when they schedule it). Also, the Steamboat Warehouse across Bayou Courtableu is a great place to have drinks/dinner before heading to Willie's.

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Apr 14, 2009
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