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What happened to Chaparral Patio?

My husband and I have always been fans of their tacos. I know they opened a mid-city location, but we go to the "booth" at the gas station on South Claiborne. We went about three weeks ago, and they had moved inside the gas station (where the Chicken/Deli place was). They seemed to have less food/options, so we passed then. When we went back this week (twice) the store was closed. Also, coming back from jazz fest yesterday, I could have sworn I saw a new taco place in their old building.

My question: What happened to Chaparral Patio?

If they are gone, where can I get tacos (after 7 p.m.) in a neighborhood somewhere near Uptown. I don't mind going to midcity, but street food and tacos get cold so fast that we can never get them home fast enough.

Help. I need tacos very badly.

Apr 25, 2010
Brittbabelsu in New Orleans

Luke ... or Something Else?

My experience with Luke was mediocre at best. It's reasonably priced, but my Shrimp Farci sat under the hot lamp too long (goopy hollandaise) and the gratin dauphinoise was a MAJOR disappointment. Appetizer was excellent, though. Service, so so. From what I understand, Luke is a COMPLETE hit or miss and John Besh seems to have over-extended himself a bit. Luke was promising enough, we'd give it another chance. But, we left pretty disappointed. The raw bar, from just about every account, is excellent. But, you can get good, fresh seafood anywhere in New Orleans.

Feb 02, 2010
Brittbabelsu in New Orleans

Mahoney's Po-Boys on Magazine

I love Mahoney's Shrimp Po-Boys. The SHrimp do not "spill out" like others, but they are very plentiful. I would say stuffed. I think the experience mentioned above was a fluke. The shrimp, however, are amazing. Hand breaded, large, and buttery and velvety.

The only po-boy I've had there that I don't like is the Cochon de lait. It's a bit dry. Onion Rings-amazing and good happy hour prices (1.50 for an abita). Nice porch to sit outside. I really like this place. Also, I don't think I'd want my cheese melted on the Peacemaker, but I don't like too-melty cheese. I do love the peacemaker, though.

Oct 09, 2009
Brittbabelsu in New Orleans

NY foodie coming to New Orleans looking for CANT miss places- Help me with my itinerary please

Also really like Patois, but always hear from tourists that cabs have trouble finding it (though it's not hard to find). Luke is good for raw bar only, the restaurant itself can be a gamble. Mahoney's is a newer place for Po-Boys and is good with unbeatable happy hour beer prices ($1.50 for Abita amber). Love Galatoire's, and it is an institution (I reccomend Peter or Imre as waitors, don't make a reservation. You want to sit downstairs). Willie Mae's opens at 11 and get there at 11. You'll wait a while otherwise, but it is worth it. Also, for dessert, hit Sucre, La Divina or the Creole Creamery for ice cream (that last is a personal fave).

Sep 15, 2009
Brittbabelsu in New Orleans

Deep Fryer Disappointment

about 4 quarts maybe a little less. It's the size of a fry daddy. Not huge like the more expensive deep fryer, but OK for my needs (It's me and hubby).

They make a 6 quart stainless model as well.

Sep 15, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

Bought the electric pot (24.88 at Wal-Mart). It didn't quite heat to 375, but to 370. Nonetheless, we got crunch fries, and for 25 bucks, I think we'll keep it as it also slow cooks and steams and stuff. It says you can put it in the dishwasher. I wouldn't. It also seems a bit dangerous (the heating thing gets kind of hot), but overall, I'm pleased. The basket was nice and way easy to use. I wouldn't fry chicken in it, but for simple stuff, it was great.

Sep 13, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

The reviews were pretty stellar, and it's only 25 bucks at Wal-mart (BTW). I think we're going to try it. If it doesn't work, I'll send it back. But, oddly, it seems logical (and it's pretty cheap).

Sep 10, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

What does everyone think of this as a fryer:

http://www.amazon.com/Presto-06000-Ki...

Looks easy, cheap. and it heats to 400 degrees. The reviews are awesome.

Thoughts?

Sep 09, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

Thank you all for the great replies. I just sent back the Waring Pro (amazon has a great return system, BTW). The Wok idea is very intriguing, as I have a gas range with a high burner. But, I rent and don't know that it will always be this way. A friend suggested I put shortening in the fryer, but that sounds a little dangerous, and I like the light crispy taste of frying (don't get me wrong, lard is good too. I am still hoping someone will post with a "My fryer totally gets to 375" but I doubt it will happen.

Sep 09, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

Thanks for all of the replies! After much consideration, I think I'm going back to the pot and thermometer. I've had good success with it, and with the $100 bucks back from amazon, I can buy awesome frying gear (maybe a slightly smaller Le Creuset, which will weigh less). I considered the TFAL one, but MANY of the reviews said it didn't get to temperature (why I didn't buy it to begin with) AND the preset controls start at 325, which is WAY above my blanching temperature of 280 degrees. I'm kind of bummed (and not looking forward to boxing up this big ole fryer) but I learned a lesson.

Sep 05, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Deep Fryer Disappointment

So, I spent hours reading reviews, comparing prices, etc., to get the "right" deep fryer. I have been frying in a pot with oil and thermometer, and my biggest complaint with that was mess. I bought a Waring Pro DF250 and was SO excited. I chose it because it has a wide range of temperature choices (I like to blanch fries, and the TFAL EZ clean one only had four locked in temps), and it was a good size. Well, I ended up with soggy fries last night. It never got about 350 degrees! I was SOOOO sad (still kind of am). I am returning the thing to Amazon, and am now on the market for a new fryer. It seems though that, even when there are tons of positive reviews (the Waring only had one person say it didn't heat up enough), every fryer has at least one complaint about this issue. My question:

1. Is there an electric deep fryer for home use that heats up to 375 degrees. One that isn't enormous and costs less than $150.

2. If I go back to the pot, what pot, fryer basket, etc. should I buy. I'm currently using a big le creuset and a mesh strainer. It's a pain to get the oil back in the container and a BIG mess. I did just get a new funnel, and I like it.

Help?

Sep 04, 2009
Brittbabelsu in Cookware

Antoine's--a wonderful experience

I've been reading a fair amount of negative things about Antoine's here, and, having made reservations for last night, I almost canceled them. We didn't, and I have to day it was a wonderful meal. We ate in the annex--a must I think--and it WAS like eating in a museum (what many have said). I posit that this is a GOOD thing. New Orleans has no many trendy, fusion restaurants, I think the fact that a restaurant is still doing what they've done well from 100+ years is something to be commended. I mean, the wine list has a table of contents! We had wonderful service, really good food (crawfish bisque, followed by tenderloin tips in marchand de vin sauce and chicken Rochembeau. This may not be the most mind-blowing meal you'll have, but it is a wonderful place dedicated to making the food they know and love. It's French Creole food with top items--nothing more, but certainly nothing less.

Mar 29, 2009
Brittbabelsu in New Orleans