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The review of the Swedish princess and her meals in Philly

Dear Sylvia, w love quelelles, but these were just-bland.Like pike quenelles without sauce....

May 25, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The review of the Swedish princess and her meals in Philly

I absolutely agree. The only reason I went to Pears is that I had 20 minutes between lectures and they had free seats. Now I know why. I would also rather not have the McGillin experience again-at least until they have changed recipes. And cook.

May 25, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The review of the Swedish princess and her meals in Philly

Two, actually. McG and Pearl are two places I would rather die than go back to. The rest I would visit again in a heartbeat.

May 25, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The review of the Swedish princess and her meals in Philly

Dear chowhounds, tks for all Your suggestions. We are now on our last legs in Philly and here is the Evaluation from the Princess:
1) Dandelion: first night after arrival. LOVELY building inside and out. Spectacular burgers, cool ale and very competitive pricing. I actually dare to say this was the best burger-served medium rare as asked for-ever, and I have had the foie gras burger of the Private Room at Changi Airport several times! Princess and Prince consort are in agreement. Five stars.
2) Sbraga: large room, not very exciting ambience. Decent pricing. LOTS of taste, but why do foie gras soup with green curry AND lamb with green curry in the same meal. My lamb was dry and burnt as well! Princess loved it. I did not. All in all four stars.
3) Zahav: the full Lamb experience for both including a bottle of Chateau Musar 2007 and bubbly water for USA 210 including tip! Tons of exciting mezes, ENORMOUS amounts of succulent tender lamb, even too much for ME, the Glutton of the North to finish offf in one setting. Took a doggy bag for the first time ever in my life! Princess and price consort in total agreement. Princess wanted to go back within the week! Five stars.
4) Bibou: I would have loved to love the Bibou. We had the sunday dinner and got cold asparagus soup-not exciting at all. Princess got the signature snail dish and I the Foie gras stuffed Pigs foot. Both dishes were exquisite but the pigs foot was stuffed with pigs shoulder, not foie gras. I do make this dish at home sometimes-stuffing it with morels. I did remark this to the maitre'd who just stated that there was no port shoulder in it and that there was foie gras. That somehow punctured our experience and we chose to waiver our second visit. All in all good, exciting dishes, affordabe, enough food but... Princess had quenelles as main cours which she did NOT enjoy. Disagreement between princess and prince consort. Four stars minus.
4): Matyson: Asparagus week. Asparagi in everything, including pie. Lovely contrasts in tecture, amazing flavour but I WAS HUNGRY afterwards, even if I had the bread. That always drags the grade down. Four stars.
5)McGillins ale house for lunch-were we crazy?? The most horrible shepherds pie ever tasted and a mountain of the blandest leberwurst along with 6 non-exciting microbrews for almost the price of Dandelion, in a room filled with people, surly servers and no ambience? Never again. Two stars.
6) Devon seafood grill. Still the best happy hour in Philly. Two lobsters, 12 oysters, fried calamari, fried chipotle shrimp, one artisanal beer and 7 signature drinks? USD 106 including 15% tip! Fantastic!
7) Pearl Oyster bar: Traditional fried oysters with chicken salad. Fpr USD 15 incl tip-3 half burnt fried oysters which were green inside, a heap of cole slaw tasting nothing and a heap of chicken salad tasting nothing. Please-never again! Two stars.
8): Talulas garden: FANTASTIC SERVICE!!! Completely outstanding!!!
We had ordered a heavy red but got a strawberry tasting one. When the waiter saw that we didn´t particularily enjoy it he refused to serve it to us and let us buy another, outstanding bottle. Princess had lamb with vinegar as main course and left quite a lot of it. What does waiter do? He says, "Dear Princess, I see that You have not enjoyed the lamb. I will under no circumstances allow You to pay for it since my mission is to see You happy"!!!!!! Food-wise decent enough, lovely cheese, desserts to die for, nice ambience. A bit pricier than the others, but such service can only render the place Five Stars. Just see on the menu what You order...
With this we thank all chowhounds and wish that this review might be useful for other travellers.

May 24, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

You did not recommend it. "Everybody" said-go to the readin terminal market...

May 24, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Dear chowhounds, tks for all Your suggestions. We are now on our last legs in Philly and here is the Evaluation from the Princess:
1) Dandelion: first night after arrival. LOVELY building inside and out. Spectacular burgers, cool ale and very competitive pricing. I actually dare to say this was the best burger-served medium rare as asked for-ever, and I have had the foie gras burger of the Private Room at Changi Airport several times! Princess and Prince consort are in agreement. Five stars.
2) Sbraga: large room, not very exciting ambience. Decent pricing. LOTS of taste, but why do foie gras soup with green curry AND lamb with green curry in the same meal. My lamb was dry and burnt as well! Princess loved it. I did not. All in all four stars.
3) Zahav: the full Lamb experience for both including a bottle of Chateau Musar 2007 and bubbly water for USA 210 including tip! Tons of exciting mezes, ENORMOUS amounts of succulent tender lamb, even too much for ME, the Glutton of the North to finish offf in one setting. Took a doggy bag for the first time ever in my life! Princess and price consort in total agreement. Princess wanted to go back within the week! Five stars.
4) Bibou: I would have loved to love the Bibou. We had the sunday dinner and got cold asparagus soup-not exciting at all. Princess got the signature snail dish and I the Foie gras stuffed Pigs foot. Both dishes were exquisite but the pigs foot was stuffed with pigs shoulder, not foie gras. I do make this dish at home sometimes-stuffing it with morels. I did remark this to the maitre'd who just stated that there was no port shoulder in it and that there was foie gras. That somehow punctured our experience and we chose to waiver our second visit. All in all good, exciting dishes, affordabe, enough food but... Princess had quenelles as main cours which she did NOT enjoy. Disagreement between princess and prince consort. Four stars minus.
4): Matyson: Asparagus week. Asparagi in everything, including pie. Lovely contrasts in tecture, amazing flavour but I WAS HUNGRY afterwards, even if I had the bread. That always drags the grade down. Four stars.
5)McGillins ale house for lunch-were we crazy?? The most horrible shepherds pie ever tasted and a mountain of the blandest leberwurst along with 6 non-exciting microbrews for almost the price of Dandelion, in a room filled with people, surly servers and no ambience? Never again. Two stars.
6) Devon seafood grill. Still the best happy hour in Philly. Two lobsters, 12 oysters, fried calamari, fried chipotle shrimp, one artisanal beer and 7 signature drinks? USD 106 including 15% tip! Fantastic!
7) Pearl Oyster bar: Traditional fried oysters with chicken salad. Fpr USD 15 incl tip-3 half burnt fried oysters which were green inside, a heap of cole slaw tasting nothing and a heap of chicken salad tasting nothing. Please-never again! Two stars.
We will go to Talulas garden tonight and end our Philly experience for this time. Thanks a ton everyone.

May 22, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

The Old Folks usually arrive early, have no stamina and leave :-)

May 11, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Tks a lot Delucacheesemonger and Bacchus. I promise to review all the places afterwards. You are all a fantastic community!

Mar 15, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Wonderful comment. I have everything set then. Sorry if we skip Vedge. Going to a vegan restaurant, no matter how excellent, would leave both me and princess howling in pain. Carnivores do not feed on grass and leopards do not change into zebras...
I promise a report end of may to summarize our impressions. Tks a ton.

Mar 14, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Tks beach chick. Yes, life can be hard sometimes :-)
I will definitely ROLL home as well after this.

Mar 14, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

Thanks buckethead-I had an inkling it would be You that took up the glove. Vedge is vegetarian, right? Princess does not eat vegetables, at least not as main courses. Vernick is of course good and could be taken instead of Talulas. Is it such a big difference between Talulas one year in advance booked table and the tasting menu on request that one may get at the "Garden variety"? Kanella is greek, and, unbeknowst to the rest or the world, my princess does not like greek food. Will looks lovely but is longer than walking distance from Rittenhouse square just as Fond is.
Why Fork over Matyson or Talulas?
Kindest rgds and tons of tks for Your first comment.

Mar 14, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

The Swedish princess hits Philadelphia

All hail worthy chowhounders. I have not been to Philly for 4 years and the resto scene seems to have changed dramatically. I am this time bringing my Princess, who, as always, wants interesting, value-for money eating in large enough portions, preferrably in a romantic environment. Not costing more than USD 70 pp less drinks and tip and preferrably 50.
She will reside in Rittenhouse 1715 and she does not mind walking but does not like to spend her apanage on cabs. She likes places where one would feel out of place in blue jeans and a chequered shirt, but also out of place in a tuxedo or a ball gown.
I have therefore dutifully researched and found the following suggestions for a week in philly. Before submitting this list to the scrutiny of her Royal ice blue eyes I would love to have the local chowhound community say "aye", "off with his head" or "you should maybe try this one"...

arrival: mid-day 16 may. Intercontinental flight and limo from JFK but princess is probably slightly tired. Dandelion for upscale pub grub w foie gras? Amis?
17 may: day spent touring countryside (e g shopping at Polo outlet)
Tasting menu at Talula´s garden?
18 may: as above for activity. Zahav Mesibah dinner
19 may: Sunday prix fixe at Bibou
20 may: Matyson tasting menu
21 may Devon seafood-I love USD 1 oysters and lobsters at market price before 6PM...and signature cocktails for USD 6.
22 may: tasting menu at Bibou, cleverly finishing off the BYOB bottles from sunday
23 may: Tasting menu at Sbraga
How now, for that assortment of evening feeding spots?
Kindest rgds and tks for comments and suggestions.

Mar 14, 2013
Rustscheff in Philadelphia

Melbourne CBD fit for a princess married to a frog

We have now eaten through Melbourne. The Tramcar experience was fun enoughh, but food and wine mediocre. As stated by You. The Wayside Inn was in a veruy unattractive part of City Road but had good happy hour oysters, excellent service and lovely black pudding and pigs trotters. Not enormously cheap in the end though. Spottiswoode on the other hand...Fabulous place, ENORMOUS portions of WELL MADE food, GOOD service and quite OK ambience. Yes, a bit out of the way but reachable by train from the CBD in 15 minutes and with prices and food like that it is a complete mystery to me how they coud make a profit!
900 gram rare rumpsteak of good quality, a HUGE seafood platter with fresh and fried kinds enough for two, a flounder the size of a toilet seat perfectly fried and a decent veal, 2 bottles of wine, a beer, a large bottle of fizzy water and 2 desserts for under AUD 200!!! We were kindly invited to Aria in Sydney yesterday, also 4 of us. Tasting menu (yes-of a different style, substance and quality) and two bottles of wine and a bottle of fizzy water: AUD 1200!!! I REALLY do not think that it should be a 6-fold difference in the prices. Tks again for the advice about Spottiswoode.

Melbourne CBD fit for a princess married to a frog

The Station on Napier looks nice. The Wayside Inn looks even better! And it is not that far from the CBD-and it has Pierre Koffmanns Pigs Trotters!!! Definitely a place we will choose for one night.
The Spottiswoode seems to serve enormous steaks and seafood platters for next to nothing, e g 800 g porterhouse steak w surf and turf +seafood platter for one for AUD 52!!!+ Gnarly dudes shiras for 39! And a nice ambience and fireplace! Isn´t that a jolly good bargain? Is service and performance in the kitchen so spotty we should give it a miss?

Melbourne CBD fit for a princess married to a frog

Dear Gimlet and Kerzism, I would be very happy to get suggestions for an Australian steakhouse. The South American connection feels slightly out of place when we visit Oz for the first time in our lives...

Melbourne CBD fit for a princess married to a frog

Dear kerzism and gimlet-the only reason we take the tramcar is that I got it included in the conference fee and therefore it costs me a net of AUD 40 for two people...All other meals are non-deductible.
Yes- Meat and Wine company was chosen in the hope of vast amounts of affordable steak. What is Your suggestion for a better option within reasonable price ranges? Concerning Your other suggestions we will definitively look at Chin Chin but we would love to eat solid australian food in Oz...

Melbourne CBD fit for a princess married to a frog

All hail, fellow chowhounders. I will spend sep 16-21 in Melbourne CBD on a conference and my Princess has deigned to accompany me. She is, as always, picky when it comes to quality and ambience and I am picky when it comes to price/quality ratio... She likes romantic restaurants and old buildings, cozy bars and proper food. I have therefore made a tentative list and would like comments from the gentle city folks that live in Melbourne gourmet heaven...
sep 16: excursion w rental car: lunch at cerberus beach house. Dinner at congress venue
sep 17: lunch at Millsbucks, dinner in the Tramcars
sep 18: lunch at Gill´s Diner, dinner at Cumulus
sep 19: lunch at Comme Kitchen dinner at Meat and Wine Company
sep 20: lunch at Coda, dinner at congress venue

Lots of C´s.Will this be an A experience at a reasonable price or could I do better? The Oz dollar is frightfully strong at the moment and the Princess has married a Pauper.

The Swedish princess has departed-here are her views.

Absolutely! As stated above, mr Talty even opened his home early for us, and additional bottles! We the proceeded to Sbragia, which we found beautifully situated, but WAY overpriced for their wines. After that a short stop at the lake and onwards to Gustafson winery, where we bought some excellent sauvignon blanc. Then on the extremely scenic Skaggs springs road and the CA-1 down to Fort Ross, and on the tiniest of tarmac and dirt roads to mr Schoenfeld, who was a thrill to meet! And what wines!!!!After that a leisurely drive home, all the way on CA-1 past lots of lovely oyster bars. We started at 730AM and returned at 815 PM, having had lunch en route to Wild Hog winery in the loveliest of spring days in an open top Camaro SS. A truly beautiful and interesting day! Tks a lot for Your previous advice goldangl!

The Swedish princess has departed-here are her views.

I didn´t know Mayes to be old style. It is NOT the original Mayes from years back...
I LIKE old style things and restaurants. For example Maxim´s in Paris, My own club, the RAF Club in London, Raffles, Strand, Eastern and Oriental, But those places perform admirably and I am always very pleased. Here I have to say-"meh". But,as stated, Canteen was excellent and Acquerello truly memorable.

The Swedish princess has departed-here are her views.

Thanks all fellow chowhounders for making our visit attractive. We would also especially thank mr Michael Talty and mr Daniel Schoenfeld, two scions of the wine industry that went way and beyond their duty to make us feel welcome and enjoy their delicious wines!!!

Our review starts with the Leatherneck Grill, located in the Marines Memorial Club.
Even if I am an officer and we both love historical places, we must say that this restaurant only gains 3+ out of five. It serves food and steaks like grandma does. When she is in a good mood it is fairly enjoyable,if she is not then it is overcooked. You get what You pay for and a lovely view. The scottish-russian-american maitre'd is a very jolly fellow as is Patty, our server. No complaints there. Reasonable prices but food is not memorable.

Our next meal was at Mayes Oyster house. That is basically a dark bar on Polk without any ambience and with customers, some slightly odd in their customs. They had very fresh oysters on their very long happy hour but the rest of the meal, comsisting of gumbo, chowder and fisch and chips was ordinary pub grub. We would rather have the ambience of waterbar for our oysters and the rest You may get anywhere.

Our third meal was at Tadich grill. Boy did we have expectations. We went there in good time, put us on the list, brought a couple of friends and- received fresh oysters, nothing wrong there, Oysters Rockefeller, oyster trio and dungeness crab stew. Why did all the last dishes taste the same? Cheese, flour and spinach? With a touch of shellfish. Nobody of us finished the Dungeness stew. I had a 16 ounce porterhouse steak for USD 24! A steal, I thought. Coming out rare as ordered. But completely grey on the outside and tasting, basically nothing. And tough, too. So, a bellyful of food but nothing memorable at all. Basically a diner with grandma's food again.

Can this unhappiness last? Oh no! Next meal was at Canteen, a lovely little place with charming staff, excellent, fresh-tasting, innovative food and great value. We had a fixed menu of sweetcorn soup w harissa, black cod and potatoes and a rhubarb pudding. Every single thing perfectly executed and with considerable charm. A big thumbs-up and reasonable price, USD 46.

And as the grand finale-Acquerello. What can we say? We were simply overwhelmed. By the bill (USD 445 for two including classical tasting menu and wine package), the greetings, the ambience, the food, the wine, the service which was INCREDIBLY knowledgeable and kind, and to to pi all, they even gave us the recipes for the two dishes we enjoyed the most (They were ALL tremendoulsy delicious).
Even if we have to live on beans for a month we would go back to Acquerello. Thank You ever so muck all owner, family and staff for giving us a gastronomical experience that ranks among the top 5 ever, and I am 50 years old!

A Swedish Princess hits San Francisco for the first time

Tks a lot Emily!

A Swedish Princess hits San Francisco for the first time

Tks a lot for the lovely suggestions-the sheer amount of wineries have blocked my thought process and to many of us Europeans our knowledge of what is good or not is extremely limited since we do not get that many californian reds here. We can have hundreds of different South Africans, but Sonoma is more difficult. 273 reds from California altogether, mostly Cline Ravenswood etc etc. We had Gemstone and Hirsch as well, but curiously no other wineries mentioned on chowhound.
By the way, could You possibly comment on my restaurant choices? Nobody else seems to want to do me that favour?

A Swedish Princess hits San Francisco for the first time

Of Sonoma county, I wonder if it is feasible to do Ravenswood, Wild Hog and Adrian Fog wineries in a single day? We like big, brash, cherry and bramble-clogged reds, small wineries, do not mind to pay a tasting fee and want to avoid crowds as much as possible.

A Swedish Princess hits San Francisco for the first time

Dear fellow chowhounds! It is this time of year again. My medical conference looms up at the horizon, this time in San Francisco. My Princess accompanies me. This gentle creature is very amenable to good food, romantic surroundings, tons of useless luxury and shopping. I will transport her in style-International First, but that is on airline miles. Pickup w white camellias and bubbly in a s500L. Grand lodgings in a fireplace suite at the Marines Memorial Club. But that is tax deductible. Food and shopping is not. And I am poor. So I have compiled the following list of activities that I very much want my fellow peers´views on:

may 17th: Princess arrives late in the evening, gorged on First Class food and bubbly.
I arrive earlier and grab the happy hour at Farallon´s for food and the free happy hour at the Club for drinks.

may 18th: Have rented a mustang. Trip to the Polo outlet store in Gilroy. See my bank account drain. Arrive back for an early meal at happy hour prices at Farallon´s since it is close to the Club and princess possibly is jetlagged and hungover.

may 19th: Tour to Sonoma county and wines. Oyster happy hour at Waterbar until 6 PM Dinner at Alfred´s.

Then my conference starts 08-18 every day...

may 20th; Would love to go to the Reform Club at Specchio´s. Does anybody know if they hold court there that sunday?

may 21st Classical Tadich Grill for dinner

may 22nd: Canteen for dinner

may 23rd oyster and stout at Anchor and hope to 430, Grand Finale w tasting menu at Acquerello

may 24: Fly home. Broke again.

Could we do better when it comes to price/quality/amount of food ratio? Should we try the Club dining room instead of Tadich? Gitane instead? Suggestions for small off-the-beaten track romantic good wineries to visit in Sonoma?

Kindest rgds and tks. Promise to review our choices when we return.

Swedish foodie needs assistance in rainy, cold Vancouver

Tks moyenchow. Why avoid Relish? Seems a nice menu... As per oysters, I can´t pay 3-4 bucks a piece and have 24 oysters as a first course every night...Are there nowhere good oysters to be found at a buck a shuck?

Swedish foodie needs assistance in rainy, cold Vancouver

Tks Phil, I must say that I do like Italian food, but in Piemonte and Lombardy. We go to Villa Crespi in Orta twice per year to dine under the watchful belly of 2-michelin starred Tonino Cannavacciuolo, who serves a fantastic 12-course menu with wine pairings for 200 euro. I am glad Le croc is a good choice. They seem to have wonderful entrees with ox marrow, frog legs, scallops and other goodies. I look fwd to trying it.

Swedish foodie needs assistance in rainy, cold Vancouver

Dear fellow chowhounds. I will spend oct 30 to nov 5 in Vancouver. Unfortunately alone.
I will be based in the Wedgewood, where I have got a reasonable deal. I am in dire need to settle my oyster cravings regularly. And when I mean cravings, I mean 2 dozen per night. I realise Rodney has 1.50 oysters on their low tide offerings.I know la Brasserie has buck a shuck after 9 PM, What oysters do they have for that price? Likewise, Coast and Relish for their buck-a-shuck? Just one variety? Anyone familiar with a BETTER restaurant than Rodney´s (was distinctly underwhelmed with their other foood in Toronto) if one wants to eat anything else afterwards without breaking the bank in Yaletown? I gather the dine in Yaletown week ends on oct 31. Any suggestions that can´t be missed for oct 31?
I would also love to be able to soothe my cravings for Uni. Any nice affordable place near my hotel for that?
What are Your thoughts for amazing lunch deals around the Conference centre? I see Cardero´s get mixed reviews. Any other suggestions within easy walking distance?
For dinner I had thought Relish for the first night since it is open late and I arrive at the airport 830 PM. What do You think of Twisted Fork, La Brasserie, Le Crocodile and Chambar for the rest of the week? Perhaps an easy night in Hamilton Street grill? Best and most reasonably priced seafood paradise altogether? Coast?
Do comment if You think I have missed anything. The keywords in my list are "fresh cheap oysters of an amazing variety, affordable uni and cozy, affordable restaurants within walking distance of the Wedgewood". And one seafood paradise that can cost a bit more. And quality lunches. I get a substantial break-o for free...
I promise to publish a full review afterwards. Pls see my other postings in the San Diego and New Orleans boards.
Thanking You all in advance I remain
Yours truly

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La Brasserie
1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

Le Crocodile Restaurant
909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

Twisted Fork
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

Feelings in the Marigny

We wholeheartedly agree. Feelings has a very friendly atmosphere, the courtyard is very romantic, the staff very good, the owner personally waited our table! We recently visited New Orleans and had booked meals in almost all the top 10 restaurants. We were not overly impressed with either Luke, Brigtsen´s or Cochon and hated Casamento´s and Galatoire´s. We enjoyed Feelings café very much and thought their food to be on par with La Petite Grocery but slightly inferior to Bayona and Emeril´s.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 27, 2010
Rustscheff in New Orleans

A Swedish princess and her consort touring the food spots of NOLA

So, now we are leaving New Orleans after one week of eating. We would firsdt of all like to state that we everywhere we went felt secure, welcomed and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, whether touring Cemetery no 1 or driving through the ward towards Chalmette and the Mississippi beaches. We would like to thank All Chowhounders for Your kind suggestions. Here is our review:
May 12th: Cochon. For USD 80 we received 4 grilled oysters which tasted deliciously, one very small plate of assorted charcuterie (dry tasso, OK pork tenderloin and an OK rillette) , 2 drinks, a lemonade and a very small helping of pork cheeks. Everything was ok but minuscule in helpings. Not a great start. Locale full of people. Hardly room to sit, let alone hear.
May 13th. Lunch at Bayona. Lovely cool locale, 2 drinks, one sweetbread which was perfect, one mixed lamb grill and one abita amber. USD 65. A nice experience with friendly staff. Wouldn't mind going back.
May 13th, evening. Casamento's. A diosaster. Slovenly, completely disinterestid staff which practically threw the food at You without even looking at You. Oyster shuckers OK though. We had a beer, two dozen NOLA oysters and a plate of very greasy calamari and a plate of completely dry crab claws! This in a place famous for seafood. We were so disamused we went into the La petite Grocery instead which had a happy hour. We got two nice drinks and two plates of very good broiled oysters for nothing, in a calm, clean environment. Casamento's is supposed to be tiled for easy cleaning. I can tell You the floor wasn't. I will never go back there. La Petite is quite another story though.
May 14th. Trip to the shopping in Gulfport. Dinner at Brigtsen's. The place completely packed. Nice staff but oppressive environment in a shotgun house filled to capacity with people. We had2 drinks, sweetbreads not as good as at Bayona's ( too long time on the stove rendering them rubbery), one abita beer and mixed grill. USD 60. OK but nothing to go so far for.
May 15th: Visit to the plantations! Breakfast at mothers. Two ordinary po-boys with drippings, ham and roast beef. They didn't have oyster ones in the morning. OK.
Lunch at Nottoway plantation. Awesome crawfish etouffee.
Dinner at Cafe Feelings. A nice bottle of Oregon Pinot Gris, seats in the garden room, wonderful shrimp etouffee, crab cakes, Fish florentine and shrimp clemenceau for USd 120. Owner personally serving us. Wonderful piano playing by mr McDermott. Sad to leave.
May 16th: Dinner at Luke. 1 dozen oysters, 12 overcooked shrimp and a bottle of Cotes de Jura. They brought out the wrong wine and forgot our main course ( Pig feet). However, the pig feet were struck off the bill. A minuscule portion of three fried balls of unmentionables anyway. Bill sans pig feet still USD 85. We were distinctly underwhelmed.
May 17th: Lunch at emerils. 4 grilled oysters, a pork chop and creme brulee for USD 19 p p! What a find! Perfect service and perfect taste. Dinner at The Mycobacterial society of the American Thoracic Society, Hilton Riverside. A buffet of as many oysters one would like, fried chicke, blackened redfish and bread pudding. Yum.
May 18th. No lunch. We were invited to dinner at Galatoire's so skipped our own booking. 24 people who received 1 glass of white wine, one glass of red wine, a very small coffeecup size of oyster and arhichoke soup which most people left, a plate of fish meuniere with "crab" on top along with plain boiled asparagi and broccoli, a pecan pie and coffee. Before we had finished eating they gave us the bill, they closed the doors to outr room and the bill was USD 1697!!!! I am so very glad I didn't have to pay for this, which I would have thought would be the highlight of the trip!!! Shame, Galatoire's, just because we were conventioneers???
May 19. After having suffered severe flooding and missing out on the Commander's palace brunch we decided to have lunch instead. Seated in the garden room, festive atmosphere, everyone having 3 super cheap multicolored martinis. We had that s well, and a gumbo, a ceviche, fish of the day and cochon au lait. USD 40!!! This was one of the nicest meals in the city and in the best atmosphere. Dinner: We had abandoned hope and thought-lunch was actually very good at Emeril's. Let' s try it!
We were served a bottl;e of Oregon Pinot blanc, Rabbit remoulade, Nicely fried calamari With olives, Fish of the day Andouille and Boudin on red cabbage and Giant Frog legs. USD 150 total but perfect service, enormous portions and very nice ambience.
So, our final verdict is as follows:
Ambience: 1) Cafe Feelings
2) Commanders Palace
3) La Petite Grocery
4) Bayona
5)Emeril's
6) Luke
7) Galatoires
8) Brigtsens
9) Cochon
10) Casamento's

Food (quality) 1)Emeril's
2)Bayona
3) Commander's palace
4) Cafe Feelings
5) La Petite Grocery
6) Brigtsen's
7) Cochon
8) Luke
9) Galatoires
10) Casamento's

Food: (price) 1) Commander's Palace
2) Emeril's
3) Cafe Feelings
4) La Petite Grocery
5) Bayona
6) Cochon
7) Brigtsen's
8) Luke
9) Casamento's
10) Galatoire's

We nevertheless thank all chowhounds and are now boarding our flight for home.
7)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 20, 2010
Rustscheff in New Orleans

A little help from my friends so that a princess may be entertained...

Oops! I didn´t know I asked forbidden questions. Nevertheless I thank You all for Your insughtful replies and look fwd to report back in the beginning of june...

Mar 10, 2010
Rustscheff in New Orleans