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forgotten gems

Greetings, Tastemakers-

The hubby and I forgot all about our anniversary (which is this evening), and we're searching for a hidden or forgotten NOLA gem. We want to eat, not merely taste, and we're willing to wait. It would be nice to dine in a romantic atmosphere, but we're willing to sacrifice some ambiance for good food.

Some establishments that come to mind are Orleans Grapevine, Coquette, Adolfo's and Cafe Giovanni. Commander's is always our default, go-to option (not that I'm complaining!), but we'd like to venture out of the box. So, no Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Vizard's, Stella, Grill Room, NOLA or August. You get the picture.

What are we forgetting that deserves our attention? Or, in your opinion, what does not?
Thanks!!

Feb 10, 2012
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Best gumbo in New Orleans?

Herbsaint for sure. But I have to say, I had some amazing chicken and sausage gumbo at EAT last week. Definitely a contender.

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jul 26, 2011
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Mexican?

The hubby and I decided to give Pachita's a try last night. The outdoor tables were occupied, so we dined inside. The place was clean and the service was fine. Our server brought tortilla chips and 4 different salsas to the table, each salsa made from different ingredients and of different consistencies and heat. I order the fish tacos which were nicely seasoned/marinated and in corn tortillas with fresh onion and cilantro, lime slices on the side. The hubby had the vegetarian burrito which he said was very good....full of good looking veggies, rice, beans, cheese and guac. We didn't try the margaritas, but other diners seemed to be enjoying them. I would return to Panchita's for fresh, casual and quick chow. It was also fairly inexpensive...$10 for three fish tacos and about $6 for the veggie burrito.

May 02, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Baton Rouge - NOLA I-10 Road Food Recommendations

It's impossible to find good etouffee East of the Mississippi, unless you're in the kitchen of someone who knows how to work it! I'm curious to know what etouffee you use as a standard. I've been disappointed by most New Orleans restaurants' attempts. A Hub City kitchen is as good as it gets.

Apr 18, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Baton Rouge - NOLA I-10 Road Food Recommendations

The Chimes (the original one) at the north gate of LSU's campus. (Highland Rd. at Chimes) Order the boudin balls, fried alligator and the crawfish etouffee!

Apr 16, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Cajun Stuffed Pistolettes

Poupart's Bakery in Lafayette has them...stuffed, too. Very good!!

Jan 12, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Help!!! Running into a Problem

ONE Restaurant is open on Monday evenings. I can't get enough of that place! Low key, moderate prices for serious food and good drinks. It's located in the riverbend, and because the chef changes up the menu to accommodate whatever is in season, there is always something new on the menu.

Jan 10, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

What foodstuffs should I buy to bring home?

Macaroons from Sucre, Jack Miller's BBQ Sauce (so good on anything from chicken to baked potatoes), Tabasco Mayo (why not? after this, the other mayo is just a waste), Zapp's, Crab Boil (so good to add a teaspoon to your boiling potatoes)...the list could go on for days, but I doubt you have enough room in the suitcase!

Jan 08, 2010
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Help!!! Restaurants with Grass Fed Beef

Try La Boca on Fulton St...all grass fed and NOT from factory farms. As per their website: "Certified Angus Beef, Painted Hills Organic beef from Oregon, Snake River American Kobe, local cuts from grass fed Whispering Pines organic farm north of the city, to name a few."
Here's the link to their site: http://www.labocasteaks.com/index.html

Also, chefscollaborative.org is helpful...under their local member search link, you can enter in zip codes to view restaurants in any US area serving sustainable cuisine. Those in our area are Bayona, Cochon, Herbsaint and Brennan's.

Dec 29, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Macaroons

Has anyone tried the macaroons at Sucre? I am devoted to La Divina and Brocato's and have never stepped foot into Sucre.

Nov 16, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Sour pickles? Any sour pickles out there?

If you're interested in some interesting pickles, try Mickle's Pickles. You can find them online at http://www.micklespickles.com/index.htm The "Not Hot Jalapeno Pickles" are tasty as are their original ones.

Nov 16, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Sunday Brunch or Lunch before the Saints Game

Refuel (riverbend), Surrey's (mag at Euterpe), Ruby Slipper (mid-city) for something casual. Make no mistake...these places aren't your typical eggs and bacon spots (but their eggs and bacon are great!). You'll find great brunch specials like pumpkin pancakes, grits and grillades, seafood omelets, etc. Check out their websites, too. I hear Coulis (on Prytania) is pretty good, but I have not yet tried it.

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Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Nov 06, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Dinner in Lafayette, Louisiana

Fezzo's for real Cajun food (in Scott, which is part of Lafayette parish); Poorboy's Riverside Inn for a good dinner; Southside Bakery for their serious hamburgers; Jolie's or Blue Dog Cafe; everyone raves about Prejean's but having grown up a couple miles behind it I can say it isn't the end all be all; for an authentic Lafayette "plate lunch" try Noah's on Ambassador Caffery; best poboys at either Olde Tyme Grocery or Chris'; zydeco brunch at Cafe Des Amis; there are plenty of others...but these will get you started! Ask your server to recommend their favorites, too.

Sep 15, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Pupaseria La Macarena

Fantastic food! Tasty pupusas and the Carne Asada is delicious...always cooked perfectly. it might be a bit pricey for what it is, but I don't mind paying for good food and good service. BYOB helps keep their costs down though, and the casual dining experience there is a good one. Clean place, too.

Aug 27, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Looking for recommendations in Lafayette, LA

Next time you're in Lafayette try Fezzo's for real local food and Pizza Village (this is the best thin crust pizza you will ever taste...Lafayette's well-kept secret...they even bring out new frozen mugs as you drink down your pitcher of beer!). Skip Prejean's...I grew up a couple miles down the road and can tell you that you aren't missing anything there. I hope you were able to make it to Olde Tyme Grocery for a real poboy and a sno-ball. Def. try the burgers at either Southside Bakery or Judice Inn. Also, the brunch at Cafe des Amis is really special and Catahoula's is usually pretty good.

Aug 25, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Cheap Ass New Orleans food

Ditcharo's has a good and decent-sized burger with regular or sweet potato fries and drink for about $8.

Aug 25, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Cafe Rani on the skids?

I agree...completely over-rated. It was decent years ago, but the last two times I've gone to meet friends there, we've had poor experiences. Bad food and really bad service. With all of the great food in the city and on Magazine St., I have no idea how it survives...its only redeeming quality is the patio, and even that's a stretch.

Aug 25, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Wedding lunch/dinner at a restaurant?

I totally agree with the Muriel's recommendations because the private rooms are really memorable and the food is great. I would add Maximo's (in the quarter) to your list of potentials. It's Italian food, but they do a nice job with private events, and they serve some seriously good food. Whatever you choose, enjoy!

Aug 25, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Best French Fries

I can't rave enough about the sweet potato fries at Ditcharo's (Carondelet at Girod). And, the cheese burger, by the way, is of good quality. Very flavorful and juicy.

Aug 01, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

New Orleans greatest grease holes list them.

Love Franky and Johnny's at Tchoup and Arabella. Also like Fiorella.

May 17, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

In need of nice Sunday lunch. Ralph's? Better options?

Check out Muriels in the quarter. Good little brunch and unique atmosphere.
http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html

May 17, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

FQF After-Dinner - Helix?

You should enjoy Helix. The food is better than "good" and the wine parings are really great! I hope you enjoy it. That place has great potential!

May 15, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

Sunday Jazz Brunch: any with good food?

Muriels was great this past Mother's Day.

May 15, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans

2 Chefs coming from San Francisco

You must try One, located in the riverbend area at the end of St. Charles Ave. near the river. It's consistently amazing food by and for locals. The rabbit and cochon are really special, but if they're offering soft shell crab...go for it. You won't be disappointed. Apps and salads fresh and great, too.

May 15, 2009
jolieblonde in New Orleans