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Trip Report w/toddler 6/11-15

I remember the name of the pastry shop, La Boulangerie!

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La Boulangerie
4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Jul 15, 2010
YaYa in New Orleans

Trip Report w/toddler 6/11-15

We're back and we had a wonderful time thanks to all of the great suggestions! Once again we stuffed ourselves, but barely scraped the list of places we intended to eat.

Day one we rolled in around 2 pm and headed to Bourbon Street for the obligatory Bloody Mary at Molly's (one of the best in town, imho) and disgustingly delicious Hurricane at Pat O'Briens.

We ended up at one of the burger joints I've been wanting to try for ages, Port O'Call. Burgers were tasty and loaded baked potato was out of this world - especially with all of that cheddar cheese piled up on top. I particularly loved their mixed drinks and the toddler had a blast. Service was spotty, no surprise there. I'm curious about the other burger place in the Quarter for comparison as it seems to have a more exciting menu.

The next morning we discovered a fantastic pastry shop off Magazine in the Garden District. The name is escaping me, but breakfast was a crusty loaf of French bread and pastries in the comfort of our rental apartment. The bread was some of the best I've had and I'm still kicking myself for not bringing it home to freeze. We also had a really remarkable chocolate croissant from there.

Lunch was at Domilese. I'd been before but our travelmate hadn't and it was on her list. The bread was just as chewy and the roast beef as delicious as I'd remember. Had my po'boy dressed and with gravy.

We hit Magazine and stopped at Sucre and Bee Sweet. Two out of the five of us are in the pastry field as our profession and we thought Bee Sweet had some decent cupcakes. Our pastries from Sucre were lovely to look at, but virtually inedible. The toddler refused to eat them, though he can be discerning with sweets. :)

Dinner was at Dick & Jennys. We were told we'd be seated around 8:30 and ended up being sat close to 10. They were out of most everything we'd hoped to try. We had cancelled a res at NOLA for this visit since we had fond memories from a previous experience. The hostess/owner? was very sweet and did her best to make up for a series of unfortunate events, and that's all I'll say on the matter. We did appreciate her efforts, but I regret spending a precious meal here.

The next day brunch was at Commander's Palace. Turtle soup was seasoned to perfection and after a bit of a wait for the Bloody Mary's we were treated to complimentary drinks all around. Other notable 1st course was the Blackberry Creme Brulee French Toast. Super fresh berries and beautiful presentation.

They sat us at a beautiful corner table looking out the windows and the toddler had the corner to himself. Everyone was thrilled with their meals, some had a benedict spinoff, toddler had the pancake and another had the Eggs Cochon De Lait. The latter was uber spicy, I would have preferred if it hadn't set my mouth on fire, but I wasn't the one who ordered it. :D

Dessert was a mint chocolate ice cream which had a chocolate lattice and florentine on top. Toddler and I shared and loved it, I'm certain the ice cream was housemade. Others had the bread pudding and Pecan Pie. We spent the whole meal talking about how much we enjoyed it, and the rest of the day as well. :)

I'm a big fan of Commander's brunch and think that it's a great value for the prix fixe brunch. Our bill with several rounds of drinks for 5 people was less than $200 while we spent much more the previous night at D&Js for a lackluster meal and experience.

We left the toddler with the nanny and went out for drinks that night and ended up having a super late night greasy spoon meal at a place on St. Charles that has a laundromat in it. It wasn't bad and watching the world cup talking to the bartender who'd been there for 15 years topped the night off.

The next day was breakfast at Camellia Grill. Another place we'd been to but was on our friend's list. I didn't love it as much as I did the first time. I had a waffle and it was pretty boring, but hubby got a really great ham and cheese omelette that I ended up digging in to. Our friends had pecan pie for dessert and a month later they are still talking about it saying it was the best dessert of their life! I should have stolen a bite.

We hit up St. James Cheese Company for lunch and shared a cheese platter and discovered a new favorite cheese: Delice de Bourgine. The service was mildly aloof but the cheese more than made up for it. I was drooling over all of the sandwiches and the toddler had the best grilled cheese I've ever tasted on nutty wheat bread with sharp cheddar oozing out of the sides and crispy where it hit the pan. We wanted more but we had to save room for...

The Creole Creamery. Toddler had his first ice cream cone, bubblegum flavored, and I had some sort of praline ice cream. The ice cream was delicious and hit the spot on a cool day. Service was great and I wanted to try so many flavors but they limit the tastings. :) Got a cute toddler T as a memory.

Dinner that night was at Jacque Imo's which was so fantastic, it deserves it's own post. I'll save it for the morning.

If you've read this far, I'm not sure why I'm so verbose tonight, but I want to thank y'all again for all of the guidance on the chow. :)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Creole Creamery
4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Jul 15, 2010
YaYa in New Orleans

It's been a while, but headed back needing help w rec's

Thanks for the additional rec's for Lilette, Patois and Emeril's. I've got an A & B for about every meal, and will post a full report upon my return!

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

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Jun 07, 2010
YaYa in New Orleans

It's been a while, but headed back needing help w rec's

We've been to NOLA more than a half dozen times in the past few years and have never had any desire to eat at an Emeril's rest. Perhaps it's because I find his TV personality completely annoying? Is it really worth hitting up one of his restaurants?

We will have a car and be staying in the Garden District. We have a child so three squares is a must do and we eat an early bkfst, late lunch and even later dinner. We'll have a nanny so he won't be joining us at the places that are less kid friendly.

Not a fan of Clancy's and based on the mixed reviews I can definitely take Herbsaint out of the mix. If you're nixing Commander's for Sunday brunch, what would you replace it with?

Have always wanted to try Lilette and Patois, so that can go on the maybe list.

For burgers, since we've been to so many of the favorites the past few times so thought we'd go for a standard and the little guy is a big burger fan.

We loved Cochon last time we were there, so want to try something different. We also love Liuzza's, so perhaps it's time for a take two!

GroovinGourmet - IIRC you and I have very similar tastes, off to view your trip report!

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Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Jun 07, 2010
YaYa in New Orleans

It's been a while, but headed back needing help w rec's

We're headed back this coming Friday and narrowing down the eating itinerary. The list of places we've been is long, and my list of places I want to visit is of course longer than we'll be in town. :) I've been reading up and it looks like many of the places we love are still going strong. Here's my list, help this longtime NOLA lover and 'hound narrow it down.

Breakfast

Commander’s Palace - Sunday Brunch
Coffee Pot - enjoyed bkfst here last time
Elizabeths - I was incredibly underwhelmed last time, but it seems like the new reviews are pretty positive and our traveling companion wants to hit it up
Camellia Grill - loved our last bkfst here

Lunch

Domilese - been here before, but it's high on our traveling companion's list
Port of Call (should we do this for dinner instead?) - never been!
Need a few more lunch rec's, low key and inexpensive are best

Dinner

This is where it gets hard because there are so many fantastic places. We'd like to do 2 high end and 2 middle of the road dinners.

Herbsaint - never been, could we do this for lunch instead?
Brigtsens - we go EVERY TIME and love it. But, is it time to do something new?
Stella vs. Restaurant August - can't decide between the two
Dick & Jenny’s - been here pre-K and still dreaming about the crawfish cheesecake
A few extra dinner rec's would be great.

Places we've been are too long to list, and we're happy to try anything.

Thanks!

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Jun 06, 2010
YaYa in New Orleans

NY for Christmas w/toddler - help me fill in the blanks

We arrive in NYC on the morning of Christmas Eve. I've done some searches for restaurants that are toddler friendly but most of them are dated. We own a restaurant so our child is very accustomed to eating out - that said, I'm looking for fairly casual places anyway so he can enjoy himself. I'm also wondering if it's business as usual on Christmas Eve?

Here's my rough draft. :)

Christmas Eve

Breakfast - looking for a diner
Lunch - Shake Shack at Madison Square Park
Dinner - The Spotted Pig

Christmas Day

Breakfast - Ess-A-Bagel
Late Lunch/Early Dinner - Les Halles
Snack - hoping to find some street food

We're staying at 7th & 53rd. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Les Halles
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

Nov 14, 2009
YaYa in Manhattan

Coming to town with a toddler - where to start?

Thanks for the rec's. I put together a nice little itin with a few nicer places sprinkled in there that we got the earliest seating for. Leaving tonight and we can't wait!

Dec 22, 2008
YaYa in New Orleans

Coming to town with a toddler - where to start?

I always plan my trips to NOLA around the meals and this time a few of my favorites are off the list due to the fact I don't consider them kid friendly. Our son is just 1 and can sit through a meal quietly if we time it properly, but I don't want to get glared at going into one of the nicer restaurants and I am kind of at a loss of where to start on the meal planning.

We've been to Muriel's, Clancy's, Commander's Palace, Petunia's, Felix's, Acme, Napoleon House, Restaurant August, Dick & Jenny's, Cochon, Camilla Grille, Brennan's, Coop's, Brigtsens, The Gumbo Shop, Central Grocery, Upperline, and a handful of others I can't think of right now but we'd like to try somewhere new. I would love to be able to try Patois, La Boca, Luke or Stella! but I think we'll hit those up when we come back on a kid free trip.

Suggestions would be truly appreciated. :)

Dec 15, 2008
YaYa in New Orleans

Casino El Camino

Great review. That's an interesting factoid about the wings. CEC is the ONLY place in town I will eat wings and they are the best in Austin, IMHO.

Aug 05, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Trouble on the East Side? El Regio and La Regiomontana “Temporarily” Closed

There is a crackdown on mobile vendors right now. There's a new inspector on the scene with something to prove. I fear for some of my favorite mobile vendors, because it's not going well for them out there folks. Not going well at all...

Aug 05, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Cake

Thanks for the in-depth review pinkboxer! ITA with you about the choc cake at Magnolia. I'm not a huge Italian Cream cake fan but I'm tempted to give it another try at a few of the places you mentioned.

Thanks again for all the updates as of late, however, I won't be reviewing anymore on this topic because I'm opening my own biz in this industry. :)

Jul 23, 2008
YaYa in Austin

That Popcorn Place

It looks like they are willing to sell the business, maybe someone will take over so we can all continue to get our fix!

May 18, 2008
YaYa in Austin

That Popcorn Place

NOOOOOOOO!

That place kept me happy and sane during my entire pregnancy. We went back a couple weeks ago and while the popcorn was awesome something just seemed off - I guess this was it. :(

May 12, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Any lemonade recs?

When I was pregnant I craved lemonade and made it my personal quest to find the best in Austin. My personal favorite is the lemonade at Baby Greens. I think they sweeten it with honey!

Apr 09, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Torchy's Taco - Perceptor's Photo Report

your photo reports are wonderful! thank you so much for sharing!

Apr 05, 2008
YaYa in Austin

ATROCIOUS service + food at Southside Flying Pizza

My husband went to Southside Flying Pizza tonight and ordered a small cheese pizza for us to share.

After waiting for 45 minutes, he was treated incredibly rude by one of the guys behind the counter and belittled for asking the his pizza would be ready.

He comes home after paying $12 for a small cheese pizza, and what's been thrown in the box are four, small, tired old looking pieces of cheese pizza, on top of one another. That is apparently what they consider a small pizza.

I called back to talk to a manager and the people on the phone sounded dazed and confused, and equally as rude the pizza maker we dealt with earlier. I couldn't waste anymore time trying to track down a manager with them, so I'm calling back tomorrow.

Four small slices of old pizza = a small cheese pizza? With a hearty slice of rudeness on the side? No thanks.

Mar 02, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Brunch help - Moonshine, Eastside or Threadgills

I wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions. We went to Moonshine and had a great time. Service was spotty and it took 20 mins to get our check once we were done, but it was Sunday and we were just hanging out and enjoying each other's company. Thanks again hounds!

Feb 21, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Brunch help - Moonshine, Eastside or Threadgills

Yes, I know they are all totally different.

My best friend, a vegetarian, is coming to town this weekend and I'm in a brunch predicament.

Threadgills - okay food, good live music, decent drinks.
Eastside Cafe - great veggie selections, but I wasn't thrilled last time I went there and felt a little rushed. Yet, I'm willing to give it another chance.
Moonshine - never been, brunch menu looks great and I like the location.

Other consideration: we'll have our infant (still in the always sleeping stage so he doesn't make a ruckus), and my friend loves her mimosas. We want somewhere we can sit back, relax and give her an authentic taste of Austin. I've been agonizing over brunch and have all of our other meals picked, so I thought I'd let the trusty hounds make this decision for me. :)

Thanks!

Feb 05, 2008
YaYa in Austin

Most overrated NOLA restaurants

Some sort of bottled soda, don't remember which one. I was told they were out. Several people behind me were able to buy it though. Is there some sort of bottled soda club I should know about? ;)

Nov 29, 2007
YaYa in New Orleans

Most overrated NOLA restaurants

Unless they refuse to sell you things clearly located behind the counter.

Nov 28, 2007
YaYa in New Orleans

Most overrated NOLA restaurants

Central Market. Terrible service, and the chow didn't live up to the hype for us.

Nov 27, 2007
YaYa in New Orleans

Yummy delivery options in South Austin

I need your help, fellow 'hounds.

I am on bed rest due to pregnancy complications, and my husband is a contractor so he can't be running around at odd hours to get me chow.

I'd love to start compiling a list of places that deliver in the 78704 for now and after baby comes. Chinese, subs, Mexican, Italian, anything really as long as it's fresh, fast and tasty.

Being somewhat new to the area, the only places I know of are pizza places.

Can you help?

Nov 27, 2007
YaYa in Austin

Firehouse Subs in SW Austin - YUM!

Thanks for the review. My hub and I are always looking for a great sub shop to frequent. I may be hitting this up tongiht for dinner. :)

Nov 26, 2007
YaYa in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

I am obsessed with buffalo chicken and have been searching for the best in Austin. I SO miss the buff-chick I could get in Boston and NYC, delicious!

I agree with you and think Pluckers wings and strips are downright atrocious. I've eaten there several times and been consistently disappointed. Aside from the wings and sauce being mediocre, the dressing that is used for dipping is of low quality as well. I think it's funny that they charge you for it if you use more than one little cup. Their reason is that they "make it in house." Shouldn't every wing shop make their own dressing in house?? Weird reasoning...

Anyway, Casino El Camino, IMO, has the best authentic hot wings in Austin. The hot wing sauce is light and buttery, and the bleu cheese dressing is fresh and tangy.

Nov 26, 2007
YaYa in Austin

Helmand Palace

Hi all~

We're headed there tonight after the game. Curious about the dress code?

Thanks!

Oct 25, 2007
YaYa in San Francisco Bay Area

Habañero Mexican Cafe—Call Ahead to Check Closing Times

YUM. As always, thanks for the great report! I'm two streets away from here so I'll be heading down to try out Roberto's Special this weekend.

I'm glad the eggs over medium were done properly, that's the only way I'll eat them and no one ever gets them right. :)

Aug 14, 2007
YaYa in Austin

Where to find the BEST Jambalaya in the French Quarter??

Coop's Place! We went there Monday night and it was the best I've ever had. :)

Jul 11, 2007
YaYa in New Orleans

Trip review 7/7 - 7/10

My husband and I rolled into town on Saturday afternoon for my 30th b-day celebration and headed to Liuzza’s via cab. As we arrived they were shutting their doors because their cooler had broken – we were bummed out as we had been dying to try the place. Looped back around into the French Quarter and after the cabbie talked me out of Johnny’s we hit up Felix’s. Husband had half a dozen on the half shell, I had a wedge salad covered in bleu cheese and we split an oyster po boy. Service was terrible but the food was delicious. The bread on the po-boy was the best we had all trip, the oysters were fresh and I was pleased with my wedge.

Dinner that night was at Brigtsen’s. Service was absolutely fantastic and better than I remembered. I started with the shrimp remoulade appetizer – huge fresh shrimp, creamy deviled egg and perfect potato salad, while my husband had the pork appetizer. I didn’t get to try much of his as he gobbled it down, but was a huge fan nonetheless. I was sad to note that they no longer used the cornbread stuffing with the duck so my husband ordered the duck and I ordered the beef tournedos. Both entrees came with the creamiest mashed potatoes ever, and the duck was melt in your mouth delicious. My beef was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned and I finished it all, which I rarely do! Although we were full we decided to rally and go for dessert, with my husband ordering pecan pie a la mode while I went for the banana bread pudding. Both outstanding desserts, though I wish we could have finished them.

Breakfast on Sunday was at OMG I Cannot Wait to Go Back Cammelia Grill. I have just discovered my favorite breakfast spot ever. My husband ordered the Western Omelet and ate the whole thing, even after watching them pour what appeared to be a cup of butter on it. Best omelet ever! I had a waffle which was equally delectable and a side of crispy salty bacon. We shared a chocolate freeze and decided that the hour long wait was worth every minute.

Too full from breakfast to do lunch, we decided to head to Coop’s Place when we finally got hungry about 8 hours later. Unfortunately their A/C was out and it was a good 10 degrees warmer inside than outside. Nonetheless, we decided to tough it out and shared another oyster po-boy –just okay, not as good as Felix’s, and a sampler plate – so much goodness on the plate that I don’t know where to begin. Their jambalaya was out of this world and we loved sopping up the gumbo with their yeasty rolls. We ate a little fast as it was sweltering, but will definitely be back for more.

Breakfast on Monday was at Petunias. Worst meal of the trip. Good service, but neither my husband nor I enjoyed our undercooked and overcooked meals, respectively, and left nearly full plates. We won’t be back

Late lunch/early dinner was at Deanie’s. We shared the bbq shrimp appetizer and an oyster po boy. Noticing a theme with the po boys? I’m pregnant and once I get something in my head these days I must have it… all the time. Luckily my husband is a trooper. :) The shrimp app had four or five shrimp the size of my hand, they were huge and the sauce they were simmered in was divine. We couldn’t finish our sandwich but they did a great job with the oysters and the service was wonderful.

We were full until about 10 at night, when we hit the A&P down the street from our hotel and ordered some New Orleans Coffee and Chicory ice cream. Highly recommend this ice cream; it was smooth, rich and addicting!

We had plans to hit The Coffee Pot the next day for breakfast but overslept, so we booked it to Central Grocery for our first CG muffs ever. I was excited and really looking forward to it as was my husband. I ordered a ½ muff and 2 bottled root beers. The surly gentleman behind the counter informed me that they were out of their bottled sodas, and sent me to the vending machine in the back. The people behind us, who he greeted by name, ordered the same and two bottled sodas miraculously appeared! A couple from NYC came in a few minutes later (they sat next to us later on), and they were also informed that there were no sodas, and sent to the vending machine while other locals (?) came in and were able to buy the bottled root beer. I thought that was lame and my husband and I felt very unwelcome there for reasons unknown. The muff was good but since I can get so much better service at so many other places in town, I will not be back.

In between our eating adventures we also hit up Café Beignet and Café du Monde for beignets and café au laits. Both places were great, though Café Beignet is my favorite.

All in all, a fantastic 30th birthday. I didn’t get as much eating in as I normally do as my tummy doesn’t love the spicy rich foods it normally does, but I will make up for lost time when I return. With the exception of Central Grocery everyone was so nice and made us feel so welcome, that we’re already planning our 10th time back to our favorite city.

Thank you for another wonderful visit, NOLA!

Jul 11, 2007
YaYa in New Orleans

Hunan Lion on S. Lamar

Thanks for the tip on First China. We'll have to check that out. I'm always hunting for good mu shu and I look forward to trying it!

Jun 29, 2007
YaYa in Austin

Hunan Lion on S. Lamar

We haven't really done the rounds here for Chinese, this is one of the first places we've tried. We went to T&S on North Lamar a few weeks back. We thought it was good but not worth traveling for as we're in S. Austin. I plan to try Din Ho in the near future and will let you know how it compares. :)

Jun 26, 2007
YaYa in Austin