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Local Knife Sharpening Service?

I wouldn't recommend the knife sharpener at the Saturday CCFM, either. If you want the real deal, go see Doyle Hanson at the Gretna Farmer's Market -- I think he's only there every other Saturday, and is at the Baton Rouge / Red Stick Farmer's Market on alternate Saturdays. He's got the full set-up (grinding wheel, etc.) -- I brought a box FULL of knives, scissors, etc. to Doyle and was happy with how my knives turned out. If you're looking for chef-quality sharpening for prized knives, you may have to send 'em off. There's a guy in Atlanta who sharpens knives for chefs here in New Orleans...I'll see if I can find out his name/contact.

Doyle Hanson
Professional sharpener for kitchen cutlery, knives and garden tools

Nov 04, 2012
meremortal in New Orleans

Local Knife Sharpening Service?

I don't recommend Alpine. The price they charge for sharpening is outrageous, and they charge by the inch. I forget the exact rates, but to get two chef's knives and a mandolin blade sharpened, I forked over $38. These were my beater knives--I don't think I paid more than $15 for one, maybe $20 for the other. So to pay more for sharpening than the knives really got me. I don't think it should cost more than $3 or $4 -- $5 tops -- per knife, unless it's a ceramic knife.

May 19, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

Lunch en route to Breaux Bridge

Joe's Dreyfus Store in Livonia -- haven't been there in years, and it changed hands a few times, then closed, and reopened in 2008. I've wanted to stop back by to see how it compares to the legend, but haven't had time.

May 10, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

Best Banh Mi?

This may be blasphemy because it's not a Vietnamese restaurant, but the banh mi at Cochon Butcher is spectacular. House-made headcheese and pate, great bread, roasted jalapenos instead of raw. The only thing missing was a squirt of sriracha.

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 10, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

NOLA Hot Tamales.............

There's a good thread here:

Ian McNulty's write-up in Gambit:

I wrote a small piece about Pete Giovenco's/Deer Depot venison tamales -- they may not be the "best NOLA" (you have to supply the venison, he makes 'em for you), but they're tasty.

Apr 29, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

French Quarter Oyster Crawl...this weekend!

I went on the Oyster Crawl with the New Orleans Culinary History Tour. Word of advice: scratch the Thermidor at Antoine's. Possibly the worst insult to oysters I've ever eaten. Ketchup-y "cocktail" sauce and flaccid bacon broiled on an oyster. Blech. I wasn't crazy about the Rockefeller, either (I know, I know -- treason!) The Redfish Grill's "BBQ" oyster is basically given Buffalo-wing treatment -- a pile of fried oysters doused in a honey/hot sauce sauce, splattered with blue cheese crumbles. Not bad, but sort of a mean thing to do to good Gulf oysters. You may as well eat chicken wings.

I'll second Desire, too. The Oysters Desire was one of the better baked/broiled oysters on the tour.

Maybe add Casamento's and Pascal's Manale? PM's oyster bar is one of my favorite places for a dozen or so raw. They're not in the FQ, but if you're still hungry and capable of driving (or just cab it), these are quintessential spots.

Jan 28, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

Private Room in restaurant for potentailly disastrous wedding party

Your post topic triggered an immediate flashback -- I attended a disastrous pre-wedding party (for a cousin who was getting married out of the country) at Tujague's. There's a private-ish back room. The food wasn't the best I've had, nor was it the worst. But the staff seemed okay with the drunken, coked-out freak show that showed up for the event, so there's that.

My best advice: wherever you book, tell the reservationist exactly who/what you're bringing to the table. Arrive early and drop an up-front tip ($20 is a good gesture, more if you're expecting a serious debacle) on your waiter. I've done this before at a hotel and restaurant where my terrible, socially-stunted in-laws were staying, and the staff really went out of their way to accommodate the crazies -- all with a wink and a nudge to us. They were great sports -- gave us shots when we arrived, before the tee-totaling parents showed up, poured "special water" martinis in our water glasses at dinner. The restaurant deserves to know what's headed their way, and they can make your life much, much easier.

Jan 28, 2010
meremortal in New Orleans

Bar Harbor Winter Dining?

I'm in the same boat, looking for food in the BH area for the next week or so. My sister and her family live here, and she recommends Morning Glory Bakery (breakfast pastry, soups and breads) and Pectic Seafood in Trenton (open 7 days/week!).

Morning Glory Bakery
39 Rodick Street
Bar Harbor, ME
(207) 288-3041 (call for hours)

Pectic Seafood
367 Bar Harbor Road
Trenton, ME
(207) 667-7566
Open 7 days/week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I also checked out COA's Take a Break -- they post their menu weekly here: