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Some wonderful, some disappointing.

A small, cozy, romantic little spot. Service was pleasant and helpful, if a little unpracticed. Put off my plan, the quite large online menu was not there, a very short list of entrees, missing elements of my plan.

Sweetbreads appetizer was excellent, as were the mussels and cream sauce. Absent our planned selection we opted for 3 "small plates" and an entree (the Salad Nicoise). The 3rd appetizer got mixed reviews (me, mundane, she, tasty). The salad yielded agreement, on the low side of mediocre. Wine list was very good.

All in all a bit disappointing given our expectations.

Apr 26, 2011
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Cooter Browns - Oysters on the half shell

Yes, they have them, and they're good and reasonably priced. They don't come from the kitchen. The shucker is to the right of the bar as you face it, while the kitchen is to the left. He's not always at station, just ask the bar for a dozen raw. They can charge you, then he'll shuck them. Until I hear different it's the best place for inexpensive oysters in NO right now that I know.

Apr 23, 2011
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Croissant D'Or - Was wonderful, now only good.

Birthday week in the household always brought a Tarte Maison from Croissant D'Or. When Maurice was in control they were without parallel. He left, and they shrank, declined in quality, and increased in price. Now ownership has changed again, and a tarte maison is $29 and the size of a personal pizza (initially a large!). The quality and range of other offerings has declined in proportion. Whoever owns this now is milking the profits on the tourist trade, and cares little for the art. Still OK, though, and pricy.

Apr 23, 2011
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Are raw oysters safe to eat in May?

I've have your Pacific Northwest oysters. At $2-3$ a piece they're pretty hard to choke down for economic reasons. Pleasant apart from that, though much smaller and less flavorful!

Jun 07, 2010
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Are raw oysters safe to eat in May?

Red tide? I think you're confused. And proper cooking does eliminate the risk. Improper cooking, of course, does not. I eat them year round, and routinely, with no worries. Points about the varying taste are well made. Also confused about whether the oyster or your friend was 40, healthy, and fresh tasting.

Jun 07, 2010
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Best Fried Chicken in New Orleans?

NO, they're not being alarmist. I've lived here 32 years, and that is not a walk I would take.

Jun 04, 2010
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Best Fried Chicken in New Orleans?

Willie Mae's is not so good. The glassy crunchy crust is interesting, but the pieces were very small (like Popeyes) and very oily, and the service brutally slow (and not particularly friendly). Definitely not worth the trip to that little backwater. Chicken Sue's was much better. It wasn't full of cayenne, but that's just a variation as far as I'm concerned. Popeye's chicken pieces are so small (except for the breast) that I always feel cheated (and bloated with grease) when I'm done.

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Chicken Sue's
203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Jun 04, 2010
Rigel54 in New Orleans

Best Fried Chicken in New Orleans?

It is so not hard to beat Popeyes! I beat Popeyes. Just tried Chicken Sue today, she beats Popeyes hands down.

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Chicken Sue's
203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Jun 04, 2010
Rigel54 in New Orleans