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Good tamales?

I also like the ones at High Hat.

Jul 04, 2013
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Headed to NOLA for JazzFest- dinner ideas

Domenica is great.

Mar 29, 2013
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Killer Food + Fun Time, Party of 10 Please?

Bacchanal is not really a restaurant. You could go there afterwards--it's kind of like a big patio/yard where you can buy bottles of wine and hang out. You will need a car. K-Pauls has really good food in my opinion, but it's not really lively/fun exactly. There are tons of fun places--I'll let someone else make some suggestions.

Mar 29, 2013
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Mini road trip outside of NOLA

I would skip Poche's. In New Orleans, since you have a car you could go to Ralph's on the Park, Patois, or Dick & Jenny's.

Mar 29, 2013
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Finally! GREAT espresso in New Orleans . . .

Best coffee spot in NOLA!

Mar 29, 2013
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Saturday late lunch in May .... your recs?

August.

Mar 29, 2013
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One Restaurant?

I thought it was good and the service was good as well.

Mar 19, 2013
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Heading to NOLA in a couple of weeks...please critique!

I would skip Mothers. Ruby Slipper is good for breakfast, as well as Stanley and Camelia Grill. Lil' Dizzy's has great gumbo.

Mar 19, 2013
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Four Days of Eating -- Any Thoughts?

You could consider Dick & Jenny's or K-Pauls. I don't think you need to do both Commander's and Arnauds. Domenica is really good.

Mar 19, 2013
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Four Days of Eating -- Any Thoughts?

You can wait a long time to get in at JI, and it's expensive. But I thought it was good. It's just that there are so many good places, waiting an hour and a half for a table is a bit much. Brightsen's is amazing--not to be missed.

Mar 19, 2013
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Wholefoods Problems

there are some really snotty, rude customers at WF. In fact, that's what I hate the most about that store. After the prices.

Mar 19, 2013
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Wholefoods Problems

I've been in the coop a couple of times and there were no customers. Wonder what will happen when the WF opens on Broad. We need a real co-op that's not trying to be an upscale health food store.

Mar 19, 2013
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Wholefoods Problems

Hollygrove does not sell lead-laden produce. And they have fresh local meats, chicken, etc. They are worth supporting.

Mar 19, 2013
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Wholefoods Problems

I think the produce selection and quality leaves a lot to be desired at all stores here, including WF. I do like Fresh Market and Dorinacs. I admit I go to WF occasionally for a couple of items, but never do a big shopping there. I find it really expensive and the service is not so good. However, the quality of some items and the fact that they are natural can't compete with the other stores if that's important to you and your family. I go to about four different stores on a regular basis because there really isn't one stop shopping. And I refuse to patronize Wal-Mart.

Mar 19, 2013
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Lafayette Trip Questions

Also, if you are looking to take home some meats and sausages, be aware that places like Don's and Poche's use MSG and preservatives.

Mar 19, 2013
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Lafayette Trip Questions

Just got back from a weekend in the area. Poche's was below average. Fried catfish, fried shrimp and etoufee was all they had left in the steam table at 2:45, and they are open until 8pm! If you live in New Orleans, you can get better homestyle food at Cafe Reconcile and Crescent Sausage and Pie. We had Sunday brunch at French Press, which was fun and good. It is hard to find anything open on Sunday. Dinner at Jolie, which has locally sourced menu and was pretty good, though the waiter was below average. Right near there is a cafeteria style home cooking place called T-Coon's. We were attracted by the "hot beignets" sign but were a little off put by the name of the place! They have dealt with it by putting a racoon mascot on their menu. The food looked like good home made Cajun diner food but we only got the beignets, which were pretty good. The Poupart's bakery next door had your typical bakery items so we didn't buy anything, but the breads looked nice. The bed and breakfast places are not as nice as they sound. There are lots of chain hotels if you you don't mind that. The Juliet looked interesting.

Mar 19, 2013
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King Cake

Ok, tried an individual cake from Cochon/Butcher that was apple and creole cream cheese. Delicious--$7. Tried a Haydel's plain that was just ok. Gracious Bakery has a pretty KC with a little chocolate, but chocolate just doesn't seem right, and it was a little dry. But their almond croissant, though a little too browned, is probably the best I've ever had. I'm prepared to declare my favorite cream cheese King Cake the one at Le Boulangerie. Maple Street Patisserie being a very very close second.

Feb 09, 2013
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King Cake

Although everyone seems to just go for the King Cake they grew up with, I've been trying a few. Gambino's--terrible. Threw most of it away. Tried Sucre--was disappointed. Boulangerie has a very good traditional New Orleans style version I tried last year. Today tried one of the French style--puff pastry with an almond filling. Tasty. Got a KC from Maple Street. When they rang me up, it was an eye-popping $27. However, it was nice--braided, with real creme cheese flavor and very fresh, not too much sugar on top. Perhaps the best New Orleans style cake I've had. Looking forward to trying the new Zulu cake and perhaps one of the ones from Domenica.

Jan 20, 2013
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Dorignac's Bakery Department

Love the almond macaroons. Tried one other donut type thing that was good. They have a lot of sugar free stuff but have never tried.

Sep 02, 2012
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Galatoire's Is Expanding........

Very disappointing expensive dinner the other night. NY strip tough, stringy and even mealy in places. Suspect it had been frozen. Duck Crepe ok, shrimp creole sauce average, though shrimp itself was good. Service not great. Won't go back. Bummer.

Sep 02, 2012
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Best Burger in NOLA?

I found Bud's to be truly awful. But I heard all about the glory days, and sorry it's gone so far downhill.

Aug 14, 2012
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Best Burger in NOLA?

I really like Company Burger. Their fries are fantastic as well.

Aug 14, 2012
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Atchafalaya Disappointment

Awful experience all around at my most recent, and last visit. All around poor handling of a busy Sunday brunch. Amateur young waiter, host who had no idea how to estimate a wait time (which ended up being twice what was quoted). 100 degrees outside while waiting, and no shade. Long wait for food and all around poor management. This is not a cheap diner, so much more care should be taken with waiting guests. Like offering water, putting up an umbrella, comping some cornbread (which should be comped at every table anyway--shouldn't have to pay $2 for three muffins the size of quarters. Food was definately not worth the wait, the noise or the indifference. It's nice to be busy, but it won't last if people don't come back!

Aug 14, 2012
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Country Club

Had a nice dinner there Saturday night--great food and good value. Scallops and shrimp were great, fantastic French onion soup. We took a pass on the deep-fried king cake however. Will go back. The bar is being renovated, so there is currently no charge to go back to the pool area (clothing optional) and tiki bar.

Mar 05, 2012
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Ste. Marie

Terrible experience at lunch today--inexplicably, it took more than an hour to get two salads and a club sandwich to our table. We watched people arrive, eat and leave while we sat there. Waitress offered us free dessert because of the wait, but of course we all had to get back to work. No explanation, no check in to let us know what was happening. Sandwich wasn't as described either. Won't be back.

Mar 05, 2012
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Tulane graduation lunch (superdome area)

There is also St. Marie on Poydras.

Mar 01, 2012
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Breakfast and Lunch OUTSIDE the French Quarter

I would agree that there is better food outside the FQ. Check all of the good spots to see if they are open for lunch--a lot of them are not, or only on certain days. And many have good lunch deals like MiLa. Domenica is good for lunch, and breakfast is great at Coulis, Gott Gourmet, Slim Goodies and definately Ruby Slipper (2 locations). A lot of places do a wonderful brunch like Patois.

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

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Nov 18, 2011
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Any Good Eats in Biloxi??

Thanks for the great tips!

Sep 29, 2011
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Uptown (Riverbend/Carrolton area) best restaurants

+1 on Refuel
Try Fat Hen and Oak on Oak Street
Skip LA Pizza, Squeal, Curry, Cooter Browns
Brightsen's perfect for anniversary--make reservations way in advance

Sep 29, 2011
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Any Good Eats in Biloxi??

Is there a good dinner spot in the Biloxi area? And/or any place to get a casual bite to go on the way back to NOLA?

Sep 27, 2011
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