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NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.

I would take Sobu off that list, to many other great places to eat. I have been there twice and it was not impressive either time.

Apr 18, 2013
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Saturday Brunch in NOLA

Luke's brunch on Saturdays is great. It is a more casual atmosphere then Brennans or Ralph's and it is relatively close to Bourbon, probably about 6-10 blocks depending on where on Bourbon you are staying.

Apr 18, 2013
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Review of Drago's, Crabby Jack's, August, Croissant d'Or, Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Boucherie, and Cochon

I Love how people assume and pretend they know what contributions people are making to the community. You should check your facts. John Besh is a community leader and goes above and beyond when contributing to the less fortunate and community projects. Just for example www.chefsmove.org

Emeril does have the Legasse foundation which is a great fund raising tool, but I have heard of him being in one of his restaurants in years.

Dec 21, 2011
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ROOT

I have been to ROOT twice now; the first time I was hesitant due to the short amount of time it had been opened. I typically have a rule about not going to new restaurants until they have been open at least 6 months. I have to say that I was very impressed with the service and how put together everything was. Our server was knowledgeable but not over bearing, the timing of beverages and food was pretty perfect.
The food was amazing! We had fried oysters with andouille spoon bread, the oysters were perfectly crispy and were sent out with a hit of smokiness. The spoon bread was great addition to complete the main attraction. Then came a salad with tapioca pearls, pickled plums and candied pecans. It was refreshing to see the playful side of the chef. we split the scallops as an entree. I was nervous because it always seems that when I go to restaurants the scallops are always over cooked. These scallops were cooked perfectly and present in a smoking cigar box. I really enjoyed the creative presentation and was grateful for such a perfectly executed dish.
Last we had the Yorkie, a fun and playful dessert of homemade coco puffs, peppermint patties and mint chocolate chip ice cream served with milk--YUM!
Overall this was an amazing dining experience and encourage those that enjoy dining and a little more creativity in a New Orleans restaurant to try it. It may be the best new restaurant to open this year!

Dec 16, 2011
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Jacques-Imo's: how long a wait?

Oak is already open 8118 Oak street

Aug 27, 2010
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Jacques-Imo's: how long a wait?

I have been a long time supporter of Jacques-imos for years and went about a month ago. I agree the atmosphere was great and the drinks are good and the corn bread is good. THE FOOD WAS TERRIBLE! I could not eat it. My date asked me If I wanted to switch dishes and I felt like I could not ask him to eat my dish.
Perhaps I ventured to far off the beaten path of good dishes on their menu, but then I realized there only a few entrees that I would ever suggest to someone, and if you have been there you know there is like 30 entrees on the menu...I don't understand why you would offer that many if they are going to come out inedible.

So maybe that's why people are hating on them right now...because you wait hours and then you can't even get mediocre food. Chef Jacques has let it go and he needs to reel it back in cause I used to love the place, but I can't see me going back there to wait two hours spend 120.00 on a meal and then stare at my plate after one bite!

Aug 27, 2010
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American Sector

I had lunch at American Sector, the food was awesome and the milk shakes were super yummy. I had the same chicken sandwich. I actually liked that it was served on a cutting board. At least it shows a little creativity rather the same boring mundane things you find at every other restaurant. The onion rings were a little thick, but you could really taste the beer in the batter.
My friend had the pig sandwich and it looked incredible. I will go back for dinner I think, the lunch hour looked super busy.

Jul 01, 2010
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Whole Foods

I get the chicken salad and the tuna salad from Langensteins...their corn and crawfish(crab) soup is awesome..I get their red beans and a little more spice but they are very good...everything I have had there is good for the price and already prepared foods

Jun 29, 2010
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Sour pickles? Any sour pickles out there?

I second Butchers pickles they are awesome

Jun 24, 2010
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Sukhothai Uptown

Singha on Poydras is good
I also really enjoy LA Thai - the menu is a bit fused and not completely straight thai, but their green curry is awesome as is the sweet and sour soup and beef salad. I am also a sucker for their pad woo sen

Jun 18, 2010
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feeling the effect of the spill

Continue to enjoy fresh Louisiana seafood as usual. Seventy-seven percent of Louisiana seafood comes from the west side of the Mississippi River which is unaffected by the BP Oil Spill. Fisheries east of the Mississippi River are closed for precautionary measures only at this time.

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This Saturday, May 8, is the annual Second Harvest Food Bank and Letter Carriers Food Drive. It's easy to contribute. Leave a sturdy bag of nonperishable food items (canned fruits, vegetables, tuna, beans, pasta, rice, peanut butter or cereal) next to your mailbox before your regular mail delivery. Your letter carrier will deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to fishermen and their families. Items also may be delivered to local post offices until May 14.

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The Ritz Carlton is accepting donations of nylons, hair and fur on behalf of Matter of Trust (www.matteroftrust.org) to create booms for the oil spill. The Ritz Carlton has partnered with 50 GNO area salons to collect hair, and we are helping them collect stockings and spread the word.

May 06, 2010
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Jackson Review

did you catch who the new Chef is? I have not been there since Thomas sold it and it reopened..I am interested in who bought it and who the chef is.

Jan 18, 2010
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Review of Recent Foodie NO tour

This is a great review, however it seems that you were disappointed particularly with the salt level. Personally I think that salt and seasoning is a matter of taste. Perhaps it was over seasoned for you, but perfect for another guest. Unfortunately in restaurants you just can't please every palate that comes in the doors. Next time you come to town you should try Irenes, it's Excellent and they tend to go a little lighter on the salt.

Dec 02, 2009
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Jacob's Andouille in town

Actually you will not be able to find it anymore. Jacob's andouille was not following food and safety regulations and restaurants and businesses are no longer allowed to purchase it

Dec 02, 2009
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Boudin Noir

Luke serves Boudin Noir on their menu

Jul 23, 2009
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Baru

I think that if a place is BYOB they shouldn't charge a corkage at all-you don't have a choice you have to bring your own.- I also agree if you are going to charge a corkage the servers need to be knowledgeable in bottle service

Jul 14, 2009
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Has anyone tried Suave?

I work right by there and have had lunch occasional-It is definitely not the best Mexican food in the city. You should try Felipe's it's about four blocks from Suave and much better

Jul 10, 2009
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Southern desserts you can't live without

A good made correctly lemon ice box pie
clancys has a good one
Degas is alright

the rest are for the birds

Mar 20, 2009
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Why the Anti Antoines bias on the forum?

I think the difference between Galatoires and Antoines is that Galatoires seeked out a new and exciting exec Chef while maintaining their signature dishes and traditional fair, they have also reached out to the up and coming generation of fine diners

Antoines however has basically refused to revive their menu-I have also heard that they are not always using fresh ingrediants they are still servicing a dying bread of diners and refuse to look to the future
It is a shame for such a great fixture in the city

Mar 18, 2009
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Jacquimos, Vincents Cafe Degas or Ciros Cote Sud

Unfortunately I have been to Degas twice recently and the kitchen can't really seem to get it together - the first time there were several issues least of which was the lamb chops coming out well done as opposed to rare-same with the tuna nicose I chalked that up to the grill guy haveing a bad night

but I tried again two weekends ago and besides the extremely long wait for our first course our entrees came out literally two bites after the apps-sucked! and it wasn't that cheap

I say go to Jaque-i-mos it is fun and Kids would probable appreciate it more then your other options, and if you have a party of 6 or more they will take a reservation

Mar 18, 2009
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Lunch prices at August?

You should check their website www.chefjohnbesh.com
The lunch entrees run about 20.00 total lunch with no cocktails would probable be about 30-40 per person

Mar 13, 2009
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Looking for something special

Unfortunately I did not require her services, because I knew exactly what I wanted, but I did inquire bacause I know that they have been running without a sommelier, and I noticed her presence. I am excited to see what she will come up with- perhaps I will try back in about 3 weeks - enough time for her to get her footing.

Jan 27, 2009
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Looking for something special

I went to Rest. August the other night-you might be please to know that they have a new Sommelier she just started from what I gathered.

Jan 26, 2009
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Cochon Butcher

I know it is open now, but I just got an invite to the official grand opening today it's set for Feb 4, 2009, I will report back

Jan 26, 2009
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Bagels and Lox

I'v actaully had good lox at Blue Bird Cafe, and they grill thier bagels YUMMY

Jan 26, 2009
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Dinner at Squeel - finally real BBQ

I finally got to eat at squeal over the weekend-I was trying not to get to excited because I often get let down when dining at new restaurants. Myself and three others went to a casual dinner on Sat, It was great!!! The atmosphere is super casual, in fact so casual that some NOPD were in there eating and the owner was nice enough to bring in a tv for them to watch the playoff game. anyway back to the food. Since there were four of us we decided to order almost everything on the menu and split so we could all taste.

The stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat and andouille were awesome, but be careful as I forget stuffed mushrooms are always hotter then expected.

The onion rings were really good aswell almost beer battered but not as thick so they were a lot easier to eat.

the brisket was so tender that it was falling apart, we had the baked beans and collard greens as our side with the birsket-both were fantastic- you could really taste the bacon in the beans and the ham hock in the collard greens very tasty

the pulled pork was also really good their house bbq sauce is really tangy I love bbq sauce that you can actually taste the vinager. We had the cheese grits and the coleslaw with the pulled pork. The cheese grits were outstanding and the cole slaw was good (it's hard to make coleslaw that is better then ok-i'm just not a big fan.)

I've saved the best for last. The ribs were out of this world, but the thing that made them so much better then anywhere else is that they were cooked so well that you just had to touch the meat and it fell off the bone! potato salad was good and the corn was good as well. Each dish came with a corn bread fritter which i thought was a really nice touch.

We washed all that down with some Abita Amber! Excellent for a casual dinner or late night eat- I asked the owner, they are open till 2:00am for all you late nighters!

Jan 12, 2009
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Dinner at Squeal-finally real BBQ

I finally got to eat at squeal over the weekend-I was trying not to get to excited because I often get let down when dining at new restaurants. Myself and three others went to a casual dinner on Sat, It was great!!! The atmosphere is super casual, in fact so casual that some NOPD were in there eating and the owber was nice enough to bring in a tv for them to watch the playoff game. anyway back to the food. Since there were four of us we decided to order almost everything on the menu and split so we could all taste.

The stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat and andouille were awesome, but be careful as I forget stuffed mushrooms are always hotter then expected.

The onion rings were really good aswell almost beer battered but not as thick so they were a lot easier to eat.

the brisket was so tender that it was falling apart, we had the baked beans and collard greens as our side with the birsket-both were fantastic- you could really taste the bacon in the beans and the ham hock in the gollard greens very tasty

the pulled pork was also really good their house bbq sauce is really tangy I love bbq sauce that you can actually taste the vinager. We had the cheese grits and the coleslaw with the pulled pork. The cheese grits were outstanding and the cole slaw was good (it's hard to make coleslaw that is better then ok-i'm just not a big fan.)

I've saved the best for last. The ribs were out of this world, but the thing that made them so much better then anywhere else is that they were cooked so well that you just had to touch the meat and it fell off the bone! potato salad was good and the corn was good as well. Each dish came with a corn bread fritter which i thought was a really nice touch.

We washed all that down with some Abita Amber! Excellent for a casual dinner or late night eat- I asked the owner, they are open till 2:00am for all you late nighters!

Jan 12, 2009
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Cochon Butcher

A friend of mine is the director of sales, she said it's going to be like a light lunch spot where you can taste wines etc. They will also be selling house made meats, cured meats and sausages etc.

Jan 12, 2009
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Status Check on French Quarter Favorites

I have a friend that was trying to buy Fiorellas because the current owners of the business, not the building have really run it into the ground, but due to legal issues the sale never went through- I have heard the food is just not very good anymore.

Jan 08, 2009
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new NOLA Zagat Survey results

Juans in midcity is much better then the juans uptown-I love the super pork burrito. We eat there probable once every two weeks it's not the best Mexican, but it's defintetly better then passable! it's also really reasonable priced if your not trying to spend a lot

My vote for best mexican is El Gato Negro- I just recently tried Felipes on N.Peters, and it was very good as well.

I was shocked to see Commanders as the most popular-I thought it was kinda going down hill- and Brightsens is definetly not my favorite - just goes to show you that peoples opinions can be different

Jan 08, 2009
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