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Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

#101 Post by F.Daner » April 8th, 2019, 5:07 pm

I've been to both Bywater and Compere and preferred Bywater. Primarily because of the menu and dishes. I've had lunch and dinner at Compere. Preparation was excellent but overall the menu just didn't do it for me. We really enjoyed Bywater and the menu choices. I would add Pesche to your list over Compere. We've eaten at Maypop several times and have loved every meal. Our best meal from our October trip and where I wish i would have eaten the night I was in town 2 weeks ago is at Carrollton Market http://carrolltonmarket.com/. Highly recommend it and it's in the Riverbend area so not too far from Uptown.

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Any updates from March visits?
We are there 4/13-4/20, staying in Uptown, and have a number of things set up including Coquette, Compere Lapin and Maypop.
Considering Bywater...
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#102 Post by J Diven » April 10th, 2019, 9:45 am

F.Daner wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 5:07 pm
I've been to both Bywater and Compere and preferred Bywater. Primarily because of the menu and dishes. I've had lunch and dinner at Compere. Preparation was excellent but overall the menu just didn't do it for me. We really enjoyed Bywater and the menu choices. I would add Pesche to your list over Compere. We've eaten at Maypop several times and have loved every meal. Our best meal from our October trip and where I wish i would have eaten the night I was in town 2 weeks ago is at Carrollton Market http://carrolltonmarket.com/. Highly recommend it and it's in the Riverbend area so not too far from Uptown.

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April 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Any updates from March visits?
We are there 4/13-4/20, staying in Uptown, and have a number of things set up including Coquette, Compere Lapin and Maypop.
Considering Bywater...
Thanks for the input. Had already booked Carrollton Market - not sure why I omitted it above.
Chose it over nearby Brigtsen's and DTB for this trip. Just too many places to try in a week.
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#103 Post by Dave Sankaran » April 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm

Glad to see the love for Luizzas and Casamentos and shaya and a few others that I love. We try to get to NOLA 1-2x per year to eat and enjoy the city. I recently wrote the following for some folks that wanted my thoughts on where to eat. Thought I'd share it here:


Oysters - there are several. Casamento's works for me.

Po Boys - there are several. Parkway is good all around. Casamento's for oyster poboy. But the best for beef debris poboy imo is Domilise's.

Best all round lunch place - Liuzza's. Very special place. The BBQ Shrimp poboy is amazing and not to be missed. Their etouffee and gumbo are plus level.

Coolest dinner spot = Jacques Imo's. Don't miss it. Order anything, it will be good. Runner up Cafe Degas.

Very quaint and good food = Bistro Daisy (for a quiet dinner)

Something different = Shaya. Fantastic, fresh, light Mediterranean/middle eastern. Love this place. A must go when I'm in nola.

Essential Nola (Casual) = Dookie Chase, Mother's, Willie Mae's Scotch house (I guess you gotta go once to each. But really only Dookie Chase and then only for the lunch buffet is really worth it)

Essential Nola (Fancy) = Commander's, Brennan's, Galatoire’s

Best fine dining - many choices, but I like August a lot. (They have a $29 three-course prix fixe lunch offering that is among the best fine dinning values in the country. Might only be on Friday, can't recall)

Places I have wanted to go, but haven't been yet = Neyow's Creole Cafe, Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits (for sunday afternoon concerts), Jamila's Mediterranean Cuisine. I had all three of these booked for our last visit, but ended up canceling as we simply couldn't eat another bite when the reservation day/time rolled around (these were dinner's during jazz fest). These places are "next up" on my list.

Its my favorite food town in the world...looking back I've had great meals at all of these places, most of them more than once.

But, if I had to make a list of "places I'd go if it were my last trip to nola", I guess that list would be:

Lunches:
- Shaya
- Liuzza's
- Domilise's
- Casamento's

Dinners:
- Jaques Imo's
- One of Commanders/Brennans/Galatoires
- August
- Try some of the new places to me - Neyow's, Jamila's, Bachhanal

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#104 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » April 17th, 2019, 4:57 am

Had a delicious dinner at Saba last week. We ordered a variety of plates and it was more than enough food. They are doing really great stuff there - it's pretty much the opposite of traditional New Orleans cuisine, but I do think it's one of the best restaurants in the city.

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#105 Post by J Diven » April 19th, 2019, 8:21 am

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 4:57 am
Had a delicious dinner at Saba last week. We ordered a variety of plates and it was more than enough food. They are doing really great stuff there - it's pretty much the opposite of traditional New Orleans cuisine, but I do think it's one of the best restaurants in the city.
Stopped in for lunch Wednesday. Just the 2 of us so a little limited in dishes. We had the blue crab hummus, shakshouka, and lamb kabab - all very good. Would have loved to have ordered multiple small plates from the Salitim they looked interesting. Would recommend going with maybe 4 people to share more dishes.

We are not eating that much ‘traditional’ food, but it was a good break nonetheless. Never been to Shaya so no insights there...
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#106 Post by Christine Huang » April 23rd, 2019, 4:31 am

Alon Shaya is no longer affiliated with Shaya after the John Besh scandal. He opened Saba and that’s where I go now. It’s my favorite restaurant in NOLA. If you like his food, his cookbook is excellent. It’s a great read, the recipes are approachable and faithful to what’s served at Saba.

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#107 Post by Dave Sankaran » April 29th, 2019, 11:24 am

Christine Huang wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 4:31 am
Alon Shaya is no longer affiliated with Shaya after the John Besh scandal. He opened Saba and that’s where I go now. It’s my favorite restaurant in NOLA. If you like his food, his cookbook is excellent. It’s a great read, the recipes are approachable and faithful to what’s served at Saba.
I heard that they parted ways, but hadn't heard about his new restaurant. Thanks for the tip...can't wait to try it on our next visit.

Do you find Shaya as good as always, or do you think its changed?

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#108 Post by Marshall Gelb » April 29th, 2019, 2:20 pm

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March 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Made a reservation for "Bordeaux.".........new on Magazine and if we have time, I have heard good things about "Gris Gris." In addition, we will try Bywater Bistro for the first time. Love the city and it is always a challenge to balance our favorites with new openings.


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WoW! Quoting myself, what an egotist! [snort.gif] Seriously, Bordeaux was just delicious, especially for a restaurant that was only open for about 2 1/2 weeks. Nice French flair with a great rotisserie. A very interesting but moderate wine list. Not "grand," but if we lived in New Orleans, we would be there often. Gris Gris was much more "New Orleans....Definitely hipper than Bordeaux with a relatively young clientele. However, to us, almost everyone is younger! [stirthepothal.gif] We sat at the "chef's table which was fun but a bit hectic. We would definitely return. On the complete other end of the spectrum, we had a fantastic meal at Galatoire's We were lucky enough to score fantastic seats for Hamilton, so we booked lunch at Galatoire's. Just a wonderful "old school" experience....three hours later, we waddled back to our hotel to rest up for the show. Perfect service and some surprisingly good deals on the wine list. We didn't bring any wine with us this year, but New Orleans ids pretty liberal with its' corkage policies. Next year, for our 40th anniversary , we will probably pack a few bottles. We love the city and also very much enjoyed Bywater Bistro for dinner as well as Cochon, Maypop (great flavors), Grand Isle, and the Bourbon House for lunch.

Can't wait to go back!

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#109 Post by J Diven » April 29th, 2019, 5:13 pm

Dinner:
Coquette - tasting menu, wine pairings. this was a great meal and sure seems like a required stop every trip.
DTB - ‘Coastal Cajun’ modern place out in Carrollton. Some nice fresh dishes here, some traditional, some a bit innovative.
Carrollton Market - This was delish and worth a return trip. But I do want to get to nearby Brigtsen’s one of these visits.
Compere Lapin - We were at Jazz at the Square, so this was a natural for dinner - very good meal. Conch croquettes, Curried Goat Sweet potato gnocchi, adobo pork with plantain creme, other innovative caribbean influenced fare. 2017 Pepiere Briords on the list was a no brainer. My wife had a cocktail she enjoyed but lots of kids drinking something out of a bronze rabbit sippy cup - avoid?
Commanders Palace - this was near our AirBnB and our ‘classic’ meal for the week. Good service and great wine list (that I can't afford). Food was pretty average in my opinion. Better gumbo at Tableau, DTB. No desire to go back. Maybe try Brennan’s when we are back in October? (I haven't been since 1980). Hint to Huet fans, for some reason they bury the demi-sec in the ‘Stickies’ section and it is a good match for the food. 2010 Clos du Bourg was a highlight of the meal. They have 85 Le Mont if you can afford it.
Maypop - what everybody is raving about. Lots of rez availability and was a bit slow on a Friday so maybe a little concerning, but it was Good Friday. Slow Roasted Duckling was massive, but made for excellent leftovers.

Lunch:
Cochon - full dinner menu at lunch I believe. Pork cheek andouille jambalaya, fried livers. The signature Cochon dish as good as advertised. Amazingly good greens. People kept getting seated next to us and then figuring out they wanted to be at the Cochon Butcher sandwich shop next door.
Saba - discussed this up thread. Very good.
Atchafalaya - lunch, brunch whatever this was a solid neighborhood place. We didn’t order it but observed on neighboring tables be forwarned, the chicken and biscuits are HUGE, like to feed 2 or 3.

Others
Bar Francis - Freret St corridor, happy hour with some friends. Some very good bites - fried chickpeas, lamb meatballs, whipped feta. Ordered Octopus off the appetizer menu and it was salty beyond words (and I am a salt lover). Tried nothing else from the regular menu. Some nice cocktails and btg wines.
Tableau - hungry in the early/mid afternoon wandered into this Dickie Brennan place in the quarter. Good gumbo, egg dish, wedge salad. Wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but it was solid.
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#110 Post by Robert M yers » April 29th, 2019, 9:17 pm

Doing coquette for the first time tomorrow. Can you give me some idea of the tasting menu? Unless I know the chefs food a blind 5 course makes me a Bit nervous. It just doesn’t leave a lot of leeway for an off coarse or one that’s just not a favorite.

Did you find the pairing a value? Was it 5 small pours?

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#111 Post by J Diven » April 30th, 2019, 2:18 pm

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April 29th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Doing coquette for the first time tomorrow. Can you give me some idea of the tasting menu? Unless I know the chefs food a blind 5 course makes me a Bit nervous. It just doesn’t leave a lot of leeway for an off coarse or one that’s just not a favorite.

Did you find the pairing a value? Was it 5 small pours?
Well you can certainly order off the menu instead. I've only been the one time so can't tell you if my experience was typical, I was just looking for as much immersion as possible. There was a tasty fried ball thingy (this seems to be a local trend) as an amuse, followed by an excellent baby asparagus dish, followed by a quite excellent rice dish (that seemed like maybe a specialty of theirs), a fish course, a chicken course, followed by dessert. I'm guessing you can probably expect that general progression. But as the restaurant is very focused on sourced ingredients, I would expect the dishes themselves to change quite a bit. All the plates were small with the exception of the chicken which clearly served as the 'entree' of the meal. Sorry I do not recall the dessert, but I am not a real dessert person.

On the pairings I thought they fit fairly well. Nothing I had heard of before, nothing expensive. Sorry, I'm not a millennial so I do not document anything. A Loire sparkler and a white, an alsatian riesling, a beaujolais with the chicken. Some thing described as a sherry but tasting a lot closer to a madeira with dessert. A day or two later I was in Spirit Wines a small natural/bio shop several blocks down Magazine and they had the 2 Loire wines. So they seem to be drawing on natural wines being distributed locally.

Two other comments about the pairings. 1. The pours were small but ample with the exception of the beaujolais. The chicken course was larger and I could have used another ounce of wine with the course, but that is just me I think. My wife did just fine. 2. There is no pairing for the Amuse, so you may want to order a cocktail, or a glass of white or a sparkler in advance. I missed having it, but we were going out late to a club with friends afterwards so did not order any type of apertif.

Enjoy!
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#112 Post by Robert M yers » April 30th, 2019, 3:02 pm

Just landed and got settled into the hotel. Much Appreciate the great insight Jim, very helpful!

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