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N.O. dining report

Chomper | Dec 15, 2004 01:45 PM

I just got back from a week-long trip to New Orleans so I thought I'd pass along an abbreviated dining report - abbreviated, because I don't want to spend the rest of my afternoon typing.

Someone elsewhere on this board mentioned Suhko Thai in the Faubourg Marigny. It has the best Thai food I've eaten in years. My husband and I liked it so much we ate there twice. Two dishes I especially liked were the Drunken Noodles and the Spicy Tofu with Green Beans. I'm not fond of tofu but that dish is changing my mind. I recommend this place highly.

We had lunch at Bayona three times. I love Susan Spicer's food and she's still on top of her game. Standout dishes included pan-fried salmon with choucroute (sauerkraut braised with white wine), oyster and bacon brochettes, the beef short ribs with blue cheese mashed potatoes, and the sandwich made with smoked duck, cashew butter and pepper jelly. It sounds weird but the comination of flavors is great.

Brunch at Cafe Sbisa. Not my most favorite place in N.O., but my husband had a wonderful dish there: rosemary roasted chicken with cheese grits and mustard greens. It was just great, even better than the shrimp Creole I ordered, which wasn't bad either. The chicken was cooked perfectly, the grits were delicate and the mustard greens had a lot of flavor without being overcooked.

Now for some old standbys. Elizabeth's for breakfast: still great, and oh, that praline bacon! Wasabi still has great sushi. Mona's still has wonderfully fresh mideastern food. I love Mona's roasted eggplant sandwich on sesame bread. Praline Connection still has great fried oysters and catfish - crunchy, nicely seasoned and not at all greasy.

The only not so great meal we had was at the Redfish Grille. I had the catch of the day, a Gulf snapper, pecan-crusted and fried. It was fine - and quite a large portion - but my husband ordered the same fish grilled; it was served with corn macque choux and a starch (I can't recall just what). His fish and both side dishes were incredibly salty.

It's 22 degrees here in Boston and I wish I was sitting in Elizabeth's right now, eating a piece of hummingbird cake.

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