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Finally giving back to the NOLA thread , after 3 ridiculous food tours....

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Finally giving back to the NOLA thread , after 3 ridiculous food tours....

mapleleafgirl | May 12, 2010 12:19 AM

I haven't done my fair share of giving back to chowhound since my Hong Kong trip a couple years ago ;( So sorry. So this may take a while and a couple add ons...it's gonna be a long one. I'm going to start last to first as i am going to have to go through all my photos and notes to figure out where the hell i ate ;) We just got back Sunday from a 3 day trip.

Arrived thursday afternoon, had "snacks" at John Besh Steak @ Harrahs (as we always do). 1)BBQ shrimp here is our 2nd favorite one in the city, rich buttery roux like fabulousness.
2)Louisiana Seafood “3 Ways” Shrimp remoulade, Crab Maison with caviar, Fried oysters with blue cheese dressing
3)Roasted P&J “Oysters Casino”: with bacon, parmesan, garlic and parsley
4)Stuffed Crab “Shells”: baked with garlic and lemon fondue
5)Duck and Jacobs Andouille gumbo
6)Bibb Lettuce with buttermilk blue cheese dressing & spiced pecans

Yes, the word snacks are used loosely with us ;) BBQ shrimp, delicious, as i said second favorite next to Mr. B's which to date after trying 4 different versions...including the original at Pasqual's Manale. I'm sure many people will not be happy to hear that, and i so wanted to love them there...but nope..was a big miss for us. We have also tried them at Deanie's.

Shrimp 3 ways was a nice clean plate, simple and just tasty.

P&J Oysters casino was kinda a miss for us...too rich and kinda over powers any oyster flavour. But then again we like the small briny kinds...kumo's and such. So NOLA isn't our fav for oysters :( much to our dismay.

The Stuffed shells were awesome. Rich and yet with the lemon it was so nicely balanced....highly recommend.

Finally! my bf had given up on gumbo as we had tried some bad and mediocre ones...Besh's was fab! Dark & rich..

And seriously...the salad is second to none. Especially since you'll need it after all the richness you are about to endure (in a good way;)
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Ok...and now...4 hours later....we had reservations at Restaurant August...yup...we are crazy, thanks for noticing ;) Here is the lowdown in no paricular order...

1)Hand-made potato gnocchi tossed with blue crab and Perigold truffle
2) “Breaded” speckled trout Louisiana crab, white shrimp, toasted almonds and sauce mousseline
3)Sugar and spice duckling with stone ground grits, roasted duck foie gras and candied quince
4) Foie gras on pain perdue
(going to have to check on the rest of the items...when you eat 4 meals a day that start at 11...it does become a bit of a blur!

(It's been almost an hour..i will get back to this tomorrow! if you have any questions please feel free to ask)

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