After considering myself a New Orleans exile for the past two years, I am beginning to accept the fact that my move to Metairie is permanent. My favorite dining has always been local neighborhood joints, and in New Orleans that was Nirvana. I was a fixture at places like Mandina's, Ye Olde College Inn, Domilise's, Buster Holmes (long ago, sigh . . .), Rendon Inn (also gone), Katie's (also gone) etc., etc. etc.
Metairie has never seemed much of a neighborhood place to me, but tonight I finally tried a local place, Mr. Ed's. I was very surprised! The gumbo was quite good and the crabmeat au gratin, while not executed to a recipe I would ordinarly go for (covered with cheddar cheese), had some extraordinarily good crabmeat in it. And a lot of it. I will definitely go back.
My question is: what other places like Mr. Ed's have I not discovered? I do know about the Galley (used to go there for takeout long before Katrina), and Bozo's. What else is out here in the 'burbs I don't know about?