Chowhounders hit the mark this time. We were in New Orleans last weekend for a wedding so dinners were pretty much booked. Based on my Chowhound research, we decided to go to Parkway Bakery, Central Grocery, Coop, Cafe du Monde, Felix, and Big Fisherman.
The biggest hit was Big Fisherman. We took the streetcar on St. Charles down to the 3300 block, walked down to Magazine (all the while admiring beautiful homes that must have been stunning some time ago), stopped in Big Fisherman and ordered some boiled crawfish. I could not believe how cheap it was! It was less than $2 a pound. Just as advised by Chowhounders, we took our bag of goodies across the street to the Bulldog, ordered up some fries and sucked away at our crawfish over a pitcher of Abita in the bar's courtyard. The crawfish was nicely spiced, succulent and absolutely delicious.
Parkway Bakery was also worth the trip. It's just off the Canal Street streetcar line. We ordered a couple poboys (I got shrimp; hubby got roast beef) and some sweet potato fries and walked along the canal to City Park. The shrimp was bouncy and spicy. Hubby enjoyed the roast beef as well. Next time, we'll probably just eat at restaurant though, because I bet the food would have been better if it was piping hot.
Coop was packed, so we couldn't eat there. I did see that the food looked good. We were starving at the time so we just walked down the street and ended up at Fiorella. We were a bit concerned that it was half empty but were too hungry to consider other options. Boy am I glad we ate there! The fried chicken was out of this world! I also got the crawfish etoufee, which was quite good (not as good as my friend's mom's, but still lip smackin' good).
Central Grocery kind of reminded me of Bayside Bakery in Los Angeles, or Genova in Oakland. We grabbed a whole muffeletta for our bayou/swamp tour. The bread was really good, but the sandwich on the whole was a bit too salty (and I like salt too). The creole cajun potato chips that we bought to go with the muff were really spicy and good.
The beignets at Cafe du Monde were to die for. However, you can have too much of a good thing. The first day we eat it, I wished I had more than 2. The second day, I wished I stuck with 1. They do not taste like doughnuts at all. They are much less sweet and have a wonderful texture.
Our last day, we dropped by Felix's for lunch. I kept salivating every time someone walked up to the counter to get some thick and juicy oysters on the half shell. Because I may have an allergy to oysters (broke out into hives several times afterward), I steered clear. My crawfish poboy was pretty good, though Parkway was much better. The etoufee was okay..it was not very flavorful. The rice and beans were quite good. I would not recommend Felix's unless you're going for oysters or are stuck in the French Quarters and are hungry for poboys.
All in all, we had great food experiences.
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