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My trip report Oct 30th-Nov 3rd. (LONG)

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My trip report Oct 30th-Nov 3rd. (LONG)

IndyWaiter | Nov 4, 2003 05:34 PM

We arrived in New Orleans at 10am and checked into the Hyatt with no problem. Unpacked and hit the road for our first dining experience. We went to Harbor Seafood in Kenner. Our lunch was 2 doz oysters, 4 beers, 1 seafood platter (catfish, shrimp, oyster, softshell crab) and our bill was $25, it was pretty good not surperb or anything but the price was very easy to take. We then went to Brigtsen's for its early dinner menu and WOW was it good. We had the from the early menu the Sheepshead (fish) main course, Whitebean soup with rabbit shank appetizer and banana bread pudding for only $16.95. I order the seafood platter (sheepshead, 2 oysters, 2 shrimp, crab au gratin, ratatouie) from the regular menu and it was listed at $26 but they only charged me $16.95? Do they always do that early in the evening or was it an error? The seafood platter didnt come with the soup or appetizer? Puzzing but oh so good. I would have to rate this as our best meal and a wonderful bargain to boot. Next day we had lunch at the Bon Ton Cafe and it was probably our second best meal. We both had lunch specials, one Redfish and one Crawfish au gratin. Both entrees came with a delicious salad, glass of wine, and desserts of Bread pudding w/whiskey sause and pecan ice creme. Our total was $39 a wonderful lunch that I would recommend to everyone. Bon Ton is closed SAT and Sun. We planning to have dinner that evening at Pascal Manale or Mr. B's but we got so carried away drinking that time got away from us and had to settle for the St. Charles Tavern and the food was pretty OK especially considering the late hours. We had the Seafood platter and Crawfish Monica. Both dishes were good and if youre out late and want some decent grub St. Charles delivers. Next day we had lunch at Galatorie's. The atmosphere was just devine. The food was also very good although the portions I thought were a bit on the small side. We had the Godchaux salad (fantastic), Oysters Rockafeller (excellent but only 6), Oysters borderlaise (also good but only 6). For an entree we had the Pampano Menuire almandine (it too was very good) our total was $54 which i know is getting off easy at Galatoires. For dinner that evening we went to Mandich. We wanted to order the Trout Mandich but they didnt have Trout that evening and only had Redfish so we both ordered that and it was HUGE and very rich. We both agreed that it was yummy. Next day (sunday) we had lunch at Furys and started with the seafood gumbo (good) and I had the sunday special of fried seafood (catfish, oysters, shrimp) and she got the broiled seafood platter (softshell, catfish, oysters, shrimp) both dishes were both very good. Then for dinner that evening we went to Mr. B's. We only order entrees and they were the Pasta Jambalaya and the evening special of Speckeled Trout both dishes were excellent but the size of the trout was actually absurdly small? Our total for dinner was $43. As we left for home that next afternoon we stopped at the Central grocery for a muff for the ride home and had lunch at Deanies (not the fried seafood place in Bucktown) this Deanies is located in the Warehouse district and serves lunch only M-F. For lunch I had the smothered crawfish and sausage and she had the large oyster po-boy (it was huge). Our total for lunch was only $15. That was the best bargain in the city. I cant say enough good things about deanies. All in all just a wonderful trip! We love to eat and there is no town like New Orleans when in comes to dining. Cant wait to get back there. Im sure we will be down for Jazzfest!

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