Ernie Diamond | Mar 7, 200610:36 AM     1

Many thanks to all those who helped me out on my trip to the Crescent City. I have to say that you all have a very special place there and I can't get back there soon enough.

So, on to the eats;

I was lucky enough to stumble past Casamento's on a visit uptown. Amazing atmosphere, love the oyster bar and the kitchen is beautiful. Oyster loaf was not what I was expecting. A little too well-cooked for my taste but the gumbo was great, a very unique style (compared to the others I found).

Mother's po'boys and gumbo (notice a recurring theme*), both excellent. Oysters were fried crisp and still juicy. On a great loaf with little else, cabbage, pickles and mayo. Very good, very good.

[*Oysters and gumbo were daily food items to the point that mentioning the frequency by which and variations in which they were consumed would become redundant.]

Muf at Central Grocery, even better hours later after travelling the day in my backpack.

Travelled out west Mardi Gras day which wasa mistake, all the good eats were closed in observance. Too bad. Boudin at Coop's was unavailable but the offering at Remoulade's was not bad. Ditto for their turtle soup.

Disappointed to find Felix's was closed.

A comparative praline survey found that the clear winner was Southern Candymakers on Decatur. I was also partial to Aunt Sally's.

One of the oddest places we found out way into? Nawlin's Cafe on Rampart. Very small, very dusty, not at all impressive inside or out but the sweet potato fries were otherworldly. I talked my girlfriend into trying pig's foot and collards there as well. I loved it, one of my favorite meals. Greens were well-spiced and the foot was soft and seasoned. Her thoughts? Well...she'll come around eventually.

All in all, an amazing trip, but so much more to see and do (and eat). Thanks to all of you who helped to make the trip a success and best of luck.


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