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1st post-Katrina visit from the other LA

LCY | Apr 25, 2006 09:09 PM

Just returned with friends from our first post-Katrina visit this past week-end and was happy to see most restaurants (at least in the Quarter)up & running. One general observation: many establishments seemed to be stretched on staff and the service definitely was not up to standards of previous trips.

Highlights:

French Quarter Festival:
Enjoyed sampling the various booths at the French Quarter Festival. Some of my favorites were the Smoked Duck Po Boy & Lobster Dumplings at the booths down near the Riverfront.

Antoines:
Had no interest in going here on my previous visit, but had to see what all my friends who had been there were raving about. Pretty much what I expected: A restaurant resting on its laurels. Had the Antoine's salad: blah. Pompano with crab - fish wasn't fresh. Peche melba for dessert - so so.

Galatoire's:
Traveling companions said they had heard that the place had gone downhill so I had to prove them wrong. Verdict: Still hands down my favorite restaurant in town. Had an appetizer plate with bacon-fried oysters/Shrimp Remoulade/Lump Crab - outstanding; Pompano with Crab (They should teach Antoines how to prepare this)and IMHO the best Bread Pudding on the planet for dessert. When I die, bury me at Galatoire's!!!

NOLA:
Had never been to any of the places in the Emeril empire, so why not. Overall, very mixed. Have to say the bread was excellent. Arugula Salad: pretty standard but good. Smoked Duck: Nice but the smoky flavor was a little overpowering and repeated itself into the next day. Friends' Pork Chops & Filet Mignon were both overdone. Service was atrocious (45 minutes between finishing apps and entrees appearing) and half our party left early. I stayed and had the Coffee Creme Brulee for dessert - the top was not properly carmelized or had been sitting out too long. Verdict: Methinks Mr. Lagasse is concentrating too much on TV shows and toothpaste commercials.

ACME:
Nice casual lunch. Oysters Rockfeller soup was the perfect way to sooth my overindulgences of the previous evening. Fried Shrimp & Oyster Po Boy was pretty good. Service: Slow as molasses in January

Miscellaneous:
Cafe du Monde: Significant other had to get his beignet fix so I obliged.
Brennans: Had to stand in front of the locked doors drooling and dreaming about having Bananas Foster again. Locals- when will they re-open?
Commanders Palace: More torturous salivating (guess I'll have to go to Vegas)
Uglitsches (Sp?): Missed this on the last trip and guess I'll have to wait again.
Croissant D'Or: Wanted to see if the Napoleon I had there last time was as good as I remembered, but by the time I found the place (on Ursalines), it was after posted hours. Couldn't quite tell if it was open at all - Locals?

OK back to my Los Angeles diet of Goji berry salads and tofu so I can return next time for another gorge-fest!

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