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We Ate Our Way Around Nawlins! Long!

sara_j | Apr 23, 200407:44 PM

Thank all of you for your suggestions--We had a great time and ate some awesome food! My husband and I got there in time for lunch so we headed to Coop's Place. I got the gumbo which I thought was a little watery (thin) and the duck quesadilla which was delicious. Monday nite we went to Adolfo's and my mother pronounced the setting to be "unique" (especially the red laundry tub and the green toilet seat in the restroom!) Most of us got snapper with ocean sauce (buttery sauce with shrimp on one side and crawfish on the other side) Food and service were good. We were a little disappointed in Frenchmen St. We thought it would be longer and have more clubs, restaurants. It seemed like there were only a couple of blocks and the areas on either side were a little unsavory. There were good sounds coming from the Spotted Cat but it was full. Charmaine Neville was at Snug Harbor but the parents wanted to go to Preservation Jazz Hall. We enjoyed that, especially my parents.

Tuesday, we rode the streetcar to Uglesich's and were in line around 11. We did not have to wait very long. I got gumbo and the fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. We also got bacon wrapped shrimp with sweet potato soufflé and shrimp uggie. The gumbo was thick and smoky and I loved the fried green tomatoes. The shrimp uggie was very tasty as well.

Tuesday nite went to Commander's Palace and ate in the garden room upstairs. Had the Las Vegas salad, seared gulf fish and bread pudding soufflé. The food was all great and the service was very attentive and professional except for a couple of minor glitches which were remedied immediately. We all enjoyed the experience very much and would go there again.

Weds we rode the Magazine street bus to Casamento's and thought it was charming. We had gumbo, fried crab claws, calamari, oysters on the half shell, fried shrimp and fried trout. It was yummy and totally grease free--amazing! We thought the gumbo at Uggies was a little better than Casmentos. Rode the bus to the zoo and caught the boat back to town. That nite, we went to Brigtsens and had a wonderful evening. We ordered shrimp remoulade, salads, sheepshead, and seafood platter, chicken. For dessert, some got the pecan pie; I got vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and choc chip with fudge sauce. Our primary server was named Pat and she explained that the wait staff works as a team so if we needed anything, we could ask any of the servers. She took very good care of us and she checked on us regularly to pour wine, ask if dinner was okay, etc. I told her I read a lot of good reviews of Brigtsens on Chowhound. She had never heard of it and was going to check it out.

Next morning we had to leave and no time to go to Cafe Du Monde but we did get some beignets in the airport and they were very tasty! The rest of the family went to the Palace Cafe for lunch and here is my sister's report: Everyone thought the Palace Café a very interesting place, bright and with beveled glass windows that looked into the kitchen. We did not sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen, but that might have been fun. The lunch specials were reasonable and good. Unfortunately we had to leave for the airport (or so we thought) and didn’t have time to order the desserts we had seen on the way in. I did get cheesecake to go (I think it had Grand Mariner in it) and ate it at the airport. We were quite pleased with the restaurant, though I’m sure we would also have liked Mr. B’s Bistro, which was the other place we were considering. The six of us had 4 different entrees and all liked what we got. The lunch salad was lovely, with fresh melon and blueberries. The turtle soup was good and thick. I had gulf fish lyonnaise (drum on that day I think), which was delicious. There were a good many lunch selections - two pork dishes, two fish dishes, a beef dish, soft shell crab, don’t remember if there was a chicken dish, but I assume so. The menu was posted outside and was also on their website.
Again, thank you all for your recommendations!

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