So, my husband and I moved here a year ago from Los
Angeles and expected to find ourselves in the land of
fabled never ending wonderful dining. Warning to
Californians: Visit New Orleans and eat yourselves
silly. Then go home to LA or San Francisco or wherever
and count yourselves lucky. The problem with New
Orleans dining (for an ex-West Coaster) is, there's not
much variety: most everything is fried and/or drenched
in heavy sauces. Finding broiled or grilled fish or
non-iceberg lettuce is not easy. We have no real
Mexican food, not much Thai, the Chinese is generally
of 60's quality, fresh veggies and good salads are hard
to find. Our only real ethnic food is Vietnamese. The
best upscale restaurant we've tried is Susan Spicer's
Bayona, which is also one of the few places where they
don't overcook the duck. Mike's on the Avenue is good,
but it's California-type food (Asian influenced) and if
you're visiting here you probably want New Orleans
specialties instead. After several visits we have
decided we won't go back to Commander's Palace. For
really good Cajun, you have to go outside the city to
the small towns and eat in little restaurants nobody
has ever heard of. However, we've been exploring the
local dining scene so if anyone comes this way we'll be
glad to offer our opinions and suggestions. (oh I miss
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