Report from FQ Fest Week:
Galatoire's: I was told you always gotta line up early, so we got there 6:30 last Wednesday -- but no line, took us in immediately. Hostess said there are no lines during the week. (?) Oysters en brochette were yummy, soft shell crab great, the much touted pompano was overcooked/dry. Good drinks. A precious, inimitable N.O. ambience.
Cafe Adelaide: Hands down the best fried oysters of the trip (fried oyster salad.) Plump P&Js fried perfectly, like they had never seen the grease. Shrimp corndogs were fun and delicious, shrimp remoulade good. The thoughtful and precise presentations were lovely.
Rio Mar: Absolutely wonderful. Astonishingly fresh seafood. Razor clams a must, terrific broths and sauces - we just couldn't stop eating. Spanish tapas spin with Panamanian / Central/South American items. A perfect break away from Creole/Cajun without given up the seafood. Outstanding.
Muriel's: Kept us waiting an hour after reservation time -- took some hounding to get us finally seated. No hint of an apology. Waitress clueless, forgot the wine, slow as Christmas, acted as if everything was going just great. Redfish good, drum tasteless (does anybody agree that black drum is tasteless?) Food adequate but certainly nothing notable to make us go back.
Mr. B's: This is kind of a "comfort spot" with OK food. Partner said best soft shell crab of the trip. The $13 crab cake was good but plopped on a saucer unadorned. The grits with the shrimp and grits were so sugared down it tasted like a dessert. Shrimp were OK. Wine list dull and overpriced, waiter clueless and seemingly proud of it.