My husband and I got back to the Bay Area last night after visiting his family in the N.O. area for Xmas. We arrived Thurs. morning and had lunch at Salvo's. We both had great po boys; shrimp and catfish for me, shrimp and oyster for him. That night, we made reservations at Clancy's. The place was packed which was nice to see. Neither of us had been there before. We chose it because we wanted to go to one of the old places that had survived. It was good, not great. We loved the baby drum entree and the frozen lemon pie for dessert. We also loved the atmosphere. The sweetbreads were a little disppointing and the crab salad was just o.k. We would go back for the atmosphere alone. The next day we waited in line for muffaletas at Central Grocery and ate them there with a nice, cold Abita. My husband kept saying he thought they were putting more stuff on them than they used to. I don't know about that, but they were outstanding as usual. Yum, yum, yum!!! Before going out that night to have some drinks with my husband's friends at their old stomping grounds(Cooter Brown's) we had some fresh oysters at home. My brother in law brought home a sack of big, briny ones to eat on the back patio. Yahoo! We also had some oysters with our beers at Cooter's. Not as big or briny, but good anyways. After all that, plus a big Southern Christmas dinner of deep-fried turkey and all the fixings, I feel like I might need to fast for a few days. It's good to see some life coming back to New Orleans. Happy New Year.