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Jackup barges, twenty years later

steve drucker | Nov 25, 200311:44 AM

In the late '70's, I bunked down in Algiers briefly, while working long stretches out on the inland coastal waters deep in the oilpatch.

I had the chance to eat a lot of mediocre rib-eyes (the crews' preferred supper), catch crab and redfish, learn about butter beans and pickle meat and rice, and watch my fellow workers attempt memories of their families' gumbo and jambalaya. The only place I remember eating was at Visko's in Gretna, and surprising my co-workers with my happy willingness to suck heads (once a hound, always a hound) at a couple of beer joints.

Have dim memories of schlepping from Belle Chasse to Bayou Lafourche, Venice, Grand Isle and so forth to catch crew boats at all hours of the day and night. Not much to see as I remember, other than boat yards and swamp. Oh, and the suicide turn lanes out in Greta.

Fast Forward to present, a xmas visit, arriving xmas day for a four day weekend.

Staying in town at the Renaissance Arts. Figure Galatoire's for theater's sake one night, maybe Marisol (or other???) xmas day.

One day, Saturday I think, to day-trip outside the city, maybe follow a one day abbreviated version of Hungy Celeste's field guide.

To offset those two fancy dinners, looking to get downscale, ambience wise. Would prefer to avoid piles of crab and cheese jumbled atop anything--would like to focus in on the freshest seafood; and most of all the closest thing to 'home cooking' available.

There's so much thorough research here (i.e. see Suebee's plan, which I admire greatly--especially if I were thirty pounds lighter), that I'm swamped with information overload.

But any and all tips to find small, one man or one family run eating spots are truly appreciated.

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