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RLCole | Feb 4, 2002 10:34 PM

Thanks be to all of you for your postings. I wrote several weeks ago asking about Lafitte's in Donaldsonville. I received several informative replys. We decided at the last minute to also spend two days in New Orleans. Reading other posts regarding New Orleans recommendations was most helpful.

We left Louisiana 36 years ago, but go back annually to visit family in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. We get down to NO every year or so and love to eat. In the past we have enjoyed Commanders, NOLA's, Uglesich, Bayonas, Brennan's for breakfast,and many more. I know, we should get out of the Quarters. But, we are without a car. Also, we spent our honeymoon there. And, we love to walk down Royal and Chartres. Plus, we always take the St. Charles trolley to the end of the line. We did jump off the trolley this trip to have a wonderful bloody mary at some 24 hour bar on St. Charles recommended by the hotel bell person.

This trip we tried: Gamay's; turtle soup, grilled fish with crawfish etouffee, and barbque shrimp pie. Hmmm, forgot what we had for dessert, a bread pudding I think. Mike Andersons: three hours of eating raw oysters and drinking Abita beer during happy hour (quite cozy, just the two of us and the people behind the bar). I don't want to like a chain, and the oysters don't compare with Uglesich, but they were good and we had a great time.

Had pretty good po boys at a place recommended by someone on this board. Sorry I can't remember the name (senior moment). It was not one of the better known places. Tried to go to Mothers (have never been there) but the line was much too long.

Always, cafe au lait and beginets at Cafe du Monde.

Drove up "river road" to Baton Rouge to see family. Stopped at Hymels in Convent for wonderful turtle soup and seafood gumbo. We were two hours early for food, but they served us when I explained that we could not find similar food in Kentucky. Well, I did beg and grovel a bit.

Outstanding food at Lafitte's in Donaldsonville: Death by Gumbo (quail, oyster, andouille and sassafras), catfish deep fried served on jambalaya topped with crawfish etouffee, muscovy duck on sweet potato mash, banana fosters souffles. Wonderful service, with a personalized menu in honor of my sister and brother-in-law's anniversary.

We will be back in May (yet another family wedding). We want to try some new places: candidates are Jacque-Imos, Galatoire's, Mandina's, Cobalt, Herbsaint, Redfish? Plus any outstanding po-boys or raw oysters or really bad for you fried sea food platters? Comments, suggestions?

I know this is too long, but I do love New Orleans. We brought crawfish and boudin back to cook for family and friends.

Anyway, thanks again.

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