I moved from N.O. to the SF Bay area in 1976. I grew up eating out regularly in New Orleans restaurants beginning in the mid 1950's: Galitoire's serveral times a month, Wise Cafateria several times a week, often at Turci's on Poydras, Casamento's, Acme (when it was primarily an oyster bar), Mosca's, Busters on Burgundy, Acy's Pool Hall, Parasols, etc.
I left before the K-Paul revolution and have never had blackened anything. I have no idea what Emril is about, and have no interest in finding out.
What I am looking for is what's left of the deep profoundly local food that I grew up with.
As the result of lurking here for some time I plan to visit Mandich (somehow I've never been) On previous trips, Casamento's has been just like always, so I return. Perhaps a visit to Mosca's. I haven't been able to convince myself to return to Galitoire's as I am reluctant to disturb my memories which are many and vivid. Maybe I'll try this time.
So here are the questions:
Dunbar's or Zachary's?
Bozo's or Harbor Seafood?
Any opinions on LaCuisine (I went there a few times in the 70's with my parents, but don't have a strong memory)
Went to Katie's a few times in the mid 90's and liked it. Any recent impressions?
I read a mention of Vasquez here a while ago, but very little. It sounded good. What's the word?
Is Deanie's on Annunciation worth a visit? How about Two Sister's Kitchen?
I did like Herbsaint on my last visit and plan to return with our vegetarian traveling companions. Any comments? Visiting Clancy's with uptown friends was also a treat on that visit. We'll probably go back to Mr.B's and Sid-Mar's and Mandina's. Perhaps I should finally try K-Paul.
What newer places are true to the old spirit?
Gabrielle sounds interesting.
On another track, how is Basil Leaf? Nine Roses?
Are there Vietnamese or Thai restaurnats that use fresh local ingredients, especially seafood, and that have incorporated local tastes? I liked Lemon Grass when it was on Carollton. The new place looks a bit fancy and expensive to me.
Thanks for any help.