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NewOrleans March 15-23

Profsteve | Apr 14, 200809:08 PM

I was in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast from March 15-23. This was the first time I have been back since Katrina. I used to go about once a year before Katrina. The first place I went was Cochon. I meant to get an entree but ended up eating a number of appetizers. The guinea hog and pork cheeks were standouts. The next day I had brunch at Commander's Palace. I was skeptical since my last pre-Katrina visit was so-so. I had the soups 1-1-1 including corn chowder, turtle soup, and gumbo. They were all delicious. The entree was Bourbon Glazed Quail stuffed with elk and crawfish. It was fantastic. Of course I had the bread pudding soufle for dessert. Overall, Commander's was outstanding this time around. For dinner I went to Camelia Grill, another place I was disappointed in pre-Katrina. I had the best cheesburger I have eaten anywhere in a long time. Camelia Grill is back in my good graces.

The next day I had the combination plate at Coop's including a piece of fried chicken, jumbalya and gumbo. The piece of chicken was a very small wing but was tasty. I ordered an extra thigh to make up for the small piece. The jumbalya was spicy and good as well as the gumbo. Coop's may not be for everyone, but I like dives and it hit the spot with me.
For dinner I went to K-Paul's. This was the fourth or fifth time I have been there and it never disappoints me. Since I travel and dine alone I like K-Paul's much better than Brigstens' since my only visit to Brigsten's pre-Katrina included a 27 minute wait between finishing my rabbit appetizer the size of my forefinger and receiving the entree. K-Paul's staff have always treated me like a king. I walked in without a reservation St. Patrick's evening and was immediately seated at the bar where I had tremendous corn chowder and a drum entree. K-Paul's is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants.

On Tuesday and Wednesday I stayed on the gulf coast. The most memorable meals were the Beau Rivage buffet and Emiril's Fish House in Gulfport.

Back to New Orleans on Thursday where I had an interesting if not good meal at Adolfo's on Frenchman Street. The pasta side dish and the fish were great. On Saturday I went to Mr. B's for the first time and enjoyed a pasta dish with shrimp. One of the highlights of the trip was two meals at Rocky & Carlo's in Chalmette. One day I had veal parmesan and the next time I had soft shell crab with two meatballs added. Of course I had my favorite macoroni and cheese in the world on both occasions.

Overall, I had a great trip. I even got up the courage to eat a couple of Lucky Dogs and survived. This is my first post in over a year. In the past I posted under Bigrayok but have had problems logging in under that name. Hopefully I can post under this name.

Profsteve in Oklahoma

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