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NOReport (overdue)

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NOReport (overdue)

bruce | May 24, 2003 10:16 AM

Recent trip to NO included these highlights.....
First stop (as usual) was @ Harbor Seafood on Williams in Kenner. This'll be the last time I tout this spot-it's as good as (m)any of the oyster places available and surely the most economical (if caught off-hours). Where else can you get a fresh doz., a frosty mug and tip the shucker for a fiver? Skip it at your own peril.
As we were staying on the Westbank (and thx for an earlier post here) we tried Sal's seafood on Barrataria. Plain, basic and just fine: mudbugs by the pound (unobjectionable and unremarkable), artichoke heart was slightly over-breaded, and the seafood gumbo was really notewothy- dark,rich broth with a broad variety of crustaceans and mollusc(k)s - v.nice.
Since the Bayou Segnette seafood market was close by (and anticipating Hungry Celeste's well-founded advice by a couple weeks), several of our meals were simply bugs, shrimp, and 'sters (raw and fried w/ cracker crumbs and crushed cashews) at 'home'. Simply as good as it gets.

Quoth H.C. "eat globally, buy locally" - amen.

Caught Pho Tau Bay, and 4 diners explored a variety. The special soup was v. nicely done (tho' I prefer a slighly sourer version w/ more nga (a superb seasoning)
and the broken rice and vermicelli dishes were competent +.
Cooter Brown's (as noted in recent 'BARS' post) is always reliable - the 'sters are fat and fresh and the beer selection is ever a challenge. Dinner later that day was Mandina's; the turtle soup is, indeed, not-to-be-missed w/ it's thick, smoky broth, half-dollar-sized chunks of terrapin and to-your-taste sherry. Regrettably, the eggplant-shrimp(?)-ham melange wasn't on the menu that day, but the oyster loaf and (forgotten) house special were quite satisfying per usual.
Crabby Jack's slow-roasted duck po' boy put a hammerlock on my tastebuds and they were delighted to submit - what a great brunch! And the fish tacos were also perfectly done.
Acme oysters have been reviewed to death here - and they are good - tho' i'd be hard pressed to argue that they're significantly better/worse than (fill in your favorite).
Finally was Red Fish Grill. Thx to posters here for touting the coconut-fried shrimp; it was memorable, and the entrees were well done and nicely presented- a nice eatery in easy reach. (didn't the pinball parlor used to be in that same building - or was it a few doors closer to Canal?)

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