Getting nostalgic - does anyone else remember Phillip's (as in Phillip Elloie's, not Phillips the barroom on Maple) on the downtown lakeside of Jackson Avenie, right off S. Claiborne? Used to eat a family New Year's Day lunch there, always ordering the Long Island roast duck, before heading to the Sugar Bowl.
Mr. Elloie ran a one man restaurant inside of a package liquor store, which is how he really made a living. He had a peephole in the door and only let in customers he knew or liked or didn't look threatening.
He'd let you in, take the order, bring the silverware and drinks and then hit the kitchen.
But what a wizard at the stove! He made skillet corn bread -like pancakes - to serve with dinner. I remember the duck in the 50's and 60's costing $4.00 going up eventually $4.50 - a whole duck! When he raised his prices he used to come over to the table and apologize.
He was noted for his pralines and when a DeGaulle or the Duke of Windsor came to town he was always called upon to provide pralines cooked to order at the appropriate time in the banquet.