Jacques Imos: The wife and I had another night out on our own and went to the maple leaf intending to grab something quick nearby and walked by Jacques Imos and there was …. (gasp) no line so we decided to eat there. Oh boy was I disappointed in the food. Everything was overdone to the max. Over-battered, over-fried, over sauced, just simply overdone and I am accused of being an over doer in my own kitchen because I like big flavors, but the flavor component just didn’t work. I loved the atmosphere though, with the extremely cool funky decorations (loved the psychedelic tree that covers one corner and wall) and the service was good, but won’t return for the high prices and actually bad food. Extremely overrated is about all I can say.
Central Grocery: I thought the muffaletta was great, nice fully bread, plenty of meat and a great olive salad. To me this is the classic and I thought it was well done and worth the 15 minute wait.
Various Po-Boys: We had po-boys from Tracey’s, Domilise's, Adam’s Street Po-Boys and New Orleans Hamburger and Po Boys. I almost always get the shrimp and my wife almost always gets the turkey (shrimp sometimes). I thought all were very good, but as far as bang for your buck, Adam’s street was by far the winner. The shrimp were good and plump, although a little smaller than Tracey’s and Domilise’s, but the sandwich itself was stuffed with them and slightly bigger for a lot less. We also had wings and oysters at Tracey’s which were both great (I really like that place and hope it does well in that location which seems great, but has had tons of turnover).
Sushi Brothers: We had sushi with some friends at Sushi Brothers on St. Charles and it was great fresh sushi. The LSU roll was the best IMO and the desert of frozen yogurt put into rice paper wrapping was really good and pretty cool idea. I would definitely return and prices were reasonable.
Five Happiness (takeout): We ordered a Five Happiness takeout that was decent and a blast from the past as we hadn’t eaten food from Five Happiness since 1998. It was good Chinese takeout.
Miscellaneous: We cooked in a bit being in town for two weeks and got some meats from Cochon Butcher (the cochon de lait was exceptional) , which were excellent, and most of our basic food initially from Winn Dixie, but I won’t shop there again, preferring Breaux Mart on Magazine for their quality and prices. Got shrimp at Zaras on Prytania a few times and they were very good and not too expensive for head on shrimp. Avenue Pub – they have a great late night kitchen and a really fun staff. We had meals at the French market café (average) and some other non-notable places in the quarter as we did some touristy stuff. I can’t wait to be back although it will probably take me a couple of months to lose the weight I gained in two weeks.
1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
1612 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
Five Happiness Restaurant
3605 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118