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Two Questions About the Baquet Family

Dave Feldman | Apr 14, 201508:03 PM

If I had to name my all-time favorite restaurant in New Orleans, I would say without hesitating it was Eddie's, a modest looking establishment in Gentilly that churned out the best gumbo and bread pudding I've ever eaten, produced an estimable oyster loaf, and a fantastic platter of pork chops with oyster dressing, plus the po' boys and beer that made it popular in the neighborhood before Eddie and family got more ambitious. The history is summarized in these two articles:

Two questions:

1. After Eddie Sr.'s death, I followed the family to Zachary's and L'il Dizzy's, but I never had the opportunity to try Eddie Baquet's circa 1979-1980. If any of you Chowhounds did, I'd love to hear your remembrances about it.

2. Does anyone know if any of the Baquet children are in the restaurant business at this point?

I will never forget Eddie's kindness to me, a tourist who freaked out over his food. He remembered me from trip to trip, and when he wasn't busy, he'd talk to me in the kitchen. He was justifiably especially proud of his gumbo, and emphasized how he didn't have a recipe. The downside, of course, is that the dish couldn't be duplicated by his children.

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