Quick report from annual Jazzfest trip:
Upperline - Nice comfortable room, good hospitality from owner/hostess. I started with seared foie gras with poached pears (good) and had a sauteed shrimp dish with garlic, herbs, bacon, bisque (very good). My friend had the Taste of New Orleans, which was seven small taste dishes, including duck gumbo, turtle soup, fried green tomatos with shrimp remoulade, spicy shrimp with jalopeno cornbread, duck and andouille etoufee and roast duck with ginger peach sauce. Lots of food, most of which was very good. Dessert was a very good bread pudding with toffee sauce. Good wines by the glass. Reasonable price $135 for two with tip and two glasses of wine each.
Dookie Chase's - Late afternoon lunch after Earl King's funeral, place was empty except for a table of older musicians, including drummer Earl Palmer. Two of us shared creole gumbo, which was one of the best I've had, and an excellent shrimp remoulade, broiled shrimp served cold over lettuce with a spicy remoulade. Entree was Chicken a la Dookie, a chicken breast stuffed with oyster dressing, which was ok.
Mandina's - lunch - for starters we had the seafood gumbo and oyster artichoke soup, both of which were very good, and for the entree I had the soft shell crab smothered with crawfish etouffee. It was so good I don't even remember what my girlfriend had.
Uglesich's - early lunch Monday at 11am - sat right down and the line formed within ten minutes. Appetizers included shrimp and grits, fried green tomatos (both excellent) and a so-so gumbo. Main courses included a spicy shrimp dish with garlic, peppers and potatos, and a pan fried trout smothered in shrimp, potatos. We were a little disappointed with the main courses, as the dishes were not as tasty and the portions seemed smaller than in recent visits, and loaded with potatos.
Drove out to the bayou for an airboat tour and passed Mosca's on the way but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays. Had great food at the fest, and also enjoyed some oysters from Grumpy at the bar at Felix's a few times during the week. I was able to attend several crawfish boils. There ain't no place to eat like New Orleans.
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