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Report on 5 day trip

Tulanian '72 | Aug 14, 200305:42 PM     11

First, thanks to the chowhounds who helped me get back into the NO food scene, after being away for many years. Spent many an hour eating and enjoying some of the best a couple of weeks back. Here are the highlights: dinner on my first night at Jacque-Imo's...I loved the atmosphere, the staff was very friendly, the food was great, all in all a unique place. There was a wait, at 8:30 on a Wed. night, but we were seated with another couple (locals who were quite nice and friendly) after about an hour. The server brought us a free round of drinks and dessert. The chef came out and told us the history of the "godzilla" dish...the oyster and brie soup was out of this world. The taxi ride back to the CBD was also a treat (local driver with lots of stories). BTW, we stayed at the Hotel Monaco, 333 St. Charles, great place. Oysters at Acme on Thursday, with a couple of appetizers at Napolean House was enough that day. Of course, the poorboys at Mothers for lunch helped get us through the day. Friday night, dinner at Brigsten's...loved the atmosphere, obviously quite different from J-I's. Great soup and soft shell crab, but believe it or not, the best dish was the caesar salad with oysters. Never had anything like it. Saturday night, off to Gabrielle's. Very different kind of place, not much to look at, but food was excellent. Probably my favorite dish of the entire trip was here...the bbq shrimp pie. Everyone must try it in this lifetime! Sunday jazz brunch at Cafe Marigny was just right...nice music, pretty surroundings, good food...the hit here was the fried green tomatoes. Had to go back to Galatoire's for dinner (it's been 35 years)...sat downstairs (as you foodies had recommended) and loved it. There was a big birthday bash for an 80-year old. Everyone joined in. Service was fine, food was super...oysters rockefeller, soft shell crab stood out. Leaving the next day, we had time for breakfast at Camillia Grille. Apparently John Travolta had been filming there recently. Just two missses on this trip: both in the Quarter, so I guess I would avoid eating there (except at well-known places like Galatoire's). Breakfast at Petunia's was awful...the food was bad, the place was dirty, the server was totally out of it. Don't go there! And the po-boy we got at Johnnie's was not all that good (at least compared with Mother's). Next time, I will try to come when some of the other great places are open! Thanks again for those who helped make this a great trip.

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