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And now the Report

Ziggy41 | Nov 22, 2012 11:35 AM

5 days of eating in NOLA - $$$$$
5 days of drinking in NOLA - $$$$
Having folks like you (chowhound community) around to dish out great advice - Priceless

Anyway lets get down to business...

Drago's (Hilton) - Just a little snack of the chargrilled Oysters. I guess we got lucky with this batch as they were meaty and very flavorful.

Mr B's - BBQ Shrimp - Lets just say that I love to eat and this is the first time ever we had the same dish twice on a trip. Huge plump gulf shrimp with finger licking peppery, buttery sauce. All kinds of flavors packed in this one, simply amazing. Good gumbo ya ya but think I was expecting a bit more on my first gumbo in NO (I've had many gumbos before). Very nice bread pudding with whiskey sauce - first out of many BP's on this trip.
On another visit we also had the Pasta Jamblaya which was just ok. Compared to the BBQ Shrimp it was missing much of that explosive taste. Seafood gumbo was a bit more satisfying than gumbo ya ya.

Boucherie - Excellent meal. Started with a very nice smoked shrimp and fish beignets with tartar sauce and leek frites. Blackened shrimp and grits were beautifully seasoned and very tasty. But the star was the boudines. You could smell it when it arrived. Reminded me of shawarma seasoning. I was sitting next to the bar and a girl at the bar who was a little tipsy turned around and said "mmm I can smell your balls from here". Anyway, big falvors in those boudines, very enjoyable.
The brisket was another winner, so tender and juicy. The garlicky Parmesan fries that came with it were spectacular. Add some of the vinegar on the table to take them to another dimension. Also loved the dry rubbed ribs, again very well seasoned. The sides of crispy fried shallots were very tasty as well. Loved the sides here.
The Krispy Kreme bread pudding was as good as advertised. Perhaps better than mr bs tho tough to tell here. They also had an apple cobbler that we all enjoyed and a side of some amazing homemade butter pecan ice cream. We are 4 btw. I don't want you to think I'm some sick mad eater. I am, but I don't want YOU to think that. Great first dinner!

Commander's Palace - lunch. A very good meal overall. Perhaps lacking the other meals flavor wise but its more of a testament to the other establishment. Not much wrong here.
The only oohs and aahs came from the turtle soup although it was fairly small (large coffee cup size. we were part of a tour with Tree). It was nice and thick and very rich in flavor. (27 ingredients packed in this one). Another app of shrimp and tasso was good. Loved especially the pickled okra side.
The shrimp and grits were good but not as savory as the wonderful shrimp dishes from the night before. I enjoyed the Cajun Cochon de lait a bit more. Tender, savory pulled pork, boudin, corn and other goodies on a homemade tortilla. Took a bite of the brisket, not as good as boucherie's.
The famous bread pudding soufflé was good but again falls behind the others. I actually enjoyed the pecan pie more at CP. Still an enjoyable meal.

SoBou - What a fantastic meal! Great drinks, beautiful decor, nice vibe, and one of the more enthusiastic waitresses I've ever seen. Or maybe she was high not sure don't care.
As for the food, loved the cajun queso - pork cracklings with the sickest cheese fondue ever. The girls really enjoyed the butternut squash with honey soup. Very sweet but savory. The tuna ice cream cones were just ok for me. Yes its original, unique, cool, but that does not always translate to full of flavor.
Excellent alligator sausages and more of those awesome pickled okra. Need to start looking for that at home. The star perhaps was the pork belly with another fantastic boudin. We were split on the Duck debris and butternut beignets. The girls like them, the boys didnt care for them
Ok here's the thing with the cherry jubilee bread pudding. Great overall and perhaps the best one we tasted so far but not enough cherries in something thats called cherry jubilee. We (in a fun nice way) mentioned it to the waitress and she said we were not the only ones to mention it and that they were probably running out of cherries. The dark and stormy banana rum cake ordered by my brother in law who was still raving about the dark and stormy at boucherie was enjoyable as well.
Loved the menu, loved the meal. Highly recomment Sobou

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