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NO Restaurant Picks

AJ | May 25, 200108:21 AM

Just got back from New Orleans and here is a review of my meals.

Friday lunch- Sadly, we got in too late and missed our first meal at Uglesich's.

Friday evening- We went to Clancy's, a small, bistro type joint located uptown on the corner of Annunciation and Webster. About a 25-minute ride from the Quarter. Great food and a good wine list. For appetizers, we got oysters with brie, shrimp remoulade, barbequed shrimp, and crawfish cakes. All were great. For mains, the smoked soft shell crab is awesome and my companions raved about the filet with stilton cheese. Good coffee.

Saturday lunch- Mandina's, located in Mid-city on Canal St., about a block off S. Carollton. About 15 min. from Quarter. This is a great old-style New Orleans neighborhood restaurant. They have a big menu and not everything is good so you have to be careful what you order. We had crab fingers in wine sauce, an amazing buttery, breaded concoction. Also, great shrimp po-boys and gumbo. Trout almadine and soft shell crabs are good also.

Saturday dinner- Mosca's, located about 45 minutes away over the Huey P. Long bridge in Avondale? You need a car to get here. Mosca's is this amazing roadhouse in the middle of nowhere. They have really big family style portions so it's best to go in a large group. They have a good crab salad to start with. Entrees include the the best shrimp you ever had, chicken a la grande, and oysters mosca.

Sunday brunch- Galatoire's, located on Bourbon St. and Iberville. A famous old school New Orleans landmark. Great brunch but you have to get dressed up. Like stepping back in time. They have two rooms now. The lower level dining room doesn't take reservations and the wait can be long, but the new room upstairs does. Great appetizers include oysters rockefeller, shrimp remoulade, and crabmeat maison. They make great bloody mary's here also. For mains we had crabmeat sardou, creamed spinach and lump crabmeat topped with hollandaise. Spinach and crabmeat were good but hollandaise way too gloopy. Also, eggs imperial and eggs sardou. Imperial was better than sardou.

Sunday dinner- NOLA, located on St. Louis in the Quarter between Decatur and Chartres. This is one of Emeril's joints. Surprisingly, very few good NO restaurants are open on Sunday hights for dinner which is why we ended up here. Brightsens, Bayona, Gautreaus, Gabrielle, and Peristyle are all closed. Upperline, a small bistro uptown is open and good but they were full. Mandina's is a good choice for Sun. dinner but we'd already gone there. Anyway, NOLA was good, not great. It doen't have any sort of individuality or character that makes all the other places so special. The food was decent. Barbequed shrimp, crawfish cakes, and crabcake appetizers were good. We also had redfish with a citrus horseradish crust which sounds good but wasn't. A good choice for Sunday dinner.

Monday breakfast- Central Grocery. Awesome muffalettas. We go on our way out and bring them on the plane. They open at 8. Also get the Zapp's chips for home also. Super thick, crunchy chips in all sorts of great flavors. Note: they'll make you a vegetarian muffaletta if desired.

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