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My Thanksgiving Weekend [long]

Bucky | Dec 10, 200309:43 AM

We spent T-Day down with friends in the Quarter. All foodies -- so we're still trying to get the pounds off!

Tuesday noon -- Dropped our bags off and headed immediately for Ugelisch – luckily the line wasn’t too long (just outside the door) – ordered Oysters Ugelisch (and a spicy and potent Bloody Mary) to start. The oysters were wonderful –- loved the blue cheese flavor in them. I had the Trout "Muddy Water" which was also terrific. One of my friends had the soft shell crab (recommended at the counter) that was huge but tender.

Dinner – we headed to the Gumbo House – nice appetizer of grilled boudin (I’ll order that anytime I see it on a menu) served with Creole mustard. Then a big bowl of gumbo – one had the seafood – very good – but two of us had chicken and andouille – even better! Good cripoy loaf of french bread on the side.

Wednesday – Breakfast – went to the Old Coffee Pot – have been there before, and never fails to deliver. Mine: grillades and grits (really hearty fare); others had the chicken livers and eggs (raved about it) and oyster Rockefeller omelet. The biscuits on the side were light and fluffy.

Lunch – we headed out to Metairie to shop, so met friends at Dragos. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten oysters as good as those grilled ones there! One of our companions frequents the place and told me one could order half of lobster grilled with the same garlic butter – I couldn’t resist.

Dinner – As we were walking around the Quarter that afternoon, we noticed how uncharacteristically quiet it was – so tried our luck and walked into Irene’s – no wait – got a table for four immediately. Once again -- when in Rome – we all had Oysters Irene – which are great! I had the duck – crispy skin, served with a wine and raspberry sauce. About the best duck I’ve eaten.

Thursday – Thanksgiving – we ate only breakfast out, cooking dinner in the condo. Our favorite local color place is the Clover Grill – the guys behind the counter are characters. The grub is OK diner food. But the grits are delicious.

Friday – Headed up to Baton Rouge for the LSU football game – and had some real Louisiana food, being invited to a tailgate party. What a scene – if you can ever make it to one of these – GO! Our hosts had blackened redfish, some great artichoke casserole, gumbo bubbling away on a burner, and some really good ham. We carried up muffalettas from Central Grocery, which were scarfed up in minutes.

We made it back in the Quarter late on Friday evening and made our obligatory stop at Acme – oysters … oysters and more oysters.

Saturday – breakfast was back at the Old Coffee Pot – same good stuff.

Lunch – Mothers – two of my friends had the Ferdie’s Special. I had the debris hero. We all got stuffed!

Dinner – had late (thankfully, due to all we ate) reservations with friends at Clancy’s. Nice place, but I don’t think the food matches the high prices. I had the Oyster and Brie appetizer but thought the cheese overwhelmed the dish. Grilled pompano for the main course – good, but not remarkable. Can’t remember what others ate.

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