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Trip report

Mike D | May 3, 2004 05:02 PM

Gastronomic standouts:

Liuzza's by the Track (1518 N. Lopez), Creole gumbo (wonderful) and "Breath Taking Beef" poboy (the horseradish was not "nostril searing," but it was good!).

Napoleon House (500 Chartres), warm muffuletta (disappointing, the warm ones served at the Dry Dock near the ferry terminal across the river in Algiers are better -- I'll go back to Central Grocery next trip!).

Casamento's (4330 Magazine), the oyster loaf was great.

Pampy's Creole Kitchen (2005 N. Broad), trout meuniere topped with crabmeat was a real treat.

Swamp Room (5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd) had good hamburgers, but the best I had was from Daril's Diner & Truck Stop -- formerly Poppy's (717 St. Peter) -- so good, in addition to the waitress, I tipped the cook a couple of dollars!

K-Paul's (416 Chartres), "Blackened Twin Beef Tenders Debris" followed by chocolate cheesecake and strawberry sauce was definitely the best meal all week.

Bruning's Seafood Restaurant (1922 W. End Park) served up some of the best fried seafood (incl. soft-shell crab) on the trip. Others were the blackened catfish at the Alpine (620 Chartres) and Fiorella's (45 French Market Place) catfish poboy.

Brigtsen's (723 Dante) provided some remarkable tastes in a fantastic seafood platter.

Notable French Quarter Festival foods: in addition to the Alpine (mentioned above) were Sclafani's corn & crawfish bisque, red beans & rice (Gumbo Shop), and Tujague’s "Shrimp & Crabmeat Stuffed Merliton with Creole Sauce" were delicious as always.

[I wore a nice sport coat to Pampy's, K-Paul's, and Brigtsen's, but found I was in the minority… men just don't seem to dress nice for these places anymore.]

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