A quick report on a week of jazzfest eating:
Mandinas (lunch): Started with bloody marys, then great bowl of turtle soup, and a good trout meuniere.
Angelo Brocato: great vanilla ice cream and a very tasty slice of cinnamon ice cream with almonds. Baked Alaska just ok.
Domilese's: shared a bunch of po-boys: BBQ beef just ok, shrimp was good but the surprising winner was the cheeseburger po-boy, with a great gravy. Next time will go for the roast beef, as those looked good.
Bluebird Cafe: Good spot for afternoon breakfasts.
Casamento's: Late afternoon snack of raw oysters, gumbo, oyster loaf and shrimp loaf. Excellent.
Commander's Palace: The one upscale dinner of the week, four first timers. We were seated in the main downstairs room and were comfortable. Turtle soup and duck gumbo were divine. I had a the pecan crusted black drum with crabmeat, which was very good. Other winners at the table were a quail dish and a veal dish. Desserts were a few bread pudding souffles (good), a warm chocolate cake (very good) and strawberry shortcake (ok). Great service. $85 pp with a fair amount of mixed drinks and wines by the glass.
Drago's (lunch): As Friday's fest was cancelled and Mandina's had a line out the door, always wanted to try Drago's in Metarie. Two of us had lunch at the bar. Several bloody marys, char-grilled oysters (unbelievable!), a shrimp/eggplant stack with tomato sauce (great) and a soft shell crab stuffed with crabcake (good).
Other meals in our Lower Garden nabe were Juans Flying Burritos (good change of pace), Voo Doo BBQ (ok sandwiches for a quick lunch) as well as the obligatory early morning/daybreak trips to Trolley Stop and St. Charles Tavern.
Fairgrounds highlights were Cochon de Lait and BBQ oyster po boys, alligator picante, pheasant andouille gumbo, crawfish sack.
Thanks hounds, I've been going to NO for ten years, but eating really well the past three thanks to this board.