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Trip Report 4/25 thru 5/5

indiwaiter | May 12, 200802:59 PM

Love New Orleans. I am a frequent visitor and I gotta say its my favorite food city. This was our 7th straight Jazzfest but this time my brother and his friend joined us so I wanted to take them to some "only in new orleans" restaurants.

4/25 ate at jazzfest... Always wonderful eats there.

4/26 ate at jazzfest and for dinner we went to Don's Seafood Hut in Metairie. My GF had Softshell crab topped with a crawfish sause, she loved the dish. I found it very tasty but very rich. I had tuna and it was tasty. We did notice that they have .25 oyster happy hour Mondays.

4/27 ate at jazzfest and my brother and his friend arrived and we all had a late dinner at Coops. We tried to eat at Adolpho's but they were just TOO BUSY so we went to Coop's and they were mobbed busy as well but we waited just 10 mins for a table. I had my usual Jambalaya Supreme. I have often said it is my death row meal. This was good as usual but it did seem to be a smaller portion. For dinner I tried to order Crawfish Etouffe but the server said I shouldnt get it so I scrambled and ordered Blackened Redfish Po-boy. I gotta say it wasnt real good. It tasted like burnt pan. I still love coops and will visit everytime im in nola

4/28 Lunch at Crabby Jacks. Everyone really seemed to enjoy their meal. They had the Oyster Po-boy, Shrimp Po-boy, Fried Green Tomatoes w/Shrimp Remoulade and I just couldnt resist the Blackened Fish with one side for $8.50. My fish was unspectacular but the dirty rice that accompanied the dish was delicious. Place was super busy. For dinner we went back to Don's Seafood Hut for .25 oysters and $3.49 pd crawfish. My brother loved all the oysters for just a few dollars and he was also blown away by how good crawfish are.
The oyster we not salty and I heard this is a problem all over town as river water is flowing into the beds. I cant hold Don's accountable for that. I did enjoy pigging out on oysters salty or not. We finished our evening by stopping by Crazy Johnnys in Metairie for BBQ Shrimp and crawfish Johnny. Both of theses were diving. Shrimp were big and sause was yummy. Crawfish johnny over croutons was a bargain at $5.95

4/29 Lunch at Big Fisherman. We bought some crawfish and crawfish pies and took them across the street to the Bulldog to eat them. Very good as usaul and just $1.99 a pound. Crawfish Pies were cold so we reheated them later and they were GOOD. Also picked up a muff from central grocery and it was delicious but I swear they put even less ingredients than the last time. Dinner that night a BonTon Cafe. Great meal as usual but I did notice prices have went up considerably. Still cheaper than Indy (my hometown) but not the bargain it once was. We had catfish nuggets YUMMY, Shrimp Remoulade-very good, and for main courses we had Crab au Gratin, Redfish BonTon, Redfish topped with shrimp, Crab imperial. Everyone loved the main courses. For dessert we had the Bread Pudding with Whiskey sause. I loved it and they thought it tasted a little to much like whiskey.

4/30 Lunch at Rio Mar. We love the tapas at lunch. I understand they offer them at the expanded bar/dining area in the evenings now? We had Ceviche, Oysters Garcia, spanish muffaletta, tuna empanada, and mussles. All were GREAT except for the muff. It was ok not great. Dinner that night at Drago's. Once again we tried to go to Adolpho's but they were just to busy so we hustled down to Dragos at 9:45pm. The Chargrilled oysters were good as usual and they had better be at $16.50 a dozen. My entree of Shucky Ducky was generous in its amounts of oysters and 2 duck breasts. My brother had lobster, others had redfish, a pasta dish. Dinner was good not great. I dont know if i like the downtown location either??

5/1 jazzfest for lunch/dinner

5/2 jazzfest for lunch and a late dinner at Verti Mart. We ordered an All that Jazz Po-boy but it got given to someone else by mistake. I instead ordered a shrimp po-boy because I saw the cook making one and it looked so good. It did turn out to be good. They throw a whole handful of raw fresh shrimp on that grill. It turned out to be better than the All That Jazz.

5/3 no jazzfest. Lunch at Crabby jack's. Gf had the Oyster po-boy again and this time I had the duck po-boy dressed. I was a little dissappointed in the sandwich. It was missing something as I found it a bit bland. I guess maybe a slice of cheese? A gravy of some sort? I also think another reason I was dissappointed is because I had such high expectations for this sandwhich. Jack did show up and pass out free beers to a bunch of people there. I gotta say the guy is definitely alot of fun. Late dinner at Verdi mart for an All That Jazz Po-boy. I tried to order it with less cheese but they would accept my special order during jazzfest so I took it how they prepared it. We split the sandwhich of course and I watched them make it and guess how many slices of cheese the sandwhich had on it? An incredible 8 slices! Thats four slices each. I feel like it would be a much better sandwich with less cheese. I will always love the verdi mari

5/4 Jazzfest lunch/dinner

5/5 lunch at Harbor Seafood. Boiled Crawfish, and a fried Seafood platter. Both dishes were very tasty. Stopped next door to pick up some food to take home with us. We LOVE their shimp/corn bisque, also picked up seafood gumbo, oyster artichoke, crawfish etouffe, crawfish pies, and our final stop was Dimartinos Muffaletta's for a muff to take home. That muff was a HUGE disappointment. For starters is has to be the most expensive muff in town, it was $15 after taxes. What was REALLY disappointing was the cheese on the sandwich, it was a real soft white cheese. I would guess american? It was terrible. I will NEVER eat another Dimartino's muff.

Looking back over this post it does seem a bit critical? I really did enjoy myself in my most favorite of places. I cherish my time there and look forward to it always.

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