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Trip Report (long, but organized)

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Trip Report (long, but organized)

Susan | Mar 27, 2006 10:49 AM

Acme Oyster House: Old fave. 12 Raw Oysters –Salty and cold – just wonderful! 2 lbs. of crawfish – steaming, all good ones – perfect seasoning and size. My husband had gumbo and ettouffee. Both wonderful! The service here is usually slow, but despite the long line outside, and the packed tables inside, our waiter, Will was very attentive, quick, friendly and appropriate. We waited in line for about 20 minutes and it was well worth it.

Court of Two Sisters: Old favorite. More a sentimental favorite than a culinary favorite for brunch. The waitstaff is always attentive and very good. The food was better this time than in times past. It seems most of the selections were pretty much the same, but the food was better. This place has a huge buffet with the standard breakfast fare as well as a lengthy salad bar and desert bar, chilled shrimp in the shell and crawfish. You may also order eggs benedict through your waiter, which my husband did, and enjoyed. I loved my mimosas in the courtyard. Usually the food here is mediocre, but this time, I would give it a “good”. Very nice experience.

Ralph & Kacoo’s: New pick. We will not be going back here. Perhaps it was the selection, but my dish was just not good. The waiter was very friendly and nice. We ordered 12 raw oysters. They were fine. My husband ordered gumbo and ettouffee again. The gumbo was really good, the ettouffee was unremarkable. They were running a special on a stuffed lobster topped with lump crabmeat over pasta. The lobster was frozen and the claw had freezer burn or something. Black fuzzy substance on the meat. The stuffing and the crabmeat were very dry, as if the whole dish had been frozen and thawed out. The small dish of butter provided to moisten the dish was not adequate. Not good at all.

Casamento’s: Old fave. Great place to go for oysters, raw or fried. We ordered 12 raw oysters – very tasty. We like Acme’s raw better, but Casamento’s has better fried and has a much more local feeling. Not busy and cramped like Acme. My husband ordered ½ an oyster loaf, dressed and a fried oyster dinner. I ordered ½ an oyster loaf and a gumbo. Everything was just wonderful. The oysters on the sandwich were small and tasty, fried just right. The cool tomato on the hot oysters…mmmmm! The whole place is covered in tile. It is a local place with local quirks which we love. Can’t say enough good things.

Muriel’s: New pick. Really nice. Great décor and atmosphere. Waitstaff is personable and helpful and very attentive. We both had the Table d’ hote: Crawfish & Goat Cheese crepes, Pecan Crusted Puppy Drum and Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee (mmmmmm) The food here was outstanding, the service was spectacular. We didn’t get to see the upstairs because there was a private party up there, but we will check it out next time because we will go back. The meal was exactly the right size and very very good! This will be a new favorite.

Yo Mama’s: New pick. Late night burgers. A decent burger. Will use them again for late night, take back to your room fare.

Bourbon House: New pick. This is a Dickie Brennan place. Nice feel. Good staff. We went for lunch and shared a De Fruits de Mer. Bowl of cold treasures includes 12 raw oysters, half with caviar, Dickie Brennan style; steamed and doused mussels, clams withl cream sauce, tomatoes and onions, ceviche, a tasty shrimp salad, boiled, seasoned shrimp, and marinated crab claws. Oh my stars, this was good! My husband helped me with this, of course, but he had Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Prime Strip. It was slightly overcooked, but still tasty. The bread here is crusty and wonderful. Even with the slightly overcooked steak, my husband said the meal was excellent, and gave it a 7.5. I’d probably go higher than that for my experience, maybe to an 8.5. We’ll be back. It was great!

The Corner Oyster Bar: Early evening snack. We shared 12 raw oysters. Decent oysters. We wanted to order an appetizer sampler, but they were not serving it because they didn’t have cheese sticks. I asked if we could substitute something else for the cheese sticks and was politely told “NO”. I know substitutions can mess up an establishment, but it looks like this place could have been more accommodating. We ordered a basket of fried pickles and they were very good. I ordered 2 pounds of crawfish. They were served cold, which I don’t prefer, but they were seasoned just right. Again, not a bad one in the bunch and decent sized. Good crawfish. My husband ordered gumbo. Please don’t do that here. It’s not gumbo. It’s roux flavored water with a few vegetables and one small sliver of some undistinguishable meat in it. It did not taste bad, it just did not taste like, nor had the consistency of gumbo…that’s all. However, for a snack of oysters and crawfish, I’d go back here.
It has a convenient location at the corner of Jackson Square.

Our three notable new picks were Ralph & Kacoo’s, Muriel’s and Bourbon House. Two out of three ain’t bad!

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