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Trip report (October 23-28) LONG

Steve Levinson | Nov 5, 200312:35 PM

My wife and I arrived in New Orleans on Thursday at approx. 12noon. After checking into the Provincial, we headed out to the Acme Oyster House. I was a little surprised to see a line at 2pm, but the oysters were worth the short wait. We each had our own dozen raw and split Red Beans in Rice. We had both been there on a previous trip and they didnt let us down.

We headed to Jacques Imo's for dinner. This is one of the two new places I tried this trip. I had heard the food was great but to expect a long wait. I was told it would be approx. 1 hour. It took almost 2 hours -- but I didnt mind. I thought this was the best value of the trip. Every entree comes with 2 sides and a small salad. For appetizers, we tried the Sausage/Shrimp cheesecake and the deep fried roast beef po boy. I had read alot about the cheesecake and it was very good, but I really LOVED the PoBoy. Roast Beef, and various peppers served in a turnover like dough. For a maindish, I had to try "Godzilla." This is a soft-shelled crab served with a seafood sauce over fried green tomotoes -- very tasty. My wife had salmon with a sauce I cant recall. She thought it was OK.

On Friday, the 24th, we drove 1 hour to Larose for The French Food Festival. I was expecting more tourists, but it seemed to be a small local festival. There were many food booths offering everything from Shrimp Etoufee, Gumbo, and Po Boys to Hotdogs and fries. It was nice to be able to sample lots of types of food, but I wouldn't say the food was outstanding. It was very good. I must say -- the people were as kind and friendly as I had ever experienced!

On Sunday, We returned to New Orleans and went to Casamanto's. I had read alot about this place, but had never been there before. We each had 1 dozen raw oysters follwed by 1/2 an oyster loaf. I loved the loaf -- my wife is not big on fried oysters, so she merely thought it was adequate. The raw oysters were the best I had on the trip.

For Dinner, we decided to try Mr. B's. I had heard their Gumbo Ya Ya was great, so I gave it a try. It tasted OK, but I didnt think it was great. I make a pretty good Gumbo myself so I tend to be critical of gumbos. I tried the Pasta Jambalaya for the main course. I also thought this was OK, but expected more for $75. So overall, I was a little disappointed with Mr. B's.

On Monday, we went back to Acme for a small lunch. I was very surprised they had live crawfish. I was told crawfish were coming in early this season because it has been wet. I love crawfish and hadnt expected to have any in October, so I was pleasantly surprised. For $8.49 a pound, they were quite small, but I would do it again.

Our final dinner was at K-Pauls. This is my 3rd time eating their for dinner and it didnt disappoint. Gumbo was extraordinary, the blackened lamb chops were great and they make a great bloody mary. Of course, the cost was $85 for the both of us -- but we considered it money well spent.

Our final day has become a bit of a tradition. We always venture to a restaurant on St. Peter -- just up from the Gumbo Shop and it looks very similar. I believe it is called "The coffee pot." I always have a red bean and sausage omelet and my wife has crabmeat and green onion. Always a tasty farewell! Next, We head to Central Grocery, buy 5 mufalettas and return home. We always give our friends mufalettas. I still believe they are the best in town.

Thanks for all the advice. I always begin reading posts here about 1 month before the trip!

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