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Something unique to New Orleans

Peter | Apr 7, 2004 12:57 AM

Mom and dad are coming to town this weekend from NYC. Last time they were here, we went to August and Peristyle. This time round, I have instructions to find places that could only be found in New Orleans. I have reservations at Brigtsen's one night, but was debating among several choices for the other evening they are in town, plus Sunday brunch:

GW Fins (dad love seafood)
K Paul's
Gautreau's
Lillette
Le Parvenu

Since they can get good Italian in NY, I ruled that style out completely, but places across the lake or even outside of town (ie LA Provence, Lafitte's Landing) are fair game, if you think they are worth the schlep.

I am shying away from stoggy old fashioned New Orleans places (ie. Galatoire's, Antoines, etc)

For brunch last time we went to Elizabeth's, which was fun but a tad to funky for the folks. I was thinking about Commanders or Begue's, but these may be too fancy, so I am open to other suggestions. I have heard nice things about both Sugar Magnolia's and Cafe Atchafalaya, but have also heard mixed reviews about both.

As a physician in town, I have had the chance to go to some favbulous places in the city already - loved Indigo and Stella!, think Cafe Nino makes the best pizza in town, think Bayona is the most over rated place I have ever been to, go to breakfast as often as I can at Riccobono's Panola Cafe, love Hillbilly BBQ, think Ms. Hysters is overrated, love the oysters at Drago's (but am nonplussed by anything else they serve), am a huge fan of Royal China, Radosta's, Cassamento's, and R&O's for shrimp po boys but think Mothers is overrated, like NOLA the best of Emeril's places, but think all of his food is style over substance (including Tchoup Chop in Orlando, which I had such high hopes for), think La Boulangerie makes the best bread, and some of the best sandwhiches in the city, and found that either Antoinnes or Adrian's make the best filled king cakes in the city, although would argue that either Zoe's or Chez Pierre are the best bakeries in the area (no, not Maurice's).

Anyway, hope that give you an idea of my tastes.

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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