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another visit from a Boston foodie (August, Cafe Du Monde, Coop's, Patisserie D'Or, Johnny's Po Boys, Brennan's, Emeril's, Mr. B's, HerbSaint)

Spike | Oct 30, 2011 01:57 PM

Unfortunately, cold weather followed us down on the 18th...even the taxi driver joked that we brought rain down. It was humid and in the 80's when we got there, followed by pouring rain, and then cold gusts of wind that made us shiver through most of the next few days.

We hit a bunch of places recommended on this forum, so I thought it'd be nice to report back with photos (except for Johnny Po Boys and a Mr. B's lunch I didn't take photos of). Responses to this will include photos for specific restaurants.

Johnny Po Boys we thought was overrated. The bread was night and light and crunchy, but the po boy was mostly bread and not that much filling. The catfish w/ gumbo combo was decent, but the crawfish was mostly fried coating and little crawfish. The coating they use for frying is excessively thick...it's nice and crunchy, but drowns out the taste of whatever it's on. The gumbo was decent but not that much different from other gumbos we've had there.

After having dinner at Mr. B's and trying to figure out what to do for lunch on our last day, we decided to hit it for lunch on our last day. Unfortunately, it's definitely not as good as dinner. The jambalaya was ok but didn't have enough sauce. The stuffed pork chop was overcooked and oversalted and the pear stuffing didn't quite go that well with it (somewhat bitter?).

Cafe Du Monde's beignet was ok but it's just pieces of fried dough buried in powdered sugar (picture attached)...3 pieces for $2.50 wasn't bad though.

Coop's place was a mixed bag. The sampler was a good way to get a taste for everything but the only part we really liked on it was the jambalaya. The chicken/shrimp tchoupitoulas was excellent though...nice heat on the chicken sauce and on the beans (photos attached).

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