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Old 06-23-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Historic Bessemer Alabama
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Any suggestions on New Orleans restaurants? We are coming down for vacation this weekend. I want to know where the GOOD food is...........not tourist traps. Where do you locals go for good food?

Thanks in advance for any and all help...

Drew
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Are you going to be staying in the French Quarter? If you are you can get good-quality, authentic Cajun/Creole food at a joint called Coop's Place which is on Decatur. For the quality of the food the price can't be beat. If you're venturing to the Uptown area you should check out Jacques-Imo's. It will be more expensive but it's probably the best New Orleans has to offer. Central Grocery invented the muffaletta, and they keep it real, it's still the best place to get one (also located on Decatur). If you're looking for a fried shrimp po-boy go to Parkway Tavern in Mid-City.

Under no circumstances should you go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or Hard Rock Cafe.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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I recommend The Napoleon House on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Historic Bessemer Alabama
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We are staying at the Quarter House at 129 Charters street
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Historic Bessemer Alabama
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Are you going to be staying in the French Quarter? If you are you can get good-quality, authentic Cajun/Creole food at a joint called Coop's Place which is on Decatur. For the quality of the food the price can't be beat. If you're venturing to the Uptown area you should check out Jacques-Imo's. It will be more expensive but it's probably the best New Orleans has to offer. Central Grocery invented the muffaletta, and they keep it real, it's still the best place to get one (also located on Decatur). If you're looking for a fried shrimp po-boy go to Parkway Tavern in Mid-City.

Under no circumstances should you go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or Hard Rock Cafe.
Those are both tourist trap sounding places..............or have you had bad experiences there?
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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They are tourist traps, no doubt about it. Bubba Gump particularly infuriates me because they somehow lure in tourists and offer sub-par seafood at insane prices when New Orleans is filled with so much good gulf seafood. Even though you are staying in the Quarter I think it would be worth your money to take cabs/public transportation to places like Uptown and Mid-City so you can eat at the true, local spots.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:02 PM
 
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We like Johnny's PoBoys, Rivers Edge, Coffee Pot, Gumbo Shoppe, and Louisiana Pizza Kitchen.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Those are both tourist trap sounding places..............or have you had bad experiences there?
National chain restaurants, ugh. Local gas stations serve better food.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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Mandina's on Canal is not far. The shrimp creole rocks there. I love Bon Ton. Love Love. It is in the Warehouse District, walking distance from the Quarter but a bit expensive. I get the house salad with house vinaigrette (creole mustard really good), crab au gratin and bread pudding for dessert. Nola Grocery is a bit of a walk but really inexpensive and they USUALLY have cajun meat poboys unless the owner can't make his weekly trip to Cajun Country. When at the Napoleon House, in the courtyard, we get a Pimm's Cup and jambalaya or the warm muffaletta. Yes I love it warm. Hmm unless it is overcast you might want to sit inside. You should get a snowball somewhere too. Green Goddess in the Quarter is totally different from everywhere else. The drinks are refreshing and you will get whatever is in season. We had blood orange mimosas one time and orange julias the next. Ok we like orange but they have a huge fresh drink menu. You may not hear much about this historic bar/restaurant but Ernst Cafe just reinvented their menu. The shrimp creole and red beans with gator sausage are great. Enjoy!
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Yang's Po-Boys 4840 Bienville Street, 2 blocks from the streetcar. Don't let the name fool you, its the best roast beef in the city IMHO. Better than Parkway, Domilise, Tracy's, etc. You will not see 1 tourist in here.

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