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Old 09-25-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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Johnny's is really good. Lots of locals, including the folks who drive the carriages eat there.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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It's probably too late now, but if you go toward the river from the Superdome, you'll be in the heart of the Warehouse District, which has lots of good dining options. Riomar, Rock 'n Sake, Cochon, La Cote Brasserie. More casual (and cheaper) is Mulate's Cajun and Vic's Kangaroo Cafe. I've always liked the Sun Ray Grill and there never seems to be a crowd.
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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Ending up eating a Johnnys the food was really good. This was the first time ive been to New Orleans in like 8 years and relly enjpyed it even though we didnt have time to do much. We plan on going back in a month are so for 3 days any recommendations on things to do
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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find some kind of festival--music, food, etc. and then plan around that
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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We like Louisiana Pizza Kitchen at the far end of the French Market across from the Mint and Margaritaville, which is I think on Decatur. Also, Coop's which is across the street from Margaritaville is really good for late night.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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Also, don't believe when people tell you Mothers is good. The food is OK at best and over priced for what you get. Locals know better then to eat there. Don't get me wrong, years ago before it was sold to the new owners it was good but now it's not worth the trip./quote]

Y'know, we ate there in April at the recommendation of friends, and we were not impressed at all. The rice 'n' beans were good but here's what we encountered:

A cop (not a security guard but an actual policeman) was seated beside the door.

Chaos everywhere, and it took us several moments to figure out that we were supposed to seat ourselves and go in line to order at the counter.

A waitress threw her arm to give directions to someone and proceeded to knock over a beer on a passerby's food platter. The beer spilled on the floor and over a woman seated at the table. The waitress was very apologetic but the poor lady sitting down grumbled that she was on her way to church afterwards (apparently didn't want to reek of beer inside the congregation).

It was at least entertaining. But I could sure see where it was a hot spot in earlier years.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Y'know, we ate there in April at the recommendation of friends, and we were not impressed at all. The rice 'n' beans were good but here's what we encountered:

A cop (not a security guard but an actual policeman) was seated beside the door.

Chaos everywhere, and it took us several moments to figure out that we were supposed to seat ourselves and go in line to order at the counter.

A waitress threw her arm to give directions to someone and proceeded to knock over a beer on a passerby's food platter. The beer spilled on the floor and over a woman seated at the table. The waitress was very apologetic but the poor lady sitting down grumbled that she was on her way to church afterwards (apparently didn't want to reek of beer inside the congregation).

It was at least entertaining. But I could sure see where it was a hot spot in earlier years.
I've gotta laugh! It sounds like a typical day in a few of the local neighborhood restaurants. It took about three or four visits before we determined my out of town nephew-in-law was ready for Rocky & Carlos. We didn't want to scare him right off the bat.
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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is rocky and carlos still open?? believe it or not, I've had a few wop salads and mac and cheese with a shrimp or oyster loaf over the years. grew up in algiers, so we'd take the ferry. I'd have to agree that your comment of "typical for the terrain" is right on. That's what's so incredible about the place--it's not the quality of the finer restaurants, it's the middle and lower range that simply amaze. A friend from home noted that prices everywhere had gone up as NOLA caught up with the rest of the country, and she was right based on my limited visit recently. Don't know if the wonderful neighborhood/family places will ever really come back. sigh. god I miss the place and have for years; finally coming home in the spring
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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is rocky and carlos still open?? believe it or not, I've had a few wop salads and mac and cheese with a shrimp or oyster loaf over the years. grew up in algiers, so we'd take the ferry. I'd have to agree that your comment of "typical for the terrain" is right on. That's what's so incredible about the place--it's not the quality of the finer restaurants, it's the middle and lower range that simply amaze. A friend from home noted that prices everywhere had gone up as NOLA caught up with the rest of the country, and she was right based on my limited visit recently. Don't know if the wonderful neighborhood/family places will ever really come back. sigh. god I miss the place and have for years; finally coming home in the spring
Rocky's is back! He's gotten older and doesn't man the resister like he used to, but every now and then you can catch him out and about on his golf cart. You wouldn't recognize the place; it actually looks clean, lol. The fights and incidents of arm pit bread are almost, (but not quite), non- existent.

I don't know if you remember when it was a guess how much you were going to pay for the meal. The same stuffed pepper dinner could run you $4 or $6 depending on the mathematical capability of the waitress and of course if you tipped before or after she served you. Anyways, yes, the prices have gone up a good bit which stinks, but they are consistent with the pricing now with Jr. handling the money.

There are things I miss like that old formica counter, the tacky 70's paneling, and the looks on the faces of the few out of towners who managed to make it there. I can't say it's like normal, they close at 7PM and aren't even open on Sundays, but it's still the same ole comfort food, (minus the salmonella, which of course didn't scare me off, but then I do a lot of dubious things).

Yay! Welcome back; there is no place like home! You will be pleased to know that there are lots of old neighborhood restaurants back up and running.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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I've gotta laugh! It sounds like a typical day in a few of the local neighborhood restaurants. It took about three or four visits before we determined my out of town nephew-in-law was ready for Rocky & Carlos. We didn't want to scare him right off the bat.
So, you'll be directing us there in a few weeks then? Y'know we love stuff that isn't all squeaky clean and shiny. I love the local un-touristy places..those 'upper-end' restaurants, you can find 'em anywhere...give me character and good ol' NOLA fixin's!
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