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Steamboat Warehouse & Restaurant: History all around you while you dine
This unique dining venue features fine cuisine in a casual atmosphere with an ambiance from the past.
The restaurant is a converted real warehouse from 1819 that originally was dockside to the Opelousas River that was a point for wagontrains headed west and steamboats headed north and east.
The place now combines the rustic atmosphere of historic past with great regional cuisine that defines Louisiana.
Be sure to take time to check out all the history and artifacts within the walls.
Favorite Dish: Catfish Diane ($19.95) was superb both in taste and presentation. Stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp and then broiled golden brown and topped with a creamy seafood sauce with fresh bluepoint crabmeat. Served with choice of potato, vegetable, or green salad and bread.
You can also always add Diane sauce to any dish for $4.95Related to:
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Mother's: Fantastic real experience
There was a line to get in when we got there, but after going through to order you take you ticket and sit then the food is brought to you. It was a good place with normal Cajun food without all the glitz. Pretty good I should say, but the seating was a little bland.
Favorite Dish: I tried the sampler. the Jambalaya was the best in my opinion, and thats because most places cant make Gumbo as well as me...but I still always try it.
Le Cuisine des Maman: Great Creole/Cajun Food in Lafayette
I love Creole/Cajun food and the restaurant on the grounds of Vermillionville has great food served buffet style. It is all you can eat too. I think it was about $12, and was worth every penny.
Favorite Dish: Great seafood and a superb shrimp chowder.Related to:
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Lee's Cajun Cafe: Great Cajun Seafood in Ruston
Lee's Cajun Cafe was hard to get to because of all the construction along US Highways 63 and 167. It also did not look like much from the outside. The menu has a variety of Cajun fare leaning heavily towards seafood. The decor is a combination of sea and sports. Nice wood paneling, fishing nets, etc. I ordered the Seafood Gumbo. The staff was efficient and friendly. The waitress, Amanda, was much cuter than the photo may indicate. This place is definitely worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: I had the Seafood Gumbo which was nicely spiced and very tasty. Portions were okay; but it was so good I wanted more.Related to:
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Ray's PeGe: Po Boys
This place has been in business for many year, first in Monroe and now there is another location in West Monroe. Their po-boy sandwiches are the best I have tasted! People drive from miles around to eat them!
Favorite Dish: Roast Beef Po Boys with gravy
Monjuni's: sweet Sicilian sauce
This sweet sauce tastes like what my Italian grandmother used to make.
Favorite Dish: It's hard to say because I like it all! I love the dishes with the marinara sauces best. They also have a great salad and good pizza!
Commanders Palace or any fine dining property: Do Lunch
This is a legendary restaurant, but the same tip applies to others. I am always trying to cram in restaurants on my frequent, brief trips to New Orleans. This is my only destination where food is a main attraction. It is not so much the dishes, but the overall dining experience that I crave. I have resorted to catching lunch at some expensive establishments. At Commanders Palace I can receive the excellent service and food quality at lunch, at a considerable savings over dinner.
GW Fins: GW Fins
The atmoshere was great. I was under the impression that this was a locals spot. The food was great, although I don't fee it was worth the money. Our waitress was professional and highly informative.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp & Grits The sauce used was smooth and had a surpurb flavor. I personally thought it would have been better with more seasoning.
Sauteed Lemon Sole was good. The fish had no fishy taste. $24.50
El Gato Negro: Mexican Restaurant in the French Quarter
I thought the restaurant was expensive and didn't think the food looked too good, but man, it tasted great!!! If you really love Mexican food, this is the only place I saw in the French Quarter where you can grab some. It's right next to the French Market.
Favorite Dish: The dip with beans, cheese, jalapenos, and chorizo is really good!
Liuzza's in Mid City: Look for the neighborhood places.
Have the best plate lunches, just like my momma cooked for us growing up. Get away from the touristy places. Try local NO flavor..
Favorite Dish: White beans and rice, their veal cutlet, and roastbeef po-boy... But have to say I believe everything on their menu would be tastefully great.
Little French Restaurant*: Don't Miss The Gambo
*Little French Restaurant is not the name of the place but I'm gonna tell you how to get there. I think the street name was Royal street but I'm not sure. Just by Canal street. When you walk out from Acme Oyster House you take a Right. When you get to the first street you take a Right. 3 maybe 4 restaurants down the street you will see big sign GAMBO on your Right side. Inside is not 5 stars but the food...hmmm. The best Gambo in town.
Favorite Dish: GamboRelated to:
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Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans: You Can Almost Feel Satchmo Sitting There
New Orleans must be one of the nmost appropriate places possible to have a Hard Rock Cafe. Not that people like Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong were into hard rock; but NO is home to some great music. The Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans has his trumpet on display. The food was great, the staff friendly, and the atmosphere was electric. I really did keep looking for Louis.
Favorite Dish: The Cajun Food was great. Try some Gumbo and a grilled cheese sandwich.Related to:
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Studebaker's Restaurant Bar: Great Seafood Buffet in Rayne
The decor and ambience in Studebakers was not so impressive; but the waitress was very friendly and helpful and the food was great. I was there when they had a seafood buffet. Catfish, an outstanding shrimp creole and a very tasy gumbo. Sorry, no photo. Maybe next trip.
Favorite Dish: The shrimp creole and the gumbo (I had thirds).
A Mixture of Cultures
The Cajun culture centres around cooking and eating. Each ethnic group has retained food traditions, and even within the various groups, traditions vary from area to area, and family to family. The cuisine is quite diverse and often very complex emanating from over 300 years of mixing cultures. The French contributed sauces (sauce piquante, étouffée, stews, bisque), sweets (pralines which was modified French confection with pecans instead of the original walnuts), and breads (French bread, beignets or square doughnuts with powdered sugar, and corasse, fried bread dough eaten with cane syrup). The Spanish contributed the jambalaya (a spicy rice dish like the paella). The Africans added okra which was either barbecue or deep-fat fryed. The Spanish then Okra with added hot spices and in soups. The Germans, who were in Louisiana prior to the Acadians, added their sausages (andouille and boudin) and "Creole" or brown mustard. The influence of the Caribbean came in the form of the bean and rice dishes of red beans and rice and congri (crowder peas and rice). Native Americans donatee filé and a liking for corn bread.
Gumbo which is closely identified with South Louisiana combines African, European and Native American cultures. This dish so closely identified with South Louisiana, melds African, European, and Native American cultures.
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Cafe Du Monde: Beignets
Before Hurricane Katrina you could get beignets at any one of seven Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stands in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.
The original Cafe du Monde has reopened after Katrina, but I don't know about the other locations.
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New Orleans Centre, 1400 Poydras, Suite 572, New Orleans, La, 70112 Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 9:30am-8pm, Sun 11:30am-6pm 504-587-0842
Oakwood Mall, 197 Westbank Expressway, Suite 54, Gretna, La, 70053 Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm 504-587-0849
Lakeside Mall, 3301 Veterans Blvd, Suite 104, Metairie, La, 70002 Open Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm 504-834-8694
Esplanade Mall, 1401 West Esplanade, Suite 100, Kenner, La 70065 Open Mon-Sat 8:30a-9pm, Sun 10:30am-6pm 504-468-3588
Veterans Boulevard Location, 4700 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, La, 70006 Open Mon-Thur 6am-11pm, Fri open 6am thru Sun 11pm 504-888-9770Related to:
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