You think you know, but you don’t know. And you never will – Jim Mora
He and She Said:
The incredibly quotable Jim Mora was talking about football, but this truth applies vividly to the received wisdom about the cost of dining out. We posted a rather animated rant recently about the particular disdain one of us has for chain restaurants or, perhaps more accurately, the Casual Dining segment represented by venues like Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and the like. We won’t rehash those arguments here, but they inspired a passionate counterpoint by one of our readers. Among other objections, he voiced these:
chains, while maybe low denominator in taste (according to your buds), are consistent, cheaper (particularly compared to the NOLA examples you usually favor), quicker, prepared to handle the varied tastes of a family and more diverse
Put yourself in the role of most American families…your spouse and kids are hungry, you just got off your second job (or your shift) and you just happened to come across an extra $60 after paying your bills. Where can you take the family, get a full meal (entree, veggies, salad), maybe a beer for you and wifey, that has reliable service, food your kids will eat (not all can be tricked into enjoying goose liver) and can deliver all that in a timely, inexpensive manner so the family doesn’t go stir crazy, without reservations?
Fair criticism? Perhaps. As we thought about it, we realized we didn’t know whether he was right or wrong. We write nearly five days per week, much of it about food, almost all of it about New Orleans, and we weren’t entirely sure.
Posted in Food, He and she said, Lists, Reviews
Tagged better New Orleans, Casamento's, chains, Cheap, Felipe's, Frankie and Johnny's, Joey K's, Lebanon, lists, Liuzza's, Lola, Mona Lisa, Praline Connection
Let’s face it: Women are better then men at this. In my experience, a girls weekend involves a degree of anticipation and planning foreign to most guys. Often, a male gathering involves a sports bar and a quick check to ensure there’s money for beer, quantity trumping quality in many cases. However, most of us still don’t carry purses, and that does make it less likely a calculator will be produced at the table for the hideous purpose of splitting the check, a practice that should be illegal in any civilized country. So we’ve got that going for us.
But we can do better than just showing up and drinking right? There’s more to New Orleans than Hurricanes and Hand Grenades, correct? If you’re planning a guys weekend in NOLA and want to be sure to hit the hot spots on Bourbon, you can stop reading now, because this post won’t help you. But really, who needs a tour guide? Bourbon Street isn’t what you’d call subtle in its charms. Just show up; you’ll manage to find the party. Trust me. But if you’re looking for something different, you’ve come to the right post. Here’s my take on the male foodie’s weekend in New Orleans. Hand-grenade free, but hopefully complete with acceptable levels of testosterone.
He and She said:
So, we were going to do our top 10 posts of the year for a nifty little list today. After some review, the editorial staff suggested we make it a top 5 list… Or maybe top 2. But they’re just dogs, so what the hell do they know? So, we scrapped that idea and decided instead we’d go with the top 10 pictures of food we posted this year….Ok, so that was a problem too. New Years’ resolution number 1: Produce enough content for legitimate top-ten list in 2011.
Well, the lack of any socially-redeeming or even marginally valid content has never stopped us before, and we sure won’t let it do so now. So, without further ado, our list of the top ten things you should NOT do in a restaurant in 2011:
He and She said:
Well, Brett Anderson from the Times Picayune has released his annual list of the top 10 restaurants in New Orleans, so we thought it might be time to do our own.
On a brief side note, an additional benefit of Anderson’s list is the way it brings out the tinfoil hat crowd in the comments section, an enlightened crew who appear convinced that Anderson, Donald Link and John Besh have united in an unholy triumvirate to rule the galaxy while making tasty Louisiana dishes. Multitasking, I guess. Then again, its Snooki and The Situation’s world, and I’m just living in it, so what do I know?
Ok, enough ranting:
We’ve done a post on the most interesting restaurants in NOLA (might be time to update that soon), but that is not what we’re after here. This is our take on the best, so the charming and interesting Mimi’s, for example, probably won’t find a place here.
I had the great idea to do this as a mock draft. When I explained this to my wife, she enthusiastically replied: “What the hell are you talking about?” But, after I explained a bit, she came around to my way of thinking. So, ladies first, and we’ll take turns picking a restaurant and telling you why it’s so great as we fill out our list of ten. Nobody loves a gimmick more than me.
A quick note: some relatively new entries to the NOLA scene that might be contenders for this list, most notably Le Foret and Meson 923, are ineligible, for the simple reason that we have not been there. And for the record, we are in neither Besh, Link, or anyone else’s pocket, although we hope to be one day. Until then, we have nothing to offer but unbiased opinion and the dream of one day being corrupted via a free plate of foie gras. Or pomme frites (in duck fat). Or pretty much anything else.
Posted in Dinner, He and she said, Lists, Restaurant
Tagged Adolfo Garcia, Brett Anderson, Commander's Palace, Coquette, Donald Link, Emeril's, Herbsaint, John Besh, John Harris, Lilette, lists, MiLA, Patois, Restaurant August, restaurants, reviews, Rio Mar, Stella!, Top ten
I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to partake in a whole slew of adventures over the past 9 months and it would be impossible to include them all in this blog based upon my recent slacking tendencies. Instead, I’ve decided that maybe it would suffice to highlight those experiences/things that stood out.
In true rant fashion, there is no rhyme or reason to the order of my list. If I offend anyone with the below opinions, well, I do have a very finite take- just ask my husband. By the way, this does not necessarily reflect his perspective either. I’m just sayin’.
Posted in Lists, Rants, She said
Tagged Bar-Tonique, Bistro at Maison de Ville, BMC, Cafe Amelie, Cake Cafe, Coquette, Croissant d'Or, El Gato Negro, Envie, French Quarter, Gal Holiday, Hansen's, Hermes Bar, Iris, Irvin Mayfield, La Divina Gelateria, lists, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, Mona Lisa, music, Parkway Bakery, Refuel, Rio Mar, Sangria, Sukho Thai, tapas, The Bean Gallery, The Sazerac, Three Legged Dog, Three Muses, Treme, Wasabi, Yo Mama's
He and she said:
Time for another list. The approach of fall (will it ever get here?) and our time spent last week at 7000 feet in the high desert has us ready for the outdoor dining season. Here are our choices for the top five places to get outside and eat this fall in New Orleans. Not surprisingly, most of them are in the French Quarter:
Posted in He and she said, Lists, Restaurant, Reviews
Tagged al fresco, Bayona, Cafe Amelie, Dante's, Green Goddess, Iris, lists, Mat 'n Naddie's, Patois, restaurants