Originally posted by bumper
I agree guys I cant get the hang off eating mud bugs ! Does anyone have a good place near French Quarter in N O or Baton Rouge ?
As Sundancer says, definitely Uglesich's. And other treads in these forums will keep you visiting a new place every night for a year in New Orleans. In and around the French Quarter, I like: The Palace Cafe
(on Canal)- I especially like their appetizers-Werlein Salad with a half dozen very delicately fried oysters rimming the bowl, and Crabmeat Cheesecake Acme Oyster Bar
The Gumbo Shop
Cafe Du Monde
(about 2 miles from the Quarter up Canal) Mother's
Baton Rouge is just about as good as New Orleans for consistently excellent food anywhere you try. My first choice in that area is actually about 20 to 30 miles west of Baton Rouge (22 miles west of the Mississipppi River bridge on highway 190/61) on a narrow side road south of Livonia--"Joe's at Dreyfus Store"
(Thanks "Roadfood"). I under stand that the owner/chef was once a New Orleans chef (Commander's??) who sought the quieter life. Your choices are limited to the few items the chef has decided to fix that day, but you can't go wrong. My favorite dish there is the pan roasted oysters with artichoke hearts. As my wife says, "starts a party in your mouth".
Other Baton Rouge favorites include: Passtime Lounge
-especially if LSU has won that week-great Po-Boys Fleur Di Lis
- Roman Pizza- different but extraordinary Mike Anderson's Seafood
-Near LSU Drusilla Seafood Giamanco's Christina's Desiree
Poor Boy Lloyds George's
(under the overpass--there is another George's that is an alternative lifestyle club)
Another favorite for lunch is sampling the efforts of the students at the "Culinary Arts School"
on the Lafayette street level of the old General Lafayette motel. Usually great food at bargain prices.
Baton Rouge is, if possible, even more obsessed with food than is New Orleans. It is the only place I have been where there is a regular component of television news shows where the anchor puts on his apron an prepares some great dish (a la Emeril or Justin Leonard), and the topic of cooking is just as likely, or more likely, to come up in a gathering of men as it is in one of women.
If you're in Baton Rouge on Thursday night, check out the open mike blues jam at Phil Brady's
on Government street. On Thursday, Friday or Saturday night (and maybe more by now), don't miss Tabby's Blues Box
. Tabby Thomas is a great musician himself, and his son, Chris Thomas King, was the young guitar player in the movie "O' Brother, Where Art Thou". As a matter of fact, there are several great blues bars arond Baton Rouge, more than even New Orleans. I will search out Bryan Lee for great blues in New Orleans or Memphis (his old gig, the "Old Absinthe House" was turned into a daiquiri bar). ENOUGH ALREADY-you can see that I love Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana.