2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival

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Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
2009/12/10 23:12:30
The website for the 2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival now is live:

www.neworleansroadfoodfestival.com

This is where you can find out all the juicy details of exactly which restaurants will be serving what specialties on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 & 28, along five blocks of Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

The website will offer vital information about other Festival events including the Friday night cocktail reception and presentation of the First Annual Roadfood Blue Plate Award, Saturday morning's world's longest po' boy sandwich, and the Saturday night crawfish boil and pig roast.

Here is where to go for up-to-date information about special events and activities as the Festival draws near, as well as a link to special rates on accommodations in the French Quarter.

Please check out the website and join other fans at the New Orleans Roadfood Festival page on Facebook

and NewOrleansRoadfoodFestival.com

We hope you can join us this year!


post edited by Stephen Rushmore Jr. - 2009/12/11 01:20:26
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/10 23:13:38
The following is some overview text pulled from the festival web site:

The New Orleans Roadfood Festival begins on March 26, 2010, with an opening cocktail reception and presentation of the First Roadfood Blue Plate Award to Anthony and Gail Uglesich. On March 27 and 28, the 300-700 blocks of Royal Street in the French Quarter will become a grazer's paradise from 11am to 6pm.

Unique dishes from New Orleans, from around Louisiana, and from the top-ranking Roadfood restaurants all across America will be served in affordable, sample-size portions. Each restaurant will have its own booth where visitors can meet and exchange views with the proprietors of the restaurants.

The New Orleans Roadefood Festival is the creation of a countrywide team of passionate foodies including Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Roadfood and regular guests on public radio's "The Splendid Table," and Stephen Rushmore Jr., the visionary creator of Roadfood.com.

To herald the opening of the free street festival on Saturday morning, the World's Longest Po Boy will be created. Each ten-foot length of the multi-block sandwich is made by one of New Orleans' top restaurants using its own recipe for po boy greatness and just-fried local oysters.

6star
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 01:05:43
Edit: Problem solved.
post edited by 6star - 2009/12/15 13:52:36
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 11:21:45
I cannot wait!  I got my room online.  The price online was $20 cheaper pernight than the special Roadfood block.  When I called, the reservation person indicated that it was simply an online special.  So act fast!
Since this is my first BIG Roadfood event, I do have a question.  Is there any type of registration or registration fee required?  I didn't find that on the festival website.
TnTinCT
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 11:52:24
Question also - website states "free" for entry, so does this mean we can expect thousands of folks and hours of lines? Just picturing the NYC BBQ festival, and while the food was excellent, the hours of waiting in line were tedious.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 12:55:18
Last year the wait time never exceeded 5 minutes.  This year will certainly be more popular, but we also have twice as many vendors and a larger space.  I can assure you people won't go hungry over the weekend!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 12:59:56
Stephen-
Will there be a crawfish boil or something like it on Saturday night?

BTW, the restaurants you have lined up to participate is amazing. 
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 14:10:01
Saturday night will be a crawfish boil and some other food (most likely a pork product), but it will be in the French Quarter so we don't have to deal with bus logistics and alligators.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 14:37:27
I am glad that Anthony Uglesich will be there.  His small restaurant was my favorite and I was extremely dissapointed when he retired.
 
I believe I first posted about his restaurant about five years ago.  I recall his wife made the best bloody Mary's.  She made them individually and she was very slow but they were different and very very good.  Everything he sold in his restaurant was super. 
 
 I recall that he opened at 11:00AM.  I got there 45 minutes before the restaurant opened and there was already a line way out the door waiting for the opening.  It was a small restaurant and even with the outdoor seating, I doubt the restaurant would hold more than 40-50 people.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
post edited by Sundancer7 - 2009/12/11 14:39:05
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/11 14:45:05
Uglesich:  I posted this about six and a half years ago regarding Uglesich's
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=10524&high=uglesich
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/12 23:45:58
I can't wait. PP and I plan on being there. Our 1st trip to NOLA.

MikeS.
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/13 01:28:29
I just booked a room at the Monteleone for Thu - Sat nights.
Mariaehlana
Junior Burger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/15 10:05:22
I'm planning on being there! This will be my first Roadfood event. I can't wait!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/29 18:02:47
 I hope Anthony Uglesich has his famous bloody Mary's available.  I wish I knew his recipe.  I ate there several times and it was my favorite restaurant in NOLA.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/29 19:41:16
Pretty sure I'll be going this year, as well.

I'll probably stay in usual hotel on St. Charles Ave, the Avenue Garden Hotel.

I believe ChuckL50 is also going, and I'm dragging a few of my New Orleans resident friends along, as well.

Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/30 12:31:32
We've got plane tickets and hotel reservations. It'll be our first trip to New Orleans, so we're coming in on Wednesday night to get more time to see the sights.
icecreamchick
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/30 12:40:19
I am the other half of ralphmelton's "we" -- and am very excited to see NOLA for the first time and meet up with y'all :-)
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/30 12:47:01
Glad to see da 'burgh will be well represented!
ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2009/12/30 16:23:30
X1

Pretty sure I'll be going this year, as well.

I'll probably stay in usual hotel on St. Charles Ave, the Avenue Garden Hotel.

I believe ChuckL50 is also going, and I'm dragging a few of my New Orleans resident friends along, as well.


Yup, I'm in. Just had my vacation time approved.
As if I needed an excuse to visit my favorite city again. A Roadfood Eat and Great is the perfect icing on the cake.


BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 10:35:35
I didn't know it had become a yearly event in the same city.  Hopefully, I'll be off from work and can me some of ya'll.

 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 10:53:14
I'm booking hotel and airfare this week.
I believe I'll be there Thurs - Mon.

If any of you NOLA first-timers (or anyone else that wants to) want to join a few of us, we'll most likely be breakfasting at the Camellia Grill on Friday morning. That could change, but it's in the plans for now.

Also, I have an email of "do's and don'ts" that I usually send to people that ask me about going to New Orleans. If anyone would like me to send it to them, just email me at X1.Christin (at) gmail (dot) com, and ask for it.
It's mostly safety tips, must-eats, and how to bargain at the French Market.

BelleReve - What's your schedule? Surely you can't be working the entire time the Festival is going on! 

katherinecurry
Junior Burger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 13:27:02
Those first-timer tips sound like a great resource for folks who've never been. I've been many times but must confess I haven't been post-Katrina and could use a refresher course myself.  Why don't you post something about your tips over on the Festival's Facebook page, too? 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 14:55:18
OK - let me dig it up, and I'll post to both.
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 16:00:36
X1 - I work every Sunday, some Saturdays, but can arrange to be off if I ask in advance. 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 16:01:11

My tips:

Transportation:

The streetcar: a cheap way to travel. It's $1.25, or you can purchase an all-day pass for $5. One line runs Uptown/Garden District, and the other runs along Canal, which is the border between the CBD (Central Business District - aka "Downtown") and the French Quarter. Exact change required.

Cabs are easy and pretty cheap. There is a gasoline surcharge, tho' - usually a dollar or two, and they charge another dollar for extra passengers. United Cab is the best. A small tip is expected, as well. 

Cabs to and from the airport are, I believe, $32, plus the surcharge, and extra if you have more than 2 people or massive amounts of luggage. The cabbies will not "trick you" by taking you on a circuitous route, as the fare is posted in each cab. Again, a small tip is expected.

The airport is in Kenner, which is about 35 minutes (depending on traffic) from New Orleans. If the hotel you're staying at has a shuttle, take that. If you take an airport shuttle that makes the rounds to all the hotels downtown, it's cheap but it may take up to two hours before it reaches your particular hotel. 

Food/entertainment:

The cheapest place to eat, but one of the best, and a must-do, is Cafe du Monde at Jackson Square on Decatur. Get an iced coffee and a plate of Beignets (bin-yays), and you have yourself a great meal for about 5 dollars, including tip. Great place for people-watching. It's open 24/7. They have indoor seating if it's cold and/or rainy. Just walk to whatever table is open and take a seat (you may have to wait in line). Pay the waitstaff when they deliver the food and coffee. Enjoy the people-watching.

Most bars are open 24/7/365. You can walk around on the streets with your drink, as long as it's in a plastic cup (a "go-cup"). If you're at one bar, and have a bottle of beer or a drink in a glass, and want to leave, ask the bartender for a go-cup, and they will oblige. If you walk into another bar or a restaurant or the hotel with a drink in your hand, nobody cares. 

Try a Muffuletta or a po'boy (sub sandwich) from Mother's or Central Grocery. A HUGE amount of food for very little. If you have a fridge in your hotel, it's good for two meals. 


Coop's on Decatur is a great place to eat, an absolutely must-go-to place. They are famous for the rabbit Jambalaya. Get the sampler plate. And say hi to Stella, the resident kitty, usually in her perch at the window. The Abbey, a few doors down, is a weird little scary hole in the wall bar to stop into.  Angelina and Brad have been spotted at both places, if that interests you. They live nearby. 


If you see something called a "sno-ball" - GET ONE! They are SO GOOD. NOT a snow-cone. It's vaguely similar to one, but very different. If you like Raspberry or Strawberry, get a "stuffed Strawberry with condensed milk". What this means is that they stuff ice cream in the middle, and drizzle condensed milk on top. SO GOOD! My favorite is Orchid Vanilla Cream, stuffed, with Condensed Milk. It's incredibly good. A brilliant violet color, too. Don't worry about staining your mouth/tongue - it's a badge of honor and will inspire jealousy.

Also on Decatur - go to a shop called Sterling Silvia. WARNING! If you love jewelry, this place is DANGEROUS! I could get one of everything! LOL They usually have a pretty good sale going on.

Magazine Street (Uptown) is great for window shopping - antiques and funky clothing stores. Royal Street is also famous for antiques and re-sale shops.

Music is free at a lot of places, but they collect tips for the band. See who's playing at Checkpoint Charlie, at the corner of Decatur and Esplanade. House of Blues is overpriced, but if it's a band you like, go for it. The food's not worth it, though. Stop in to Tipitina's for some jazz. I believe there is a (cheap) cover for that, though.

There's a place on Decatur that makes and sells their own cigars, and will let you watch them roll them. Interesting, and free to watch. 

Uptown, stop in to Lucky's at 1625 St. Charles Ave. Drinks are cheap, the place is fun. Great porch to sit and relax at, and watch the streetcar and people go by. Both Checkpoint and Lucky's also have pub food and are a laundromat, so you can wash your clothes while you eat and drink. Lucky's has free red beans & rice on Monday nights starting at 7 PM until it's gone.  

Down the street from Lucky's is Slice, which is a great pizza place, and VooDoo BBQ, which is a local chain, but has decent food, especially the smoked sausage. The St. Charles Tavern is open 24/7/365 and serves whatever meal you feel like having - even pancakes and beer at 4 AM. It's a GREAT place to people-watch - all the locals go there. They have very good Boudin balls and shrimp po'boys, and their Catfish is above average. The Avenue Pub, a block up from Lucky's, seems like just another divey local bar, until you eat their food. It's quietly gaining a good following and great reputation among locals.

Frenchman Street, just past Esplanade (the street after Checkpoint Charlie) is a great place to go for food and music. Snug Harbor, 13, The Spotted Cat, The Apple Barrel and dba are great. 


Chartres is on the other side of Jackson Square (Decatur) - go to the Pharmacy Museum (514 Chartres). It's $5, and very creepy and cool. Further down is Napoleon House. Get a Pimm's Cup to drink, and a Muffuletta to eat.

If you go to a Voodoo museum (there are a couple - one is on Dumaine), make sure you leave a coin or two at the alter "for Marie LaVeau". It's good luck.

Acme Oyster House is fun and pretty cheap. They'll teach you to eat Crawfish, if needed, and their oysters are some of the best. All their food is great. It is a tourist trap, but it's a damn fun one. Same with Landry's on Decatur, only it's not as cheap as Acme.

The French Market/flea market is a fun place to go. You can haggle on prices, and they have some good stuff mixed in with the cheap and sleazy crap. It's fun to look at everything.

Decatur Street is one of the most fun streets, actually. Very touristy, but it has all the fun of Bourbon without the obnoxiousness, and it's pretty to look at. Climb on up the levee and take a gander at the Mississippi River going by, and watch the ships and boats. See Jackson Square, get your palm read. Palm/Tarot readings are "free", technically, but a $20 "donation" is average (and expected).

Watch the kids tapdancing for change and throw a few coins in the hat. If you see the Statue People, you can get your pic taken with them, or take a pic of them, but you must pay them for the privilege. About $2 - $5 is fine.

If you want to splurge, see the city by mule-drawn carriage. It's fascinating, and your host will be able to tell you a good tale or two. Whether they're true or not is another matter altogether. :) 


There are several other tours to choose from, as well - history, haunted history, ghost, cemetery, riverboat, swamp, Katrina, Garden District, vampire, Irish in New Orleans, etc. Your hotel should have the information, and it's cheaper if you join a group, rather than do it on your own. 

Bourbon Street:

If you've never been to NOLA, I guess it's a must-see. The Cat's Meow is a karaoke place that's pretty fun. The later it gets, the wilder Bourbon Street gets. Wear shoes you won't mind throwing away, and do NOT wear open-toed shoes (sandals). Beware of Hurricanes and Hand Grenades. Try one or the other, not both, and don't drink more than one. Even the most experienced drinker will vomit after more than that (hence the need for crappy shoes and non-open-toe). Pat O's is the place for Hurricanes. 
If you want to eat really cheap food, you can try a Lucky Dog from the carts. At your own risk, of course.

A great cheap place on Bourbon is Remoulade. 

Lots of good music clubs to duck into, as well. I like Patout's/Patout's Cajun Cabin for the music and food. 
Most of Bourbon is cheesy and touristy, IMO.

Crime:

Watch yourself. Do not stray off the beaten path, especially in the French Quarter or on Bourbon. Do not go down any alleys or empty streets. Take a cab if you are unsure of the area. Never feel stupid taking a cab, even if it's only a few blocks. The state of the neighborhoods change quickly from one block to the next. Walk in groups. Beware pickpockets. Keep your money/wallet in your front pocket or in a buttoned pants/shorts pocket. Chain or clip your wallet to your pants, if possible. Do not get so drunk that you are incoherent (hence my warning about the seemingly-innocuous Hand Grenades and Hurricanes). If you're with (or are) a female - do not let her swing/dangle her purse by one hand. Do not clutch the purse tightly, as it makes it seem more attractive, as it obviously has money/valuables. Wear a purse with a long strap that you can drape around the body, and carry the purse part in front of the body. Do not wear fanny packs, as they are extremely easy for the experienced pickpocket. You "think" you'll know/feel it if someone is pickpocketing you, but guess what - you won't.

Stay aware. Stay aware. STAY AWARE.

Keep your head up and look around and meet people's eyes. Beware of people on bikes (the usual MO of purse-snatchers). Keep an eye on your cell phone. Have cash in different places on your body, so you don't flash all your money at once. Put your change away quickly, and don't bring out a wad of cash to pay for your goods or food. 

Don't talk to Gutter Punks or homeless. You don't have to be rude, just walk on by. 

Do NOT, under any circumstances, go into a cemetery alone. ONLY with a tour group. Cemeteries are notorious for thieves/rapists/murderers. It's easy to hide a body in a cemetery, and it's easy to hide in a cemetery where there are only crypts - no below-ground burials - LOTS of places to hide. Scary.


Other tidbits:

You can bargain with the ppl in the French Market. Try it. "Oh, I like this, but there's no way I can afford $XXX". They'll probably come back with a deal. This doesn't work if you have a ton of bags from places, though...unless you spin it "I really like this, but I spent most of my money already - I can't afford $XX for this".

NOLA is a popular abbreviation for New Orleans

There is an Acme Oyster House in the airport

Sit on the riverbank with a Muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery on Decatur, and eat and watch the river and the ships.

Take the ferry across the river for the view, and to visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras museum

Only tourists wear beads when it's not Carnival season. Buy them, if you want, but don't wear 'em.

If someone bets you a dollah they can tell you where you got your shoes, respond with a disgusted look, and say "I got my shoes right here on the sidewalk in New Orleans", then keep walking by

It's gonna be humid, no matter what the temp

I can't remember the street it's on, but it's between Decatur and Bourbon - it's called The Coffee Pot, and it is the most hidden-treasure, excellent place for breakfast. They serve "plantation" food - i.e., stuff they would've have served to masters of the house in slavery days. It's AWESOME. I believe it's across from a Marie LaVeau's VooDoo museum, and near Johnny White's bar (excellent place to hang out in).



Pronunciations:

Tujague - two-jacks
Esplanade - es-plan-ADE, not es-plan-ODD
Tchoupitoulas - chop-it-two-lass
Metairie - met-air-ee
Pitot - rhymes with teapot
New Orleans - N'Orlinz or New Or-lee-ans. Never Noo Orleenz
Praline - prah-leen, not pray-leen
Pecan - pee-can or p'cahn


Food explanations:

Andouille - AHN-do-ee - a type of Cajun sausage. It's not spicy, but it is full of flavor. Gumbos and Jambalayas often feature Andouille.
Boudin - boo-DAHN - a type of Cajun sausage that is made with rice and meat. You don't eat the casing. Instead, you cut away the top and squeeze the contents into your mouth - almost like a meat push-up pop. If you see Boudin Balls on a menu, they are pretty much the same, except you can eat the whole thing.
Cracklins - chichironnes - fried pork skins. 
Crawfish - pinch the tails and suck the heads! They'll teach you how to eat them if you don't know how.
Oysters - Eat 'em any way you can get 'em - fried, raw, charbroiled, baked, in a pie, in a gumbo...
Po-Boys - Po-boys are another name for submarine or hoagie sandwiches. However, they have very different ingredients. French Fry & Debris with Cheese? Yep. Fried Oyster? Yep. Fried Shrimp? Uh-huh. Roast Beef, dressed, with debris and cheese? Oh, yes.
("dressed" - tomato, lettuce, mayo. sometimes pickles; debris - the pan drippings from the roast beef, aka "brown gravy")
Red Gravy - red tomato sauce/marinara sauce

For information on bands and events, go to:

www.nola.com
www.neworleansonline.com
www.cityofnewiberia.com
www.louisianatravel.com
www.tripadvisor.com






post edited by X1 - 2010/01/10 16:14:47
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 16:09:47
BelleReve

X1 - I work every Sunday, some Saturdays, but can arrange to be off if I ask in advance. 



Well, ask off! :)


X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/10 16:10:45
I don't know why the fonts all changed like that. Sorry.
But it's readable!!

If y'all have any more questions, just ask. 

MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/11 00:07:11
X1, sounds like some great info. Thanks for posting it!

MikeS.
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/11 07:10:11
Great tips!  Thanks so much.  It has been eons since I was an LSU student and spent many a weekend in New Orleans.  I am so excited about the event!
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/11 08:51:05
X1 - Very nicely done!  You should start a travel guidebook company...seriously!
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/11 10:15:18
Thanks, Stephen (and will_work_4_bbq and MikeS)

I would only be able to write about Louisiana and Wisconsin, though, Stephen. Haha!

Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 15:34:54
X1, thank you for posting all that.  Our plans include a few extra days in New Orleans, so we have a bit of time to try these tips.


We're particularly interested in some of the tours. Are there tours you would particularly recommend or disrecommend?



We're also interested in trying some of New Orleans' renowned fine cuisine amidst all our Roadfooding, and would appreciate recommendations there.
russ2304
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 15:38:26
ralphmelton

X1, thank you for posting all that.  Our plans include a few extra days in New Orleans, so we have a bit of time to try these tips.


We're particularly interested in some of the tours. Are there tours you would particularly recommend or disrecommend?



We're also interested in trying some of New Orleans' renowned fine cuisine amidst all our Roadfooding, and would appreciate recommendations there.


I know most if not all will NOT be considered Roadfood-----------but I was on the road and here is where we ate:
 
Cochon
The Butcher
Herbsaint
Bayona
American Sector
Bombay Club
Bourbon House
Acme Oyster House
Harrah's Buffet
Oceana
Cafe Du Monde
 
Each unique and different and after 3rd trip to NOLA-----------best eatin' yet!
 
RUSS ----------Xmas 2009 in NOLA
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 17:05:41
I would recommend Cochon for sure - and no, it's not Roadfood, but the food is outstanding.
Camellia Grill for breakfast
Acme Oyster is fun, as I mentioned.
Casamento's on Magazine
OF COURSE the Cafe du Monde! 

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

There are a few other places I mentioned in my post, most notably Coop's - that's a must-do.

ralphmelton - will you have a car?

As far as tours go, it's up to your walking capabilities and awakeness - I would recommend a cemetery tour (with a group!).
Swamp tours are very fun, but a bit expensive. And, unless it's been very warm for a while beforehand, the gators might be in hibernation in March, still.
I would also recommend a Katrina tour - it's sobering, but the places where rebuilding is occurring is inspiring and happy.
There are a few self-guided walking tours available, as well.
And I do recommend you get on the streetcars and ride them, end to end, both lines. The scenery is excellent.
If you like ghostie stuff, the haunted history tour is fun, but it's a walking tour, so take note, and also usually happens after dark.
If you can, I would take a riverboat cruise, as it's quite lovely.

If you have time, see the Audubon Zoo, the Insectarium, and the Aquarium.

There is a new BBQ place that I haven't tried, but is creating a buzz - it's called Squeal. You might try it.


Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 17:28:15
Thank you for the recommendations. It'll be a pleasant challenge fitting it all into the few days we're there.

The streetcar ride and the haunted history tour sound particularly lovely. One of our fondest memories of our honeymoon was the ghost tour of San Francisco.

I was not planning to have a car, but could get one if there was reason. I'm trying to change my bias to not have a car after a couple of trips to other cities in which the car just stayed in the hotel for the whole trip.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 22:08:36
No reason, except that I was going to recommend places out in Cajun country if you had a vehicle and wanted to see the sights, eat the food and had time to do so.

Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/12 22:33:57
We'll arrive Wednesday night and leave Sunday evening, so we have only two nights and two days there outside the festival. My expectation is that this means I'll be gazing wistfully at more than half the 20 Roadfood-listed places in New Orleans, even if I don't manage to visit Cajun country. My plan is to hope the festival brings some Cajun cooking to us.
russ2304
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/14 11:46:22
ralphmelton

We'll arrive Wednesday night and leave Sunday evening, so we have only two nights and two days there outside the festival. My expectation is that this means I'll be gazing wistfully at more than half the 20 Roadfood-listed places in New Orleans, even if I don't manage to visit Cajun country. My plan is to hope the festival brings some Cajun cooking to us.


Hey Ralph----------X1 is indeed a font of knowledge in depth and breadth---------------advice on car--------------unless you have a lot of time and intend to go out into bayou country for a couple of days----------fuggidaboutit--------------on top of rental there is parking averaging about 30 bucks a day unless you are in hotel with free parking(rare). Cabs are fairly expensive but if you,as we did,figure car plus parking treat yourself to a couple of cab rides and they trollies. Make sure you give cab driver exact addresses and if you know routes which ones to take as they get "distracted" to stay the least and have a tendency to "run the meter"---not all but enuff.
If you have time a must see is the WWII museum----also Mardi Gras museum-------------is a photo op waiting to happen----so much to do so little time.........................at aquarium they also have a very good IMAX presentation on Katrina.  Also,in Royal Sonesta is a music club called the Playhouse,went 3 nights in a row-----------different musicians-----all great---------no cover---------one drink minimum --------a good time had by all.
ENJOY !
 
Russ
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/14 17:39:02
Unless you get in a fly-by-night cab, the advice about cabs running the meter is wrong.

Which is why I said to stick to United Cab if you can. 

Also - they are not TROLLEYS - they are STREETCARS. We're very sensitive about that.

I agree about the D-Day Museum. Very, very worth a visit.


ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/14 20:57:13
X1

Also - they are not TROLLEYS - they are STREETCARS. We're very sensitive about that.



Just be careful of the third rail while crossing the neutral ground.    

BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/17 13:41:22
X1- I definitely will make plans to be there.  You've done a wonderful job, you could be a NOLA tour guide/goodwill ambassador.

If I may, I'd add a couple of things of interest, strictly my own personal picks: 

Restaurant reviews, listings, and recipes go to:  www.nomenu.com
This is the website of Tom Fitzmorris, who's a local restaurant critic, and cookbook author who also has a radio call-in show from 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri. which you can listen to online.

Some food-related things to do:

Grayline tours (graylineneworleans.com) offers a walking tour called Tales of the Cocktail, and a dining tour called Crescent City Nights

The Absenthe Museum of America - 823 Royal Street

Southern Food and Beverage Museum - (www.southernfood.org   inside the Riverwalk, # 1 Poydras Street)

For history buffs: The paddlewheel cruise ship Creole Queen (www.creolequeen.com) has started a cruise down river to the Chalmette battlefield, where you are met at the dock by a park ranger who gives a narrative history of the Battle of New Orleans.

For a complete calendar of events and info on tours  - the Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Burea - www.neworleanscvb.com 

For cemetery tours, no finer group than Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) www.saveourcemeteries.org

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World - www.MardiGrasWorld.com warehouse tour has moved from the westbank and is now on the river near the cruise ship terminal.  They run a minivan shuttle service in front of the Algiers ferry every day.

The National WW II Museum -  www.nationalww2museum.org
 

ChuckL50
Hamburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/18 10:52:10
Just booked my flight. See ya'll there!  
icecreamchick
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/18 17:15:47
Thanks for all the tips -- I am really excited for this!  
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/18 17:38:08
My flight is booked, as well. 
On the phone to Avenue Garden Hotel right now, bookin' my room...

JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/19 20:52:08
russ2304
I know most if not all will NOT be considered Roadfood-----------but I was on the road and here is where we ate:
 
Cochon
The Butcher
Herbsaint
Bayona
American Sector
Bombay Club
Bourbon House
Acme Oyster House
Harrah's Buffet
Oceana
Cafe Du Monde
 
Each unique and different and after 3rd trip to NOLA-----------best eatin' yet!
 
RUSS ----------Xmas 2009 in NOLA


There's nothing wrong with that list Russ.  When I think of eating in New Orleans the last thing I think about is Roadfood.  (Note to Mods - Don't ban me Bro!)

Bobbi & I will be in NOLA one month from today.  And unless someone talks us out of it, we'll be eating at Commander's Palace at this time on that first night.  We are taking a 5-day cruise to Mexico and will spend a night at the Avenue Garden before we sail and a night in the Quarter before flying home.

Big thanks to X1 and BelleReve for your advice and recommendations.  We are trying to work them into the 48 hours we'll be there.

post edited by JRPfeff - 2010/01/19 21:39:37
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/19 21:26:03
Wow!   Lovely  vacation.  Commander's Palace  is just wonderful.  The last time we ate there was  4 nights  before Katrinka  hit.  I  still think about that  dinner and the  great service that we had.  Hope to hear all about  your meal there.
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/19 22:48:12
I will be there only for the festival but I will be doing it up right and attending both the Friday evening event and the Saturday evening crawfish boil!  Oh boy!!!  Cannot wait!
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/22 03:23:44
PP and I will be leaving home Monday the 22nd. Will drive to Nashville that day and spend a day or 2 with family there. Then will head to NOLA for the RF festivities. I don't have to be back to work until Friday April 2nd.

Do any of you NOLA people know of a place to rent an electric scooter from? Hover-round type machine.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/22 06:31:27
www.cityscootertours.com/neworleans

www.bigeasyscooter.com/rentals




MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/01/23 03:31:38
Thanks X1, that 1st link is just what I needed.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/01 20:38:41
Oh, forgot to add an important point - after sunset, a large portion of Bourbon Street is closed to vehicular traffic.
SO..sometimes, if a cabbie *does* seem to be going out of their way, it's not on purpose, if Bourbon lies between you and your destination.
leslielaws
Junior Burger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/16 14:03:19
LMAO X1! On my very first trip to N'awlins I stopped in for a Hurricane at Pat O's - then as I made my way down Bourbon Street (feeling quite buzzed) I saw the sign for a Hand Grenade and thought that me and my DH needed one of those! After drinking that, I staggered to my dinner at Court of Two Sisters (I think ;-) I did not taste my food because I was too drunk and I stumbled back to my hotel room early. I concur - have a Hurricane OR a Hand Grenade, but not both!

Oh yeah, I did NOT puke :-)
leslielaws
Junior Burger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/16 14:07:40
My husband, myself and our 21 year old daughter will be there for our first RoadFood event! I can't wait! We did not sign up for the Friday night dinner, but we will be there for the Saturday night crawfish boil!  Our 21 year old has been wanting to hit Bourbon Street since she became of age, so we will be roaming around there somewhere on Friday night.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone!
blizzardstormus
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/17 20:36:37
My mother and I have just booked non-refundable tickets. I WILL be there this year!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:34:35
Bobbi and I arrived in New Orleans today.  We figure a month head start will put us a close third or fourth in consumption behind the usual suspects.  No respect, I tell ya.  I get no respect.

But seriously folks, we are doing the full X1 NOLA tour for about 24 hours before starting our cruise - Avenue Garden Hotel, David the Cabbie, and a Streetcar ride to the Garden District. An absolutely perfect experience.

Tonight we dined at Commander's Palace.  I asked the waitress who took our drink orders if photography was allowed and was told it was encouraged.  We told her we were taking pictures for Roadfood and she asked what Roadfood was and wrote down the website.  When our dinner waitress came out she asked about Roadfood, too. They were very interested in what is going on here.

We had a fantastic meal, including these two entrees.






As we were leaving, one of the managers asked about our meals, which were superb as was the service, too.  He then asked us about Roadfood.  It seems that Roadfood was the talk of the kitchen tonight.  If you happen to go out for a big night ($$$) during the festival next month, consider Commander's Palace.  As Roadfooders you would be very welcome.

It was only after we had left the restaurant that I asked, how did he know we were the ones who mentioned Roadfood?
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:38:26
Yay!

Looks fantastic. What kind of fish is that?

How was David? You found each other OK? Do you like Avenue Garden and Ms. Lydia?

JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:49:21
That is a Redfish.  We also were given menus, which we are thinking of framing.

David was fun to talk with.  We even ended up having lunch with him at Please-U.  Miss Lydia and her staff are fantastic.

We have met many nice people so far.  One lady on the streetcar even made sure we got off at the right stop for dinner, and also made sure we didn't go in the wrong direction " />.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:52:30
I LOVE The Please-U! Such a wonderful dive. Great food.
David's really interesting, yep!

Glad you're having a good time. 
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:56:02
Christin - We wouldn't be having half the experience without your help and guidance.

Thank you again for sharing your love and knowledge of NOLA.

Jim
X1
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 New Orleans Roadfood Festival 2010/02/19 22:57:53
Aww...
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