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Charlotte, North Carolina
January 5, 2002
From journal A Week in New Orleans
New York, New York
March 8, 2002
Unfortunately, it was raining quite hard that night and I walked to Coop's from the Hilton Riverside on the other side of Canal. It turned out to be a long walk, and by the time I got to Coop's, I was soaked. I took the only empty seat at the bar, which unfortunately happened to be next to a very drunk, very dirty man who kept leaning into me asking me for a cigarette. While the rest of the folk at the bar looked just fine, I decided to grab one of the tables in the front. As I got up from the bar, my drunk "friend" tapped me on the shoulder and said, "You can't leave." "Excuse me?" I replied. "You can't leave this place without eating!" I told him not to worry, that I was just getting a table. Then he left me alone.
I was tempted to order the sampler dish (gumbo, jambalaya, etc.), but when I asked the waitress if it would be too much, she suggested that I get instead a cup of gumbo and a side of jambalaya. I did. The gumbo was delicious - a dark seafood stew with rice and okra. The jambalaya was just okay, which made me wish that I ordered a bowl of gumbo for my meal, instead of the cup. When it comes to gumbo at Coop's, there are three options: a cup for $3.95, a bowl for $5.95, and a bowl with extra seafood for $7.95. Next time I go, I'll go for the works - a bowl with extra seafood!
From journal Consuming New Orleans