A February 2005 trip
to New Orleans by Shetraveler
Quote: While you could spend a fortune eating and drinking at restaurants such as Antoine's and Commander's Palace, New Orleans is filled with dining gems frequented by the locals who prefer not to spend that kind of money. You CAN get a bad meal here, but not on my watch!
NOTE: Under no circumstances should you attempt to visit the cemeteries without the benefit of a tour guide. This warning is not to serve the tour operators; rather, it is a sad reality that many tourists have been robbed to due to the size and remoteness of the cemeteries. It's not worth it to just save a few bucks. And while I mention that, do not visit Louis Armstrong Park any time near dawn or dusk. It has become a haven for miscreants and drug dealers, a sad legacy for such a great man!
To get to the Garden District, take the street car. If you rent a car, you can get out of New Orleans to visit plantations or cross the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway.
The overstuffed sandwiches are dangerously large. If you're in a sharing mood and both parties agree on the filling, splitting a king size is a better deal than two regulars that have the same filling. The shrimp is the heart-stopping traditional po'boy preparation, with nearly a pound of tiny deep-fried shrimp spilling out of the airy New Orleans roll.
Fried chicken is also a specialty here, but if you are in a hurry, beware! It takes about 20 minutes as the pieces are cooked to order (would you want it any other way?). Chicken parts come out juicy and crispy. And you won't go hungry, as the chicken plates (as well as the deep-fried platters of shrimp, catfish, oysters, and calamari) also include salad and choice of side (coleslaw, dirty rice, fries, or potato salad).
Warning: No alcohol served here!
This is a great stopping place on your way to/from the airport. It's right off the highway.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2005
428 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70121
Restaurant | "Uglesich's"
Go as early as possible if you do not want to wait! Uglesich's is legendary, so all the foodies are willing to wait in line for the 12 odd tables (or to even share one!). The atmosphere is lively and casual. There are no pretensions here, as the line-waiting is quite democratic. Hours are from 10:30am to 2pm Monday through Friday. There will be a line by 11:15am, and folks tend to linger while they decide to order additional dish after dish after experiencing the magical and creative Creole cuisine.
Start with an order of fresh oysters topped off with Mike the oysterman's secret dipping sauce. These same plump oysters can also be ordered deep-fried in the lightest cornmeal and served po'boy style.
But for something more exceptional and creative, order the deep-fried crawfish balls. They come with three dipping sauces, each reflective of the Asian influence that is moving into the region, likewise with the shrimp voodoo (angel-hair pasta garnished with several shapely gulf shrimp in a black-bean sauce).
Make no mistake - the cuisine is not Asian fusion. Uglesich's really is Creole food through and through. For example, the poached shrimp served with a side of creamy grits is a familiar preparation executed perfectly here. Also look for the Muddy Waters trout (trout sautéed with jalapeños, anchovies, and garlic) and lump crabmeat au gratin (with a melt-in-your-mouth texture!).
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 4, 2005
Uglesich's Restaurant & Bar
1238 Barrone St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
+1 504 523 8571
Restaurant | "Jacques-Imo's"
All will be revealed once your name is called (reservations are only for parties of five or more). You'll enter through the dimly lit bar straight through the kitchen (look for owner Jack in the shorts) into a candy-colored back barn full of tchotchkes and memorabilia.
Is the food worth it? Certainly, if you are a fan of all things deep-fried. The kitchen knows what it's doing when it fries up delicately battered gulf shrimp. Jacques-Imo is famous for its fried chicken, densely battered and spiced. If you like your seafood blackened, I can recommend the blackened gulf fish with a red chili-and-crabmeat hollandaise. Rich, yes, and explosive in taste.
Prices are reasonable. Many of the same dishes are available at Crabby Jack's, but here at Jacques-Imo's, you're buying atmosphere, fun, and the convenience of the Maple Leaf Bar next door, home to many of New Orleans' top music acts.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2005
8324 Oak St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 861 0886
Restaurant | "Fiorella's"
And what’s so great about THIS fried chicken? Subtly spicy, juicy interior, a faint hint of the fresh grease, and dark golden, crackling, crisp skin. Oh, and it’s cheap! Four pieces with sides (love the red beans!) totals less than $10.00! I admit it: I had lunch and dinner again there in one day! The chicken is cooked to order, so it’s definitely NOT fast food (takes about 20 minutes).
If the poultry is not your thing, there are many other Creole specialties that will excite your palate and pocketbook. The po’boys are enormous and duplicate the fried chicken experience when you order the shrimp or oyster.
So maybe you’re exhausted from all the walking you’ve done in the French Quarter. Well, hold onto your buckets, because Fiorella’s delivers anywhere in the Quarter, even during a raging thunderstorm! How do I know? I saw the intrepid delivery boy hop on his bike in the pouring rain and actually envied the patron who placed that order--oh, to enjoy a heap of fried chicken in the privacy of your hotel room! Talk about your comfort(-able) food! Fried chicken hotline is 504/528-9566. Delivery hours are 11am-2am.
Hours are Monday-Friday 10:30am-2am (no fried chicken unil 11:30am); Saturday and Sunday 7am-2am.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2005
45 French Market Place
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116