on January 5, 2002
A couple of locals recommended Coop’s Place. It is a small hole in the wall place that is a combination bar and restaurant. It had an interesting mix of people dining, drinking at the bar, playing pool and watching the football game. Everything about this place is down to earth and casual. Starting with the waiter, he was very friendly and had a good sense of humor (albeit a bit sarcastic). The tables are small and close together but this adds to the cozy feel of the place. As for the food, it was pretty good all things considered. It was my first dinner in the French Quarter so it served as a nice introduction to New Orleans cooking. I had the Red Fish (pan fried fish with a special sauce that was very good), the alligator bits (interesting more for the novelty than anything else) and the jambalaya (a New Orleans staple). Coop’s also has a pretty good selection of local beers. The meal was about $50 and I was more than satisfied with the experience.
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