Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Texas & Louisiana vs. San Francisco

Sartin's. Beaumont, Texas.
Here, they have deep-fried barbecued blue crabs. There, we have steamed Dungeness crabs, which are bigger and less greasy. Point: San Francisco.
 Mulate's. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Here, they have fried alligator, which tastes like chicken fingers. There, we have sourdough bread. Point: San Francisco.
Where is the corpse?
Here, they have cypress swamps. There, we have redwood forests. Point: Texas & Louisiana.  Redwoods = John Muir effusions. Cypress swamps = James Lee Burke.

Here, they have racially integrated Starbucks. There, we have liberals who voted for Obama. Point: Texas & South Louisiana. The African-American population of San Francisco: 6.5%. The African-American population of Lafayette, Louisiana: 29%.

We're driving to New Orleans today. If anyone has recommendations for what to do and eat, please let me know!

75 comments:

  1. The oyster po boy place i wanted you to go is called Parasol's- sadly it is now closed. I'll get Michael to send you his tips. we miss you.

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  2. More oyster po boy ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619125

    Seems like the favorites are:
    Casamentos
    River Pond
    Parkway

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  3. Cochon in the Warehouse district; hipster crowd, but the food shines.

    Also Casamento's for local fare.

    Oz

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  4. Two Sisters (inexpensive lunch) / Court of Two Sisters (amazing atmosphere). Be warned: Court of Two Sisters is pricey, the view is amazing, and when we were there several years ago, the food was fabulous BUT their more recent reviews are spotty at best. Of course you have to get some beignets at Cafe Du Mond. :) Enjoy - be safe! :) Best, Ida

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  5. Best meal in New Orleans I had before Katrina... it was at Mr. B's Bistro. It's a creole restaurant in the French Quarter and I had the barbequed shrimp with the molten chocolate cupcake for dessert. I'm glad to see Mr. B's is still in business! You won't regret a trip there.

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  6. The muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery. Walking distance from Cafe du Monde if you go there as another commenter suggested. Beignets are essentially zeppoles, so the novelty wasn't big for me. But I've never had an olive spread like the one they make for the muffuletta sandwiches.

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  7. I need Part 3 of the Richard story! His picture has been haunting me and I can more than understand how you girls fell in love with the romance and sadness of his life.
    Congratulations on the book! You can do it!

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  8. I am not sure sourdough bread beats fried alligator. Neither is too interesting, but sourdough bread can have a wider negative impact as part of sandwiches and as bread bowls.

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  9. Commander's Palace has twenty-five cent martinis at lunch! Even without them, it's a beautiful, wonderful place. And though I've never been, I'd love to go to John Besh's August. Supposed to be great.

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  10. FYI,

    You don't have to have to wait in line to get the beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. You can just sit down.

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  11. don't wear black to Cafe Du Monde and eat at Herbsainte :)

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