Sunday, November 05, 2006

"The List"

There are many things in New Orleans my family tries not to take for granted any longer. The rebirth of local restaurants is a cause we have been wholeheartedly supporting. In an effort to do our part for the local economy (jobs, sales tax...) we've been spreading our business around, trying out places we've never been before. We call it "eating our way into recovery."

To help in our quest, we've compiled a list. It's become a living thing, growing and expanding. The list has become an object of great curiosity among our friends. They want to know which restaurants have made the list. Which places have earned a star? Which places have been branded with a minus?

My mother has one list. I have another. We have different expectations. My list has a vegetarian bias and there are places on her list that would offer nothing for me to eat. There are a lot of renowned Creole restaurants in this city that can offer a vegetarian nothing more than bland buttered vegetables over pasta. Blah! Shame on ya.

The first part of the list details the places we have eaten (post-storm only). Restaurants that I liked (and that's most places) are simply on the list. Places that received stars were outstanding, prompting strong cravings for future meals. One restaurant's food was so great that it earned two stars. Places I would not willingly visit again got a minus. Let there be death to overcooked vegetables.
Abita Brew Pub
Acropolis Cuisine
Angelo Braccato's *
August Moon
Basil Leaf *
Bennachin *
Bluebird Cafe
Cafe Cafe
Cafe Du Monde *
Cafe Rani
Clancy's (-)
Country Flame (-)
Creole Creamery *
Dante's Kitchen *
Dick & Jenny's **
Director's Cut
Emeril's (-)
Frankie & Johnny's
Fresco Cafe
Gumbo Shop *
Hookah Cafe
Kim Son *
Korea House
Kyoto *
Lebanon Cafe
Lola's *
Maple Leaf Cafe
Mark Twain's Pizza Landing *
Mat and Naddie's *
Mo's Pizza
Mona's *
Moon Wok
Morning Call
Nile Cafe (-)
Nine Roses
Ninja *
Nola (-)
Panda Cafe (-)
Pyramid Cafe
Oak Street Cafe
Olive Branch Cafe
Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe *
Sara's *
Slim Goody's
Tacqueria Corona
Tan Dihn
Theo's Pizza
Tout de Suite
Vincent's *
Ye Olde College Inn (-)
The second part of the list has the names of places I'd like to eat. Some of them I've been to years ago, but not post-storm.
Bywater Bar-B-Que
Cafe Nino
Cafe Reconcile
China Doll
Crepe Nanou
Crepes A La Cart
Commander's Palace
Fellini's Cafe
Ferret Cafe
Frosty's Cafe
Irene's Cuisine
Juan's Flying Burrito
Kosher Cajun New York Deli
La Petite Grocery
Melting Pot
Pho Tau Bay
Port of Call
Sake Cafe
Santa Fe
taco truck
Tacqueria Mexciana
Tang Tang
So that's the list. My version anyway. It's length helps explain why I felt compelled to join a gym...


Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

Nine Muses is no more (at least the one on Magazine close to your old apartment). And Moonwalk is actually Moon Wok if this is the same place you went to w/ me and my parents :) Ah, the play on words... Yummy list.

November 06, 2006 11:28 AM  
Blogger Jenne Melissa Freeman said...

Happy Birthday!

November 06, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P. said...

Thanks for the restaurant clarifications Ms. N. I'll make the changes.

Y Senorita Jenne, hoy no es mi cumpleaƱos. Hasta abril chiquita...

November 06, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P. said...

Oh, and I had lunch at Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter today. It gets a super-mongo big fat minus.

Oh lordy, what a tourist trap.

November 06, 2006 5:20 PM  

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