after dinner sneeze

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t says: While g and I were partying it up in Napa and SF, a and v went to NOLA.  So let’s let the good times roll …

a & v say:

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On Day 1, we went to Crabby Jack’s.  This was the first stop after touchdown since this is on the way downtown from the airport. This is definitely a “local’s place” when it comes to shrimp po’ boys, but the duck is a speciality, too. Found in an industrial section about a mile from the water, the inside can be described as New Orleans chic. Service is no frills order ‘n’ sit but the staff is always helpful & polite.

We split a king (size) shrimp po’ boy & a side of jambalaya, and were stuffed. This is a standard po’ boy with tons of fried shrimp, just enough fixins, and crispy French bread – no distractions. The andouille/chicken jambalaya was flavorful and simple, I only wish the portion was bigger. All in all, a great place to start your NOLA holiday and get some authenticity.

We also made a quick stop at d’Juice on Oak Street to get our smoothy on. Highly recommended for those wanting their fruits/veggies in an easily digestible and mobile format.

We started Day 2 at O’Delice on Magazine Street, the quintessential French bakery, if quintessential means having an affable Vietnamese owner. Get the almond croissant, trust us.

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Later, we went to Cochon Butcher.  This place has ‘Philly sandwich joint’ written all over it (not to mention we have our own Cochon). The casual lunch option to the extremely successful restaurant, this place was packed. The line almost went out the door but we persevered due to the symphony of meats being slung before us. Another order ‘n’ sit spot, it took about 25 minutes for us to reach the register but a table opened-up right on cue. The wait for food was another 10 minutes but you don’t hear us complaining. Their solid drink menu (for a sandwich/meat shop) doesn’t hurt either.

We ordered the Muffaletta, Cubano, BLT, and Roast Beef sandwiches along with sides of cucumber salad and boudin. The BLT was the most simple but did not lack for flavor, mainly from the smoked bacon. Each sandwich was served on an appropriate and delicious bread/roll. The meat starred in every sandwich but the accoutrements made each lighter and brighter. Note to reader: Always order boudin in NOLA and don’t ask any questions. The cucumber salad, even though it was salad, also rocked and made us feel “healthy.”

My Pops couldn’t leave without buying the house made andouille (for his famous red beans ‘n’ rice). They have several other charcuterie options including lamb merguez along with cheeses and bar snacks. Who dat indeed.

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Written by afterdinnersneeze

17 October 2013 at 10:10pm

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