Friday, January 11, 2008

2 Great Restaurants and 2 that need to close

J'anita's
Near the Magazine Split
Run by a fellow blogger, J'anita's kicks ass. I had their fish sandwich there and I inhaled it. Great potato salad. The baked beans are really smoky, which I don't really care for, but other will love.

Blue Plate
1330 Prytania.
The Blue Plate is located very close to my office and when I need to get something more than a plate lunch, it's my first choice. My favorites are the Fat Cat (stuffed catfish) and Ribeye. Their garlic potatoes are incredibly addictive.

Eat NOLA
French Quarter right next to David Vitter's love shack
Pretentious without substance. Small portions. Horrible gumbo. I've got a friend who works as a chef downtown and he says unprintably nasty things about the place. Avoid.

Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana
This review is a bit cruel. I loved Cafe Atchafalaya the last time I went and I've always been meaning to go back, I just was never in the neighborhood. Went back recently and the place was ruined. They remodeled, got expensive, and now seem to care more about the presentation of the food than the ingredients. They wasted all the remoulade sauce on the plate with almost none on the fried green tomatoes. The crab cakes didn't have enough bread crumbs. Worst of all, there were no collared greens on the menu. I'm now left with only Praline Connection for my collared greens-fix. Not a bad restaurant; it just used to be a lot better.

3 comments:

adross9 said...

I had a great experience at NOLA when I went back in 2004. Granted, I had to sell a kidney to afford it, but it was good.

celcus said...

It has been a while since you went to Cafe Atchafalaya.

Iler Pope sold it Pre-K and recently passed away. The staff all dispersed to other gigs when the renovation started. It might have re-opened pre-K, but there was massive unknown termite damage, and a stolen car plowed into the building (seriously). It's been more than three years since the Cafe Atchafalya you went to existed.

The new incarnation has gone through some teething problems and changed chefs a few times. It is just a different place, and can be disappointing if you were expecting the Iler Pope version...too much crab in this crab cake.

Civic Avenger said...

I love EAT! Their gumbo rocks, and the blue cheese and pear dish is to die for. The only complaint I've ever had about them is service - often slow, occasionally surly.

BTW adross, I think you're confusing Emeril's NOLA with EAT. Two very different restaurants.