Louisiana dining roundup

Just back from the annual holiday trip.


  • La Pizzeria. So-so. Maybe it was an off night, maybe my tastes are changing. Might go back.
  • Guidry's Reef. Had the stuffed flounder: very good even if not as good as Jacque-Imo's. Dad says it's not the best of its peers, and he's probably right, but it's definitely still good.
  • Pimon Thai. Went here for the first time in years: really good Thai food. Definitely worth going back.
  • Cedar Grocery and Deli. Hadn't been here before: we went for a small lunch, got the stuffed grape leaves, salad, hummus, all good. They have a "Greek shrimp po-boy" but I wasn't hungry enough to try it.
  • La Fonda. Bleh.
  • Shucks (in Abbeville). Hadn't been here before, definitely would go back - fat and fresh oysters, rich gumbo.
  • Olde Tyme Grocery. As good as ever.
  • Carraba's. I thought they had just so-so food. Poor service.

New Orleans

  • Hana. I'd been craving the Hana Special Roll for weeks: it's what I used to order (along with a noodle salad) for takeout for comfort food when I lived here. Yep, still satisfying. And there's something about the eel sauce here that's different, and better, than everywhere else.
  • Tacqueria Corona. They still make flautas like nowhere else. I'm told that there are now better taco places in the city, but even if these guys aren't at the very top anymore, they're still really, really close.
  • Squeal BBQ. This is a new place, on Oak Street between Jacques-Imo's and Ninja. It was good! Between the four of us we tried three of their meats (pulled pork, brisket, ribs) and they were all tasty - the meat had a nice flavor, the sauce was good but not overwhelming. All but one of the sides were great: nice baked beans, a good maque choux, hush puppies, onion rings, stuffed fried mushrooms.
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