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Friday, April 13, 2012

Do you know what it means?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 5:26 AM

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... to miss New Orleans?

Sometimes, there's nothing for it but to get in the car, drive 7 hours and get an oyster po boy. This one is from Deanie's in Metairie (or Bucktown, the fishing community on the lake). Close to perfect. Side note: The amuse bouche (freebie appetizer) at Deanie's is a bowl of new potatoes hot from the pot of highly seasoned crawfish and crab boiling liquid. They provide some packets of butter to oil them up a bit. Inspired.

More stops follow:

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There was the Morning Call, once, with Cafe DuMonde, one of the mainstays of the French Quarter. It relocated to Metairie years ago, but took its old fixtures — mirrors, wood paneling and other adornments. It still delivers the same good cafe au lait — milk and coffee poured together from massive kettles — and beignets. Servers must be required to have that distinctive New Orleans accent that I love so much because they all did. When I was a kid, three beignets were a dime and coffee was a dime. Now each is $1.85. Still a good deal.

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We had lunch at Parkway Bakery and Tavern, a Mid City stalwart for maybe 75 years. It's worth a trip for the collection of signs and political memorabilia of years gone by. Lots of stuff from the Pontchartrain Beach amuseument park, for example.

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The roast beef po boy with gravy is a masterpiece. With Barq's and Zaps chips, naturally.

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