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From bistros, cafes, and casual diners to hotel restaurants, this pictorial collection celebrates some of the most memorable former eateries in New Orleans. Authors Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris provide a historical overview of each place and reminisce about what made it special, while describing a number of the dishes once served. More than forty recipes from various cuisines fill the pages of this culinary adventure through New Orleans' past.

The book recalls the vast pancake menu and kitschy cowboy d�cor from Buck Forty-Nine Pancake and Steak House, the trout LaFreniere made by La Louisiane's Diamond Jim Moran, the Caribbean Room's romantic ambience and signature dessert-the mile-high ice cream pie-and the flaming cocktails and shrimp on skewers from Bali Ha'i at the Beach, along with the traits of many more establishments. By including such recipes as Lakeview Seafood's Oyster Boat, T. Pittari's Crab Bisque, and Bistro Steak Room's Eggs Bitoun throughout Lost Restaurants of New Orleans, the authors invite the reader to sample the menu items.

In addition to anecdotes from the authors, such notable New Orleanians as the Batt brothers and JoAnn Clevenger, the owner of Upperline Restaurant, share their personal experiences. Period photographs provide a glimpse into this city's rich culinary past.

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"Food trends come and go, but classic cuisine is always in good taste. . . . Peggy Scott Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris celebrate our city's culinary past, which is as rich as the dishes of its day. Pages of period photos, stories and factoids make this a must-read for any foodie . . . while some neighborhood favorites might be gone, they are surely not forgotten."
-New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles

From Christian's to the Hummingbird Grill to Bali Ha'i at the Beach, this guide covers the most memorable restaurants from New Orleans' past. Peggy Scott Laborde and food writer Tom Fitzmorris reminisce about each locale and recall the mouthwatering dishes once served. Full of period photographs and more than forty recipes, this treasure celebrates the New Orleans culinary scene at its best.
Peggy Scott Laborde is the host and producer of Steppin' Out, a WYES public-television series that highlights the arts and entertainment scene in New Orleans. Tom Fitzmorris is a food writer and the radio host of the Food Show.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589809971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589809970
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The moment I saw this book on the shelf I wanted it. But once I had it, I found it difficult to jump in. To me it was kind of tragic -- all these wonderful places that no longer exist and never will again. The feelings I had at first were similar to looking at travel or NOLA architecture books printed pre-Katrina.

But once I dove in, I found it impossible to put this book down. THe no-frills, chatty tone is very accessible. Fitzmorris' first-hand memories (going back to the early 1970s as a critic, and even earlier as a non-professional) are very engaging.

The historic research is also very thorough. So, for example, I loved reading about how the po' boy was invented at Martin's in 1929, during a labor strike.

Having eaten at 742 different non-chain restaurants in the city myself, I especially enjoyed learning what used to be in the locations of current restaurants. For example, I had heard that there was a well-liked place called Compagno's in the place of where a kind of cheesy wings bar now exists on Magazine near my home.

The photos in the book are amazing, and very high quality. Pelican did a great job of packaging this book.

I'm going to buy several more copies of this volume from my neighborhood bookstore and give them as Christmas gifts.
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"Lost Restaurants of New Orleans"..........I saw this book in Aunt Sally's - but knew it would make me overweight in the luggage area - so waited until I got home to order it online. I went thru it last night and what I thought was just a quick look to see about Berdou's, Corrine Dunbar's, or Gin's turned into a real walk down memory lane so to speak. I guess I didn't realize how much a part of me was wrapped in where we ate and seeing the same people every day. I had originally bought it for my mom for Mother's day and thought I would just glance and then send the book on to her - nope - have to have one for myself.......most definitely!

It reminded me of when my mother called Berdou's one rainy evening to cancel our reservations as she was concerned about the flooding and getting there. Well, Mrs Berdou would not hear of that!! She gave my mother a round a bout way to get there and not flood out the car - and in addition told her to leave a little early to make sure we were all there on time!!

We ate there about once a week - and I always had the turtle soup and my mother always had the crabmeat au gratin. My father had this little dance with the supposedly French waiter............my father was left handed and he would take the wine glass and move it to his left - the waiter would come by, open the wine and then move the glass back into proper position and pour a little wine in the glass...........my father would move the wine glass back to his left and then --- hand it to my mother!! The waiter always rolled his eyes as my mother tasted the wine and always said "That's fine" and then the waiter would grab the glass and move it back to my father's right side and fill it up.
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This is a terrific book. At age 77, it was great to see some of the restaurants
I recall as a youth and what happened to them. We did not dine out a lot when
I was young, first the depression, then the war. But West End with all it's seafood restaurants on stilts over the lake was a wonderful family experience, now all gone due to hurricanes. And we lost many fine restaurants to Katrina.
But, great new places have taken up the slack and New Orleans is still a wonderful town for food.
I loved the book so much, I bought another copy from Amazon as a Christmas present for two of my best friends.
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This book is an awesome history of New Orleans' restaurants with the added bonus of some really great recipes. I bought it as a gift for my father, but after going through it I am going to need a copy for myself.
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I'm from New Orleans and this is a fantastic book. It brings back many good memories. This is a great coffee table book. I like the history of each restaurant. I think that anyone who likes New Orleans would enjoy the history.
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Bought this one for my wife a while back as a present, and it's been read and re-read many times by her (and often looked at by myself). If you love New Orleans, or are from New Orleans, this book is wonderful. The photos and histories of the now-gone eateries are fantastic, the layout is superb, and the book is very well done and is filled with New Orleans nostalgia that's guaranteed to bring back memories or entertain you even if you don't remember many of these places. The recipes are an added bonus, as the wife loves to cook, but more than anything else, she's enjoyed just having a look back at all the places we've lost. This one's well worth the money, the photos alone are worth the price of admission. HIGHLY recommend this one.
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This book documents New Orleans restaurant names and locations that I grew up with and remember fondly. Peggy does a wonderful job of writing about what these restaurants were known for and providing recipes of their favorites. These businesses were part of New Orleans local culture for generations and are woven into family memories for so many. This would be a wonderful gift for any New Orleanian!
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