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Lost Restaurants of New Orleans Hardcover – September 21, 2011
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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 dï¿½cor 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is fantastic. Such a great introduction to New Orleans cuisine, and though it's sad that these legendary places are no more, the book brings them back to life by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenette Stearns
What a wonderfully nostalgic trip back to these unforgettable places in our spicy & ever-changing city! Makes one long to have them back. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mama Beth
This is a fabulous book for anyone who has lived in or loved New Orleans! Such memories! And recipes, besides! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Barbara
Having grown up in New Orleans, I remember many of these great restaurants. Sad to see them gone.Published 20 months ago by Melody Kilpatrick