Had to run out to City Park to renew our permit for City Bark to let the Beasts wear themselves out, but couldn’t quite figure out where to stop for lunch. It certainly wasn’t for lack of suitable places, I just wasn’t feeling any place I could think of between the Park and my office. On the ride back down Canal, I was pumped to roll up on the Eat Well. For something I pass everyday, you’d think I would have made it in before now.
After seeing the high praise coming from the fellas over at Blackened Out, I knew I was going to have to get to Nine Roses. Unlike a certain guy in town, I happen to like Vietnamese food and can appreciate the range and diversity it has to offer. Warned ahead of time about the extensive menu, I knew I was going to need to go in prepared or at least with some help. Following the twitter recommendations, I went with the Vietnamese crepe and the bun with pork and egg rolls. Way too much food for me for lunch, but luckily I had some help. Both were absolutely delicious.
Of course a full report will take a few more trips, you know solely for the purposes of research. Besides, its going to take a few trips just to make it through 5% of the menu. The menu’s huge size definitely made me happy to have my recommendations, otherwise I may have spent an hour just trying to figure out what I wanted to eat. If you haven’t quite made over that way just yet, I highly suggest you check it out. The scouting report turned up excellent food and quick service. A more detailed report will undoubtedly follow.
1100 Stephens St.
Gretna, LA 70053
Despite a love for all things Mexican/Tex-Mex/etc. and a continual presence near the intersection of Carrollton and Canal, I had never made my way into Fiesta Latina (133 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-484-0999). Taking up residence in a house that has long since been converted for restaurant use, Fiesta Latina features a small dining room with a full bar and the kitchen up a half flight of stairs. Continue reading
Next time you’re in Metairie, be sure to swing by Casey’s Snowballs at 4608 W Esplanade Ave. The chocolate snowball is my favorite and it’s particularly good when topped with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (I’m not a fan of condensed milk on snowballs). Casey’s also offers up the “traditional” New Orleans snowball flavors, frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream. The prices seem to go up almost every year, but with prices ranging from $1.00 to just over $2.00 a snowball, it’s still a cheap treat for a hot summer day. What’s your favorite snowball flavor??
Chocolate–It’s what I always get.
Meanwhile, $1.25 can’t get out from under the lemon-lime.
This should really be entitled Quick Miss, but that is beside the point. We promised to bring the good and the bad, and so far we’ve been pretty much only positive.
A few weeks ago we got in the mood for some Mexican food and Juan’s is the closest to us. As usual, Juan’s was pretty busy, no open tables but no huge line either.
Fellini’s (900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2147) provides a nice selection of pizza, sandwiches, wraps and pasta dishes. Today, we hit it up for a little bit of pizza. The Hawaii Five-0, topped with ham, green pepper, pineapples, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese.
A nice thin crust pizza littered with toppings. Spread evenly among the pie, each piece contained a bit of all four toppings, unlike many pizzas found around town where toppings are clumped in groups where some
bites pieces do not have one or more of the toppings ordered.
As you can see the crust is very thin, unfortunately it was not cooked enough to my liking. While not undercooked or doughy, the crust was very soft. I think I would have preferred just another minute or two in the oven to make it a little crispier, you know give it a little bit of a crunch.
Fellini’s sauce is sweeter than most, but since the pies aren’t coated in sauce, the sweetness isn’t overpowering. The pizza was not greasy and the toppings well prepped. Despite the slightly undercooked crust, Fellini’s pizza hit the spot today.