Ugly Dog Saloon

New Orleans is not particularly well known for its BBQ. However, one big exception is the Ugly Dog Saloon that is located at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Andrew Higgins. A hangout for cops and construction workers, the food is definitely rib sticking good.

I got the 1/4 lb pulled pork sandwich. Loaded with meat, they serve their tangy bbq sauce to the side so, if you’re like me and want to taste the pig, you can add just a little. And this meat is definitely worth tasting as the pork melts in your mouth. I wouldn’t necessarily order the platter as the sides aren’t that great. The chili has a good flavor but its a little watery and the potato salad was nothing to write about.

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Marigny Brasserie

My friend, Greg Herren (go and read his books!), and I try to meet regularly to be ‘ladies who lunch.’ There are quite a few choices in the Faubourg Marigny (a hip neighborhood that contains the Gay Triangle of LGBT Community Center, Faubourg Marigny Arts & Books, and the Community Awareness Network).

Marigny Brasserie was formerly Cafe Marigny (once they got their liquor license and could serve alcohol they went highbrow). I hadn’t been there in quite a while and they’ve completely revamped their menu. They’ve kept the Contemporary Creole cuisine and supplemented it with Italian favorites and a good selection of sandwiches. The prices are better and the food is a lot less pretentious. I had the Frenchman Street Poboy–fried green tomatoes and fried shrimp. Greg had the Brasserie Burger. Both items were very good and the waitstaff was quick on the iced tea refills while staying away enough that we could carry on our conversation without interruption.

James Beard Foundation Benefit

I bought my tickets to the New Orleans Friends of James Beard Benefit.

A walk-around chef tasting to benefit the James Beard Foundation on Sunday, March 21st.

Here is a listing of the chefs:

Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s

JBF Award Winner John Besh of Restaurant August

Haley Bittermann of Bacco

Scott Boswell of Stella

Dickie Brennan and Darin Nesbit of Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, and Palace Café

JBF Award Winner Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen’s

Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery

Kristen Essig of Nola Bean

Michael Farrell of Le Meritage

Adolfo Garcia of La Boca, A Mano, and Rio Mar

Holly Goetting of Charley G’s

Tariq Hanna of Sucre

Richard Hughes of Pelican Club

Brian Landry of Galatoire’s Restaurant

Jacques Leonardi of Jacques-Imo’s Cafe

JBF Award Winner Donald Link of Herbsaint Restaurant and Bar, Cochon, and Cochon Butcher

Gus Martin of Muriel’s Jackson Square

Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace

Michelle McRaney of Mr. B’s Bistro

Matt Murphy of M Bistro at the Ritz Carlton

Mark Quitney of 5 Fifty 5

David Slater and Chris Wilson of Emeril’s

Greg and Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle at the Uptowner

JBF Award Winner Susan Spicer of Bayona

Chuck Subra La Cote of Brasserie

Woot!