Monday, March 29, 2010

Cajun Bucket List

I've owned Chef John Folse's Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine for nearly 5 years and not a single week passes where I don't thumb through this 800+ page monstrosity. I've written about Folse's Shrimp Creole and Stuffed Mirliton, but it's his Lagniappe List in the back of this cookbook that really whets my appetite. The list is dedicated to restauranteurs and entrepreneurs past and present who have blazed the Southern food trail, and it now serves as my Cajun Bucket List. Though I've already had a decent sampling of the list's contenders—some of which are included in my New Orleans post—there's still plenty left to devour. I'm not sure when I'll return to Louisiana long enough to familiarize myself with all of these gourmands, but rest assured it will happen sooner than later; it's in my South of I-10 blood.

Abita Brewing Company • Acme Oyster House • Amato's Winery • Antoine's Restaurant • Arnaud's Restaurant • Aunt Sally's • Original Creole Pralines • Barq's • Baumer Foods • Madame Bégué • John Besh • Paul Blangé • Blue Runner Foods • Bon Ton Cafe • Brennan's Restaurant • Bruce Foods • Nathaniel Burton • Café Du Monde • Cajun Power Sauce • Camellia Grill • Caribbean Room at the Pontchartrain Hotel • Casa de Sue Winery • Casamento's Restaurant • Central Grocery • Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant • Chester's Cypress Inn • Willy Coln • Christian's Restaurant • Commander's Palace Restaurant • Community Coffee Company • Al Copeland • Corinne Dunbar's Restaurant • The Court of Two Sisters • Crescent City Farmers Market • Dixie Brewing Company • Don's Seafood and Steak House • Elmer Candy Corporation • Feliciana Cellars • Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House • Chef John Folse & Company • Chef John Folse Culinary Institute • Goffredo Fraccaro • Galatoire's Restaurant • Gambino's Bakery • Haydel's Bakery • Lafcadio Hearn • Hubig's Pies • Jack Sabin's Restaurant • Stanley Jackson • Jacques-Imo's Cafe • Jax Brewery • Anne Kearney • Kentwood Springs • Chris Kerageorgiou of La Provence • Kleinpeter Farms Dairy • Emeril Lagasse • Langenstein's Supermarket • Lasyone's Meat Pie Kitchen and Restaurant • G.H. Leidenheimer Baking Company • Le Jeune's Bakery • Warren Leruth of LeRuth's Restaurant • Austin Leslie • Louisiana Cavier Company • Mandina's Restaurant • Maylie's Restaurant • Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant • "Diamond Jim" Moran • Mosca's • Mother's Restaurant • P&J Oyster Company • The Palace Café • Pascal's Manale Restaurant • Alex Patout • Pontchartrain Vineyards • Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits • Prejean's Restaurant • Gunter Preuss of Broussard's Restaurant • Paul Prudhomme • Reily Foods Company • Michael Roussel • Savoie's Sausage and Food Products • Sazerac Bar at the Fairmont Hotel • Solari's • Susan Spicer of Bayona • C.S. Steen Syrup Mill • Tabasco • Tony Chachere's Creole Foods • Tujague's Restaurant • Uglesich Restaurant and Bar • The Village • Justin Wilson • Yellow Bowl Restaurant • Zapp's Potato Chip Company • Zatarain's • Zuppardo's Economical Supermarket


Sherry said...

what a coincidence i clicked on your blog today...we are leaving for New Orleans on Thurs and needed your list of places to eat. thanks.

Arlynn said...

This is one of my all-time favs too! I actually bought it as a Christmas gift for my Dad a few years ago (this past Christmas he received John Besh's "My New Orleans") and he gifted another copy to me the year after, since I referred to his so often :-)

Now... just to check a few more of these off my list on our next visit. Last time, we did have a fabulous meal at Antoine's!

Meg said...

Oh Yum! I need to get that! John Besh's new book is pretty amazing, fantastic photography too! I think I would have to add Dwights of Lafayette for having crawfish as big as my head!

natalie said...

Oh, Bayona.... and Brigsten's! And my parents live around the corner from the Abita Brewery. I miss Louisiana too.