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TulaneLSU
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Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Friends,

I fear that in our day, websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor are pushing people to the same restaurants over and over. I was at one time part of this unsavory machine, serving as a moderator and adviser for the NOLA Metro to the now defunct UrbanSpoon. While useful in an area with which you are unfamiliar, I fear these websites are not helping little unknown restaurants.

Whereas in the past we had food critics at the Times Picayune and Tom Fitzmorris to alert us to these lesser known restaurants, today these voices are silent. It is the Food Board's duty now to find these places and let us all know.

One such place that I have never heard anyone speak about is Viola's Restaurant & Gospel House. Mrs. Viola Fortune' opened the restaurant in 1997 in Bunche Village. The neighborhood which, when developed just off Airline in 1954, was praised as one of the best for African Americans in the region.

When Mrs. Viola died in 2002 she was great grandmother to 57 children! How wonderful to be such a matriarch. The restaurant hasn't skipped a beat. For those wondering, there is no connection between this family and Young's Fortune Restaurant on Cleary. I'd be interested in hearing your stories from Viola's.

Or if you'd prefer, tell us what you think the best little known restaurant in the area is.

Faith, Hope, and Love,
TulaneLSU


Cosmo
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Tartine


TulaneLSU
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Little known? I've read it mentioned at least 1000 times here. I boycott Tartine ever since that stunt they pulled last year. You never answered me about joining me at the Severn Outback this week.


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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Friend

I only eat at Outback when out of town. Too many good options in NOLA to settle for Outback.



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t00f
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Tessie's Place in Metry. As good as any creole stop in town.


cgrand
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Please-u on st charles


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kingbob
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
If you really want obscure, I’ll give you obscure:
CK Hot Shoppe - it’s an authentic Filipino restaurant right by All Relations brewery on MLK Ave @ Baronne. It’s a two-person husband/wife operation inside a convenience store, and the food could not be better.
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Legion of Doom
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Bunche village is a shite hole. If you plan on taking your po boy tour there I would consider restoring a tank instead of an F350.

I would nominate Radosta’s.


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TulaneLSU
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Tessie's is an excellent mention. Been open since 1946 in some form and never has had a Times Picayune review. That's absurd. I remember reading about it a couple of times on the Food Board, and Tiger2's review of it is probably its most comprehensive review.

I know it was Theresa Beckler who owned it for a time, but she died in 2017. Anyone know who's running it now?

Another TulaneLSU Top 10 is in order. I am going to continue gorging myself with Ben's Burgers. Once that Top 10 is finished, Tessie's is next. Thank you for inspiring me, friend.

Speaking of Metairie, I'm still waiting to get one of the Metairie flags to fly in Mid-City. Anyone know where they sell these:

Image: http://jeffersonchamber.org/wp-content/uploads/Metairie-Flag.jpg
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rowbear1922
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
I’ve decided: any restaurant endorsed by TulaneQueer, I’m boycotting


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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
I like obscure neighborhood places. How about:
Singletons mini mart on Garfield (shrimp poboy)
Hollys poboys on Derbigny in Gretna
Gendusa’s on Williams in Kenner (esp meatballs)
St Rose Tavern in New Sarpy
Punjabi Dhaba in Hammond
Perinos Boiling Pot, on the expressway in Harvey
Dunbar’s on Earhart (not obscure but not in its original location)


Big James
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
High Hat Cafe on Feret Street is a hidden gem.


fightin tigers
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Munch Factory. I know they are in the new MSY, but I seldom see it on this site.

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

Dunbar's

DTB

CellarDoor for food.


kingbob
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Kosher Cajun in Metairie is a legit deli I never see anyone mention on here.


fightin tigers
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
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Kosher Cajun in Metairie is a legit deli I never see anyone mention on here


Probably because the food isn't particularly good.

The deli part isn't that bad.


kingbob
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
I mean, what people go there for is the deli. Their corned beef, pastrami, etc. is really solid. Overall, though, not as good as cuchon butcher, but not the same kind of place at all. I was disappointed by their matzo ball soup, but that’s just because that’s a dish I’m really good at.


fightin tigers
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
The deli part is good. Good meats.


Anything prepared just isn't. Which is strange because keeping kosher and keeping flavor is pretty damn easy.


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xXLSUXx
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
Second time I've mentioned it this week, but I'll say Shyan's Kitchen. I always forget it exists.


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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
quote:

I boycott Tartine ever since that stunt they pulled last year. You never answered me about joining me at the Severn Outback this week.


Which stunt?



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Bigpoppat
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re: Best little known restaurant in the NOLA Metro?
I feel like Boswell's in Mid City can fit in this category


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