It’s no surprise that New Orleanians don’t just eat to live, but “live to eat!” Peggy Scott Laborde takes a bite out of some of the most well-known restaurants from the Crescent City’s recent past in Lost Restaurants of New Orleans.
Restaurant critics Tom Fitzmorris and Gene Bourg and Underground Gourmet Richard Collin provide interesting background and commentary on the local restaurant scene. Ann Maylie Bruce, Chef Austin Leslie, Tom Pittari, Jr. and Cherie Banos Schneider remember their families’ establishments – Maylie’s, T. Pittari’s, Corinne Dunbar’s and Chez Helene. Chef Leah Chase and New York Observer critic and former Baton Rouge resident Rex Reed discuss their favorite ‘eats’ and most memorable dishes from this city of delectable fare.
And favorite dishes are bountiful in this culinary adventure. The table is set with Maylie’s boiled beef brisket, lobster and wild game from T.Pittari’s, Lenfant’s “fried shrimp in pants,” liver l’orange from Jonathan, Masson’s Restaurant Francais’ almond torte, Corinne Dunbar’s Oysters Dunbar, red beans from Wise’s Cafeterias and – fried chicken from Jim’s Fried Chicken and Chez Helene.