Louisiana Daily Photo: Nasa Michoud Assembly Facility

Elvis.
Always and forever.

Nasa Michoud Assembly Facility

Nasa Michoud Assembly Facility

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Dairy Dip In Belle Chasse

Sad state of affairs at the Dairy Dip in Belle Chasse.

I judge milk bars, restaurants that earn their living off dairy products, by their ability to turn out a superb pineapple milkshake.

My platonic ideal exists in the rural hamlet of London, Kentucky at a tiny restaurant called Dairy Dart.

Dairy Dip In Belle Chasse

Dairy Dip In Belle Chasse

There you will find a pluperfect cold mix of vanilla ice cream permeated with dozens of delicious, fruity pineapple tidbits enswirled with whole cow’s milk into a melange of deliciousness that is unsurpassed in western kitchens.

The pineapple milkshake at the Dairy Dart in Belle Chasse, Louisiana is a naked fraud with scantly any pineapple.

The concern has been open for 59 years and they may have menu items worthy of ordering but it would take a signal change in that kitchen for me to take another crack at that redoubtable pineapple milkshake.

9252 Hwy 23
Belle Chasse, LA
70037

operating hours

Sun 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Waitress At Los Frijolitos In Marksville

I had an excellent late-night meal at Los Frijolitos in Marksville last month.

After decades spent in Texas I’d given up on finding good queso in Louisiana but my meal at this tiny mom n pop in a repurposed Taco Bell abated my Texas-born hunger pangs.

Los Frijolitos in Marksville, Louisiana

Los Frijolitos in Marksville, Louisiana

A $2 margarita in a beer stein set the tone for what would be the best Mexican meal I’ve had in Louisiana since eating at the old Santa Fe in the Marigny in New Orleans two decades ago.

Totopos were fresh, hot, thin and house fried; queso compuesto was loaded with refried beans and carne molida and served alongside a tiny carafe of a tomato-based salsa that could’ve done any Tex Mex diner in San Antonio proud.

Unfortunately the queso appetizer was so large that I had to call it a day after scraping the bowl clean but if I find myself in Central Louisiana again I will make a beeline for Los Frijolitos and their San Antonio-style Mexican food.

Los Frijolitos
433 Tunica Dr E
Marksville, LA
71351

Operating Hours

Sun 11-9:30
Mon 11-9:30
Tue 11-9:30
Wed 11-9:30
Thu 11-9:30
Fri 11-9:30
Sat 11-10:30

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Turtle Landing In Pearlington, Mississippi

Turtle Landing is close enough to Louisiana to warrant inclusion in our Louisiana Daily Photo feature. It’s just a little piece down the road from the Rigolets and is right on the Mississippi border.

It’s far enough from puritan New Orleans to have just the right amount of joie de vivre.

Turtle Landing In Pearlington Mississippi

Turtle Landing In Pearlington Mississippi

Walk into the crowded barroom filled with thick plumes of cigarette smoke, buy a dollar fifty longneck then head out back to a capacious deck filled with a multitude of ramshackle furniture and walls adorned with outsider art.

Hungry? Order a bacon cheeseburger or a soft shell crab po boy and eat on the dock that juts out into a bayou. You will see alligators swimming past and a bartender may come out and ask if you need another dirt cheap, ice cold beer.

16463 Hwy 90
Pearlington, MS
39572

Sun 9:00 am – ?
Mon Closed
Tue 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 am
Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 am

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Joe’s Po Boys Est. 1957

Our last few visits to Joe’s Po Boys have not been fruitful. We are fearful that the old sandwich shop has shuttered after almost 60 years of operation.

Joe's Po Boys 3019 MLK New Orleans

Joe’s Po Boys 3019 MLK New Orleans

Joe’s Po Boys
3019 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
New Orleans,La
70125

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Don’t Fuck With The Cook

I took this photo at Mary Queen Of Vietnam church, the gentleman pictured was riding his cooking crew good and hard at a massive food festival the church was producing.

Don't Fuck With The Cook

Don’t Fuck With The Cook

14001 Dwyer Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70129

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Louisiana Daily Photo: St Bernard Parish Old Beauregard Courthouse

The old Saint Bernard Parish courthouse is a visual stunner. Originally built in 1916, the structure served as the official courthouse til 1939 when the government seat was shifted to nearby Chalmette.

The facility is almost 17k square feet.

The Old Saint Bernard Parish Courthouse

The Old Saint Bernard Parish Courthouse

Katrina had her way with Beauregard and it was only two and half years ago that the old courthouse finally had fresh life breathed into her via an $8 million renovation.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Irma Thomas Live In New Orleans

I took some good stage photos of Irma Thomas yesterday at her concert in Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans.

Louisiana Daily Photo

Louisiana Daily Photo

But I loved this picture of a young lady who was absolutely stunned that anyone would be so bold as to take her picture.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Gonzales Jambalaya Festival

Lee Elisar has emerged as the World Champion of jambalaya cooking at the big cook off in Gonzales this past weekend.

2015 marked the 48th edition of the event. Unfortunately business had called me to Mississippi so I missed the competition.

Gonzales Louisiana

Gonzales Louisiana

Here’s a photo I snapped at last years shootout. The gentleman pictured was the gatekeeper to a freak show that featured genetically absurd snapping turtles.

Business was brisk for the ticket-tearer but I did manage to catch him between patrons.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Jeanfreau Super Market In Chalmette

One of the best hamburgers in the greater New Orleans area is served at Joey’s Grill inside Jeanfreau’s Super Market in Chalmette.

But the real allure of Jeanfreau is the handmade sausage that their charcutiere puts out on a daily basis.

Jeanfreau Supermarket In Chalmette Louisiana

Jeanfreau Supermarket In Chalmette Louisiana

I go here for the pork sausage laced with green onion and anchored with plenty good hog fat. An hour on the smoker in the backyard and you have one of the premium forcemeats served in all of Louisiana.

Jeanfreau’s has also been known to open their commercial kitchen to area culinary schools so that their students can get some hands on experience on the grinder/extruder.

Who knows how many budding charcutieres have developed a love of the craft from this crucial experience?

2324 Paris Road
Chalmette, LA
70043

Hours of operation
Sun 8am-6pm
Mon 8am-6pm
Tue 8am-6pm
Wed 8am-6pm
Thu 8am-6pm
Fri 8am-6pm
Sat 8am-6pm

Telephone (504) 279-6590

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Bocce Club In Metairie

I have a long and storied history with Kenner, Louisiana. When I was a little kid my dad would take me out to the lakefront on the edge of town to go crabbing. We’d buy dead chickens from a little roadside shack, tie them off then wade out in Pontchartrain to snag a basket of crabs for a boil.

Bocce Club In New Orleans

Bocce Club In New Orleans

A big treat involved being taken to the old Ground Pati on West Esplanade for their superb burgers and big pewter tankards of fresh rootbeer.

That restaurant is lost to the annals of time.

On a recent sojourn through nearby Metairie, I pulled over to the side of the road to snap a photo of the Italian American Bocce Club. One imagines phalanxes of elderly Italian men gather here to drink red wine, play bocce and talk about all the skirt they used to chase back in the old country.

Italian American Bocce Club
2340 Severn Ave
Metairie, Louisiana
70001

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Westwego Shrimp Lot

Westwego Shrimp Lot opened in 1977 under the aegis of Ronnie Temento Sr, the owner of the property. The founding fishermen who made the lot into a commercial enterprise were: Joe Temento, Dave Dominique, Darvele Melfort, Edward Camardelle and Joe Camardelle.

Westwego Shrimp Lot

Westwego Shrimp Lot

Over the last four decades the old, gravel parking lot, littered with handmade, wooden fish-selling kiosks, has done booming business; you better get there early if you want the pick of the day’s catch.

New Orleans locals as well as savvy West Bank denizens know this is the finest source of fresh seafood in Southeast Louisiana.

Ruth Ann and Rob’s Seafood Unlimited is our favorite vendor on the lot, but truth be told we’ve never had an ounce of bad fish from any of the sellers.

100 Westbank Expy
Westwego, LA 70094

Ruth Ann & Rob’s 504-340-3351

Wayne Hebert’s 504-340-1830

Sue’s Seafood 504-348-9394

Pauls Seafood 504-436-7730

Wade’s Seafood 504-341-2222

Debbies Seafood 504-348-9285

Amy’s Seafood 504-348-9285

Capt. Jonthan 504-436-6005

K&B Seafood 504-347-9227

Jerris Seafood 504-371-7705

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Alabama Barbecue Robbery: Gunman Takes Down Miss Myra’s In Vestavia

Miss Myra’s Pit Barbecue was taken down Friday, May 15th 2015. This is one of the finest barbecue joints in the state of Alabama and I imagine a posse is riding hard right now to round up the brigand who invaded the restaurant.

May Heaven help the perp if old Randall Joe from Cullman gets to him. That man really loves Alabama barbecue and he rolls heavily armed every time he leaves the house.

It was around 8:30 pm Friday evening, a half hour before close, when a Black gentleman wearing all-red walked into the restaurant.

He was carrying a semi-automatic pistol.

I’ve spent many a Friday evening at Miss Myra’s, formerly Rountree’s Hickory Pit. It was one of my favorite smoked meat houses when I was in culinary school in Alabama and I regularly ran out to Cahaba Heights from Southside to eat their superb, crispy-skinned barbecue chicken with white sauce.

They also serve one of the best potato salads I’ve ever eaten in any restaurant…anywhere.

The unidentified robber relieved the gathered patrons of their belongings in addition to taking the day’s receipts from the restaurant.

This being Alabama, he’s fortunate that he didn’t find himself on an earlier-than-planned celestial departure as many Alabamans exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Years back, a Shoney’s in Anniston was being robbed and a tough old redneck who happened to be inside told the robbers “I wouldn’t do that if I were you”

When I say tough, I mean tough as he never even showed his gun. His tone was so full of menace that the would-be robbers immediately fled.

Miss Myra’s will survive. They survived the death of founder Clark Rountree in 1996 (RIP) and they’ve weathered the economic storms that all long-running businesses suffer.

A recipe for Clark Rountree’s White Barbecue Sauce is here

Address:
3278 Cahaba Heights Rd
Vestavia, AL 35243

Hours:
Mon 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun Closed

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Lost In New Orleans

I have no idea where I took this photo, I was lost on the streets of New Orleans.

Lost In New Orleans

Lost In New Orleans

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Boudin Rouge At T-Jim’s In Cottonport

The nigh mythical boudin rouge aka blood boudin at T-Jim’s in Cottonport, Louisiana.

T-Jim's In Cottonport, Louisiana

T-Jim’s In Cottonport, Louisiana

Here’s a full length report on my trip through Acadiana.

T-Jim’s

T-Jim’s Grocery
928 Kaufman Street
Cottonport, La
71327

Hours
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm
Sat 7am-4pm
Sun Closed

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Village de L’Est

15 miles to the east of the French Quarter in New Orleans sits one of the largest Vietnamese communities in North America: Village de L’Est.

 Village de L'Est

Village de L’Est

It is an absolute treasure trove of Vietnamese culture with churches, art galleries, pho parlors, banh mi shops, karaoke bars, fresh fish markets and nearly any other thing you could think of that is at least tangentially connected to the culture of the Vietnamese people.

I go here to gorge on Vietnamese cuisine, take photos, and shop for groceries that you can’t get in downtown New Orleans.

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Happy Birthday New Orleans

New Orleans was founded today in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. .

Our lovely town is named for Duke of Orleans, Phillippe II, a bit of a gay blade.

New Orleans has changed a lot since my first visit here back in the 70s. The rollicking, anything goes atmosphere has diminished a bit but I’m still proud to call the old girl home.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Oasis Sno Balls And Tamales In Arabi

I’ve made a vow that whenever I see a sign in Louisiana promising Hot Tamales that I will stop and purchase at least one tamale.

Louisiana Daily Photo

Louisiana Daily Photo

Which is what caused me to pull into the Oasis Sno Balls and Tamales stand in Arabi Louisiana.

The family running the little business is Mexican but the hot tamales are pure Deep South-style.

Unfortunately the salsa that comes with the meal is from a jug, most likely labelled “Pace”

7200 St. Claude Avenue

Arabi, Louisiana

70032

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Blue Runner Beans

Busy Louisiana cooks don’t always have the time to wash, rinse, soak and simmer their beans for hours on end.

That’s when they reach for a can of Blue Runners.

The Gonzales, Louisiana-based company has been running strong for almost 100 years (est.1918) and while I would never resort to eating a canned bean, I can see why folks in these parts keep a spot in their cupboard for the product.

Next month I’ll be heading up to Gonzales for the World Jamabalaya Championship and will run by the Blue Runner factory to take a picture of the mothership.

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Louisiana Daily Photo: Tag’s Meat Market In Chalmette

Tag’s Meat Market In Chalmette is home of the Papa Tag’s Burger. It’s called Papa because it can feed four hungry eaters.

Tag's Meat Market

Tag’s Meat Market

1207 E. Judge Perez Drive

Chalmette, LA

70043

(504) 277-6594

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