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    Awesome Cajun egg rolls!! We took to go since we arrived 7 minutes before closing. Staff was very friendly and accommodating while we waited. We hope to go back for lunch or dinner.We came back for dinner and our server Julie took excellent care of us. Southern charm and hospitality! Turtlesoup – hubby liked it. Don’t ask me as I’m not a good one to ask about weird things like that but I did try a very small bite. I thought it was chewy. Again, don’t take my word for it. Chicken and waffles – had to try. Great chicken and great waffles. Not sure I really like them together but maybe next time for breakfast?Meat pies – very good! Second time trying meat pies in NOLA and I’m truly inspired to make these at home. Time to buy a deep fryer.

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    “Everything was cold when delivered. The gumbo, which I’m used to being a flavorful soup was a thick mud that tasted like flour. Very Disappointed. I’ve made much better gumbo IMO, even as an Indian-American who grew up in LA. This is a tourist joint with kitchen staff who don’t know or care how to cook. Never coming back and I would advise anyone who is excited to try the local cuisine in Nawlins to stay away. Thumbs down all the way from from cooking to delivery. Ignore this place and, IMO they don’t deserve the single star I gave them.”

    The 15 Best Places For Turtles In New Orleans

    Sónia Ruas: Definitely try the 25 cent Martinis during lunch. The turtle soup is to die for, as is the bread pudding. Service was spectacular.

    Mike Winston: This formal dining experience is everything it’s cracked up to be. Go wild & get Turtle Soup, Hot Buttered Rum, Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish, Praline Lacquered Texas Quail, & Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé. Read more.

    Kelsey Anderson: Incredible service. Try the turtle soup, the all of our entrees were fantastic, drink an Evening in Barbados and have Creme Brûlée or the Bread Pudding Soufflé for dessert.

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    6 ounces fresh spinach, blanched, drained and chopped

    3 quarts light chicken stock

    1/2 cup dark brown roux

    2 teaspoons lemon zest

    3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and finely chopped

    1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne

    2 tablespoons dry sherry

    Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the turtle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper. Add the meat and brown evenly, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the meat to a platter. Cover lightly and set aside.

    Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers to the same pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are caramelized, about 15 minutes.

    Reduce the heat to medium and add the bay leaves and the garlic. Cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 1 minute.

    Add the tomatoes and spinach, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the stock and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Carefully whisk in the roux and return to a boil over medium-high heat.

    Add the lemon zest and reserved turtle meat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the eggs and the parsley and simmer for 45 minutes longer, or until the turtle meat is tender.

    Add the remaining 2 teaspoons salt, cayenne and dry sherry. Stir to blend. Serve hot, with additional sherry if desired.

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    Small and intimate setting with lots of interesting artwork on the walls. During December there is a special 4-course menu. We got the chicken gumbo, turtlesoup, goat cheese salad, and flash fried oysters as appetizers. They were all amazing, but the oysters were definitely the star of the night. Would definitely recommend everyone get that. For entrees, we got the seared drum, roasted duck, and rack of lamb. Honestly, while everything was cooked well, the flavors were just ok. We ordered bread pudding and creme brulee for dessert. Both were absolutely delicious but the bread pudding was amazing. I’d buy a bottle of the toffee sauce that came with it. Overall, very good. Would have given 5 stars, but I felt like the entrees were lacking. Otherwise, great experience. Servers were very attentive. We spent a little less than $300 for 4 people, so definitely pricey, but I believe the holiday menu is a bit more expensive than the regular one.

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    New Orleans Turtle Soup Recipe

    Turtle soup continues to be popular at most of the city’s classic Creole restaurants such as Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, Antoine’s and Galatoire’s, and be assured that it will never be forgotten.

    Note: Some turtles are on the endangered list. Check with your supplier to see what is available in your area. Some of the substitutes for turtle meat, to make it “mock” turtle soup, are ground veal or finely chopped lean beef.

    New Orleans Turtle Soup

    Makes 8 to 10 servings

    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    2 pounds turtle meat, cleaned and finely chopped

    1 tablespoon salt

    4 cups chopped yellow onions

    2 cups chopped celery

    1 cup chopped green bell peppers

    2 bay leaves

    2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

    The 15 Best Places For Turtles In French Quarter New Orleans

    Jill Lawson: Visit Mama and her turtle family while enjoying a drink in the magical courtyard.

    Christine Franz: Easter brunch is fabulous!!! Don’t miss the turtle soup!

    Ryan Nixon: A bit pricey, but phenomenal food. Awesome turtle soup and eggs cardinal. Great coffee cocktails

    punkin: Order the turtle soup ask for sherry. Order anything remoulade. If you can like it, you can buy the sauce by the bottle. Skip the crawfish pies.

    Josh Tabin: The Turtle Soup was excellent but the service is what makes this place a French Quarter original. Also recommend the filet…superb.

    Gloria Chin: try the bananas foster, turtle soup & oysters. or go for sunday brunch!

    Bob Green: Try the Turtle Soup with a dash of Sherry…Delicious!

    Matt Bennett: The turtle soup and bananas foster are out of this world.

    Kelsey Anderson: Excellent food. Try the turtle soup and definitely sit outside in the courtyard if you can. At night the lights are beautiful.

    Chas Chas: Turtle soup great!

    Scott Woodard: Best turtle soup n nola Read more.

    Christopher Markley: Excellent turtle soup hours well with oysters on half shell. Careful with the horseradish. HOT!

    Chad Youngblood: Best turtle soup in town. Ask for Ryan F. Excellent server.

    Jeremy Pac: I recommend the turtle soup.

    Lea eh: Amazing turtle soup, lovely staff and the Sunday branch band is beyond this world!

    Matthew Cronan: Turtle soup is delicious.

    Happee Sy: First soup my husband loved! Turtle soup

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    New Orleans Could Have The Most Distinctive Soups In The Nation

    According to Tom Fitzmorris, and he is probably New Orleans most known and famous food critic today. He wrote a great book too, Tom Fitzmorriss New Orleans Food, more than 225 of the Citys Best Recipes to Cook at Home. He also has The New Orleans Menu online site with restaurant listings, recipes, eat club, and his newsletter installments. He also hosts a daily week day radio show The Food Show from 4-7 pm on 1350 am radio.

    Here is Toms take on the top twenty distinctive soups in New Orleans, and I agree, these are all fabulous soups indeed. Although, I have not tried all of them myself, I have made many of these at some time or other throughout the years.

    You get a soup or a salad with the entree.

    Bring me the soup, I say, knowing full well that a guy my age and size really ought to get the salad.

    But I love soup. With the advent of weather that makes my fingers cold even inside, which makes me want to drink coffee all afternoon, which causes me to catch a cold well, it all makes soup sound even better.

    New Orleans offers the most distinctive collection of soups anywhere in the nation. The vast spectrum of gumbo alone makes our soup selection utterly unique. Add turtle soup, artichoke and oyster soup, crawfish bisque and crab-and-corn soup all indigenous dishes and we have a lot going on in the bowl.

    This is the best in town, made with all-turtle meat, a great texture and spice level and enough tomato to mellow the taste.

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