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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dear national media: Here's where to grab a New Orleans meal on the day of the Jindal announcement

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge Dear National Media: Here's how to get from MSY to the Pontchartrain Center, site of Gov. Bobby Jindal's announcement. You'll notice you go nowhere near New Orleans.
  • Dear National Media: Here's how to get from MSY to the Pontchartrain Center, site of Gov. Bobby Jindal's announcement. You'll notice you go nowhere near New Orleans.


Dear National Media:

We hate to break it to you, but — despite what your plane ticket says — you're not going to be coming to New Orleans for "Geaux Bobby: A Special Announcement From Gov. Bobby Jindal."

The speech actually will be delivered in the city of Kenner, a completely separate city (and, yes, suburb of New Orleans) that's conveniently located close to Louis Armstrong/New Orleans International Airport. It's a straight shot up Williams Boulevard to Pontchartrain Center (14 minutes by car; we do not recommend taking the bus), and it goes nowhere close to downtown New Orleans.

Yes, that means there's not likely to be time for gumbo at Commander's Palace, a shrimp po-boy at Parkway Bakery or fried chicken at Willie Mae's. 

However! There are a few good places to eat on Williams Boulevard. Check out these choices:

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Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar 
3203 Williams Blvd.
A good spot for fried seafood, blackened redfish and other Louisiana specialties. There's often a wait, but the food is worth it. People with a few hours to kill on layovers at the New Orleans airport have been known to cab it to the Harbor. Review.

Cafe Du Monde
3245 Williams Blvd.
So it's not the traditional spot overlooking Jackson Square. It's got beignets and cafe au lait. And you've got a political rally to attend. Just beware of getting powdered sugar on your power Anchorman or Anchorwoman suit.

Churra's Brazilian Grill
3712 Williams Blvd.
A traditional churrascaria, buffet style, with Brazilian meats served on skewers. It's not traditional New Orleans food, but it's beyond filling and you'll be glad you did it when your flight gets delayed and everyone else only has peanuts to eat. Review.

Little Chinatown
3800 Williams Blvd.
If you're from one of those hoity-toity cities with a big Chinatown, this may not impress. It does just fine by us, thanks. In fact, we think it's pretty good. Review.

Golden Corral
3920 Williams Blvd.
Jindal prides himself on hanging out with "real" Louisianians like the Duck Dynasty Robertsons, not us city slickers. Since there isn't a Cracker Barrel on Williams Boulevard, though, you might check out Golden Corral. (Kenner has a Golden Corral; New Orleans has a Golden Lantern. Don't ask.)

Williams Seafood & Po-Boy
4041 Williams Blvd, Suite 8
More fried and grilled seafood. Plus there are some specialties like crawfish pie and alligator that we don't actually eat very often, but at least you can go home and tell your editor, "Hey, I ate some alligator."

See you on June 24th! Stay hungry, my friends.


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