Thanks, I’ll add the Hurst family to my N.O. list. I wonder what R and O’s pizza is like these days.
Thanks for the report. You surely do make it sound mighty hungry out there. [:D]
Just made our first trip back to New Orleans since Katrina. A year later, the damage is still eye-opening. But I’m glad to report that our favorite old-fashioned roadfood joint in Kenner: Hurst Family Restaurant at 2152 Airline Dr., just a mile or two from the airport, is going strong and just as good as ever. We had red beans and rice with a big piece of sausage and a square of cornbread for $4. With salad and 2 pieces of great fried chicken so hot from the fryer we had to wait to bite into it, the red beans and rice and cornbread plate was $5.50. A dressed shrimp po-boy was $5.50 and compared well to our other favorite, Johnny’s, in the Quarter, where the price is $7.50 for the same thing. We just love Hurst’s and are so glad it survived the storm; in fact, they said they didn’t get any flooding at all. It is plain Jane unpretentious, but the food is great and very reasonably priced, just what we used to expect from long ago Roadfood NO classics like Eddie’s and Buster Holmes.
We also had Mother’s bread pudding; had to wait outside in line in the middle of Saturday afternoon, but it was well worth it as always.
We also ate at Cajun’s Chicken Buffet in Gulfport (on Pass Road) For $6.95, you get AYCE chicken, catfish and great vegetables; my husband pointed out that there was okra cooked three ways: fried, stewed with tomatoes, and pickled. There was also red beans and rice, cajun rice, greens, fresh green beans, cabbage, corn on the cob, dried limas, and more. Baked goods included biscuits, yeast rolls, and corn muffins as well as 2 kinds of cobbler. My only complaint was that they had brown gravy instead of cream gravy–can’t imagine why… This place may be a chain; we had never eaten at one before, but we’ll go back again. It was crowded with locals, and I think it would have been even if it weren’t one of the few non-hamburger choices left in Gulfport. I am broken-hearted by the destruction along the Gulfport-Biloxi beaches: all those beautiful old homes just gone. The only things that seem to be rebuilding in a hurry are the casinos. I know they are needed for employment, tax revenue, etc. for the area, but the other losses are so….well, I can’t even think of a word sad enough to describe them. I just hope this area can pull out of all this tragedy…
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