Tom Fitzmorris: Every single dish you can eat at Jazz Fest, rated

The Food Show with Tom Fitzmorris
April 27, 2017 - 5:00 pm
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The food scene this weekend is dominated by the Jazz Festival, where the eats are as good as the music, and in exactly the same way. In the past few years of the Jazz Festival, the food offerings seem to have reached a plateau. A few new vendors appear, but they fade into the familiar array. It’s a long time since anything alarmingly new and different has turned up.

But isn’t this what we want from the Festival? It’s certainly true of us Baby Boomers, who were just reaching the age of majority at the time of the first JazzFest in 1970. It’s a ritual, with our strange kind of hippie nostalgia. Enough other things have changed in our lives without the Jazz Festival’s becoming unfamiliar, too.

Here’s our annual list of all the food being served at the Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds. I have annotated it with ratings on a scale from zero to three notes. Here’s what they mean:

Here’s what they mean:

Recommended. Try it if the dish appeals to you.

 

Outstanding. Taste this even if if you wouldn’t ordinarily do so.

Essential. Not to be missed.

These are my own recommendations, based on past years. Your mileage may vary.






Burks and Douglas Food Area I

Red beans and rice, sausage
Vegetarian red beans and rice*
Blackberry cobbler

Cajun Nights Catering Food Area I

Alligator pie
Crabmeat stuffed shrimp
Fried green tomatoes

Catering Unlimited Food Area I

Cajun jambalaya
Fried chicken

Crescent Catering Food Area I

Cajun duck po-boy
Cajun shrimp & duck pasta

Dimartino’s Food Area I

Muffuletta
Vegetarian muffuletta*
Roast beef poor boy
Turkey giardiniera poor boy

Fireman Mike’s Kitchen Food Area I

Alligator sauce piquante
Shrimp and grits
Shrimp and okra gumbo

Gallagher’s Grill Food Area I

Pecan catfish meunière
Seafood mirliton casserole
Fried crab cake, smoked tomato and jalapeño tartar

Joyce’s Lemonade Food Area I

Lemonade
Fruit salad

Love at First Bite Food Area I

Cochon de lait po-boy

Ms Linda’s Catering Food Area I

Ya ka mein
Vegetarian ya ka mein*
Fried pork chop sandwich
Bread pudding, rum sauce

Panaroma Foods, Marksville Food Area I

Crawfish bread
Shrimp bread
Sausage and jalapeño bread

Papa Ninety Catering Food Area I

Boudin
Boudin balls
Shrimp and lump crab ravigote
Crawfish remoulade

Patton’s Caterers Food Area I

Crawfish Sack
Oyster Patties
Crawfish Beignets

Sharon & Guilherme Wegner Food Area I

Louisiana crawfish poor boy
Fried alligator poor boy
Alligator, fried jalapeños and onions

Smitty’s Seafood Restaurant Food Area I

Boiled crawfish
Louisiana crawfish etouffée
Cajun crawfish rice
Spicy boiled potatoes

Squeal’s Smoke Street Catering Food Area I

BBQ Brisket Sandwich
BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Smoky Bacon Greens

Stuf Hapn Event Catering Food Area I

Crabmeat poor boy
Creole stuffed crab
Catfish amandine
Potato salad*

Ten Talents Catering Food Area I

Spinach artichoke casserole*
Seafood au gratin
Sweet potato pone*

Vaucresson Sausage Co. Food Area I

Hot sausage po-boy
Crawfish sausage po-boy
Italian Chicken sausage poor boy (new)

Vucinovich’s Restaurant Food Area I

Fried shrimp poor boy
Fried oyster poor boy
Fried oyster spinach salad
Pannéed chicken poor boy
Stuffed artichoke

Ajun Cajun Ninja Food Area II

Shrimp yakisoba (pan-fried noodles)
Yakiniku poor boy (Japanese barbecue beef)
Crabstick & cucumber salad
Seaweed & cucumber salad

Angelo Brocato’s Food Area II

Louisiana strawberry ice
Lemon ice
Specialty flavor gelato
Spumoni
Cannoli
Fig and sesame cookies

Canseco’s Markets Food Area II

Cuban sandwich

Cottage Catering Food Area II

Crawfish strudel
White chocolate bread pudding

Creole’s Lunch House, Lafayette Food Area II

Creole’s Stuffed Bread
Sausage, pepperoni & mozzarella stuffed bread

Fatty’s Cracklins, St. Ffrancisville Food Area II

Cracklings
Fried sweet potato chips

Galley Seafood Restaurant Food Area II

Fried soft-shell crab poor boy
Fried catfish filet poor boy

Jamila’s Café Food Area II

Tagine of lamb (lamb stew with basmati rice),
Merguez (grilled lamb sausage)
Crawfish, spinach and zucchini bisque
*Tunisian salad

Big River Foods Food Area II

Crawfish Monica

Legal Perks Food Area II

Strawberry shortcake
Key Lime Tart

Mona’s Café Food Area II

Gyros sandwich
Falafel sandwich*
Hummus with pita*
Tabouli with pita*
Greek garden salad*

Mrs. Wheat’s Foods Food Area II

Spicy Natchitoches meat pie
Crawfish pie
Broccoli and cheese pie

New Orleans Coffee Company Food Area II

Café au lait (hot, iced, or frozen)
Black coffee (hot or iced)

Praline Connection Food Area II

Grilled chicken livers with pepper jelly
Crowder peas and okra*
Collard greens*
Crispy wings
Fried okra*

Prejean’s, Lafayette Food Area II

Pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo,
Crab and crawfish stuffed mushrooms
Crawfish enchilada

Taqueria Corona Food Area II

Fried fish taco
Shrimp taco
Chicken taco

Wally Taillon, Gonzales Food Area II

Jambalaya

TJ Gourmet (new) Food Area II

Shrimp remoulade poor boy
Cajun chicken, tasso
Creole Rice

AJ’s Sno-balls Congo Square

Sno-balls
Ice cream stuffed sno-ball

Bennachin Restaurant Congo Square

Jama-jama (sautéed spinach)*
Fried plaintains*
Poulet fricassee (chicken on a stick)

Gambian Foods Congo Square

Dibbi (grilled steak on pita)
Spicy grilled tofu & veggies, peanut sauce*
Couscous with yogurt sauce*

Marie’s Sugar Dumplings Congo Square

Sweet Potato Turnover
Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Banana Nut Bread
Bacon Pecan Square

Palmer’s Jamaican Cuisine Congo Square

Jamaican chicken
Caribbean fish
Curry chicken patty
Steamed vegetables

Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine Heritage Square

Goi cuon (spring roll)
Bun (vermicelli with shrimp or beef)
Cha gio (vietnamese egg roll)

Baquet’s Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe Heritage Square

Crawfish bisque
Creole filé gumbo
Trout Baquet

Café du Monde Heritage Square

Beignets
Café au lait (hot, iced, or frozen)
Milk
Chocolate milk

Down Home Creole Cookin’ Heritage Square

BBQ pork ribs
BBQ turkey wings
Meaty white beans
Cole slaw*
Peach cobbler*

La Divina Gelateria Heritage Square

Old fashioned hand made ice cream sandwiches
Locally made artisan gelato and sorbetto
Creme brulee
Chocolate Azteca

Minnie Pearl Pies and Pastries Heritage Square

Creole cream cheese cake with strawberries
Lemon meringue pie

Angelo’s Bakery, Metairie Around The Grounds

Coconut macaroon
Brownie with pecans
Cream puffs
Chocolate éclair

Gallo & Marks Around The Grounds

Strawberry smoothie
Chocolate dipped strawberries

Jumbo Peanut Company Around The Grounds

Fresh roasted jumbo peanuts
Glazed pecans

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines Around The Grounds

Pralines: assorted flavors
Sweet potato cookies
Praline shoe soles
Pecan crunch
Praline stuffed beignet

Lucky Dogs Around The Grounds

Jumbo Lucky Dog

Mr. Williams’ Pastries Around The Grounds

Pies: Apple, Cherry, Coconut, Pecan, Sweet potato, Bean custard

Plum St. Sno-Balls Around The Grounds

Sno-balls
Sugar-free sno-balls

Roman Chewing Candy Around The Grounds

Roman Chewing Candy Company

Sunshine Concessions Around The Grounds

Rosemint iced tea
Mandarin orange iced tea
Regular iced tea

WWOZ Radio Around The Grounds

Mango Freeze

CeeCee’s Sno-Balls (New) Around The Grounds

Sno-balls
Sugar-free sno-balls

United Houma Nation, Golden Meadow Louisiana Folklife Village

Fry bread*
Smoked sausage macque choux
Creamy shrimp macque choux
Indian tacos

J and M Seafood, Kenner Grandstand

Freshly shucked oysters on the half shell
Louisiana Crawfish Salad Roll

Joyce’s Lemonade Kid’s Area

Lemonade
Fruit salad
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Crispy rice treats
Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich

Miss Linda’s Catering Kid’s Area

Baked macaroni and cheese
Huckabuck frozen cups

Fireman Mike’s Kitchen Kid’s Area

Fresh corn on the cob (new)
Fresh strawberry and yogurt trifle (new)
Cupcakes (new)

Burks and Douglas Food Area I

Red beans and rice, sausage
Vegetarian red beans and rice
Blackberry cobbler

Cajun Nights Catering Food Area I

Alligator pie
Crabmeat stuffed shrimp
Fried green tomatoes

Catering Unlimited Food Area I

Cajun jambalaya
Fried chicken

Crescent Catering Food Area I

Cajun duck po-boy
Cajun shrimp & duck pasta

Dimartino’s Food Area I

Muffuletta
Vegetarian muffuletta
Roast beef poor boy
Turkey giardiniera poor boy

Fireman Mike’s Kitchen Food Area I

Alligator sauce piquante
Shrimp and grits
Shrimp and okra gumbo

Gallagher’s Grill Food Area I

Pecan catfish meunière
Seafood mirliton casserole
Fried crab cake, smoked tomato and jalapeño tartar

Joyce’s Lemonade Food Area I

Lemonade
Fruit salad

Love at First Bite Food Area I

Cochon de lait po-boy

Ms Linda’s Food Area I

Ya ka mein
Vegetarian ya ka mein
Fried pork chop sandwich
Bread pudding w/ rum sauce

Panaroma Foods, Marksville Food Area I

Crawfish bread
Shrimp bread
Sausage and jalapeño bread

Papa Ninety Catering Food Area I

Boudin
Boudin balls
Shrimp and lump crab ravigote
Crawfish remoulade

Patton’s Caterers Food Area I

Crawfish Sack
Oyster Patties
Crawfish Beignets

Sharon & Guilherme Wegner Food Area I

Louisiana crawfish poor boy
Fried alligator poor boy
Alligator, fried jalapeños and onions
Guil’s LA Crawfish

Smitty’s Seafood Restaurant Food Area I

Boiled crawfish
Louisiana crawfish etouffée
Cajun crawfish rice
Spicy boiled potatoes

Squeal Bar-B-Q (New) Food Area I

BBQ Brisket Sandwich
BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Smokey Bacon Greens

Stuf Hapn Event Catering Food Area I

Crabmeat poor boy
Creole stuffed crab
Catfish amandine
Potato salad

Ten Talents Catering Food Area I

Spinach artichoke casserole
Seafood au gratin
Sweet potato pone

Vaucresson Sausage Co. Food Area I

Hot sausage po-boy
Crawfish sausage po-boy
Italian Chicken sausage poor boy (new)

Vucinovich’s Restaurant Food Area I

Fried shrimp poor boy
Fried oyster poor boy
Fried oyster spinach salad
Pannéed chicken poor boy
Stuffed artichoke

Ajun Cajun Ninja Food Area II

Shrimp yakisoba (pan-fried noodles)
Yakiniku poor boy (Japanese barbecue beef)
Crabstick & cucumber salad
Seaweed & cucumber salad

Angelo Brocato’s Food Area II

Louisiana strawberry ice
Lemon ice
Specialty flavor gelato
Spumoni
Cannoli
Fig and sesame cookies

Canseco’s Markets Food Area II

Cuban sandwich

Cottage Catering Food Area II

Crawfish strudel
White chocolate bread pudding

Creole’s Lunch House Food Area II

Creole’s Stuffed Bread
Sausage, Pepperoni & Mozzarella Stuffed Bread

Fatty’s Cracklins, St. Ffrancisville Food Area II

Cracklings
Fried sweet potato chips

Food for Thought Food Area II

Shrimp remoulade poor boy
Cajun chicken and tasso with Creole rice

Galley Seafood Restaurant Food Area II

Fried soft-shell crab poor boy
Fried catfish filet poor boy

Jamila’s Café Food Area II

Tagine of lamb (lamb stew with basmati rice),
Merguez (grilled lamb sausage)
Crawfish, spinach and zucchini bisque
*Tunisian salad

Kajun Kettle Foods Food Area II

Crawfish Monica

Legal Perks Food Area II

Strawberry shortcake
Key Lime Tart

Mona’s Café Food Area II

Gyros sandwich
Falafel sandwich
Hummus with pita
Tabouli with pita
Greek garden salad

Mrs. Wheat’s Foods Food Area II

Spicy Natchitoches meat pie
Crawfish pie
Broccoli and cheese pie

New Orleans Coffee Company Food Area II

Café au lait (hot, iced, or frozen)
Black coffee (hot or iced)

Praline Connection Food Area II

Grilled chicken livers with pepper jelly
Crowder peas and okra
Collard greens
Crispy wings
Fried okra

Prejean’s, Lafayette Food Area II

Pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo,
Crab and crawfish stuffed mushrooms
Crawfish enchilada

Taqueria Corona Food Area II

Fried fish taco
Shrimp taco
Chicken taco

Wally Taillon, Gonzales Food Area II

Jambalaya

AJ’s Sno-balls Congo Square

Sno-balls
Ice cream stuffed sno-ball

Bennachin Restaurant Congo Square

Jama-jama (sautéed spinach)
Fried plaintains
Poulet fricassee (chicken on a stick)

Gambian Foods Congo Square

Dibbi (grilled steak on pita)
Spicy grilled tofu & veggies, peanut sauce
Couscous with yogurt sauce

Marie’s Sugar Dumplings (New) Congo Square

Sweet Potato Turnover
Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Banana Nut Bread

Palmer’s Jamaican Cuisine Congo Square

Jamaican chicken
Caribbean fish
Curry chicken patty
Steamed vegetables

Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine Heritage Square

Goi cuon (spring roll)
Bun (vermicelli with shrimp or beef)
Cha gio (vietnamese egg roll)

Baquet’s Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe Heritage Square

Crawfish bisque
Creole filé gumbo
Trout Baquet

Café du Monde Heritage Square

Beignets
Café au lait (hot, iced, or frozen)
Milk
Chocolate milk

Down Home Creole Cookin’ Heritage Square

BBQ pork ribs
BBQ turkey wings
Meaty white beans
Cole slaw
Peach cobbler

La Divina Gelateria Heritage Square

Old fashioned hand made ice cream sandwiches
Locally made artisan gelato and sorbetto
Creme brulee
Chocolate Azteca

Minnie Pearl Pies and Pastries Heritage Square

Creole cream cheese cake with strawberries
Lemon meringue pie

Angelo’s Bakery Around The Grounds

Coconut macaroon
Brownie with pecans
Cream puffs
Chocolate éclair

Gallo & Marks Around The Grounds

Strawberry smoothie
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Chocolate dipped strawberries

Jumbo Peanut Company Around The Grounds

Fresh roasted jumbo peanuts
Glazed pecans

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines Around The Grounds

Pralines: assorted flavors
Praline pecan and sweet potato cookies
Praline shoe soles
Pecan crunch
Praline stuffed beignet (new)

Lucky Dogs Around The Grounds

Jumbo Lucky Dog

Mr. Williams’ Pastries Around The Grounds

Pies: Apple, Cherry, Coconut, Pecan, Sweet potato, Bean custard

Plum St. Sno-balls Around The Grounds

Sno-balls

Roman Chewing Candy Around The Grounds

Roman Chewing Candy Company

Sunshine Concessions Around The Grounds

Rosemint iced tea
Mandarin orange iced tea
Regular iced tea

WWOZ Radio Around The Grounds

Mango Freeze

United Houma Nation, Golden Meadow Folklife Village

Fry bread
Smoked sausage macque choux
Creamy shrimp macque choux
Indian tacos

J and M Seafood Grandstand

Freshly shucked oysters on the half shell
Louisiana Crawfish Salad Roll (new)

Joyce’s Lemonade Kid’s Area

Lemonade
Fruit salad
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Crispy rice treats
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Miss Linda’s Catering Kid’s Area

Baked macaroni and cheese
Huckabuck frozen cups
Sloppy Jeaux Sandwich (new)

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