Mandina's. This restaurant is the type of place I go to not just for the good food, but for the nostalgia. It's been there forever. Great neighborhood spot. I have plenty of memories at Mandina's having lunch with my Godfather and my PaPa. And, yes, like the other reviewers have stated, the turtle soup is superb.
Been going to this restaurant since 1994 & it is always my first meal in the city. Turtle soup & soft shelled crab!
The open faced roast beef is great, but it was $5.50 before Katrina & now it is $10.95! I think that the prices have gotten a little out of hand.
We want Sinbad back!
turtle soup to die for still. i swear, the last meal of my life must be the turtle soup. i will do whatever it takes to make this reality!
Worst service in all of New Orleans. My wife had remembered Mandina's fondly from her childhood, loving the O&A Soup, so we decided to go recently for lunch. After being led to our table (the place wasn't very busy), we preceeded to wait for 20 minutes waiting for the waiter to come. He kept looking over and then kept going back to talk to his buddies, finally we couldn't take it any more. Terrible service. They acted snooty when we decided to leave, like how dare we. AVOID THIS PLACE, give your business to a place that treats it's customers right!
Mandina's is too expensive for what you get.. Not the same old place. Prices now exceed the quality of the food. Cindy Mandina has single handedly changed a venerable neighborhood icon into a tourist trap. There are many better local places in the area. Don't worry, soon there will be no wait to get in.
Classic old New Orleans neighborhood restaurant.. Mandina's has just reopened after Katrina. Long the archtype of New Orleans neighborhood restaurants, it was was loud, crowded, quirky, and delicious. It is still all of those things, but prices, which had drifted up over the years, have made a distinct jump post-Katrina. The strong and once reasonable drinks have jumped to $7 and beyond, cheap for a New Yorker perhaps, but not here in New Orleans. The turtle soup with sherry was just like old times, and the oyster poboy (though now $10, not $8) as well. The red beans were solid, but the shrimp creole disappointed. A nice meal, but if you're a late returning old timer, be prepared for a bit of sticker shock, as well as the customary wait. The (waiting) bar is spiffier, but just as friendly.
This neighborhood favorite serves up great seafood, Creole and Italian dishes in a raucous atmosphere..
Mandina's attracts legions of locals and more adventurous tourists. Suits, older folks and hard-smoking regulars fill the large main room. Veteran waitstaff negotiates the narrow aisles with an old-school mix of grace and authority.
Simple but extensive. Go with the seafood selections--hugely portioned fried shrimp po' boys and buttery trout amandine are prepared perfectly. Variations on "red gravy and pasta" are also remarkably strong. Start off with a steaming bowl of peppery turtle soup spiked with a splash of sherry, or oyster and artichoke or seafood gumbo. Fried soft-shell crabs are also top-notch. Daily specials cover the home-style bases (smothered chicken on Monday, shrimp etouffee on Friday, corned beef and cabbage on Saturday).
one of my favorites. You haven't experienced New Orleans until you've had one of their overstuffed poboys...like nothing else! You'll understand the lines and the constant crowds after just one bite....
It's Really Good!.
The food that is! This is my favorite place to get my Half-Shrimp-Half-Fish-PoBoy, and I almost wish I were there now, just thinking about it!
There are many other things on the menu that I have enjoyed, but none have topped their PoBoys, in my humble opinion. :P Just make sure you have enough cash on you to pay, because that is all they accept!
The atmosphere is a little crowded, but the food is worth it. And the waitstaff is usually very friendly.
If you have time. I'll never say Mandina's doesn't have good food and great atmosphere, but New Orleans is full of outstanding restaurants -- I rarely find the patience to wait at this consistently crowded place. I will say that the packed house offers good (and true) testament to the Mandina's experience; enjoy a meal there if you can.
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