Lunch this past week at Mandina’s on Canal Street!

Fried eggplant sticks with marinara and lots of cheese, at Madina's in Mid City

Fried eggplant sticks with marinara and lots of cheese, at Madina’s in Mid City











Started with some fried eggplant. I tell ya, if you have a kid who doesn’t like vegetables, fried eggplant is one of the best ways to sneak them into their diet. Some folks will sprinkle powdered sugar on the eggplant sticks, to make them a healthier version of the classic beignet. That works too, but the savory, oh-so-Creole-Italian version is awesome.

A number of restaurants will serve a fried eggplant starter that’s usually round slices. These french-fry-style sticks are so much better.

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Fried Shrimp Salad

Sheila had a shrimp salad that was excellent.

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Stuffed Bell Pepper with mac-n-cheese

I’d never had the stuffed pepper at Mandina’s. Good Creole-Italian version of this New Orleans classic. This is different from the Creole-French variant that many folks learned how to cook from their grandmommas. That version usually goes for a brown gravy/sauce. Naturally, Mandina’s take includes red gravy. The other classic elements are there, of course, lots of onions, as well as red and green bell peppers. The herb/spice mix isn’t overwhelmingly Italian, but there’s still a bit there, to let you know where you are.

Abita Amber at Mandina's in Mid City

Abita Amber at Mandina’s in Mid City

Abita Amber for me. I find that, since kiddo and I are drinking more NOLA Brewing and Tin Roof beer at home this summer, Abita Amber is more refreshing now that it’s more of an occasional choice.

Mandina’s New Orleans

3800 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-9179

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