Merci to Bob!

02 Mar

Thanks to Our Man Bob, I was able to learn before leaving New Orleans that, per Buster Wiles, Errol visited Arnaud’s and Antoines, two of the Crescent City’s most legendary restaurants.

Arnaud’s has what is considered one of the world’s greatest bars. It is also often said to be “the most beautiful dining room in New Orleans, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience. Remaining true to its traditions and courtesies, Arnaud’s has served exceptional Creole cuisine for nearly 100 years.”

Errol is very prominently mentioned in the obituary of Germaine Cazenave Wells, the daughter of “Count Arnoud”, an astonishing New Orleans legend in her own right.…

“No New Orleans trip is complete” without a “sumptuous” French-Creole meal at this “classic of all classics” (established 1840) “in the heart of the French Quarter”, where “oysters Rockefeller was invented”; the “elegant” setting is “composed of many rooms” that boast “museum-quality artifacts” (“ask for a guided tour”), so even if prices are thoroughly modern, everything else is a “throwback to a more gracious time.”

Antoine’s, Daddy-O, featuring Candy and Kostner in a film Flynn would have been sensational in. You dig?

— Tim


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  1. Bob Schaffer

    March 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    You are too kind. I just hope you had a chance to imbibe there before leaving GT

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 3, 2017 at 2:35 am

      I did Bob at Arnaud’s, but not in the main bar (Arnoud’s 75) nor the main dining room, which were both closed all of Tuesday, as was Antoine’s, but I’ve been at Antoine’s before . I did have my first French 75 @ Arnoud’s Remoulard, adjacent but on Bourbon Street, with a haf doze chargrilled oysters, and turtle soup. All were superb. If not for you, I would have missed all that and Flynn’s history at Arnoud’s and Antoine’s, Bob. Much thanks.

      Here is Arnaud’s French 75, which I found to be fabulous, and which I believe was quite popular with elite drinkers during the timeframe Flynn first visited New Orlean’s. Wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Errol imbibed one or two while at Arnaud’s.


  2. twinarchers

    March 3, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I was at Arnaud’s way back in the late 80’s. Very nice and what I remember most was the shrimp appetizer with a mustard based sauce. Best part of the whole meal.

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 3, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Missed that, twinarchers. Think I saw some of the sauce for sale, though. Here’s a link to an approximate recipe.…


  3. Gentleman Tim

    March 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

    For the record, I also had a Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz at the The (Teddy) Roosevelt Hotel’s landmark Sazerac Bar. Errol stayed at The Roosevelt during the War, did a bond drive radio show there, from their famous Blue Room, I believe.



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