Sale is “pending” on the old L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant & Office Building on Burgundy in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Sale price was/is $3 million.

LA Frey At 3925 Burgundy Street In Bywater

LA Frey At 3925 Burgundy Street In Bywater

The building is over 66k square feet so one imagines a lot of condos will be appearing on the market in the next couple years after the rehab of the old sausage factory is complete.

Area thugs and brigands will be delighted to find many new victims moving to the area to reside as new upmarket living opportunities present themselves.

3925 Burgundy
New Orleans, LA
70117

Frady’s One Stop is the last restaurant in New Orleans where you can get a sub $3 breakfast in the company of dockhands, WWII vets, oyster fishermen and private school volleyball coaches.

We love Frady’s.

Frady's One Stop

Frady’s One Stop

All the dining at this humble neighborhood joint is al fresco and you will be warmly greeted by all the old timers, weirdos, pensioners and regular working folk who set up on the sidewalk to eat big plates of meatloaf, hot tamales, pork roast and chicken and dumplings amid a short menu of working man classic blue plates.

This is trenchermen fare with the provenance of the foods left for guess work. There is no chalkboard delineating the farms and forests of Louisiana parishes where the restaurants supplies were gathered.

Frady’s One Stop
3231 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Hours
Monday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

One of our favorite buildings in the Bywater is the colossal, red, two story brick behind the old Schwegmann’s on Burgundy.

Bywater Daily Photo

Bywater Daily Photo

It’s abandoned but we did run into a nice lady outside the structure one morning who claimed that she was renovating it so she could live there.

Perhaps once per month there will be a team of Hundurans bustling about inside, scraping up the dirt floor or hammering a nail or two.

It would make an excellent squat if any crusties happen to be reading.

If you want the best muffaletta in New Orleans you’re going to have to get up early on Saturday morning and carry yourself to Terranova Brothers Superette on Esplanade.

Their pluperfect version is only available on Saturday, they only make a handful and when they’re gone you’re faced with another seven day wait.

The Best Muffaletta In New Orleans

The Best Muffaletta In New Orleans

We eat half the muff like frenzied hyenas, put the rest in the fridge, then, the next day toast the other half in an ancient cast iron pan.

Start cold, finish hot, this is how we live our lives.

Terranova has been open for 90 years. They’re a full service grocery store with an excellent meat market in the rear of the business. Their handmade green onion pork sausage is a local heavyweight in the charcuterie world.

3308 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-4131

Henry Kelper founded Try Me Coffee Mills in 1925, well before the puritans had established even the tiniest of footholds in New Orleans.

Today Kelper’s grandson Bob Lutz runs the tiny roaster located on France Street, deep in the heart of the Bywater.

Try Me Coffee Mills

Try Me Coffee Mills

Lutz is still using the antique mill that his grandfather installed in the building 90 years ago. It’s not broke, no point in fixing it.

We go here for good medium roast beans and old school New Orleans service. We would’ve loved to have posted a photo of Jericho, a long-time worker, but he was not interested in having his picture taken.

Camera shy? On the run from the law? We have no way of knowing.

Pictured is an antique La Pavoni espresso machine. It doesn’t work or we’d be by Try Me a lot more often begging for shots off this old beast.

1014 France Street
New Orleans, LA
70117
(504) 945-4314

It was exactly one year ago that I prepared to break bread for the final time in my hometown of Austin, Texas. A meal of such import had to be planned with all due gravity but the decision of where to dine was an easy one, El Taco Rico.

Bywater Daily Photo

Bywater Daily Photo

The humble little taco cart in the Montopolis neighborhood of Austin was, in my estimation, the best Mexican restaurant in the entire region and if I was to leave my beloved Texas I would want a belly-full of Mexican food to see me across the border into Louisiana.

As I nestled into Louisiana’s warm embrace I got the hard news that El Taco Rico shuttered not two months after I left Austin.

Pack a picnic lunch and head over to the Industrial Canal, known by local eggheads as the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal.

Bywater Daily Photo: The Industrial Canal

Bywater Daily Photo: The Industrial Canal

The banks are a fine place for an afternoon sojourn. Of course there will be the occasional corpse float by and the area hosts plenty thugs and neighborhood toughs who may attempt to relieve you of your high top All Stars or charcuterie board.

But generally speaking the banks of the canal are a fine place to relax on a warm afternoon.

Which is where the Scrumptious crew found itself on a recent ramble across the lower 9th Ward.

There were hippies sunning their dogs, fisherman angling for catfish and the occasional jock running along in a never ending quest for better health.

After working on your tan you can take a quick walk to Bar Redux where a chicken wing basket might require an hour long wait or you can try your luck at scoring a table at Bacchanal where the neo Bohemians gather for glasses of wine and cheese plates.

After a long hard weekend in Texas we needed to welcome senior scribe RL Reeves Jr back into the fold of his beloved New Orleans in high fashion.

Bywater Daily Photo

Bywater Daily Photo

Time for a crab boil.

We took a flyer over to the Westwego Shrimp Lot, loaded the Econoline up with four dozen crabs and came back to the Scrumptious House to build a fire under the hot pot in the back courtyard.

Pictured: Louisiana Boiled Crabs turned out onto a butcher paper clad pic nic table.

After a dismal meal of breakfast tacos at Pagoda Cafe we returned home and immediately busied ourselves in the kitchen to get that awful taste out of our mouths.

The Best Breakfast Tacos In New Orleans

The Best Breakfast Tacos In New Orleans

15 minutes later the Scrumptious crew were tacking into the best breakfast tacos in New Orleans.

When we lived in the land of plenty (Austin, Texas) we wore the crown of Kings Of The Breakfast Taco there too.

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We’ve made thousands of breakfast tacos over the years, perhaps none more stately than our reinvention of the most famous taco in Austin, Texas: The Don Juan at Juan In A Million http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/10/07/reinventing-the-don-juan-breakfast-taco-at-juan-in-a-million-scrumptiouschef-tackles-the-classic/

Even the most hardened, in the know, neo-Bohemians of the Bywater, know almost nothing about Joe’s Cozy Corner.

Joe's Cozy Corner Is Today's Bywater Daily Photo

Joe’s Cozy Corner Is Today’s Bywater Daily Photo

Tucked away on an obscure side street in a largely forgotten part of the Upper 9th Ward, Jo Jo’s (as it’s known to its regulars) features live music (a grandson of banjoist Danny Barker brings his Theremin quintet there on Saturday nights-the only night the bar is open): Jax Beer(the great nephew of that old brand’s brewmaster William Ostner has an on premise nano-brewery): and heaping platters of fried chicken from the tiny kitchen run by Leslie Leslie, the lovechild daughter of Austin Leslie (RIP) the man who put Chez Helene, the most famous fried chicken restaurant in the history of New Orleans, on the map.

We’ve had some wild times at Joe’s Cozy Corner but don’t run by there and expect to get in any time soon.

Admission is run on the “Dutch Auction” system and the waiting list to even be allowed to participate in the auction is almost 3 years long.