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#81 supermike80

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:30 PM

Ive heard it is a really dirty city. I have a wedding there in october and staying in, the French Quarter.


I thought it sucked. In parts. Bourbon street is bar, adult establishment, bar,adult etc.
The adult is fine, but not when they charge 15 for a beer to watch some skank tgat couldn't get a job in a real club walk on the bar in her unwashed dingy formerly white but now gray lingerie.

Music was good at the bars though.

And smelled like piss....

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:46 PM

Speculating, but i think the main draws to AZ are more related to cost of living and climate (activities and ability to stay outside for more of the year), vs culinary venue. I have had very good food in Arizona, but i think it has a hard time cracking the top 10 for US cities.

 

 

San Francisco

New York

LA

Seattle/Portland

Chicago

New Orleans

Boston

Miami

Raleigh-Durham

Denver

 

 

San Diego

Phoenix/Tuscon

Misc Texas cities

 

I don't disagree with your basic premise.  Raleigh-Durham?  :huh:  Anyway, I don't think Phoenix is a culinary venue per se, except that it is a large city and as such has a lot of good restaurants in multiple cuisines... kinda like Chicago.  Phoenix has SW/Mexican as an area of expertise; Chicago has hot dogs with weird shiot on them and deep dish pizza (which I prefer to the NY crappy thin sauce and cheese btw).

 

But cmon, Frozen is saying that if the cajun food from New Orleans is anything like the cajun in Chicago... really?  :lol:


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:50 PM

Ive heard it is a really dirty city. I have a wedding there in october and staying in, the French Quarter.


Was There about 15 years ago for a Giant game. To a man, every guy on the trip said it was good but no reason to go back.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:53 PM

Was There about 15 years ago for a Giant game. To a man, every guy on the trip said it was good but no reason to go back.


Im sure we will have a good time. We are doing this wedding party cruise around the mississippi the night before so at least we wont be down on the main stretch the whole time there.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:56 PM

 
I don't disagree with your basic premise.  Raleigh-Durham?  :huh:  Anyway, I don't think Phoenix is a culinary venue per se, except that it is a large city and as such has a lot of good restaurants in multiple cuisines... kinda like Chicago.  Phoenix has SW/Mexican as an area of expertise; Chicago has hot dogs with weird shiot on them and deep dish pizza (which I prefer to the NY crappy thin sauce and cheese btw).
 
But cmon, Frozen is saying that if the cajun food from New Orleans is anything like the cajun in Chicago... really?  :lol:


No joke, there is a phenomenal Cajun place by me. I worked with a bunch of coon asses from NO and they said the food at this Cajun place was pretty comparable

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:57 PM

Im sure we will have a good time. We are doing this wedding party cruise around the mississippi the night before so at least we wont be down on the main stretch the whole time there.


That should be good, the boat trip. Shouid have done something like that. The Harrahs casino is pretty good If you're into that

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:57 PM

I mostly agree with you. Az has its niche, plus good restaurants. I think Chicago has more niches (they do a lot more than dogs, pizza, and steakhouses), plus has some degree of innovation. I think they miss on some major ethnic. My thought was more of the emergence of very good restaurants in North Carolina, with RD being the hub. The other major food city's name is escaping me.

Despite not having a broad range, what New Orleans does well, they do so enough to elevate them imo.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:02 PM

When you go to new Orleans, do a little obligatory bourbon st, then head over to Frenchman.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:29 PM

Phoenix is a destination location.  In the past few years we've had the Superbowl, CFB national championship, and this year the Final Four.  Tons of athletes who could live anywhere choose to live and retire here.  So many people from Chicago move here (and come down during Spring Training, another awesome thing about here) that Mesa turns into Chicago SW for two months in the spring. :thumbsup:

Sweltering heat, the worst airport on the planet and mediocre food. No thanks.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:32 AM

 
Phoenix is a destination location.  In the past few years we've had the Superbowl, CFB national championship, and this year the Final Four.  

:thumbsup:


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:58 AM

Speculating, but i think the main draws to AZ are more related to cost of living and climate (activities and ability to stay outside for more of the year), vs culinary venue. I have had very good food in Arizona, but i think it has a hard time cracking the top 10 for US cities.
 
 
San Francisco
New York
LA
Seattle/Portland
Chicago
New Orleans
Boston
Miami
Raleigh-Durham
Denver
 
 
San Diego
Phoenix/Tuscon
Misc Texas cities

Substitute DC for either Raleigh-Durham or Miami, and replace Phoenix/Tucson with either Atlanta or Santa Fe and I agree.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:19 AM

Deep dish pizza is gross

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:21 AM

No joke, there is a phenomenal Cajun place by me. I worked with a bunch of coon asses from NO and they said the food at this Cajun place was pretty comparable


Coon asses. What are they?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:48 AM

Coon asses. What are they?


Coonass is a term for people from Louisiana.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:11 AM

 
I don't disagree with your basic premise.  Raleigh-Durham?  :huh:  Anyway, I don't think Phoenix is a culinary venue per se, except that it is a large city and as such has a lot of good restaurants in multiple cuisines... kinda like Chicago.  Phoenix has SW/Mexican as an area of expertise; Chicago has hot dogs with weird shiot on them and deep dish pizza (which I prefer to the NY crappy thin sauce and cheese btw).
 
But cmon, Frozen is saying that if the cajun food from New Orleans is anything like the cajun in Chicago... really?  :lol:

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

Coonass is a term for people from Louisiana.


What is the origin?

#97 Frozenbeernuts

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:21 PM

What is the origin?


I do not know

#98 Alias Detective

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:25 PM

I do not know


Could it be derogatory?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

Could it be derogatory?


Idk could it? I suppose it could, if there was some type of term that tied in a racoon and an ass together that was somehow deragatory.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:31 PM

Idk could it? I suppose it could, if there was some type of term that tied in a racoon and an ass together that was somehow deragatory.


"Coonass, or Coon-ass is used in reference to a person of Cajun ethnicity. Many consider the term an insult, but others consider it a compliment or badge of honor. Although many Cajuns use the word in regard to themselves, other Cajuns view the term as an ethnic slur against the Cajun people, especially when used by non-Cajuns."

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