Eli Manning and his mother Olivia began a ritual of eating dinner out once a week, during the time his when his sibling left home. According to a New York Times article, “They had a regular rotation of restaurants: Casamentos for oyster poor boys; Figaro’s for pizza; Joey K’s for creole cooking and catfish. ”
Figaro’s is located on 7900 Maple Street. Although pizza was the food of preference Eli and his mom, turtle soup Au Sherry, Spinach Artichoke Bruschetta, Veal Picatta and more can be found on the menu.
As for the fare at Casamentos, classics like Oyster loaf and gumbo are available. Unlike most New Orleans seafood restaurants, Casamento’s uses their own signature bread called “pan bread” instead of french bread. Their oyster loaves have been acclaimed as far away as Australia and England and featured in numerous publications including, “Best in New Orleans Magazine”. They claim to have one of the top Seafood Gumbos in New Orleans. Casamento’s also has one of the best Soft Shell crabs in the area along with fried shrimp, trout and Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs. Website: http://www.casamentosrestaurant.com/menu/menu.html
Located on the heart of Magazine Street is Joey K’s, the place for creole and catfish. Homecooked food and New Orleans specialties served in a relaxed, friendly environment, you have arrived. Joey K’s has been serving delicious local dishes like Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po-Boys and Catfish for almost 20 years. Website: http://www.joeyksrestaurant.com/