I got caught up watching the new show on FN titled "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," and have really enjoyed some of the episodes. It's a documentary style show in which has some of the Food Network stars talk about the "one dish" of a particular style that was the "best thing" that they ever ate.
Last night while watching an episode, I began to think about some of the best meals I have ever had, then did my best to narrow it down to a specific dish. So here are the rules: name the best thing you ever ate in New Orleans. One dish. One restaurant.
Do your best to give a description and be as specific as possible, including the restaurant where you had it. It could be a dish you had one time or something you have often. Stick to restaurant meals, because even if the best thing you ever ate was at your grandma's house, it wouldn't do much good to the rest of us. This could be a great starting point for first time visitors to the city.
For me, the best thing I ever ate was a fried soft shell crab, topped with jumbo lump crab and brown butter sauce, at Galatoire's. The light breading on the crab added just enough balance and crunch to the briny, sweet crab meat on the inside. Having been there many times, I can't narrow it down to one specific day in time, so I would say it's probably one of my favorite meals in New Orleans and dream about it often...