We stayed in an apartment in the Irish Channel on a way-too-short visit to NOLA last week, and ate mostly at places on or near Magazine. We were walking distance to Coquette, and ate there twice--once for lunch, and once for cocktails and appetizers at the bar. As usual, everything was fabulous; standouts included the shrimp and grits and the Bananas Foster.
We brought our bicycles this trip, and needed a minor repair, so went to Mike’s Bike Shop on Magazine. Mike doesn’t open until 10, so I was happy to spot La Boulangerie French bakery close by. We stopped in for a nibble and some coffee; the chocolate almond croissant was heavenly! So good, in fact that we stopped in again on our way out of town and picked up a French King Cake (puff pastry and almond cream) and a loaf of their great olive bread.
We wandered up to Bouligny Tavern one evening and made a meal of appetizers. This wine bar is next door to Lilette, and I think shares the same kitchen; at least the appetizers are those that Lilette serves. The parm marrow toast, frequently lauded on here by Jazzy B, was indeed a treat, but the best thing we had was the duck confit on greens. The squash fritters were also amazing and I was very happy with the by-the-glass wine selection.
We headed to Casamento’s for a dozen raw oysters (plump and wonderful as usual) and an order of the fried crab claws while out bike riding one day; afterwards we saw Café Atchafalaya so stopped in at lunch time, and the place was empty. We shared a crabmeat salad and had a cocktail; the salad was very good but the lunch menu seemed fairly limited (maybe we just weren’t very hungry after the oysters and crab claws, though!). I’d like to go back for brunch sometime since the place seems to get a lot of love from y’all.
We also ate at Parasol’s; we shared the gumbo which was delicious and a basket of fried oysters and sweet potato fries, very good. We ordered a deconstructed roast beef po’boy to go (so it wouldn’t get soggy). We ended up sharing that for breakfast, and the roast beef and gravy proved to be the best we’ve had; I had to restrain myself from licking the container I heated it in!
We never made it to the Quarter or the CBD this trip, and didn’t feel a bit deprived. As always, folks were very friendly and made us feel welcome everywhere we went. Thanks, New Orleans, we’ll be back soon!