I am so sorry that I have not reported back. The mix of marital bliss, post-celebration liver failure, and wading through a sea of unwanted ceramic figurine gifts has left me little time to gather my thoughts. So, I will do thin in chronological order....the good stuff will come later.
My betrothed and I arrived late evening on Wednesday and quickly settled into our uber fabulous B&B (the B&W Courtyards) in Marigny. We were warned about walking around at night and getting lost, but we safely made it to Frenchman Street and shared a crawdad cake (off their late night menu) and had some Mint Palmers and Pisco Sours at the Marigny Brasserie. We enjoyed both very much. The cakes had great flavor, and we loved the drinks although the pisco sour tasted nothing like a traditional PS. I must admit - I barely remember this meal.
We got up Thursday morning and had a lovely breakfast of fresh fruit, warm pastries and delicious coffee on the unbelievably luxurious mix-matched china and perfectly polished antique dining table. We worked up an appetite walking across the French Quarter to the city center location to get our marriage license and then walking the 2 miles back. We needed to get something quick and road friendly so we popped into the Central Grocery. I was confused because I was expecting a line. Some surly dude them threw a sandwich at me and asked me for $8. Wow. That was the most amazingly delicious pile of meat, olives and bread I have ever had. That afternoon I also found out that my wedding dress had show-up in Phoenix...so there was still hope on that front.
Dinner at Cochon was great. and not (to our surpirse) very expensive. We had fried rabbit livers with a sweet spicy thai sauce that were delicious. perfectly fried, good size and the sauce was lick-the-plate good. The fried alligator nuggets were also yummy, but unremarkable. Great crawfish, smothered greens and something else I can't recall. The best part was a perfect pineapple upside-down cake with lemon ice cream, great cornmeal texture, not too sweet , inspired me to make updise down cake at home. Then we met up with my siblings and stayed out all night dancing and drinking on Frenchman.
The last meal we had before the serious family onslaught was at The Grocery. I think that this was by far my favorite morsel of the whole trip. The roast beef and gravy po'boy was just the right mix of refined flavor and a complete mess to eat. I loved the thinly sliced beef, delicious thin gravy, not too salty and I even enjoyed the mayo on it. Also, such a friendly and pleasant atmosphere, the outside tables are a great place to hang out.
We stopped in for beignets at Cafe du Monde on the way back to our room later that day and that was also a glorious mess.
From here it goes downhill real fast, then up, then levels out. I'll be back with more.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116