Landed in NO Thursday at 7pm...checked in the hotel and made it to KPaul's by 8:30...a bowl of Chicken & Andouille Gumbo and some Shrimp Etouffee make me feel very happy to be back in New Orleans...the dark roux they make for gumbo at Kpaul's is amazing.
Friday - planned on dinner at the Acme Oyster House, but when I saw the line outside the door I quickly moved to Plan B - The Red Fish Grill right around the corner...a dozen+ of absolutely delicious oysters on the half-shell followed by Blackened Redfish & BBQ Oysters over a beer braised cabbage that fit strangely well with the fish...Acme who?
Saturday - Galatoires...Galatoire Goute(a sampler of Shrimp Remoulade, Crabmeat Maison, Shrimp Maison)...Creole Gumbo...and after three days of seafood, i needed some BEEF, and the perfectly prepared 11 oz Filet Bearnaise fit the bill nicely...chocolate pecan pie for dessert...there is definately something special about Galatoires...located amidst the usual Bourbon Street madness (not to mention 50 feet from Larry Flynt's strip club and several others), it's surprisingly easy to forget what is outside...the whole experience was relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable...many thanks to all the chowhounders who recommended it.
Sunday - my orignal plan was crawfish at Franky and Johnny's then on to Tipitinas to hear Bruce Daigrepont...unfortunately, after three days at Fair Grounds Race Course and three late nights out, I was running out of steam...I had a ticket to see Keb'Mo at the House of Blues and decided to just to take my chances at finding dinner on my walk from the Frenchmen Hotel to the HOB...I ended up with a seat at the bar of Emeril's NOLA restaurant...Pan Crispy Louisiana Crab Cake was good, but it would have been nice if it was cakes, not cake...Grilled Grouper and Ham Hock dumplings in a split pea soup was very interesting...you have to wonder who thinks these things up...it made for a great presentation and was excellent...heading back to the hotel at 1am I couldn't help but stop at Cafe du Monde for beignet and cafe au lait...the perfect ending.
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