My husband and I have been back a couple of times. The first trip back we went to Bacco - the barbecue shrimp were so good I almost cried! We also hit Juan's Flying Burrito because we love it and were homesick for it.
Last weekend was even better - amazing the difference that three weeks makes. We hit a place on the West Bank called the Nine Roses - Vietnamese/Chinese - and it was excellent, and packed. It's a hole in the wall with an extensive menu. I hear the owner is making two trips to Houston a week to pick up her spices and herbs, etc.
We went to Table One, and that was also good - great service - with a small wait, but there was space at the bar :). The menu was limited, but with the exception of Nine Roses, that's what we've found in many places, which makes sense.
We did hit Cafe du Monde for beignets. I think the staff is fairly new - the service was really spotty. We waited forever and eventually changed tables to try to get into a different zone. I think the service speed affected the beignets - not as hot as I'm used to (kind of wondered if maybe the kitchen is working faster than the servers can serve up the beignets). Anyway, despite all that it was great to sit outside and eat some beignets and drink some cafe au lait. Just be prepared to wait, and be pleasantly surprised if you don't have to - I think it's all hit and miss until the new staff is up to speed.
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