Searching for the perfect martini in Nola. Well, not "the" perfect, "my" perfect.
Once you get the kind of vodka and dryness right - my most important requirement is that the drink is icy, icy cold.
Usually, bartenders don't seem to get this. I once had a perfect one where they had a mallet and pounded the ice somehow which created slivers of ice. You can get the same result using a stainless shaker - but you have to shake it forever.