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NOLA Trip Report

sunsuze | | Jun 8, 2010 11:15 AM

I have had another very entertaining and happy trip to NOLA.

We started out on the Royal Street Stroll. While the entertainment was far better than in years past I must say that the wine wasn't remarkable and the food- well all I can say is "What food?" We encountered mostly bowls of peanuts and crudite platters. There was a vendor making what appeared to be a pasta salad but the line was far too long. The best thing we ate at the stroll was the tiramisu from Rouses. It was crowded this year but we had a great time but it seemed a little off this year.

Mr.B's. Certainly the most solid meal we had while in NOLA. I had the gumbo ya-ya and BBQ shrimp with a blueberry mojito. My friend had the fried oysters and grilled amberjack. Everything was excellent from service , to quality of food, and the mojito was one of the best I have ever had.

Sucre on Magazine St I sampled the peach cobbler gelato, chocolate macaroons, and a strawberry cupcake. Everything was worth the splurge both calorically and financially. I especially loved the gelato but could have lived without the cupcake. Thank you Suzy Wong for the recc. (Take the bus! Don't try to walk there!)

Margaritaville: Didn't want to go there but some hounds reported that the food and beverages were actually very good. Sorry to report that both the food and beverage made my stomach turn. The service and entertainment were very good but I just sat there starring out the window at Coops wishing I was there instead. Wishing I was almost anywhere than the bar at Margaritaville - sad to say.

The best recc I received through Chowhound was for Croissant D'or Patisserie - 617 Ursulines Ave - in the French Quarter. We had croissants and cafe au lait - all for under seven bucks. It was delish - and the atmosphere was wonderful. I will return again and again.

Nola: This was the most expensive meal of the trip. Highlights were the Pimms Cup and the crispy duck liver with greens, caramelized onions and creole mustard aioli. Also sampled Miss Hay's stuffed chicken wings with homemade hoisin dipping sauce - think turducken. I am not a huge fan of turduckrn so I was not a huge fan of the chicken wings. Everything else was average. Service was fine though the bar tender was brisk and not interested in making any suggestions concerning drinks. The bathroom was dirty which is a red flag for me and my dinning companion. Some of things being prepared - but not available for consumption when we were there looked out of this world!

Cochon Butcher: A real standout was the duck pastrami appetizer. It was fantastic! Miss Piggy Goes Green cocktail was fabulous too. A very busy place with a great vibe. Take a cab if you are staying in the Quarter.

Cup Cake Cafe on Chartres Street was a nice little place for breakfast. The cupcake here was very good and it's the kind of place that I prefer for a simple and inexpensive breakfast. And yes - I paid the dollar for the cupcake dessert with breakfast!

Domenica: Sampled a pizza and a couple of small plates. The best thing I ate here was the cheesecake. The pizza was fine - we appreciated the small plates - squash blossoms were delish. Disappointment for me was that they were out of several of the cocktails and the hovering service by the managers.

I went to the gas station on Rampart Street for fried chicken I had read about in several posts. It was Keys fried chicken (if that means anything to anyone). It was fine but I certainly don't think it was a stand out. What was a stand out was the recently released inmate from Angola that we met. He was charming in that ex-con kind of way and suggested that we all party together in celebration of his release. Best of luck to him - but we had to take a pass on the celebration.

Tried in vain to locate the Maple Street bakery and was unable to do so. Went to Oak Alley Plantation which made for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. They serve excellent Mint Juleps too.

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Margaritaville Cafe
1104 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112