My son and I decided to join my wife who was in the Big Easy on business. We arrived at the hotel at about 10pm and the first thing he wanted to do was go get something to eat. We walked to the French Quarter (about three blocks away on the other side of Canal St.) and went to The Seaport for a quick couple of dozen oysters on the half shell and a salad. Then walked along Bourbon Street for about half an hour and headed back to get some sleep.
Next morning we awoke late and while the wife was at her meetings, walked across the quarter to have lunch at Tujague's (apparently pronounced Two Jacks) It is a very old fashoned (and old, since 1856) place. The waiter came up to us an announced that they were serving three entrees that day. My son had the brisket and I had the jumbalaya. It all came with a salad, crab and spinach soup, bread and tea. The brisket was very filling and quite tender. My meal was very satisfying.
After lunch we wandered along Royal St. My son really liked the shop with the antique weapons, and the one with the autographed guitars. After a while we decided to stop at Acme for another couple of dozen oysters and then kept on walking around. We went into a bar (can't remember which) and listend to a rock/zydaco band. Unfortunately it was happy hour and when I ordered a Heinakins (I am not a beer drinker) three showed up. I finished two, took one in a go cup and we wandered over to the Funky Pirate where a guy called E.J and his Electric Band were doing a Hendrix tribute. He was really good. Funny part was, a guy and his son sat at the table behind us. The waitress asked if the guy was 21 and when told no, said that they had to leave. Then she served my son and I. (He had a Coke)
Went back to the hotel to meet up with the better half, showered and changed and headed over to Mr. B's for dinner. Things started off well, nice place, large, but intimate. We did not have a reservation but it was only 6:00pm so it wasn't a problem. I ordered a '97 Davis Bynum Westside Road Russian River Valley that was on the list for $60. The waiter came back and asked if that was the Pinot Noir, then again to ask again. Then he brought out the 99. Finally he got it right. Then as the appetizers were being served, a forgettable mushroom timboline for me, nice scallops for Karen, duck spring rolls the boy, a large, drunk party came in celebrating a birthday. They were so loud that you had to yell to be heard. And they kept shouting at each other, especially one woman with a very piercing voice. The wait staff came over to apologize for the noise, and I asked to be moved to anywhere else. We were moved up front where it was much quieter, but still loud but not annoyingly so. Dinner was a very nice duck for me, served with whipped sweet potatos and a cherry sauce. My son had the rack of lamb, and my wife the grilled mahi mahi. Both were very good. Dessert was a very good bread pudding, and a honeycomb/icecream/chocolate sauce thing. Coffee for me and wife, expresso for the boy ended the meal. After dinner we walked for a while then got a cab to go to Snug Harbor where we saw Ellis Marsalis and his trio. After the show we went back to Acme and had a couple dozen more oysters while my wife had some gumbo. Then off to bed.
Saturday started with a trip around the corner to Mothers for breakfast. What a trip. A definite must for any visitor to NO. Great breakfast and lots of fun watching everyone. Huge portions, mounds of grits and lots of great coffee. Then off to Magazine Street to go shopping. Rode the trolly car home then to the quarter again for more oysters. This time at Desire. Hottest horseradish I ever ate. Great fun watching everyone on the street.
We had reservations at Clancy's so it was back home to shower and off we went. (That place is in the middle of nowhere in relation to the quarter) Started with the fried oysters and brie for the wife and I but the boy had the crabcakes. The oysters were out of this world, but the crabcakes even better. For entrees I had the smoked soft shell crab with crabmeat. Crisp, huge, smokey and just right. Piled with sweet crabmeat. It was served with a spiced roasted potato, crisp baby greenbeans and a corn and red cabbage salsa. My wife had the seabass with a lemon wine sauce. The son had the pasta (ziti) with scallops, asparagas, and Feta cheese. It was spicy and creamy and delicous. Dessert was frozen lemon pie for me, peppermint ice cream for her and vodka/grapefruit sorbet for the boy. Coffee to end the meal. We had a bottle of the 2000 Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet with the meal.
We really enjoyed our time in the city and plan to return.
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