So the Girl & I made our way around town a little bit over the T-Day weekend and tried a few new-to-us places with mostly positive results. A few standouts:
Galatoire's 33 -- We sat at the bar and had a couple of cocktails -- of which the retro Sazarac was the highlight -- along with their deviled eggs and cracklins (it wasn't our first stop of the night...). The bar they built for the space is really fabulous; in fact, my only real quibble is with the gigantic televisions. I'm not sure why bars need TVs.
Jung's Golden Dragon -- I take back what I've said in the past about New Orleans not having good Chinese food. They came through (on Thanksgiving day no less) with their "Chinese menu" selections: the dumplings and Szechuan offerings were on par with Chinatown joints in other cities.
Marti's -- As I mentioned in another post we stopped info for a late lunch/early dinner here on Friday and were impressed with the food (especially the bone marrow which was delicious!) and amiable service at the bar. Deciding what to have was difficult, their tight menu really didn't seem to have any throwaway dishes.
Peche -- The food was good but gosh, the service at the bar was really lacking. Three (!) bartenders at an almost empty bar and we had a difficult time engaging with any of them. They did have an unusual French/Basque dry cider that was absolutely top notch. Worth another try, for sure, but didn't live up to the service expectations set by Cochon.
And something of a sleeper:
The Warehouse Grille [sic] -- We arrived at the CAC[*] a little early and figured we'd grab a quick breakfast while we waited for the doors to open. This place (that I've driven by a gazillion times) was right there so we figured why not. I ended up with a spicy Bloody Mary and an excellent steak & eggs breakfast. The steak was a respectable (read: not gristly) ribeye, cooked to the correct temp, and seasoned. For a quickie $12 breakfast I'm really impressed.
[*] The Edward Burtynsky Water exhibit is amazing. http://cacno.org/