Breau Bridge - Friday March 18 - Dinner at Cafe Des Amis. We were still pretty stuffed from cheeseburgers on the road so we opted for soup and appetizers. Good choice. I had the Hen and Andouille Gumbo and the Oysters Des Amis. The gumbo was served with potato salad which to me was pretty unusual. DH had turtle soup and Crabmeat Napolean which is a crab imperial thing in puffed pastry. We split the Gateau de Sirop which was the hit of the evening. Absolutely delicious.
Breau Bridge - Saturday, March 19 - Zydeco breakfast at Cafe Des Amis. This is a lot of fun. DH had a tasso omelet and I had crawfish ettouffee atop a biscuit and scrambled eggs. Both were served with andouille cheese grits, which were the hit of the morning. We ate lunch at Poche's where we both had crawfish ettouffee. I had potato salad and green beans as sides. Starting to see a pattern of potato salad siding spicy food in Acadiana. That night we went to Prejean's. I had the eggplant pirogue stuffed with seafood. It would have been good if I could have eaten more than a few bites.
Breau Bridge and New Orleans - Sunday, March 20 - Breakfast at Cafe Des Amis. We started with beginets which were out of this world Then we split an omelet and more of the delicious andouille cheese grits. By now we had learned that we could only eat two meals a day. Supper was at Mandina's in New Orleans. Good time to go. No lines. I had oyster artichoke soup and a roastbeef poor boy. I asked for a taste of oyster dressing because I'd never tasted it. The nice waitress brought me a side dish bowl and didn't charge us. DH had turtle soup and an oyster poor boy. He declared this the best turtle soup of the trip. Good New Orleans neighborhood haunt.
New Orleans - Monday, March 21 - Lunch at Palace Cafe. After a rather harrowing streetcar ride, I deserved an Abita Amber and ordered one. Then I had crab cheesecake which was a delight. Followed by oyster pan roast which was a little heavy on the rosemary for me. DH had a luncheon special which was crawfish cakes. some kind of of salad, and TURTLE SOUP. He wrote a note on the hard copy of Tom 's review, "crawfish cake - yum yum." We thought the Palace Cafe was in a beautiful building with what I might call grandeur. Dinner that night was at the Bon Ton. I ordered the crabmeat au gratin. This was my best entree of the trip. There was so much succulent crabmeat that it looked like some kind of pasta dish. All crabmeat. Ate every bite. DH had oysters Alvin which he said was his single best entree. Ironically, we didn't care for the Bon Ton's bread pudding.
New Orleans - Tuesday, March 22 - Breakfast at the hotel Infinitely forgetable. Dinner at Brigtsen's. DH had the fish early bird special. I had the seafood platter and pecan pie. The pecan pie was the standout. We thought Brigtsen's was particularly great as an overall dining experience. Lovely old house. Warm friendly atmosphere. Good service. Good food.
New Orleans - Wednesday, March 23 - Lunch at Commander's Palace. Back to my appetizer pattern Started with shrimp remoulade. Well, after the 25 cent martini that is. Followed that with crabmeat ravigote. Then the bread pudding souffle. Everything wonderful. DH declared Commander's the best bread pudding of the trip. By then he was a certifiable bread pudding expert. Dinner at Casamento's. A perfect place to sup after lunch at Commander's. Both of us had oyster stew and oyster loaf. Both perfect. Fried oysters are hard to get right. And they do.
Metairie, Thursday, March 24 - Lunch at Drago's on the way home. We both had charcoal broiled oysters and oysters brochette. Wonderful.
In conclusion, this little report sounds like we are not very discriminating. For the most part, we absolutely loved everything. This was true partially because I've been lurking on the food boards for about a year. Thanks to you, I was able to select not only restaurants but also individual dishes that we would enjoy. Now as for next time. Maybe Antoine's - Arnaud's - the Rib Room - Mr. B's-----????
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