Had a great swing through New Orleans last week with a side trip to the Cajun Prairie lands west of Lafayette. Of course had more places on my to-try list than I had time for but here are some highlights:
Charlie's Seafood in Harahan on the way to the city from the airport for a fantastic crab and corn soup and fried catfish with grits.
Mahony's (on Magazine) for a softshell crab po boy. Go early in the week and there's no line. Portions of fries and fried onions were enormous.
Couchon for boudin balls - so good I had to get 2 orders.
Gambino sandwich at Couchon Butcher with a side of Coleslaw from Ugly Dog Saloon
And for the trip home - a pressed hot muffaletta from The Grocery (on St Charles) and some Cajun Dill Zapp chips.
Cajun Country highlights included boudin at Bubba Frey's / Mowata Store, Sweet Baby Breesus biscuits at French Press in Lafayette, cracklings at Pouche's in Breaux Bridge, Bloody Mary's at Fred's Lounge in Mamou, boudin balls from the House of Meat in Brussard.
I've decided I need to go to New Orleans during Sno Ball Season more often - a great way to deal with the heat - I had 5 in 2 days at Ro Bear's (Harahan), Sno Wizard, Hansen's and Sal's (Metarie) - favorites were definately at Hansen's. Although I need to go back and try the 'cream of' flavors next trip.
My luggage was 15 pounds heavier on the way home what with the red beans, lady cream peas, rice, hot sauce, pickled okra & cajun spices from the grocery stores.
Thanks to the New Orleans hounds for answering the tourists questions over and over and hope to be back soon!
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