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Trip Report: Upscale ElderHostel

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Trip Report: Upscale ElderHostel

Bashful3 | May 7, 2004 10:18 PM

You guys have it made in the shade. I knew the food would be good, but it was simply outstanding, and blew my mind a few times.

Lunches at Commander's Palace and NOla were spectacular. What got my attention at Commander's Palace was how a site with a lot of reputation doesn't rest on it. Service was outstanding. Every question was answered in detail; we felt like guests in a private home. 25c Martini's and Cosmopolitans made a big hit with our group. Highly touted Bread PUdding Souffle exceeded expectations: whiskey sauce poured into top of souffle; I wanted to scrape the dish with my fingers and lick them.

Similarly, NOLA's was very "cutting edge" in flavors and execution. The combo of fried oysters, mashed sweet potatos with bourbon and rich saucing sounded weird, but hit the spot. Dessert of Bomb Bomb was chocolate to the 9th degree, with hidden apricot surprise. Best swordfish I've ever eaten, atop a lot of exquisietly sauced linguini. A table companion gave me a taste of horseradish-sauced fish (rich, yummy). Again, unobtrusive, top-notch service.

Dinners at Brennan's, Pelican Club, Louis XVI, Dominique all made hits, but with so much great food jammed into very few days no one dish stands out.

Quick snack on my own, Acme Oyster House--what turned out to be a Baker's Dozen of Louisiana oysters, for $6.99. Wow. Noisy, fun.

If I had had more time, I would go back to Commander's Palace and NOla, possibly for lunch again, rather than dinner. IN general, choosing appetziers was tough for me--I could have made a meal of 3-4 appetizers in each of those restaurants.

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