Hi chow hounders! Just wanted to extend my thanks for your guidance with my trip a few weeks ago.
Here's how it all turned out:
On our way from the airport: Parkway Bakery. Split a shrimp po boy dressed. Was satisfying and I loved the atmosphere of the place...wasn't a po boy I would go back for. Ultimately, nicely fried shrimp on bread with L, T, M. ...nothing special.
Pre-dinner snack: Domenica: Loved the vibe of this place...busy, loud, and friendly. We had the crema fritta and brussels sprouts. Sprouts were yummy and of course, who doesn't love fried cheese....but this was an elevation of that that I would definitely have again...and again...
Friday night: Cochon... big disappointment! Restaurant was lively and fun and service was good but drinks were not good and the food was totally oversalted. My friend and I had the wood fired oyster roast which seemed to be flooded with citrus that really overwhelmed the oyster flavor. Also had boudin, which was fine, and the ham hock and cochon, both of which were beyond salty. Decided to skip dessert.
Saturday morning: Beignet Cafe on Bourbon St. We had been to a different Beignet Cafe on our first visit, some 10 years ago and we were jonesing for the puffy beignets and chicory coffee we remembered. The beignets at this location were more like waffles...no puffiness but still good. And we couldn't taste the chicory in our coffees at all. Is there some place for chicory coffee that is more evident?
Saturday lunch: Casamento's on Magazine St. My friend had the gumbo (DELICIOUS!) and I had the oyster stew...watery and pretty flavorless. We split an oyster po boy, which was incredibly bland. I was beginning to wonder gulf oysters had lost their flavor.
Soooo...we kept walking down Magazine St. and stumbled across:
Baru: Delicious! They are still waiting their license to sell alcohol but they served delicious fruit spritzers. We had fried oysters, which were the best we have had there! Also had a shrimp taco special. A nice treat!
BTW...Afternoon drinks at Coquette were delicious and the menu looks amazing...will definitely come back and try.
Saturday dinner: Restaurant August. WOW!!! What an amazing meal. We were waited on by Ronan, who was instrumental in helping us pare our choices. We ended up deciding on a bunch of appetizers and the short ribs for dinner. The crab with gnocchi with truffle was good but the standouts of the evening were the mangalitsa pork with kimchi appetizer and the stuffed squash blossoms with tomato. Unbelievable bursts of flavor.
Sunday breakfast: Stanley...cute place but nothing really stood out. Coffee was good, though.
Sunday dinner: Galatoire's...in a word...YUM! The escargot were to die for...so we died for them TWICE! The ambience was loud and bustling with my birthday and anniversaries than I could possibly have imagined...but all the clapping and congratulating was contagious.
I am so charmed by this city and that I'm coming back in a weeks time for my first solo pleasure trip. I've checked out the boards for advice on solo dining and I think i'm having dinner at Domenica and definitely lunch at Coquette...not sure about the rest...I'm there for 3 nights over Halloween. Am VERY excited to see how everyone celebrates here. Hopefully people will be dressed up on the ACTUAL day (a Monday) as I'm breaking out my bioluminescent jellyfish costume for the occasion!
If anyone has tips on dining or skulking around the quarter on Halloween night, I'm all ears!!!
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