Just returned from a quick (Saturday-Monday)jaunt to NOLA with some friends. It was my third trip, but none of them had ever been. We are all in the food business (restaurant, catering), and almost always travel strictly to experience regional food. These people live to eat.
We had dinner Saturday night at Brigtsen's, which was unfortunately disappointing. I had very high expectations, based on reviews I read here and on other sites, and it just didn't live up to the hype. We had appetizers of rabbit tenderloin and sweetbreads, both of which were suprisingly bland. The spinach salad with oysters and applewood-smoked bacon were great! My duck entree was overcooked and underseasoned. Overall, a forgettable meal.
Sunday morning we did the jazz brunch at Commander's Palace. Outstanding. Yes, a tourist activity, but everyone should do it at least once. Great service and beautifully executed food. And the best coffee we've had (in the U.S.) in a long time.
Sunday afternoon... Muffaletta at Central Grocery. I could eat this sandwich every day until I die.
Sunday night--Oysters Rockefeller and Bananas Foster at Brennan's--just perfect before heading to a 2 1/2 hour Lucinda Williams concert at House of Blues!
Monday morning, light breakfast in order to save room for lunch at Acme Oyster House. During this lunch, my friend turned to me and said "This is a perfect moment. There is no place I would rather be and nothing I would rather be eating." Amen.