This was a food trip-----, we had a list and tried to hit them all. We wanted good food and we didn't want to have to dress up. I wore blue jeans and tennis shoes in almost every restaurant and my wife wore jeans and boots. We stayed at the W in the Quarter and had a car so we could venture out without any trouble. The City is very easy if you have a map and know that the streets in the Quarter change names when they cross Canal.Here's what we did.
Lunch------ PORT OF CALL this was our first trip there and it was every bit as good as advertised. Very casual, bar atmosphere with huge burgers and fantastic baked potatoes and Abita beer. Crowded, so we ate at the bar. Loved it.
Dinner----PASCAL'S MANELE This is a tradtion with us to go for the Pan Roast and the BBQ shrimp. Yea, it's old and kind of dumpy but it holds a special place in my heart because of my father. We enjoyed it as always and did not dress up at all(tennis shoes)
Lunch----UGLESICH'S Stood in line for 45 min in the rain(covered though) and it was worth it. Had the fried green tomatoes, crab balls(only ok) and the shrimp Uggie(excellent). Met a nice couple from Cali and shared a table with them. We loved it when the server(Uggie's son?) announced each dish as he served it. Everyone turns to see what the dishes look like. A true delight-----Totally casual.
Dinner---JACQUES IMO'S One of our favorite experiences in quite awhile. First, we had to wait 2 hrs !! but we met and drank with many "new" friends including Jack himself. We found out he's from Syracuse NY, he's opening on the Upper West Side of NYC soon and also now has a lunch(po boys) spot called Crabby Jacks out on the "highway". He was great entertainment for our wait. Because of suggestions from other tables we started with the eggplant, very good(my wife loved it), then onto what we came here for---ethe alligator cheescake. I don't know what I thought this would be but it exceded all expectations. It's not a cheescake, it's more of a brie but not really. You just have to try it. It came warm instead of hot and we told our server. She said she'd get us another one and to eat that one anyway(so we ate 2--aaah !!). My wife got the famous fried chicken which we both thought was good but did not compare to the pork chops I got--which were out of this world. Dessert was creme brule(excellent). Just a fantastic experience. Again, I wore tennis shoes--totally casual and tons of fun.
Lunch---MOTHERS---Again a tradtion with us, one of our all time favorite New Orleans spots. We pigged out as usual. Had the Black ham biscuit(the black ham is to die for), the seafood gumbo(pretty good), 1/2 shrimp po boy, and 1/2 Ferdi w/debris(both excellent as always). You have to love the New Orleans atmosphere from the greeter at the door to the cooks and servers. After this meal we were never really hungry again the rest of the trip.
Dinner---MOSCA'S--We had never driven out there because we always had friends or kids with us that didn't want to drive that far(it's really only about 25min--if you know what your're doing) but this time we ventured to the sacred spot. Oh my my. What a place. And I want to thank all the foodies here who gave their reports that prompted us to make this quest. We got the first time standards--the crab salad, the oyster pan roast and the Italian shrimp(no room for the roast chicken). The crab salad was an incredible begining(though not cheap at 12.50--but money was not going to get in our way on this trip), then the oysters, it rivaled the alligator cheescake as the best thing on the whole trip( 25.95), then the shrimp which turned out to be Moscas's version of BBQ shrimp(I wish that I'd known this, so I wouldn't have got them at Pascals!). Well, they take their version to new level. It's alot like all the others but with MUCH MUCH better and deeper flavor.The best that we have ever had(again 25.95). Mosca's is a must for every foodie. Again we dressed casual, but some of the regulars were dressed up a little but no sport coats.
Lunch----GALLATOIRES----yea, I know I said we didn't dress up on this trip. But we went for lunch and I put on real shoes and wore a nicer sweater but that's all(most of the locals were wearing jackets but it is not required for lunch) We got there as they opened and were seated in the main room against the mirrored wall(exactly where we wanted). We started with the shrimp remoulade(always the best anywhere) and then as I've been told, let our waiter pick our fish. He chose the Drum(I believe) Yvonne(crab and butter w/seasonings) and it was perfect. One note, every local in there ordered the potato puffs(kinda like homemade potato chips), so we had our waiter bring us some and they were quite good. It's easy to see that Gallatoires is just a very special place for many Orleanians.
Dinner----IRENES--- we messed up and did not make reservations(the one night of the year they take them--NY Eve) and so missed out on dinner there and ended up just noshing on the street.
Breakfast----CAMELLIA GRILL----Well you can't hit a home run every time up to bat. We got up and drove down St. Charles(beautiful drive) to the CG. Well I hate to burst the bubble but we came away very disappointed. It's a cool spot and everything and I'm sure it holds a place in many a foodies heart but the service was terrible(which takes some work at a diner), and the food was only ok(omelette and pecan waffle). The Waffle House is much better-- both in food and service. JMHO
All in all it was a very memorable food trip. We finally got to Jacques and Moscas, which were both spectacular and had some other great meals and our old favorites.