Took a lot of tips from this board and wanted to give some back. I've been to NOLA a few times before, so this time did some old favorites and tried some new spots. Hotel served breakfast so I did that most days, and coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde are a given :)
Sunday Dinner: Arrived to a very hot and sticky NOLA. We were staying in the CBD (near the Convention Center-- my boyfriend was there for a conference but I was just there to vacation and EAT) but walked over to the french quarter. After an unsuccessful attempt to get po-boys at Johnny's (they are only open for lunch!) a local directed us to Coop's (also on my list of potential places). There was a bit of a wait, and they only had one table for 6 which was occupied, so we split into two tables. I got the sampler plate because I wanted to try lots of items. The fried chicken was truly the star. Everything else was tasty, but heaped together on the plate in a way that made it hard to determine what was what! Others at the table got po-boys (fried oyster, fried shrimp, or half and half) and determined them to be good, not great. No mayo on the sandwiches, and the mayo on the table was less than appealing since it was sitting out in 95 degree heat!
Monday Dinner: Luke. This was a great meal. The place has a nice but casual atmosphere. Our server was a little on the slow side but very helpful and pleasant. The duck pate was a favorite. Pasta with pork belly and clams was also delicious.
Tuesday Lunch: Cochon. Sat at the bar and enjoyed the amazing Boss Hogg cocktail (watermelon juice, cucumber vodka, moonshine), the soup of the day (delicious creamy carrot) and a crawfish handpie that was absolutely perfect. Really wanted to go back during the trip but didn't get the chance. Highly recommend this place.
Tuesday Dinner: Went to Molly's at the Market with a large group from the conference. Had read on this board that they served yummy food, but in fact they serve NO food. (Well, maybe they do sometimes, but the back bar was closed, and they were only serving drinks up front). We did enjoy the amazing bloody mary, Pimm's Cup and (on another visit) frozen Irish coffee.
Then we headed to Port of Call for burgers. We had a very large party but we were all able to be seated almost immediately, at 2 tables plus some spots at the bar. I was a little turned off by the smell of the place-- did i detect mold/cat urine? yuck. But, the burger was pretty great. Very juicy and messy. Drinks are industrial strength.
Wednesday Lunch: Napoleon House. Tried their Pimm's Cup (like Molly's better!) and the hot muffaletta. Very good, but not as good as Central Grocery (see below). Also had the selection of spreads appetizer which was excellent, and the pesto pasta salad which was a mistake.
Wednesday Dinner: Tommy's Cuisine. I have eaten here EVERY time i visit nola. On my first ever visit, a cab driver recommended Tommy's, and it's been a favorite ever since. Great atmosphere, tremendous service, and awesome food. My boyfriend had the escargot appetizer which was one of the best preparations I've ever tasted. He also had an off-the menu entree, veal picatta with lump crab meat, which was fantastic. I had a very good caesar salad, followed by another off-menu special, crawfish ettouffe. divine! Shared some sorbet for dessert-- another really lovely dinner at Tommy's!
Thursday Dinner: Stella! This was our "splurge" night, celebrating an anniversary. We had 6:30 reservations and when we arrived the beautiful dining room was almost empty, except for one very large and very LOUD table, which was pretty annoying for the 1st half of the meal. The rest of the room filled up quickly. The meal was AMAZING. We started with drinks- champagne for me (they have Dom by the glass but I didn't splurge THAT much) and martini for the bf. Then we decided to get the 7 course tasting. But, we didn't stop there! We added the foie gras BLT since I had heard so much about it. With the amuse bouche (2) and mignardises, we ended up eating 10 courses!! But it was fantastic. The service was dead-on, always there but not too overbearing. Food was delicious-- delicate, flavorful, rich, all in the right proportions, and elegantly presented. Desserts were a bit of a let-down after the perfection of the savory courses, but dessert is not always my favorite. We had a bottle of reasonably priced wine with the meal (I can't do wine pairings or I'll be on the floor before the final course!) and our tab (with generous tip) ended up around $475. DEFINITELY a splurge, but a wonderful meal and experience. Highly recommended for a special occasion meal.
Friday Lunch: Last meal before leaving town, muffaletta at Central Grocery. Another "must-go" for me. Lucked out and there was no line and plenty of room in the back to eat. Sandwiches were perfect and I saved a quarter of a sandwich for "later" (meaning I ate it at the airport).
Other: another GREAT find was Meltdown, a gourmet popsicle place in the french quarter (Decatur and Dumain). I went twice! Tried a number of their awesome flavors including pineapple cilantro, lemon verbena ginger, and saffron rosewater. They taste amazing and are just the thing to cool down from that INTENSE new orleans heat. The owner was very friendly and apologized about any flavors she had run out of. I wish they had one of these in Baltimore!!
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130
Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Molly's At the Market
1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles
508 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116