And, so, we arrived at our last day. It was a quiet time as we packed our bags and said goodbye to our lovely and quirky suite and took one last look around the courtyard.
We checked our bags with the bellman and then retrieved our car saying we would be back around 3 PM to get our bags and head to the airport.
Our first stop was to get lunch at Parkway Bakery. We parked in the lot in the back and made our way to an open two-top in the bar. We were warmly greeted and handed menus and our drink order was taken (two Diet Cokes). We reviewed the menu and then asked for recommendations from our server who was doubling as the bartender.
He suggested we get a large Roast Beef and Gravy Po Boy and a large Shrimp Po Boy, have them cut in two and then share. We took his advice and added a side of fries.
About 15 minutes later, our Po Boys arrived. I started with the Roast Beef and Gravy and I was thrilled. I mean, really thrilled. The sandwich was thick, meaty, messy, and alive with great flavor. I loved it! It was an exceptional sandwich. J. had the other half and was very happy with the Po Boy and was all but licking up the remains on the butcher paper used to wrap it.
Next up was the Shrimp Po Boy. This was packed with shrimp and they were crunchy and plump, fresh and well cooked. The mix of the shrimp and it being dressed made this one a winner. However, we were really wowed by the Roast Beef, so this took a back seat.
Unfortunately, the fries were a bit lackluster. They were okay, but in retrospect, we probably would have been just as pleased if we didn't order them.
We left Parkway with big smiles on our faces and full tummies. It was a great final full meal in New Orleans.
Before we headed to he airport, we decided to do a little shopping for gifts and I decided to get a box of Pralines from Evans Creole Candy Store near the French Market. Besides getting a box of traditional Pralines, I got a maple one for J. and a chewy one for myself.
The traditional Pralines were very good, and nice choice for gifts for friend. I found them not as good as Southern Candymakers, but much better than Aunt Sally's. J. said his Maple Praline was good, but wasn't spectacular. My chewy Pralines was, well, awful. It had a decent flavor, but the texture was terrible. It was like chewing gummy, pasty, taffy. Yuck. I was more than happy to dispose of it as quickly as possible. Still, the traditional Pralines saved the day.
We started walking back to the car and realized we had to have one more round at Cafe du Monde. It was a bit nippy outside, so we sat inside and waited about 10 minutes before getting our order taken. Two orders of beignets and two Cafe au Laits were requested and we only waited five minutes before our goodies were delivered. The two orders were piled high on one plate and smothered in powdered sugar.
The beignets were, of course, wonderful. Hot, crunchy and chewed, we gobbled them down and then realized that wearing dark colors to CdM was pretty much the wrong decision. It was one bite of donut and then a clean up, another bite and another clean up, and one and on. The Cafe au Lait was great.
We did one final cleaning and then headed for the car. Gathering our bags, we were profusely thanked by our valet who had taken such good care of us and we headed to I-10 and then to Louis Armstrong Airport.
We had a wonderful time, great meals, and only a few issues. However, this was the finest vacation J. and I have ever had and we were so pleased to be able to celebrate our anniversary in New Orleans.
Thank you, New Orleans.
We will be back!