Eating New Orleans
We’ve just returned from a 9-day trip to NOLA. First time back, post-Katrina. We ate at all of the restaurants, that I had mentioned in my previous thread, plus a few additional ones. In an attempt to put these into some order, I’m going to do, as I did for our 16-day trip to Hawai`i, last October, and add each restaurant as a Reply. That way, someone can collapse the threads and hit only what they want. It also helps me put each restaurant into a separate review, so I don’t jump all over the place.
Background: wife is a “native,” as is her mother, who was traveling with us. Wife’s family mostly still lives in NOLA, or its environs. Everyone loves good food, though most are not the “food-geeks,” that we are, and certainly not the winos, either. One nephew has been a line-chef, a pastry-chef and a sous-chef at some higher-end NOLA restaurants and just cooked his way across Prague for six months. A niece has been in food-service in NOLA, mostly at the “neighborhood eatery” level. My wife could well be a chef, were she not so good at being a hospital president. Maybe for retirement, I’ll get her into Le Cordon Bleu and fund a restaurant wherever she wants – if I can be her sommelier...
We flew the Southwest Airlines’ Disney Land/Disney World shuttle, picking it up in Phoenix. This made it easy on us, as mother-in-law is 87 and in a wheelchair - non-stop was definitely the way to go. I left my wine glasses in their travel bag at home, since my hands were full, and regretted that decision several times.
In general terms, the food was great, and the service was even better. We could not have felt any more welcome (except for MSY, but that is another story), and it was heartening to see the City doing so well with the restaurant scene. [Note: if I were just a casual tourist and did not know intimately, of the charms of New Orleans, I would have left immediately and never returned, based on the treatment and attitude of some of the concessionaires at MSY. They are NOT ambassadors for the great, but still struggling city – sour, dour, mean, rude and nasty. What a bunch.]
What follows is the chronological progression, regarding our diners. The other dining will not be covered, with two exceptions: brunch on Sunday and lunch on the Gulf Coast.