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Easter Birthday trip report/recap

primadana | Apr 25, 201511:17 AM

We arrived thursday 4/2 evening around rush hour and decided to pick up some takeout near the apartment we were
renting in the lower garden district.
Grabbed some poboys [one oyster and one catfish] from Joey K's on magazine, which was right down the street.
The poboys were underwhelming but the eggplant napoleon appetizer was amazingly decadent with a crawfish cream sauce and fried shrimp. one of the best dishes of the trip.

We picked up our friends from the airport the next morning stopped at Katie's in midcity for a casual lunch. We sat
outside and enjoyed the weather. All the food was fairly forgettable. I had chargrilled oysters and a wedge salad. neither memorable in the least.
For dinner we tried a fusion/Vietnamese place called MoPho. We liked the atmosphere and sat in the covered courtyard outside the garage doors. The food was not good at all. Overly salty and overpriced for a small rice bowl. Should have gone to one of the legit Vietnamese restaurants. After dinner, we went around the corner for gelato at the charming Angelo Brocato's bakery and gelato parlor. The place was packed and super cute and the gelato was delicious.
We decided to do some driving around and nighttime sightseeing in the Quarter and Bywater and ended up at Bacchanal for a nightcap. Lovely atmosphere and people watching. One of my favorite spots !

Saturday morning we were ready for a proper brunch and headed to Ruby Slipper. We tried to go to the magazine location but there was a line around the block. So we headed to the midcity location and ordered the spicy bloody marys which we sipped outside while waiting for a table. Our brunches were excellent, all of us ordering different eggs benedicts. After Brunch we checked out the sculpture garden at city park and drank in some sunshine.
That evening we had an early birthday dinner reservations at Emeril's followed by Of Montreal at the Howlin' Wolf around the corner. Sadly, I must report that the Emeril's meal was one of the most disappointing meals of the trip. Our friend is vegetarian and they literally had nothing on the menu he could eat except a side of greens. The waiter said they could prepare a special pasta for him, which he told us later that it tasted like they dumped veggies on some bland pasta. Three of us are pescatarians and did not fair well either. Even the shrimp and grits had meat in them which they said they could do without the andouille. Both orders were heavily salted and hardly any grits in the dish. I ordered the seafood gumbo and clarified that it was just oysters and shrimp. The bowl was inedible. Again, highly salted and tasted of nothing but beef broth which I could not eat. I will, however rave about the banana cream pie ! Probably my favorite dessert of the trip. For a $400 meal it was lackluster and a very limited menu. Our last trip we visited Bayona and were far happier. Next time my finer dining picks will be HerbSaint and Clancy's. Of Montreal tore the roof off Howlin' Wolf ! An amazing venue and concert.

Sunday was Easter Sunday and we started by brunching at Basin on Magazine. Not really the best brunch option, but Easter reservations were a hot commodity. I was fine though. Feasted on grilled oysters and bottomless mimosas. Afterwards we all dressed up headed to the quarter for the LGBT Easter parade. Excellent parade and we posed for numerous photo ops due to our bright costumes and festive attire. It was a joy to catch so many beads and flowers and I felt at home.
Because of Easter many places were closed and because there was such a nice kitchen setup at our apartment, we decided to go to
the grocery and cook at home. We made shrimp cocktail, a cheese plate, fettuccini alfredo, grilled caesar salad, seared garlic broccoli and chocolate cake with a local praline ice cream. It was my birthday dinner.

The next morning we cruised the French Market for frozen pina coladas and some last minute trinkets before taking our friends to the airport. Lunch that day was at HighHat which we enjoyed very much. I had the catfish and sides and J had the oyster remoulade poboy, which he loved. We also shared a shrimp remoulade sald which came with deviled eggs. Yummy. Another standout was the housemade ginger ale. Amazing ! my only regret was not trying the oyster herbsaint soup. I bet it was good. Highhat was a lovely neighborhood joint. Bright and airy with great friendly service . We toured a couple cemeteries and also went to an amazing garden store in which I purchased a couple exotic native bushes to plant at home to remind me of the lovely year round landscaping of your city. Also, we hit some of the junk shops in the Bywater and Mardi Gras zone for some food souvenirs. This was our last day before driving home the next day. For our final diner we chose the lovely romantic La Crepe Nanou. We enjoyed a huge portion of mussels and frites and also shared a crawfish crepe with lobster creme sauce and a side of spinach mornay. The plan was to try and make it to Herbsaint for a late dessert but we were just too full.

On our way out of town we hit Elizabeth's for some breakfast. The bleu cheese oysters were a standout. The place has a great neighborhood vibe.
Another fabulous trip to my favorite city! I need to move there.
So many places and not enough time.
I already have a huge list of places to try next time. St Roche Market, Kebab, Ignatius, Clancy's, Boucherrie, Balise, Luke, Dong Phuong, Herbsaint. Plus revisit a couple faves from prior visits [Cassamento's and EAT].

Joey K's,
Katie's,
MOPHO,
Angelo Brocato,
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits,
Emeril's New Orleans,
Emeril's Delmonico,
Bayona,
Clancy's Restaurant,
La Crepe Nanou,
Herbsaint,
Elizabeth's,
Kebab,
Balise,
Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery,
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
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