Okay everyone, I always ask for help, but haven't shared a food report yet, so I guess it's time. As always, we never fit in as much food as we plan, but still ate good this past weekend. Here's what we did!
Thursday: arrived in NOLA. Hit our hotel, changed and headed to the Carousel Bar for some delicious Pimm's cups. Great service, great drinks! Then it was over to Mr. B's for Thanksgiving dinner. We skipped the prix fixe and got gumbo yaya and BBQ shrimp. Gotta say, the gumbo was just okay, but the shrimp were fantastic! Better than I remembered. My friend seriously contemplated lapping some of that sauce up with a spoon after her shrimp was gone. Soo good.
Friday: after a concert at Howlin' Wolf the night before, we got a slightly later start than planned and ended up grabbing a breakfast sandwich and beignets at Cafe Beignet, where the cemetery tour we were planning on taking left from. The food here was better than I expected. The bacon-egg-and-cheese breakfast sammy was actually an omelet folded and placed on a bagel. Beignets were tasty too, but no Cafe du Monde.
Later that day we did the prix fixe lunch at August, which was fantastic! I had pate, then a shrimp stew (gumbo-ish) served over parmesan risotto and a dessert sandwich of their buttery bread topped with goat cheese, fruit and drizzled with peppered honey. My friend got a fantastic duck salad, veal grillades and a caramel pot de creme. We both agreed this lunch was by far the best eating deal of the trip. Service was also impeccable. What a great deal!
Dinner that night was snacks and margaritas at El Gato Negro. We got the nachos, which were sooo yummy. I think the chorizo was some of the best I've ever had. Not at all greasy and full of flavor. We each got a taco as well, one chicken and one fish, and both were also delish. The margaritas were also amazing. We liked the carrot-lime so much we went back for more the next day to sip while perusing the French Market. Much later that night we also snacked on some fried green beans at Deja Vu. Not high cuisine by any means, but bar food at its finest!
Saturday: We ended up hitting Bourbon Street on Friday night, so Saturday our first meal ended up being lunch at Bayona. The prix fixe here was good too, but no contest to the food at August. I got crab beignets (which were okay, not as flavorful as I would have liked; pumpkin soup, which was fantastic, creamy with macadamia nuts in it; and a third course with a fried egg, greens, pork, seafood and cornbread crumbles, I think. This was my favorite of the three courses. The egg was cooked perfectly, the meat was packed with flavor, the greens were spicy and perfectly seasoned, and the tastes combined wonderfully.
Later in the afternoon, after a bit of shopping, we picked up a Central Grocery muffaletta. My 4th trip to NOLA, and I finally tried one, hooray! It was delicious. I'm firmly on the cold, Central Grocery side, not the warm Napoleon house side now.
Saturday night we had reservations at Cochon, but after a ghost tour and a few adult beverages, we were more in the mood for casual fare, so we canceled the res and went to Port O Call. Must say, the burgers and baked potato were delish! Great, filling, casual food. I was not a fan of the signature drink, though, too fruity for me.
Sunday: Man, those bands that play late kill mornings! We ended up at d.b.a. until 5 a.m. so we missed brunch! First meal of the day was cafe au lait and beignets, both delish and a perfect hangover cure! A little later, it was chargrilled and raw oysters at acme. The oysters were suuuper briny this time, but still delicious. Then later in the evening, we dropped by Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar since it was close to our hotel and split some tacos. I wondered if the food here would be chainy, but the tacos were pretty satistying. No El Gato Negro, but tasty. If I lived in town, I'd try to become a regular at this bar. Everyone who worked there was soo friendly. So, not the best food day, but ah well.
Monday: Last day in town! : ( We ate beignets again and then went to Cochon to stuff ourselves silly before we left town. Started with a grapefruit/elderflower cocktail, yum. Then we split fried alligator, boudin and cochon de lait. All were pretty tasty. I'm not a big alligator fan, but my friend wanted to try it. This was probably the best rendition I've had with a crisp batter and spicey sauce. I loved the boudin along with the spicy pickled onions and mustard. The sauce with the cochon was rich and tasty. It definitely went down well with Magnolia Golden Ale. Since it was our last day in town, we finished with lime icebox cake topped with candied cashews and caramel. It was SOOO good. I don't know what it is about Cochon, but the desserts there are always fantastic. With this one, I loved the combo of citrus and caramel. It was a bit out of the box and good. A perfect end to a fun trip.
Thanks everyone for your tips. We've still got more to try on our next trip back!
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Deja Vu Restaurant & Bar
400 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112