Thursday - cocktails at Dante's Kitchen...dinner across the street at Brigstens...absolutely set the standard for the weekend...pure gastronomic pleasure. Our friends had the seafood sampler; I went with the special fish of the day - redfish in a pecan crust with a sauce to die for. The pecan pie for dessert: a must. And next time - I am definitely going to try Dante's Kitchen for lunch or dinner - it looked terrific.
Friday - Herbsaint. Loved it. Started with a shrimp and scallion grit cake that was so unbelieveable I wanted more...but then the main course came and the duck confit was amazing. Don't let the waiter try to talk you out of trying the herbsaint liquer - if you like sambucca, you'll like it. If not....well, don't ask to try it!
Saturday - Cuvee. The other restaurants were fabulous, this one is in another league. Can't wait to go back. Started with the Napolean appetizer - just simply excellent. Wanted the duck, but decided to vary and ordered the scallops special. It was our best dining experience this trip (among GREAT dining experiences)
Sunday - Emeril's....very very good but not in the same league as Cuvee.
The ONLY thing I don't get about the great food in New Orleans is the po-boy phenomenon. I've tried them everytime and after reading the Hound, we went to Johnny's and nope...not for me or my husband. Seems ordinary when there is so much stellar food around the town. For a quick lunch, Petunia's was very, very good - I really got into their fried okra!