Just got back yesterday from 4 nights in NOLA. This was my 4th trip to this fantastic city. This site has been very helpful to me
for some time (I'm more a lurker than posted) so Wanted to try to give back a bit by posting
my experience. On prior trips, I enjoyed more 'fine dining' but this trip was with the boys in the band and their wives and they
prefer more casual/ inexpensive restaurants.
Felix's - Acme Oyster House, my normal first stop after grabbing a Hurricane of course, was closed due some private event for
professional golfers. I failed to convince them that I hand with JD at Hooters so we strolled across the street.
I really wanted a bucket of mudbugs but they weren't holding so I had crawfish cake and a cool salad that were good.
The raw oysters tasted as good as I remember them (I believe all the restaurants get their oysters from the same source?)
but the band wives preferred the fried oysters, fried shrimp and boiled oysters. The Etoufee was delicious.
Cafe du Monde - beignets and coffee come close to a hang-over cure...
Mr. Bs was a revelation. The BBQ Shrimp is too die for. The band wives had a little problem with the heads being on but I think
that's the way they should be served. I think that's the single best thing I tasted. Oh, and all that butter...Can't beat the $1.50 bloody
marys. They use beef broth in them. Bizarre! Other guitar player got the trio of soups which was excellent including the turtle soup.
My bass player ordered pasta and meatballs which I found kind of strange but he loved it.
The Joint - I convinced everyone to go to this BBQ place. I love this kind of thing. I thought it was great but they were out of
brisket and I got the last servicing of chicken. It reminded me of Stubbs in Austin. The chicken, ribs and pork were great .
After dinner my bass player looked into the kitchen from the window on the street declared if he had done so before the meal
he wouldn't have eaten there. He said it looked like a disaster.
Mae's Scotch House was my first meal of the day on Saturday. My GF was hurting. We had visited Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop,
the revolving bar in the hotel (can't remember the name now), and tried The Absinthe House (cause Absinthe makes the heart
grow fonder). The GF said they made the best Hurricane in the quarter. I think we tried about a dozen different place.
I enjoyed absinthe made the traditional wave, it's quite a show, and after I finished it I was seeing traces and might of had a flash back.
At any rate we missed breakfast and made it Mae's by noon. The chicken was phenomenal. Very light crust. Very moist interior.
It was fun to see chicken on every table. The butter beans were great as was the cornbread. I'd love to get the recipe
for that chicken but they swore it's a secret. I'm gonna have to do some research...
Also, the Pimms Cup a the Napoleon House was excellent. The band eat lunch there and loved it but I don't remember what they ordered.
The Praline Connect was good not great. I liked the vibe of the place. As soon as we sat down the band wives started ordering
appetizers, and then everyone ordered entrees. I knew there would be way too much food so I didn't order anything. Sure enough,
we probably left 20-35% of the food uneaten. The bass players wife loved the fried livers, fried okra and fried shrimp (do you see
a pattern here?). I thought the ribs were inferior to The Joints, and the fried chicken couldn't touch Mae's. The gumbo was good.
The price was quite reasonable.
I convinced the band to go to Commander's Place as our 1 splurge meal. In exchange I agreed to do the garden district tour
again. CP was good but not as good as I remember it. I usually love going there - The trolley ride, the live music and
the incredible food. Maybe because we didn't eat until 1:30. We ate a little from the free breakfast at the hotel to hold us over
but I was starving and the service was soooo slow. We had a beautiful table in the garden room but the pacing was ridiculous.
It took forever to get our drinks and each course. When we ordered bloody mary's they brought us a glass filled 3/4s and then
come later with cold vodka to fill it up. Well, they forgot to bring the vodka... This turned out to be a 2 1/4 hour brunch.
I had the gumbo, spicy shrimp, and the bread budding souffle. The filet was better I think as was the strawberry shortcake.
I really wanted into Acme Oyster House that night but the line was quite long so we went to go get drinks and came back an hour
and a half later and the line was even longer so we went around the corner to the Red Fish Grill. My GF and I split the RedFish
special with mudbug tails on them and a salad with shrimp in a remoulade sauce (reminded me a bit of thousand island dressing
which I like). I liked our food and thought this was a pretty good reasonably priced restaurant. My bass player ordered the Tuna.
He liked it. I thought it sucked. It was cold and kind of stringy. The table next to us sent their tuna back because it was cold.
The waiter told them it was seared so it was suppose to be cold. Yeah right... The drink service was horrible but the food wasn't.
Bass player's wife order the boiled shrimp on the same remoulade sauce and she hated it.
I guess that's it. I wanted to eat more... but everything there is so rich and filling and we drank so damn much!
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Acme Oyster House
1202 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433