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Great N.O. visit (longish)

anli | Dec 31, 200408:17 PM

We just returned from a 3 day trip and cannot wait to go again. We arrived on Monday and were lucky to have sunny and warm days perfect for walking and noshing. Here are highlights of our meals:

-Breakfast at Cafe du Monde and stood in line with the other tourists. The wait was no more than 10 minutes and the beignets were excellent. The following day we tried Cafe Beignet across the street, and their version paled by comparison, being smaller, overfried and somewhat heavier. We liked the Creole coffee at both places.

-Lunch at Fiorello's near the French Market for their special fried chicken and fried catfish po boy. The chicken was crispy and juicy (we chose 3 pieces of dark meat). I also had a cup of their seafood gumbo, which was tasty. The po boy was huge. I couldn't finish it. My husband was so excited that they served Coke in glass bottles, he had 2. The whole thing came to $28 before tip.

-Lunch at Herbsaint was another hit. Starters of fried oysters and duck and sausage gumbo, then entrees of pan fried catfish and pulled pork sandwich with frites. Finished off by sharing a satsuma-ginger sorbet which was a perfect end to a rich meal. The service here was also very professional.

-Lunch at K-Paul's. We had reservations at 1pm, but still had a few minutes' wait. We were seated in the back brick patio room which was more private and quieter than the main dining room. The service here was a bit less experienced than at the other places and my meal was a bit disappointing. Husband had the crab and corn bisque and the sticky chicken, which he enjoyed. I ordered the jambalaya and the grilled salmon salad, mainly because I needed some greens. The flavor of the jambalaya was good and spicy, but it was barely warm to room temperature, which was odd. The salmon had very little flavor, though it looked as if it had been seasoned.

-Dinner at Mr. B's Bistro. The food and service were some of the best we have had anywhere. My husband tried the gumbo ya-ya and the Miss. rabbit, while I had the seafood gumbo and the grilled fish of the day which was drum. Everything was delicious, though I thought the gumbo ya-ya had more depth of flavor than the seafood gumbo. For dessert, we shared a creme brulee. Total bill before tip was just over $100 (we had 2 glasses of wine with dinner).

-Dinner at Besh's Steakhouse - We didn't have reservations, but got seated right away. (This was around 7). We were offered a couple of amuse bouche: duck pate and a rabbit rillette, both of which were tasty. Husband ordered the turtle soup and the hanger steak, both of which were expertly prepared. I had the barbecued shrimp and a caesar's salad. The service here is excellent and while the steaks are expensive, they are no more so than at any high end steakhouse. The most impressive looking item was a two tiered fruits de mer that another table ordered.

We loved your city and look forward to future trips to do more exploring.

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