I'm home sad to say. Well, while its fresh in my mind (and stomach), here goes. Bear in mind we had my 6 year old daughter with us (I'll make suggestions for kids) but as usual had the foresight to get a top babysitter (whom I'd highly recommend) for 5 nights. as my name indicates and my hometown, I am equally happy haute or low.
On arrival I immediately proceeded to Central grocery to get my wife and I dinner while she and my daughter settled into the hotel. Ate half a muff there and another back at the hotel. By the way, I recommend all Abita beers including amber, golden, turbodog and purple haze.
Next morning went to Mothers (2 blocks from my hotel) which I will defend to anyone. Black ham biscuits-oh my! Can't find those in Katz' deli. Then on to Johnny's po-boys in the quarter for a shrimp po-boy and a boudin po-boy. Best in the quarter. Dinner was at Upperline. Had the tasting of New Orleans including a sampler of gumbo and turtle soup, fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade, another shrimp dish and Tom's roast duck with peach sauce. Beautiful place-I wanted to but the art off the walls depicting blues and jazz musicians. Joanne the owner was very gracious.
Monday- more black ham biscuits in the morning. Bayona at night for my only return visit place. Sat in the courtyard. Sweetbreads and buttermilk fried rabbit-gorgeous.
Tuesday-NOLA for lunch-my daughter loved the pizza, my wife the chorizo ("charice") appetizer. I had a good drum fish on a cedar plank. At night it was Mothers gumbo, jambalaya and a half a debris followed by Brennan's newBourbon House for upscale oyster bar followed by Acme for more oysters and crawfish boil. Blues on bourbon street.
Wednesday-casamentos for the best oyster po-boy in town, more raw oysters and greta crab claws. Grilled cheese for daughter. Cuvee for dinner was tied for best meal of the trip. Creme brulee foie gras!, tapas, duck 3 ways with the best service imaginable in a beautiful restored warhouse in the CBD and a wine list that was scary it was so good. Had an '83 Chateauneuf.
Thurs-after daily stop at Cafe du Monde (my daughter is now asking where we can find beignets in NYC), we went to Peristyle. Beautiful place. Had a veal chop that was perfect, my wife had a duck confit sausage appetizer that was great.
Friday-Liuzzas restaurant (not to be confused with Liuzza's by the track) for the coldest beers in town and fried everything (I mean it-softshell crab, catfish, oysters, shrimp and stuffed shrimp and fries) and chocolate peanut butter cake. Returned to Pascal's Manale for great oysters in front and a double order of BBQ shrimp in the back after which they offered to hose me down. Stopped for a drink at Jacques Imo's (much better atmosphere than the one in NY) but could only manage the fried rabbit tenderloin. Rock and bowl for Zydeco night.
Saturday-had my first meat pie at the zoo. August was the tie for best restuarant. Gotta go-will continue later.