Well, even though the honey and I were in town for Jazzfest just last year, we've decided that if there's any year to be in New Orleans this is it. So we're coming down for the first weekend of Jazzfest, and unlike last year when we didn't get to Mandina's or Wille Mae's Scotch House, and now they're washed away, and I didn't try chicken-fried steak and, embarrassingly, it came up in conversation that I haven't yet had it, this year, ah ~this~ year I am going to get through everything on my culinary ToDo list.
Last year we had some lovely upscale dinners but mostly we knocked around the neighbourhoods and had a fabulous time. Some of the best meals we had were the crawfish at Frankie and Johnnie's, the BBQ at the Joint and the stuffed french toast and praline bacon at Elizabeth's...I'm still hallucinating about that bacon and french toast... Just in case yer interested, here's my trip report from last year:
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This year, since our favourite Mazant Street Guest House was Katrina-ized, we're staying at the St. Charles Guest House on Prytania for the first time. Some of the places I'm considering for dinner and lunch are Upperline because the articles in the NYTimes about their chef were so charming; I'm also thinking about Bayona. We loved Marisol and were very sad to hear it wasn't reopening, but we'd love to get to Bacchus if chef Pete is cooking there on Sundays -- we went into Bacchus for a drink last year and it's charming, the kind of place I'd love to while away far too many afternoons and evenings. I'd love to try Liuzza's mostly because I think it's such a pretty name. I also love the name "Ralph's on the Park" -- sounds so genteel. We've also never been to Galatoire's -- I'm thinking perhaps lunch there after spending too much money at the Louisiana Music Factory. I'd also like to spend a day at the zoo --any suggestions for where to eat around there?
So, here's my list so far...
We get into town on Tuesday the 25, and that night we're taking a cabbie's suggestion from the last time we were there. He said his perfect night would be dinner at Jacque-Mo's and then seeing the Rebirth at the Maple Leaf. Sounds pretty perfect to me, so that's our Tuesday night.
Wednesday night I'm thinking Brigsten's, 'cause it'd be nice to go before the big big crowds get to town.
Thursday I'm thinking day at the zoo, lunch somewhere in the neighbourhood, and somewhere fancypants for dinner, maybe Bayona or Upperline.
Friday night? Saturday night?
Sunday I'm thinking Bacchus if chef Pete is there.
Monday, I'm stumped -- it looks like lots of places are closed Mondays. Any suggestions for lunch and dinner?
Tuesday, sadly, back home, but not without a stop at the Central Grocery for a muffaletta to eat on the plane
So I'm all ears (all stomach?) for suggestions...we love the smaller fonquier places that really feel like the lived-in New Orleans and not the just-visiting New Orleans. Where's the best place to go for chicken-fried steak? And now that Willie Mae's isn't open, where's the best place for chicken-friend chicken? I guess Wille Mae's won't be open again in time for Jazzfest; I don't suppose some enterprising restaurateur is planning to get her shaking her groove thang behind a borrowed stove...if not, consider me hinting...
And a non-edible question -- I read (again the in the NYTimes) about the Indian practice at Tipitina's -- that sounds supa fun! Is that still happening, and if it is, what night? I can use all the practice I can get...
Man, I blather on -- can you tell that cramming too many meals into this trip is my main objective on my ToDo list?