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Impromptu trip report

csb95 | May 4, 2013 09:15 PM

In NOLA for combo business/Jazz fest.

First day had lunch at Antoines. Food was good but hard to beat the $0.25 cent martinis! Atmosphere a bit over-the-top; white table-cloths, multiple servers, etc. But not too conspicuous. Good deal for the $20.13 lunch meal.

Had dinner at Le Petit Grocery with friends. Food very good there, had drinks, apps, dinner and desert. Desert service was a bit slow; glad we weren't in a hurry!

Next day had lunch at American Sector Grille; a John Besch place at the WWII museum. Drinks were good, I had a Ramos gin fizz that I enjoyed greatly! Meals were OK but not overly memorable. I had a Boar's head cheese salad (not much salad to it!) but the "head cheese" part was more pulled-pork like than a true head-cheese. Hubby had a crab sausage stew that was pretty good.

Dinner that night was at Elizabeths - Excellent! Great service. Great drinks. We had the Praline bacon, stuffed mirliton, and a fish special, Grouper I think. Desert was excellent - Ooey Gooey cake which was more of a custard pie thing. Yummm.

Then lunch at Emeril's. OK but service was very irregular. Too many people trying to do their jobs, and not very well. Food was ok, but I wouldn't rate it excellent or even great.

Dinner: stopped at French market restaurant (I think) for dinner. We were hungry & ready to eat! Had a "boat" of crawfish and a platter of shrimp etoufee, black beans and rice, and jambalaya. The crawfish were excellent, but the platter was disappointing. The jambalaya was mostly rice.

On to Saturday. Lunch at Mulates. Pretty good. Hubby had a po-boy and I had a big salad that had catfish, shrimp, smoked sausage and crawfish. Crawfish were great, fish and sausage were good but shrimp were unmemorable.

Stopped for qiuck refreshment at Baru in the garden district. Drinks excellent (Pisco Sour and Caiprihana). They have small-plates; some outside seating was full (first nice day in a long time) so we sat inside. Drinks came quickly, but service was slow otherwise.

Made it to the Avenue bar after that. GREAT beer selection. Can't go wrong here.

Onto Peche for dinner. Ate at the bar since we didn't have reservations. Service was great. The dining area was loud; it was quieter in our area of bar if you can believe it! The restaurant was packed in general. Drinks were good and done very efficiently. Apps brought out quickly, the main course took a bit longer. But was excellent (tile fish with greens and beets, a special). Desert was great also - Snicker-doodle sundae and Banana chocolate creme pie or some-such. All very yummy!

This was one of the least-planned trips that I have taken, so some of our choices were not well-researched, but it was a good time none-the-less.

Tomorrow we head to Jazz-fest and all the eats that await!


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