This is continued from my previous trip report.
ELIZABETHS - for breakfast. Major hike from our hotel, I think it was a $15 cab ride! Worth it? That's debatable. We started with coffee and an order of praline bacon (the waiter corrected me, prawlhine, not prayleen) and it was way too sweet for my taste, and I am a sweet freak. My fiance enjoyed it, but I thought it was too rich. I then ordered the breakfast po boy, and he ordered the stuffed french toast. My po boy was two hunks of sausage on a mass of cheese and egg, topped with a tomato and lettuce. The sausage wouldn't stay in the sandwich and overall it was bland, although I was able to spice it up with some hot sauce. The stuffed french toast on the other hand was SO amazing. We both loved it and couldn't get enough, it made for a great afternoon snack. I wouldn't spend the can ride there and back again, but I will remember the stuffed french toast! Service was okay... There was a guy who stood behind the counter the whole time and just looked at everyone, I heard Elizabeth's was sold so perhaps he was the new owner? In any case, he looked uncomfortable which made us a little uncomfortable.,
CAFE DU MONDE for the standard beignets and chicory, after deciding not to wait in line, we took a seat. After 30 minutes of the busperson assuring us our server would be right over, we left. A fried piece of dough isn't worth 2 hours of my vacation time!
DICK AND JENNY'S for dinner. As I said in part one of my report, I didn't think it could get any better but oh my it did. We were out in that part of town looking at a venue to possibly hold our wedding (yes, we move fast) and although we had planned on attempting to try it, we hadn't planned it for that moment and felt really under dressed when we walked in. Although the servers were in jeans and tees, and we were wearing khakis and polos / black pants and shirt, we were embarrassed to be there (based on recommendation, we dressed up everywhere we went, and it definitely added to our experiences)! Fortunately we were seated without a wait and when I commented to our water person, she put me at ease and was very pleasant. Our waiter was a grump, when I asked him what he would recommend on the menu, he replied "everything we have is on the menu." ??? Odd response, and he couldn't have been any older than me, I was disappointed with his service. Although once we were served our appetizer, the crawfish cheesecake, all concerns melted away, words cannot describe how great this was, we wished we had seconds before the last bite was gone. And then I ordered the pork with spinach, goat cheese, pine nuts and sweet potatoes. Quite simply, it was phenomenal. Fiance ordered the pan fried catfish on (I think) jalapeno grits. I couldn't help but eat off his plate, it was equally outstanding. We both cleaned our plates and shared the ice cream sandwich type dessert and declared it *the best meal of the trip*.
LE PAVILLON for breakfast. This is where we stayed and at the suggestion of one of our cab drivers that that had the best gumbo and banana bread pudding in the city. We ordered that and a club sandwich (needed something simple after all the spicy food). The gumbo was delicious in my opinion, but in fiance's opinion, too fishy. The club was great for a hotel club! The banana bread pudding was everything our cabbie had said it would be, the best we had on the trip, rivaling our bread pudding with white chocolate sauce at the Jazzfest. We fought over the last bite. It had a creamy caramel type sauce on top that I scooped up with my fingers, hey, we were in our hotel room! :)
COMMANDER'S PALACE was an experience, it wasn't just a meal, and it was the best experience of the trip.
BRIGTSENS was a fabulous meal, that lived up to every post I had read about here on Chowhound, I can see how it is a consistent favorite, and I cannot wait to go back, I now love duck!
DICK AND JENNY'S was the best meal on the trip. Service and dress code embarrassment aside, it was hands down the best food we ate on our trip.
I gained 7 pounds, yes, 7 pounds, and I am certain we spent over $1k in meals. It was worth every penny. I was going to include prices with meals like some do, but I don't know where the receipts are... And despite the ongoing debates on whether or not some of these places are hidden treasures or tourist traps, I'd like you all to know that when we told our airboat shuttle driver our food itinerary, he was beyond amazed, he went on for a good 15 minutes saying "how on earth did you know about Britsens, Uglesich's, and Dick and Jenny's." He looked at me like I had two heads saying it was amazing how I had such a great food lineup for our trip, at that point, I was so proud! :) All that is left now is my Jazzfest food report, which will follow later. Thanks for bearing with me!