Wonderful Christmas eat-a-thon in New Orleans.
First night 12/22 was Moscas. Not quite as great as I remembered but the Oysters Mosca still rocked.
12/23 brunch at Commanders was probably the best food. Pecan encrusted drum fish topped with crab, eggs bene. but with duck, and the bread pudding souffle with the whiskey sauce oh man!
12/23 dinner at Upperline with incredible crispy oyster appetizer and roast duck w/pear sauce. Server had a bit of a 'tude but we were able to win her over in the end.
12/24 birthday brunch (my mom and my birthday) at Galatoire's was the best overall. First, I screwed up on the reservation and we showed up 1/2 hour late. Even though the place was packed, the Matre D' set us up with only a 10 minute wait at the bar. Oyster brochette for an appetizer was the best I ever had, pompano meuniere w/crab was outstanding and banana bread pudding was fantastic. The waiter brought us creme caramel for out birthday and a friend from CA who knew we were coming pre-ordered champagne for us. Best birthday lunch ever.
12/25 chrstmas dinner at Luke was a wonderful surprise. Had never been and went because it was the only place that looked good we could get a reservation. It was spectacular! Oyster/bacon salad and crab maison for apps and Shrimp en Cocotte (best entree of the trip) and prime rib w/oyster stuffing. Bread pudding that was close to Galatoire's.
All in all a wonderful time in Nola. We also did a devastation tour with an architect friend who lives there and it was nice to see a few hopeful signs of recovery. Still the response to Katrina was/is a national disgrace.