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Just back from NOLA-here's the recap before I forget-thanks for all the tips!!!!


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Just back from NOLA-here's the recap before I forget-thanks for all the tips!!!!

jhanaw | Oct 24, 2012 06:34 AM

Alright, here's the round-up! I am not nearly as good as some of you in describing the food, but I will do my best!

Thursday late night nothing was open so we ate at Sylvaine in the Quarter, which was actually a surprise and very good. Can't really remember what we ate, though....just that it was good and we weren't expecting it to be. Later, at the Pat O's Piano Bar, we had Rainbows, which were gross, but fun to look at. Then, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop for Absinthe which I skipped...

Friday breakfast was at The Clover, and it was fine, nothing special. We had a quick lunch at The Redfish Grill and the Bloody Mary's were really good. I had raw oysters, which were blander than I am used to but good enough. The price was right, anyway! The report on the shrimp po-boys were that they were good. but not great, which we expected. We did have the molten cake dessert-that was pretty yummy, but they no longer pour white and milk chocolate over the cake :(

Headed Uptown to visit the Tulane Campus and went immediately to PJ's for coffee, always better than the other chains. After an Abita Amber at The Boot for old times' sake, we headed over to Magazine for dinner at Rum Junction, a sort of mishmash of Caribbean, Creole, and Mexican. I thought it was so-so, a bit on the salty side. The apps were bland (queso and guac) and they specialize in tacos in a ton of interesting combos, some of which worked. The rasberry mojito was terrific, though. I am sensing a trend here,,,

Later on we went to The Monteleone to get a drink at the Carousel Bar but with only one seat available, most of the group kept having to shuffle along with the bar. It was funny, but not conducive to drinking so we left. Found this cute little spot called Something Else in a an alley I had never been in before. The outdoor ambiance was great, the drinks so-so. We did come back for breakfast -more on that. After that, we headed to The Goldmine for Flaming Dr. Pepper Shots, which were as yummy as I remembered. Then, at 3 am, Cafe DuMonde for coffee and Beignets. I "think" they were was pretty late, and there were Dr. Pepper shots....

Saturday brunch was at Cafe Maspero where a friend had worked in college, so it was a nostalgia stop. I had a shrimp po-boy which was pretty bland, and the rest of the food looked pretty tired but friends said the Jambalaya was pretty good. Saturday night was a huge group dinner at Jacque Imo's. I actually liked it a lot more than most of the group, but I stuck with apps. I had the fried grits, fried green tomatoes, alligator cheesecake, and crab cakes.I thought each was really good, but the entrees, with the exception of the fried chicken, which was outstanding, looked and tasted unexciting. The bread pudding was awesome and the atmosphere was great, though, perfect for a large, noisy group. We headed next store to the Maple Leaf for some live music and more Abita.

Sunday breakfast-back to the Something Else where I encountered the BEST thing ever in the history of food-chicken fried bacon. I will try to include a picture. We all agreed it was the best thing we ever ate and that also, we never wanted to eat it again! The cheese grits were perfect, cheese mixed in not on top, the shrimp n grits was also very tasty. We also had fried boudoin balls. Again, delicious but definitely, as cookie monster says, a once-in-a-while food.

Dinner Sunday at Domenica's. My husband and I both had the same reaction-sort of a sterile room, but the staff were very gracious, almost overly so. We had the arugula salad which was terrific, very refreshing, and a pizza and the squid ink and blue crab pasta. I LOVED the pasta-I actually ate almost the entire large portion. It was in some sort of butter sauce so how could it go wrong? The pizza was less impressive. Soggy in the middle, average in flavor. We left half of it.

Monday we went to Cafe DuMonde again for breakfast and this time I can verify that it was yummy. Hot beignets and cafe au lait-great combo. Lunch was milkshakes at the WW II Museum (worth a visit!), in preparation for the big night at Restaurant R'Evolution.

So, R'Evolution. I had it built up in my head for months, and while I wasn't disappointed, I would say that for the price point, they need to step it up. The bread selection was nice, but none of them were remarkable in flavor. French rolls, whole wheat rolls, flatbread, all of which tasted like they would anywhere. 2 kinds of butter, but they tasted very similar. An amuse bouche of carrot juice, which frankly, was bizarre. Too sweet. The Death By Gumbo was as good as everyone said, and they were nice enough to split it into 2 portions ahead of time. I really thought it had the essence of gumbo, super smoky, very rich, without being too filling. The quail, which I had never had before, was fabulous, and they had stuffed it with the rice and sausage you expect to find in the soup. Very clever. We also had pork rilletes, which was very bland without the accompanying sauces (5) and pickles. Then, it got weird. I was all of the sudden very very ill. I had ordered the scallops with foie gras, my husband the pork n beans. But before they even came, I was feeling horrible. When they did come, the scallops were undercooked and grainy. The pork n beans was fine, but definitely not $35. Feeling unwell, the extra slimy scallops didn't help. They brought them back to cook some more but I just couldn't eat them. To their credit, and this is where they really stand out, they were very concerned that I wasn't able to enjoy my dinner. They offered a replacement, but in the end I just couldn't eat anything. So sad! But, they brought ginger tea while my husband had chocolate cake, which he said was really delicious, and he is a cake person so it must have been. Then, they brought over the chocolate jewelry box and the waitress felt so bad for me she also brought a little to go box and packed them up for me! Then, they took the scallops and rilletes off the bill! We ended up staying a bit and chatting with the waiter as we had some common stories/friends. So, overall a great experience, but I think the food was a bit of a letdown. Even if I wasn't feeling ill,the scallops were too salty and grainy, and the pork n beans was about what we could get at any bbq place. Oh, I had wine from the Ipad-that was fun, but I had to ask for help.


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