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NOLA trip report

Chris | Jan 26, 2005 09:27 AM

Got there on Saturday, January 22nd around noon. Ate lunch at Coop's, one of my favorite casual places. The sampler platter was decent. We really liked the gumbo and Coop's has the best calamari I've ever had.

Got married on a balcony on Bourbon street that night at 6pm. Wedding party of six, went to Brightsen's. It was an excellent meal with great service. I liked that atmosphere...it was very "cozy". The restaurant is basically an old house that has been remodeled into a restaurant. I had tournedos, which were a perfect medium rare. My wife had the seafood platter. Everyone at the table had something different and it was all great. My favorite was the appetizer of fried catfish on jalepeno cheese grits. I got to talk to Frank and told him that I had picked his restaurant from my research on the internet and that I was very happy with everything. He was very pleasant and thankful. We will go back again, for sure.

Brunch on Sunday at Mr. B's. This is one of the best restaurants i've ever been to. The food was exquisite. A jazz band added a nice touch. I got the BBQ shrimp which was the best I've ever had---very, very messy. My wife had the gumbo ya-ya, which was awesome, but my favorite item was my mother's Chicken Pontalba. I highly recommend this item. I finished it off for her.

Had a very good Pimm's cup at the Napoleon House. Had an awesome muffaleta at Central Grocery. Shopped at the French Market, the flea market, all through the quarter.

I wanted to eat at the Acme Oyster House, but there was a line. So we ate across the street at Felix's, which was fine, but I don't remember much of it because we had been drinking all day. Partied on Bourbon street the rest of the night.

On Monday, we had beignets at the Cafe du Monde, which was a very unique experience.

We at lunch at Uglesich's. That was quite an experience also. Luckily the line was very short at 1pm, but it was extending outside by the time we left. The shrimp and grits were FANTASTIC, the onion rings were pretty good, but I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed with my bbq shrimp. It was very bland. My wife had a shrimp salad which was okay. I was too hungover to attempt the very spicy shrimp uggie. So it was hit and miss, but I'm glad we went since the owner confirmed to me that they are still shutting down in April. I wasn't compelled to buy a cookbook, but am still contemplating buying it on the internet. He was selling quite a few of them that day. I was amazed at how well the single waiter was servicing the entire restaurant.

I love the calamari and gumbo at Coop's so much that we ate there again that night. I wanted to go to Jacques-imo's, but we were just too tired for the street car ride. We opted for more partying on Bourbon street (i know, i know).

Our last day was Tuesday and we ate at the Palace. Shrimp Remoulade was fantastic, the turtle soup was good. I had some grilled mahi mahi, which was decent, but my wife had a wonderful dish called shrimp tchefucte, which I highly recommend. The white chocolate bread pudding was great.

I bought two whole muffaletas to-go at Central Grocery. Ate one on the plane and the other is still in my fridge. Had one more Pimm's Cup at the Napoleon House (our favorite bar). Then went home

Other notes: I appreciate the info that I received on this board. I also looked at the Trip advisor user ratings, which was very helpful. I was a little bummed that Lafitte's Blacksmith Shoppe had remodeled, other than that my trip was great and we will be back again. Still on the list for next trip are Jacques-Imo's, Acme Oyster House, and probably K-Paul's or Galatoire's.

Chris

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