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New Orleans Trip Report- Day 1

sabre3198 | Apr 14, 200810:01 PM

I was in town the last week in March for my first time in a few years. A fantastic trip!

Day One:

After checking in to the hotel (International House - great stay!) My wife and I walked over to Central Grocery around 12:30. I know there has been some complaints about a "old" sandwich being served (I've had some in the past) but ours was perfect! We ordered a half for the two of us as we didn't want to wreck ourselves the first hour of the trip. The bread was soft and fresh and the olive salad was delicious. I really enjoyed this!

We then walked over to meet our friends and they had not eaten yet and wanted to go to Napolean House. What a perfect opportunity to try these favorite muffaleta's back to back! I was curious about the famous "hot" muffaletta. I ordered a Pimm's Cup (loved it), and a quarter sandwich. I know I am going to piss some people off here but what a terrible sandwich!!! Imagine a cold cut sandwich that is microwaved. The bottom bread was soggy and warm. Exactly why I don't microwave leftovers at home. It really wasn't good. Not sure where the glowing recommendations come from. That being said, I went back later in the week to have a sazerac and that turned into 3. Best saz I had in town so I would recommend the place for the cocktails.

Went back to the hotel and napped and cleaned up for dinner before heading down to the bar for an apertif. They carried Lucid absinthe, the genuine article, and took their time preparing it for us. A very nice pre-dinner cocktail!

For dinner (like we needed more) we went to August. My party loved their meal but I thought it was merely above average. I did enjoy my lemonfish but wasn't blown away. The fois gras 3 ways was good and the P+J Oysters were excellent! Don't know if I would go back given all the great places in town.

day 2- to be continued

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