Thanks to threads on this board I had a wonderful eating experience in New Orleans-even though I only got to 3 of the places I had planned on.
First off I stayed at the Balcony Guest House on Royal in the Marigny. My room wasn't anything to write home about but it was clean and the folks downstairs in Schiro's were awesome-especially Steve who works evenings.
Breakfast was included in my stay but it started too late for me (9:30-10:30) so I just walked around the block to Cake Cafe. Enjoyed their breakfast sandwich on a biscuit one morning, cheese danish another and the veggie omelette the final time. Very fresh, free coffee refills.
Lunch on my first and 3rd day were at Crescent City Brewhouse. My first time having shrimp and grits and I could have licked that plate! it may not have been the best version around but for me it was deelish! The 2nd time there I had their baked oyster app (6 oysters with 3 different toppings) but wasn't super impressed.
Lunch on Thursday was the Creole prix fixe special at Commander's Palace. OMG! Naturally I got seated by the waiter's station because I was solo and female but the wonderful service made up for it. Turtle soup, pork tenderloin with onion strings and mushrooms and cracklins and what all-lordy lordy! And the Creole bread pudding souffle for dessert. Thought I'd have to walk all the way back to Boston after that meal!
Also had 2 dinners and brunch at Schiro's/Julia's Little India. The sag paneer was meh but a tossed salad another night was fresh and huge. Brunch was eggs and grits and sausage-everything done perfectly. And it was included in my room charge although $6.95 for that plus juice and coffee is an excellent price!
On my final night I walked down Frenchman looking for some music. My 2nd stop happened to be 3 Muses where I had a wonderful mojito and mediocre fish tacos.
Loved the city and am very glad I finally made it there. And with any luck I'll be able to return some day. In the meantime my photos and food memories will have to sustain me!