So, this October I am returning to my beloved NOLA after almost a decade. I've visited a bunch of times and can't possibly express how much I love being there. And I dont even drink or spend ANY time on Bourbon Street ;) It's all about wandering the city, checking out the holes in walls, interacting with the warm, spirited locals, listening to music, peeking into hidden courtyards and....eating! Other than here in Gotham, there is nowhere on earth I like the food more. So suffice it to say, I am VERY EXCITED about returning.
This time I am extra-excited because our 7 year old chowpup with be with us, and I think he's even more excited about the food than we are. And that's tough! Between my own experiences in NOLA and the last ten years I've kept up with these boards, I have solid ideas of what I'd like to cover. I'm looking for some strong opinions about what I can part with and what new places I might like to add. We only have three dinners. Saturday through Monday, two lunches, and tons, and I mean TONS of snacks ;)
For dinners I've eaten at Emeril's, Emeril's NOLA, Antoine's, Brennan's, Galatoire's, K-Paul's and as far as "repeats" would would want to take my son to Emeril's for a meal I always enjoy- the pecan/andouille redfish, jumbo pork chop and banana cream pie. I've eaten at Emeril's places all over the country, and IMHO, this is his best place. I don't care for any of the others. I also feel I have to keep Galatoire's in my mix b/c it defines, just oozes New Orleans' charm. That's two dinners right there. For the third, I am thinking Bayona, Brigsten's, or Herbsaint. Never been to any. I know Susan Spicer is a NOLA gem, a Wizard, the Grand Dame, however I am thinking Bayona might be too "formal" for us. Not that we have any qualms about bringing our son to a "finer" place, however living in NYC we have a plethora of fancy places and we prefer more "hearty" and "local" fare, not interpretations etc. Not sure though....I'm sure I'll be villified for this one...i could be convinced....
I recall loving Mother's, thinking the Central Grocery's muffeletta was good but not earth-shattering ( we're Italian-American, so it's not such a unique thing for us....) loving the Po' boys at Johnny's/Parkway/Parsol, the beignets at Cafe Du Monde, the Pimm's Cups at Napoleon House, the char-grilled oysters at Acme etc. How are these places these days? Do they continue to shine? Resting on their laurels?
Places I've wanted to explore include the ice cream at Angelo Brocato's, Jacque-IMOs, the Camellia Grill. Thoughts?
Also, I've never been to Commander's Palace for the Jazz Brunch. I always feel embarassed to admit this to locals who seem to revere the place. Is this a sin? ;) It seems so, so, so touristy. I was once suckered into going to a Jazz Brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters and thought it was super disappointing.
We will be spending most of our time exploring the shops on Royal/Magazine Streets and just enjoying the French Quarter. In the past we've ventured out to Treme, Metairie and Lakeview etc, but we are a bit less inclined to do this with our little guy. We will take a streetcar to the Garden District to drool over mansions, do a Bayou tour ( little guy is very interested), go to Preservation Hall, check out the cemeteries and visit the WWII Museum to see the 4D film "Beyond All Boundaries". Knowing this, if there are any little places we have to check out close by, please do tell.
Many, Many Thanks in Advance and of course...All Things Delish,
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA