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Quick trip to NOLA report

Linda | Feb 19, 2009 09:43 AM

I had been scouring the NOLA board for quite sometime and finally made my way down over President's Day weekend. It was the first time for this New Yorker. It was also Valentine's Day and the start of a few Mardi Gras parades, so I was expecting a bit of craziness. However, though there were definitely crowds, our taxi driver lamented that the crowds were very thin compared to pre-K days. We didn't have to wait for a cab and there was no traffic. I hope NOLA will be revived to its old glory days.


Went straight to HERBSAINT for dinner. Promptly ordered the traditional sazerac (very good). We ordered fried frog legs, braised short ribs, kurabuta pork belly, steak, seared scallops, flounder, and finished with the homemade ice cream and olive oil cake.

I found the food to be very good overall, but nothing blew my mind. The fried frog legs had a sweet sauce with it, I think it would've been fine without it. The short ribs were very good, came with a tasty potato pancake underneath. All the entrees were also very good. The olive oil cake that came with sorbet was sort of like a glorified muffin. I wouldn't recommend it.

I may just be an impatient person, but it took forever to get the attention of the waiters and to get another beer. I thought to myself, ok, we should slow it down a bit...


Jazz brunch at MR B'S BISTRO. They had a $25-30 3-course special that came with a gumbo, jumbalaya, and some tomato soup starter, a choice of petit filet with truffled eggs, french toast, or creole eggs, and bread pudding. We ordered all 3. All were very good and rich. The coffee was great as well. The mimosa was nice and strong. The loaf of bread that was given to us was also very good. New Orleans loves their bread, huh? I really liked the bread pudding, but it was too much carbs at this point. My belly was bloated already.


Cafe du Monde. The line was out the door for both the beignets and table. Scratch that.


Finished off at ACME OYSTER HOUSE. The charbroiled oysters and raw oysters were great. Nothing more to say about that.

Had another sazerac at Old Absinthe House, I liked it better at Herbsaint?

Thanks again for all the recommendations. Our flight was canceled for a night so we missed a whole day of chowing down. I hope to head back to try other favorites, like Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Commander's Palace, Cochon, and the likes.

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