Just got back from a fantastic time in NOLA. Was with some non-hounders who I couldn't ditch too often, so I was slightly hindered, but I think I did alright.
ACME was first stop after checking in to the hotel, and I needed an Abita & oyster goodness STAT. Had a half-oyster/half-shrimp po-boy, some oyster shooters, and some other raw oysters off the menu. Po-boy was great, especially with spicy mayo, and the raw oysters were pretty good too, but nothing life-changing.
Mother's a few times. Ferdi was tasty, catfish po-boy was pretty good too. I quickly learned that I needed to have the spicy mayo on all my po-boys, so I found myself having to make that up a few times. Gumbo, etouffe pretty solid as well.
Arnaud's Remoulade. Not a place I was wanting to go to, but the turtle soup there made it worthwhile. Crawfish etouffe was comforting at best, and I also had some meat pie which was mostly pastry.
Jacques-Imos was mind-blowing. Only a 45min wait, which was spent at the Maple Leaf next door listening to stories from the owner - time flew by. Had the fried po-boy and the gator cheesecake. Both were like nothing I've ever tasted. Stuffed pork chop for me, and blackened redfish for my friend. Amazing. Pork chop became leftovers 3 times over, and was an amazingly different experience each time. Sides of collards and mashed sweet potatoes were very good. Oh, forgot to mention the cornbread which is unbeliveable. I'm convinced that using alot of butter does indeedy make food better. Very cool place and I really dug the Frenchy paintings. He was there too, got to say hi.
Petunia's. I wanted to go here for breakfast, but instead I ended up here for dinner (somewhat against my will again). Great fried catfish fingers with fried okra. Also a nice grilled catfish dish, huge shrimp, and a crepe with I can't remember what fillings was also pretty good. Certainly not a bad meal, but I was looking for something else that night.
Cafe du Monde. Obligatory stop for beignets & coffee. Tasty fried doughy sugary goodness. When they were all gone, I couldn't believe how heavy the bag was still, with all the sugar in there. I poured the remains down the hatch. Good chicory coffee. I'm not a big coffee fan, but that was different, and interesting for me.
Uglesich. Good bloody mary. Bloody marys were my best friend all week. Shrimp grits were good and fried green tomatoes not bad too.
Had some nice tapas at a bar whose name I can't recall. Think it was uptown-ish, on St. Charles maybe. Good beef burgundy, and the other one was a rabbit dish.
Can't seem to remember anything else right now. All-around great trip, but when I go back with hounds for Jazzfest I'm sure I'll be able to hit more of the places I wanted to check out.