We arrived in NOLA on Christmas eve and had reservations at the Pelican Club (thanks, Kukubura and others for the recommendation!) It was really good, although the Revillion menu proved to be way more food than we could eat. Turtle soup, quail, duck, fish, creme brulee...it was all good! DH was glad I'd insisted he "dress" and felt very comfortable in his jacket and tie.
Christmas Day was lunch at August, and again, it was very good. The crab gnocchi wasn't quite as orgasmic as I'd expected, but then my expectations were extravagant based on the reviews I've read here. Loved the organic greens with pumpkin seed brittle and Point Reyes blue cheese. The pheasant was excellent, but as usual, y'all serve way too much food! We left some of the entrees on our plates to have room for the chocolate Napoleon with salted toffee ice cream which truly *was* orgasmic.
A group of friends arrived Christmas night, and yesterday we wandered the quarter. They wanted to eat at Bourbon House, so I kept my reservations to myself like a good group member. Unfortunately, that was a mistake....after a very mediocre meal and bad service, one of the busboys slammed us with an insult as we left.
We had a Sazerac in the bar at the Roosevelt; what a gorgeous place! On the way back to our condo, we passed Bar Uncommon, and stopped in. Chris McMillan was working, and he made a Sazerac which will now be the standard by which I judge all others. The man is a master, and the bar space is lovely and modern, and the ambiance was so much nicer than the zoo over in the quarter. We're here for a few more days, so will report more later....