Hi there - thanks for all the help from CHers with recommendations for our recent weekend in NO. I promised to report back so here we go:
First of all - loved loved loved your city - we will be back. Completely dug the great music scene.
- We lost a full day and evening sitting in Chicago airport in a snowstorm so there went our Thursday night plan to go to coops. We never actually made it there at all. Next time!
- Fri. breakfast - Cafe du Monde was way too crowded with a long line-up, so, starving, we went to Cafe Beignet - having nothing to compare it to, we thought the Beignet and coffee were fine - period.
- For lunch we hit the French Market Restuarant (not Bistro) because we wanted to try a crawfish boil - enjoyed those with a big tall glass of Abita and a small bowl of gumbo. That was an experience - we're used to big ol' Canadian Atlantic Lobsters so were probably working the poor devils over a bit too hard instead of focusing on the tails alone! Service there was distracted - not unpleasant just not quite present.
- Dinner at Cochon - we loved the whole vibe of the resto - sat at the bar and had a great ginger-based cocktail and chatted with a few locals. Service was excellent. I had the pig cheeks and corncake appetizer - excellent. My husband had alligator strip things - he was a little underwhelmed. Our mains were grilled fish - done to perfection, with smothered greens on the side (sorry not to our taste we discovered!) and the bouchon dish on the regular menu - again unfortunately my husband was a little disappointed, finding this quite bland. Too bad - can't honestly say we'd rush back here, despite all the glowing reviews - maybe we didn't order well! Spent rest of the evening dancing and enjoying the music on Frenchman's.
Saturday breakfast we went to Pentunias - big line up - appreciated the Bloody Marys while we waited. husband had a special - corned beef hash and poached eggs which he really enoyed. I had the Cajun sausage breakfast and eggs. sorry, didn't love this - most of it was cold, and what is with the skinny wimpy wonder bread toast - barely toasted and cold to boot? great, friendly service, but was it worth the wait? hmmmm.
skipped lunch and had dinner at Bristgens. Loved our entire evening here - the food was fantastic and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful in directing us out for music and dancing after (mid city rock and bowl - what a great experience!) Appetizers were crawfish chowder, excellent, and artichoke oyster gratin, again excellent. Mains - seafood platter and rabbit - wonderful. Awesome dessert of banana bread pudding. We'll be back here for sure. Oy yeah, we started the evening with a cocktail at Court of Two sisters - for no particular reason - just wanted to sit in a courtyard. The courtyard was lovely. But because we were having just drinks they kinda stuffed us into a back corner. We had tried to go to Napolean House but it was closed.
Sunday we managed to get to Cafe du monde, just for the must-do tourist experience - their beignet are much better than cafe beignet. Don't go expecting service - just enjoy the deep fried dough and waddle along!
What a fantastic city. Thanks again for all the advice - we feel we've only scratched the surface.