Carol and I spent Wednesday through Saturday in New Orleans, following the great recommendations received on this board - brief details:
Jan 4 Wednesday - arrived mid-afternoon, just in time for a dozen fresh oysters at Arnauds Remoulade - very few folks on the streets, but oysters were terrific! We had dinner at Bayona - highlights were the sweetbreads appetizer with a tender crust, and the pork shank entree [excellent]. Only four tables occupied.
Jan 5 Thursday - breakfast at Café Du Monde - café au lait and beignets. A friend drove us up Esplanade to the lake, over to UNO, and back through City Park - folks are working hard on many houses but omigod what a lot of work to do. Oyster Po-Boys at Johnnys for lunch - scrumptious. Dinner at Cuvee with old friends from high school days - Carol had red fish, two folks had salmon (the special), others Osso Buco - all were good but not sensational - best was the tapas appetizer. My report is sketchy because we spent the evening howling over stories from 50 plus years ago - the restaurant was full.
Jan 6 Friday - breakfast at Royal Sonesta [hotel is packed with police - its NOPD command center] - took a four hour tour with Isabel Coussart through 17th street, then out to Chalmette, then back through lower 9th by the Industrial Canal breach - unbelievable amount of devastation - so much more than media can convey - but folks everywhere working hard to recover. Well be much better lobbyists for NOLA having seen it. Crawfish etouffe and jambalaya for late lunch at Mothers - yum! Dinner at Brigtsens was highlight of the trip - wonderful warm welcome from Marna in that sweet house - she seemed very pleased that tourists like us were coming back to New Orleans. We both started with sweetbreads - even better than Bayona. Carol had the seafood platter [amazing!] and I had Thumper, a very tender bunny - what a great place - thank you to Hounds for this recommendation!! Back into town in time to see the end of Carnival kick-off on Canal Street trolleys - very good crowd, wonderful people.
Jan 7 Saturday - breakfast at Court of Two Sisters - a good brunch, a little pricey, but lots of fun next to the band. A sleepy trip home.
I hope all the Hounds can make it to NOLA soon - the food is wonderful, the people are so strong, and the city needs our support!!