Wednesday I took customers to Cuvee as it was close to their hotel and I wanted to check them out a second time. I was again impressed. Just straight good food, good service, and a great atmosphere for carring on a conversation. No dish blows you away (other than some really great presentations) but no flaws either.
Thursday was just my wife and I for a second try at MiLa. Our first visit several weeks ago was incredible so I wanted to see if lightning could strike twice. We got there via a walk through the Roosevelt lobby and a stop at Bar Uncommon where Chris gave us his Cliff Notes version of the history of the Sazerac that he gave as a talk at the last Tales of the Cocktail. MiLa was good but didn't hit the peak as last time. The sweetbreads were great though and we'll give it another try as I've promised to take a sweetbread lover there for a coming birthday. Service was very warm and friendly.
Friday lunch was at Grand Isle, sitting outside in the beautiful weather. We both had soup/sandwich combos with a good seafood gumbo (full of tender shrimp) and I had the BLT oyster po-boy and my wife shrimp po-boy. Both good eating. They have taken the frog legs and turtle soup off the menu. This is our third time at GI and for a casual lunch spot I like it. It is better than the other casino related places I've tried. I finally tried one Abita I've never sampled and now am an Andy-gator fan.
Friday night (after openers at the Royal Orleans and Hermes Bar) we ate at NOLA which was packed as it usually is. My wife had the drum which she said was fantastic. I tried the boar special which was a very tender piece of pork which went so well with tender collards. Later we walked past Camillia Grill on their opening night. At 9:30 PM they were packed and were again at about 2 the next day when we again walked past. One day we'll get a chance to sample it.
Saturday late morn we took in the 11:00 showing of Beyond All Boundries at the WWII museum. If you haven't gotten there yet is is a very well done production. And that fitted with lunch at the Stage Door Canteen. Based on one meal I'd say its worth going to to sample it but it's not a destination.
Before going to the company holiday party we stopped at the Carousel Bar as we try to do every year on during our anniversary weekend. In 38 years we've spent a lot of time going in circles!
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Grand Isle Restaurant
575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130