Second trip to NO for wife and me and along with another couple. Visited last year for a short conference and couldn't wait to go back.
Arrived Thursday...lunch at Napoleon House for warm muffaletta (split one with the Mrs.) and a few Pimm's Cups (didn't split this.) Absolutely delightful. A great way to unwind from the plane ride from Pennsy.
Dinner: RFG. I know it gets trounced here but wife is spastic for the chocolate bread pudding. I think that if you stick to oysters, the stuffed redfish and the bread pudding, it's a very good meal. And the house salad dressing isn't bad either. But, hey, I'm from Pennsylvania...what do I know about food!
Friday: Cafe Du Monde for breakfast. I seem to remember the coffee being stronger with a little more chicory bite to it on my previous trip. But the beignets were great as usual. Dinner at Acme Oyster House. The oysters were fantastic. Absolutely the best I've ever had. Other couple had some barbequed oysters which were great as well. He had never tried oysters before this trip now he's hooked (or netted). Shrimp and roast beef poboys were okay, nothing to brag about. Interesting that Acme wouldn't let us in with our go-cups, but they had no problem if you left with one.
Saturday: Dinner at Gallatoires. Exactly as described elsewhere on this board. Table split an appetizer sampler recommended by young waiter. It was excellent. Oysters en brochette were particularly great. Had entree of stuffed pompano. Lots of butter and lemon, very fresh and delicious. Friends had crab au gratin dish that was very good. The banana bread pudding was also great but everyone else preferred RFG's chocolate bread pudding.
Sunday: Jazz brunch at CP's. We didn't go here on our first trip. Our mistake. This brunch may very well have been the finest meal of our lives. Blew everyone away. Mimosa's to start, a fabulous waiter named Walter, a roving jazz band that let us take pictures of each other holding their musical instruments and each dish was to die for. I had pouched eggs on a bed of duck confit, wife had grouper with an amazing crawfish dressing. We split desserts with chocolate bread soufflé and a Ponchalba(?) stawberry shortcake. The strawberries were unbelievably great. They just don't have food like this where we come from. We will come to CPs every time we visit.
Monday early lunch: Catching a plane. Our favorite local place at home is owned by a high school classmate who was a chef in NO. He told us to go to Old Nawlins' Cookery on Conti. We had some very good "Cajun" food. The gumbo was great with big flavor and not too much heat. Red beans and rice (hey it was Monday) were very good too. We liked the small courtyard, too.
We are already talking about coming back for Jazzfest in 06!