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Old Texas Hounds do New Orleans

Plano Rose | May 15, 200811:05 AM

Monday, May 5th

We taxied in from the airport , checked in to Place d'Armes and hit Muriels right at noon. What a great experience. We were dragging from the flight. Did I mention that we are old? The dining room is very pleasant, and we were seated by a window looking out on Saint Ann Street. Sitting in air conditioned bliss watching the buggies go by. Bliss. Service was polished and efficient. Food was very good. I had the goat cheese and crawfish crepes and bread pudding with toasted pecan and caramel sauce. DH had shrimp herbsaint. I got a bite. Unusual and delicious. Two iced teas. Grand total before tip was $37.87. Wandered across the street to Jackson Square where the waiter chased us down carrying my purse which I had left behind. We definitely joined Turbodug's Muriel fan club.

I expected to like this place. I've liked every other Brennan restaurant I've been to. Oh well. There's a first time for everything. The gumbo yaya arrived lukewarm DH wanted to send it back, but it was also way too salty, so I just took a few bites and moved on. DH's fried oysters on the half shell also failed to impress. On to the barbecued shrimp. We didn't like them either. The service was indifferent, and the place was LOUD. Won't be back. Oh yes, the Crown Royal on the rocks was fine.

Tuesday, May 6th

No trip to New Orleans is complete without making a pilgrimage to these two institutions. They did not disappoint. Even got entertained by a classical guitarist. Fun time.

This was a repeat visit for us. Food and service were first-rate. I couldn't decide between the oysters alvin and the crawfish etouffee. So they offered to split it. Also had onion rings. Very tasty. DH thinks their turtle soup is top of the list. He loved it. Only downfall was noise. But the food was worth it.

Okay, I'm typed out for now. The rest of the week will follow. All good. Stay tuned.

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