Here are a few highlights from my recent (and first ever) trip to New Orleans...
Galatoire's (Sunday dinner) -- This turned out to be an excellent choice for our fancy meal. My mom and I shared the Galatoire Goute to start. The shrimp masion and crabmeat maison were good, but the highlight of the dish was the shrimp remoulade -- a nice kick and a great blend of spices.
I moved on to the Turtle Soup, which was rich and had a healthy dose of sherry. My mom had the green salad with garlic, which she enjoyed.
For dinner I went with the soft-shell crab special (two fried soft-shell crabs with a generous helping of crabmeat maison on top). I had initially thought about the sauteed soft-shell crab, but went with the recommendation of my waiter for the special. It was a great choice. I completed my meal with the Rockefeller Spinach -- I was so full after everything else that I almost couldn't finish the spinach, but it was so tasty that I managed to eat every bite.
My mom went with the stuffed eggplant for her entree and enjoyed every last bite. We finished off the evening with the Chocolate Decadence (with rasberry coulis). If there was a low point to the meal, this was it -- the cake just wasn't as outstanding as everything else had been, but it was still a fine dessert.
We picked up the Galatoire's cookbook and hope to try out some of their great recipes at home.
Mother's (Saturday dinner) -- Mother's was a tad on the touristy side, but they sure do have good food. Everything I'd read about the place said to expect a wait, but the restaurant wasn't very crowded at all. I had an Oyster Po' Boy and a side of Red Beans & Rice. Both were very tasty (in fact, the Oyster Po' Boy was the best sandwich I had on the whole trip). My mom went with a combination platter of red beans, crawfish etouffee, and Jerry's jambalaya. I had a bite of the etouffee and decided I needed to go back to the counter and order my own cup! I also had a bite of fried catfish which was also very good.
Remoulade (Monday lunch) -- We found ourselves back on Bourbon Street after a bit of wandering on Monday so we decided to stop in Remoulade for lunch. We started with the Shrimp Arnaud, which was excellent. I decided on Taste of the Bayou (jambalaya, crawfish pie, file gumbo), while my mom went with Taste of Louisiana (turtle soup, natchitoches meat pie, and crawfish etouffee). Everything was very good, but the highlight of the meal was the crawfish pie. It was simply yummy... so yummy in fact that I emailed Arnaud's for the recipe (under the "Ask Chef Tommy" section). They already responded and also included their meat pie recipe as well...we'll definitely try to re-create those great dishes soon.
I had a few other great meals and various snacks as well, but these are simply the highlights. There were also many restaurants I had on my list, but time simply did not allow me to try them. I missed out on Casamento's, Acme and/or Felix's, and Uglesich's just to name a few. I'll look forward to those on the next trip (although I fear Uglesich's might not be around by the time I make it back).
One thing I can say for sure is that I did not leave New Orleans hungry!