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Trip Report 4/26-4/30/17

Smarttyparty | May 4, 201711:23 AM

Arrived in town on Wednesday for the first weekend of Jazzfest. I was excited to rent a bike, and have two days to explore the city, before the crowds descended.

Parkway Tavern was the first stop of the day. I had the Surf n Turf Poboy, which combines Fried Shrimp & Roast Beef debris. This was very good, but I think I prefer to eat those fillings separately. After a few hours of exploring, I stopped by Felix's for a quick dozen raw oysters & a cold Abita. The oysters were plump and briny.....perfect.

After checking out Flow Tribe at Lafayette Park, I headed to Tranesse, in the Hotel Intercontinental. I was surprised how much I liked this place. Great raw bar and seafood selections. The grilled Oysters with Pancetta & Gruyere were outstanding!
Then rode to dba for the always amazing Walter Wolfman Washington. It was a good first day.

Headed to Willie Jean for an early breakfast. The NO BBQ Shrimp Toast was OK, I'm not really a fan of the recent fad of trying to improve the original sauce of this iconic dish.

Spent the next few hours riding, and visiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. I went to see the Michalopoulos exhibit, but really enjoyed their permanent collection.

Met an old friend at Peche for lunch. I have eaten here a few times and always enjoyed the food. However, I didn't think I would have my first "Holy Cow, that was amazing, I know I'm in NO dish!" The cornmeal dusted, deep fried, wild caught, whole Catfish was it. Perfectly cooked, served with two sauces, one a citrus, and the other similar to chimichurri. The rest of the afternoon I explored Garden District, Uptown & Audubon Park.

Dinner at Herbsaint with a few others was very good. The Gnocchi was pillowy, yet satisfying. Fried Oysters were solid. The special that night was a broiled filet of Red Snapper with cauliflower and Indian spices & fried chick peas. This was sublime.

First Friday of Jazzfest is always my favorite. I had the Trout Baquet, Crawfish Sack and Fried Soft Shell Crab Poboy. At $14, the Poboy was a bit underwhelming.

I stopped by Cochon Restaurant before the Fairgrounds on Saturday. The Char-grilled Oysters & Charcuterie Plate were fine. Maybe I've eaten here too often, but I was disappointed. It seems the menu has barely changed since they opened, and the daily specials have lost their luster. I'm rarely a stickler about service issues, as long as there is no rude behavior involved. The servers were pleasant but sloppy. I literally set a timer and waited 18 minutes for a water refill. Not a fan of the "team" wait service at Donald Links restaurants. The boiled crawfish at JF were tasty and bulky this year.

Grabbed a Chicken with Peppers and Swiss Cheese from The Butcher, for a late night snack. It was great, with the Brioche bun really making it.

All in all, another great visit. Having a bike really took the trip to the next level.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern,
Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar,
Willa Jean,
Pêche Seafood Grill,
Cochon Butcher
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