So as I said, my trip turned into 4 days instead of 2 - not that I'm complaining!
FRIDAY - which was Valentine's Day, not the best day to be in a strange city solo but oh well - people were SO friendly and it was wonderful.
Charbroiled oysters at Drago's - ehhhh. I really don't like Gulf oysters, I find them too large and muddy tasting. Broiling them with garlic butter and parmesan is nice but not awesome.
Peche (I am obsessed with this place, seriously) - Shrimp and fontina croquettes, pan-fried catfish in a chile broth with pickled beet greens. Both awesome.
Friday dinner: I took the streetcar out to the Garden District.
Coquette - I love happy hour (we don't have that in Boston). 2 types of cheese, a housemade pretzel (YUM), gougeres.
Commander's Palace is seated-dinner only, no bar, so I skipped it.
La Petite Grocery - Way more elegant than I expected, based on the name. Lovely couple next to me insisted I try the blue crab beignets. YUM omg these were amazing. I should have tried more food here - it was my Friday highlight.
Lilette - Snagged the last seat at the bar. Another lovely couple next to me insisted I try the sizzling shrimp - not my usual, but they were giant and tasty (once I took off the heads - sorry CHers).
Bouligny Tavern - sister resto to Lilette, super packed and hipstery, so I went back to my new friends at Lilette. They were kind enough to share a lovely bottle of red they had just purchased. Then they decided it was too dangerous for me to walk back to the street car, so they drove me.
I expected to meet up with a friend but he was working late so I went back to my hotel and ended up falling asleep.
Got up and went to the airport for my 11am flight. Learned it was cancelled so I booked myself at the Hilton Airport and took a bus back into town. I decided to go towards the French Market/Frenchman street area.
NOLA - Pork cheek boudin balls were delicious. Warm shimp remoulade was good but not amazing.
Central Market - the mufaletta was fine but way better at Cochon Butcher (sorry everyone). It is fun to order beer and walk down the street drinking it. You can't really do that in Boston.
Coop's Place had a line out the door - so much for an "under the radar" local joint.
Three Muses - at the rec of one of my new friends from Friday night. Too full to eat so I just had wine.
Spotted Cat - So fun! Live music and dancing and drinking, all at 3pm! (cash only, BTW, and wine choices are "red" or "white") It starts to get blurry here, I will admit. Stopped at some other bar in that area, like a sports bar - called DBA or something sketchy like that.
The 1st parade of Mardi Gras was in that neighborhood starting at 6:30pm, so I stayed to watch the parade, it was awesome. Only problem was, could NOT get a cab after. I was back in the French Quarter so I went to R'Evolution for more food - burrata with caviar, and turtle soup.
Finally got a cab, went back to my hotel. Went to the bar, cuz no one ever said I make good decisions.... Met a flight attendant, decided I will become a flight attendant (probably will not actually do that), ate red beans and rice with andouille sausage. More wine. OUCH.
Got up at 4:30am, flew home. Ouch.
BUT overall an amazing trip. I hope I can come back soon, hopefully with a partner in crime next time!