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Trip Report 8/12 through 8/16


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Trip Report 8/12 through 8/16

texasredtop | Aug 19, 2012 04:18 PM

Got into Metairie about 1:45 PM Sunday and stopped at Deanie’s in Bucktown for a late lunch. There was still a 30 minute wait and I was starving so we sat at the bar and ordered a bbq shrimp appetizer. They brought out a bowl of perfect new potatoes that had been cooked in crab boil. A few minutes later we placed our lunch order as we had decided to just eat at the bar, he ordered the crawfish quartet and I ordered the crab quartet. The shrimp came and they were absolutely delicious. They were a bit overcooked so peeling was a chore but the sauce is heaven. I so wished that I hadn’t ordered my lunch and just got another round of those bbq shrimp. Our lunches were good but nothing special. Our service was good, very friendly helpful staff behind the bar. Wait time was average or a tad bit slow but considering the crowds in there I was quite satisfied. There was still a 20 minute wait when we left at 2:45.

I tried to visit La Boulangerie in December but they were closed due to road work on Magazine so I decided to try again and get a box of pastries to take to the room for later. Closed again!! Won’t reopen until 9/5 or something like that. What’s up with this place? I was really looking forward to trying it. Is it worth another try? I was in the mood for something sweet so we swung by Creole Creamery. I had a coffee ice cream I think and he had the Oaxacan Chocolate. The last two times we’ve been there I just haven’t been gaga over it. That was probably our last trip there. It was good, just not worth the drive, parking, etc. to me.

Monday - reservations at Mr. B’s. We both got the bbq shrimp and I got an order of pommes frites to go with mine. I had a delicious grapefruit margarita and he had several bloody marys. The only difference in this trip than all my other trips to Mr. B’s is that the shrimp were cooked to perfection this time, no mushy shrimp. It is still so delicious but I found myself wanting more Deanie’s bbq shrimp. Mr. B’s are richer and a little better but there was something about those Deanie’s bbq shrimp that made me want more.

Later that afternoon we walked over to the Riverwalk Mall and split an order of CDM beignets and I had a frozen coffee. I have to say the beignets were much better than previous times I’ve had them. Being it was almost closing time for them I was pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday – lunch at Cochon Butcher. I had the special bologna and pimento cheese sandwich which was so delicious. I also got the boudin appetizer which was very good. Hubby had the cubano sandwich which I liked but he wasn’t thrilled over it. He said mine was much better. It’s quite expensive but very good.

Planned on dinner at Domenica for the happy hour pizza but it was closed for a few days so we headed over to Deanie’s in the Quarter for some more bbq shrimp. The Deanie’s in the Quarter is a bit different than Bucktown. Our server took forever to even take our drink order. People seated 15 minutes after us were getting their drink order and new potatoes before our server even made an appearance. He had quite an attitude also. We got the bbq shrimp for 2. It wasn’t quite as good as the dish in Bucktown was but it was still good. The shrimp were once again, overcooked. The dish was huge and we wished we’d gotten the order for one and split it. But we didn’t leave anything behind. For us, it is not a dish that we would ever eat again that late. It was a long night which included going to the vending machines on other floors hunting for crackers at 3 AM. Between the better tasting bbq shrimp dish and the better service, we’ll stick to Bucktown from now on. Also the boiled new potatoes at Bucktown were much better. The ones in the Quarter tasted bland like they were boiled in plain water.

Wednesday – Willie Mae’s fried chicken. I liked the chicken okay. The crust is good but the chicken wasn’t tender at all. It was a good meal but I make much better fried chicken. We hesitated to go there because we like to eat mostly fresh seafood when in NO but a friend had been there recently and told us we had to try it. Okay, we did. Wouldn’t recommend it with so many other great places around. We went over to Angelo Brocato’s for some pastry for later. I got a tiramisu plus almond biscotti and he got amaretto cheesecake. It was all very good, as always. I had a gelato, I think it was called Italian chocolate chip and it was delicious!!

We were going to head out Thursday after lunch but decided to leave early. He dropped me off at Café Beignet to get something to go. I got an order of beignets and got him an egg/bacon/cheese croissant. He loved his, said it was the best breakfast sandwich he’d ever had. I gave him a few bites of my beignets and he said they were also the best he’d ever had. They were huge and so delicious. We will definitely be back to Café Beignet.

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