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Trip report: Galatoire's, Jacques-Imo's, Gabrielle and more (long)


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Trip report: Galatoire's, Jacques-Imo's, Gabrielle and more (long)

Richard | Dec 17, 2003 07:20 PM

Just back from a fantastic 72 hours. Thanks to you guys for making it possible.

Dinner Sunday at Galatoire's. A pure experience of old New Orleans. I swear we were the only non-locals there (and we were dressed appropriately, so the hostess asked us who our favorite waiter was!)

Service superb. Casey (our waiter) was nice and offered advice when asked for. All excellent.

My wife had the fried eggplant/souffle potatoes with bernaise and powdered sugar. Wow! I had Oysters Rockefeller. Wow again!
Kids (18 and 15) had salads.

Mains: shrimp creole, Grilled pompano with crabmeat, Chicken Bonne Femme, Fried Shrimp. Sides of Brabant Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. All superb.

Desserts good, but not great, except for a very boozey banana bread pudding which was ace.

Monday lunch at Mother's. Ferdis, Roast Beef Po' Boys and Grits with debris. What can be said that hasn't already been noted? we loved it all.

Late dinner at Jacques-Imo's. This place rocks! My daughter said "We're the youngest and oldest people here." She was right. Mainly all college kids and 20 somethings.

What food! The alligator cheesecake, a knockout. The shrimp remoulade unlike any other. Fried chicken and Giant stuffed porkchops did us all in. Wonderful, but nobody prepared me for the gargantuan portions. (Well maybe you did and I didn't believe you.) No room for dessert. Kewl service, too.

Tuesday - Breakfast at the Camelia Grill after the St. Charles Streetcar ride. Another wonderful place! The chef's special omelette (ham, bacon, potatoes, onion, two cheeses and chili) has to be eaten to be believed. The sausages are sublime and the pecan waffle a treat. Loved the whole vibe.

Too full for lunch, saved it up for dinner at Gabrielle. Another charmer. The BBQ Shrimp Pie is all it's supposed to be and my wife's crab bisque suited her fine.

The duck and pork chops were excellent, but the real prize winner is the Creole cream-cheese crusted lamb chops. We all tasted it and fell over cheering.

Very nice desserts, although the apple bread pudding was a bit heavy on the cinammon. I am impervious to the charms of mint, but my kids loved the Peppermint Patti.

Wednesday - Cafe Du Monde for an early beignet fix, some last minute sightseeing and shopping and then Central Grocery for Muffalettas to eat at the airport. Another triumph.

Sorry we missed Bayona, Peristyle, Upperline, Herbsaint etc. but we loved the city so much, we'll be back for sure.

Thanks, Chowhound for a great trip.

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