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Trip Report (not all that long)

jk | Jun 11, 200309:36 PM

Got back to Brooklyn on Sunday from our second trip to New Orleans. After Arriving on Thursday around noon we dropped off our bags and headed straight for Uglesich which has yet to dissapoint. I tried the softshell crab for the first time and it was wonderful and my wife had the signature trout dish. We were actually too full from a late lunch to have dinner that night. Friday I was walking around the Merigny looking for possibilities for music later on when I hear a piano playing in a small restaurant at the corner of St. Roch and Royal (I can't even remember the name). Don't go for the food, but there was an older man (maybe 70's or 80's) playing piano and singing who was spectacular. He played the classics (Summertime, Ain't Misbehaving) like it was the last time he was going to sing each one. A great, unexpected, lunchtime treat. My wife thought that the fried green tomatoes at Upperline that night were not only better than Uglesich, but that her Bombay Shrimp was the best meal she had had in either of our trips to New Orleans. Saturday I happened upon a very large traditional New Orleans funeral and after following it for 2 or 3 miles had a great barbecued pork chop from the back of a pickup truck. Based on a recommendation from a New Orleans resident I met at the funeral we tried GW Fins for dinner. I was surprised to see how sort of trendy anywhere it looked when we went in, given the location, but I had one of the best meals I've ever had there. Not having internet access I didn't check out the place before eating there and I've since learned from CH that it may be the first of an eventual national chain, but it was great. I had the lobster ravioli appetizer and the lamb chops for an entree. The lamb had a great smoked flavor, almost like it was Texas Brisket. By no means traditional New Orleans, but good food is good food. Overall, a great eating weekend.

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