We just returned from a 3 day trip to New Orleans yesterday. We were totally overwhelmed by all of the great tastes. We didnt have one bad meal the entire trip. Here is the trip report.
Saturday: The bayou classic was today (we werent there for this) and Canal Street was packed with people cruising in some crazy cars.
Saturday Lunch: Felixs Oysters We ate a quick lunch which included oysters on the half shell which were very large and tasty and an oyster & shrimp poboy that had a nice little kick to it. The place was kind of dead but it was only about noon.
Saturday Dinner: NOLA - We had early reservations so we received very good service an lots of attention. The wait staff was very friendly and joked with us a lot (we heard warnings of snobs). I started with the brie, smoked duck, and bell pepper pizza. This was very good, I think of this a California style pizza but it blew away anything Ive had in Los Angeles. For the second course I had gumbo which was also very good, it had a little kick to it which was nice. For my main course I had the Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop with Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Pecans and Caramelized Onion Reduction Sauce. This was excellent but I could only eat about half since I was so full. My wife had the taste of NOLA which started with a panko crusted crab on Frisee salad with grilled apples and ginger sesame vinaigrette. She thought this was excellent, it was very light and tasty. Next she had her favorite course which consisted of prosciutto wrapped tuna on white bean puree with toasted walnuts and white truffle vinaigrette. The main course for her was pan seared filet mignon with black olive bacon mushroom ragout, potatoes, and crispy spinach. She thought this was very good as well. Overall, the dishes were cooked perfectly and consisted of huge portions. I would totally recommend this place.
Sunday Breakfast: Café Beignet - We were going to head to camellia grill but woke up too late so we stopped here during our walking tour. It was nothing special but not bad. We just had bacon, eggs, grits and bread. I liked the orange juice.
Sunday Lunch: Central Grocery - We split a Muffaletta. This sandwich was very very good. Everything blended well together, I could taste the olive oil, and there is a good helping of deli meat on it. We ate this by the river and loved it. Ive heard about how huge the whole sandwich is but I was surprised that it wasnt as big as I expected. A whole sandwich can definitely feed two, especially in NO where there are tons of other things to try. We then walked down to Café Du Monde and enjoyed some coffee and beignets. This place is a great deal and the beignets are
Sunday Dinner: Upperline - This was another great choice. My wife started with the foie gras which she thought was very good. She had never had it before so we cant really compare it to anything. She had the taste of new Orleans and was impressed the most by the gumbo, the spicy shrimp, and roasted duck. I had the gumbo as well which tasted different than the others I tried (too hard to say which is better). For my main I had the Cane River Shrimp over fried grits. This was a very good dish, the flavors were not very powerful but they all melded together well. The fried grits were very tasty, for a while I didnt know what I was eating. For dessert we had the profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and the pecan pie. The profiteroles were excellent and my wife fell in love with the chocolate sauce. This reminded me of something my grandma used to make so I loved it as well. The pecan pie was the best Ive ever had. It wasnt overly sweet just light and perfect. I expected the wait staff to be a little more laid back here. So if you havent been expect them to be sort of emotionless (I did make one chuckle which was nice).
Monday Lunch Uglesichs - We were the first to arrive at 10:40 but the place filled up by 11:00. The owner was friendly and waiter was helpful pointing out what the specialties and popular dishes were. I heard the owner say that april is probably it for this place. We ordered fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, crawfish balls, fried oysters, oyster shrimp po boy, and pauls fantasy. Evertything was awesome. I felt that the fried green tomatoes with shrimp and remoulade sauce was better here than at upperline. The tomatoes were cut thinner which I prefer. The shrimp and fried grits were delicious, the grits were different than those at Upperline but equally as good. The cream sauce was light but complimented the shrimp and grits perfectly, I used the bread to soak up the rest of the sauce. The crawfish balls with an asian style dipping sauce were tasty. You only get two and some rice so dont expect to get full from this dish. The sauce tastes like it contains some fish sauce, sort of Vietnamese influenced. If you dont use it all on the crawfish balls poor it on the rice and enjoy it that way. The fried oysters were very very good but you only receive four. The poboy was not as good as the one at Felixs because it seemed to be just oysters (the oysters are good though) on bread with no real sauce. Pauls Fantasy which is fried trout with potatoes and shrimp was excellent but a definite artery clogger. I loved everything about this dish but I couldnt finish it because I was so stuffed.
Monday Dinner Acme Oyster House We arrived at about 8 pm and this place was jumping, it is a totally different atmosphere than Felixs across the street. Felix was sort of like a diner this was definitely a loud raucous bar. We ordered some raw oysters, some crayfish and a peacemaker. The oysters were smaller but thicker than those at Felix. The crawfish were small but tasty and a lot of work. The peacemaker was the best poboy on the trip. It had a definite oyster flavor and the Tabasco infused mayo pushed it over the top. Next time I get it Ill request no shrimp though. We liked this place better than felixs because of the atmosphere, it seemed more alive. On this trip the raw oysters were better at Felixs but the Poboy was definitely better here.
Overall the trip was totally overwhelming, I would recommend everywhere we went. My moms favorite was NOLA, my wifes favorite was Upperline, and my favorite was Uglesichs. Thanks for all the recommendations, you all helped out a lot. I think that the weekend after the we went during the perfect time. There were no large crowds (except on Bourbon & Canal Saturday Night) and the weather couldn't have been better.