Restaurants of NOLA
Got into NOLA about noon on Saturday. Met up with some friends at the Queen & Crescent Hotel. A woman we talked to made mention of Mother's and Petunia's. Store that in memory for the next time we are there. The Old Coffee Pot - gumbo , etoufee, pasta jambalaya(all three very mediocre) catfish fingers (oddly the highlight of the meal), grits rice ball - grits were a really strange texture (one solid piece, unflavored for me).
Cafe du Monde - Stood in line for to go counter because seating was horrific. The line formed in an area which wasn't exactly the sweetest smelling I've experienced. Garbage cans,sugar, stained streets. Ate beignets and drank cafe au lait sitting on grass in Jackson Square instead. The beignets were okay. Had better ones in Atlanta. Maybe they just weren't served freshly made. They were hot, but a little chewy. My friends complained about the coffee being too bitter. Hesitant to use sugar because stir sticks had residual something (O_O) on them. I enjoyed the coffee. So Cafe du Monde? To try or not to try. I say at least try it once and decide for yourself.
Tried to get into Redfish Grill. They had a 2 hour wait. They recommended that we go to
Deanie's Seafood (about a block away from Storyville)- oysters(fresh and clean), boiled crawfish(4 lbs, mowed thru them in a matter of minutes. very tasty-dinner was served with boiled potatoes. Yummy), seafood salad (w/crab meat, shrimp, awesome house dressing), bbq shrimp (very messy, but very good). Located right off Bourbon Street, definitely goes relatively unnoticed, but the best restaurant for seafood that we happened upon all weekend. Server was really nice and friendly. She gave us a few recommendations for the remainder of our stay. She insisted we come back on Sunday, she would be working again and we could try out the food we missed out on.
Went to Tropical Isle to grab a Hand Grenade. A melon flavored concoction that is known to be the strongest drink. I agree it was strong, but it was also the biggest drink I've seen.
Sunday morning we forgo the reservations at Commander's Palace. Instead we go to Palace Cafe (605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130) on the recommendation we had the night before. Very nice place with a roving trio offering to play a little ditty at the table. Brunch served with three courses or choice to go ala carte. I had a blue cheese salad for the starter. Others had turtle soup and poached oysters. Eggs benedicte with shredded pork served with steamed matchstick vegetables. Friends had omelette, pork dish served with grits (much better). Didn't have much time so we did not get to enjoy the food to its fullest extent. Rushed into dessert. Bananas Foster served with vanilla bean ice cream was flambed in front of us making for quite a bit of entertainment. I had white chocolate bread pudding which was really good. Yet another great restaurant experience.
We were all curious about the hype of Acme Oyster & Seafood House (7306 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA). The lines always being so long we decided to try it. They tried to fit 7 of us on a table that would usually fit 4 comfortably. We insisted on a bigger table and got it. Oysters were not very fresh or clean. Fried oyster and catfish po boys were disappointing. The highlight of the place was probably the Barqs root beer served in a bottle. I think we were in the restaurant for a max of 20 minutes before we decided to go back to Deanie's for a second time. We wanted to get oysters, but were disappointed to find they had run out. We decided on fried oysters, boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, and salad instead. Which were all really good. Later went on to Pat O'briens for the famous Hurricanes (rum and punch concoction). The place was huge, not owing much to the tiny entrance seen from the street. Packed to capacity, many people were standing. We got a table and had to share seats. The drinks were good. Hurricanes all around. Which made us think maybe we should have gone for a bit more variety. Two people did venture out and got something different, some Rainbow drink that was quite good.
On Monday morning we went to Cypress Swamp Tours. After the tour we had fried alligator for the first time at a little store/restaurant in the vicintiy. I think gator has the texture of a cross between chicken and fish.
We headed to Drago's(3232 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie, LA 70002)for oysters. Raw and Charbroiled. We had four dozen of them and we all agreed the charbroiled ones were better here than the raw ones. Other things we ate: catfish po'boy (really good bread), red beans and rice (made with ham hocks which gave it a little sweetness), spinach and portabello mushroom salad (was okay). I can't remember much else we ate there. But all in all a good experience.