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Weekend Trip Report (Petunias, Murial's, etc.)

Sara | Dec 22, 200308:31 PM

Just got back from a really lovely trip to New Orleans. We took advantage of those "Papa Noel" rates and stayed at the FAIRMONT... loved the over-the-top Christmas lobby! But down to the food...
Friday night: Had to have oysters at FELIX'S... and they didn't disapoint. Yes, there was a tremendous wait (only 2 shuckers), but to the very obnoxious couple who got tired of abusing the bartender and left without paying their tab.. your oysters were delicious.
Saturday:Did not get up early enough for breakfast, plus I wanted to catch the Louisiana Purchase reenactment (very cool to see). However, lunch was extra special. We ate at MURIAL'S and I have to say that it was a truly lovely experience. I didn't have an appetizer, but my fiance had the turtle soup which he said was very good (although not Commander's.. but what is?!?!) I had the Pecan Encrusted Baby Drum, and I have to honestly say that it was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. A perfect portion, a wonderful taste.. every bite was wonderful. I highly HIGHLY recommend it!
For dinner, we ate at PETUNIA'S. I had walked past it earlier in the day and thought it would be a good place to try.. we were NOT disappointed. The gumbo was good (as was the navy bean soup), and the redfish special.. with caramalized pecans and a frangelico sauce was served with maque choux and was excellent. I had one of their enormous crepes, filled to overflowing with shrimp and crabmeat. I think I was able to eat half of it! It is really obvious that the food there is prepared to order. The desserts looked excellent, but we were too stuffed to even share!
Sunday: Spent most of the day watching football and eating at COOTER BROWNS, and then dinner was more oysters, but this time at ACME. We decided that we liked Felix's "atmosphere" better, but Acme's "peace maker" poboy with oysters and shrimp was very good.
Writing this makes me want to get back in the car and go back!!
Happy Holidays! Eat merrily!

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