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New Year's 2013-14 report back

shoprdoc | Jan 15, 201410:30 PM

Our family arrived over the New Year Holiday. There was a lot going on!

We started our trip at Marti's (hadn't been there since Peristyle's before kids). It was great. Oysters were the best we had on the trip. Front service haughty when they saw our family and effusive when they saw our departing bill. Small dish meatballs great and spicy. Rabbit was not liked in either of the two preparations. Trout was good. My daughter's hanger steak was the home run of the night. Everyone fought over it and my husband who eats steak regularly thought it was the best hanger steak he had ever had. High praise.....

We enjoyed the Roosevelt. Room was fine and the lobby was gorgeous. The Bloody at the Sazarac Bar was the best of the trip by far.

We had a lunch at Mr. B's which was packed. It was a let down as I have wanted to eat here for as long as I have traveled to NOLA. Seafood gumbo had 1 small shrimp and 3 very small mussels..... I have had better at our local bar in Wi. The 2 hamburgers at our table were not met favorably. Chicken strips (all 2 pieces) were gobbled down by our 4 yo and that was the highlight of our lunch..... That being said everything from the front to the wait staff was extremely cordial and professional. I probably should have ordered their specialty the bbq shrimp.

We had a "date night" at Sylvain. I had put great thought into Sylvain vs. Clancy's after doing my chow research. I can't say I was wowed nor was the very crabby table of 2 women next (right next) to us. The brussel sprout salad I started with didn't come close to either I had recently in Chicago at Purple Pig and Girl and the Goat. Very bland and oily.... My cauliflower soup was good but very one dimensional - ie add cream to anything and it will taste good. It would have benefitted from a good dose of white truffle oil. My husband thought his lamb shank was "OK but under seasoned". Best thing of the night was the 3 cheese tray which was fabulous. I really wanted to love this restaurant. We would try Clancy's when we return next fall.

Cochon Butcher.... Kids and I loved this.... Perfect stop after touring the WW2 museum which was amazing. I thought Muffeletta was great and my 4 yo gobbled up his hot dog. The Cuban was good and the smoked BBQ pork sammie was the best of the bunch. The pickles and brussel sprouts were world class. I liked the casual sit-down vibe. We got there right before they opened. The staff had a cool/knowledgeable vibe which was just right. My hubby has Cochon on his list for our next return.

Peche.... We had dinner here and once we made it past the "eye-rolling" waiter when we arrived (as we left we noticed many other families dining with children - and NO I would not take any of my kids to Alinea but they do fine dine with aplomb) we had a nice dinner. Loved the smoked tuna app but could have used more/variety of crackers. The fresh oysters were lovely and a highlight. Various orders of shrimp/chickpea salad, lobster roll, baked fish of the day were good. We liked the overall atmosphere and this is the place we will go back to (probably for lunch) when we return in fall.

We are hoping for warmer weather and decreased crowds when we return but loved spending NYE and NYD in a wonderful city.

This trip lacked Po-boys and we hope to rectify that this fall.

Thanks for all the chow advice that went into our trip prep. h

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