I have been MIA lately, partly because work has been crazy x 1000, and I participated in the Canne Advertising Contest this year, which consumed a couple weeks as well! Needless to say, March was my birthday month and thanks to Cris, I got to ring in my 26th year of life in New Orleans! I have never been and was looking forward to this trip for a long time since we had one thing to accomplish while we were there....EAT! We stayed for a long weekend and had 3 full days to explore and eat more food than we thought we could consume. A bunch of people had been asking me for all the places we went to for their future trips to the city so I thought I would write about where we ate. This is what we squeezed in however there are a TON more restaurants and bars on our list for next time!
WHERE WE ATE:
Cafe Du Monde // This was obviously a must since anyone who has ever been to NOLA knows of this famous French Beignet spot. Our hotel was conveniently located 5 minutes from this cafe, which was a blessing and a curse. The first day we stood in line for about an hour to indulge in these crispy, powdered sugar covered donuts. Yes, we committed. Their iced cafe au lait was also insanely good, the perfect way to wash down the pounds of sugar and dough we were consuming.
Elizabeths // We spent a lot of the first day in a district called By Water which is where this little gem is located. Elizabeths has a very southern charm with hand painted signs and the most delicious praline bacon and fried green tomato Benedict. We also were able to get our drinks to go (so convenient) and continue to explore what we called the Brooklyn of NOLA.
Flora Gallery & Coffee Shop // So after the beignets and our bacon filled brunch, we continued to walk around until it started to rain. We decided to take shelter in this little old-school gallery and coffee shop. Full of games to play (backgammon, dominoes, etc), magazines and books to read, and an all over artsy crowd, it was the perfect place to dry of and have a cup of chai tea with a piece of carrot cake (cris's favorite dessert ever).
The French Market // The French Market was our next stop. Here you can get pretty much anything and everything New Orleans. We settled down at an outdoor oyster and crawfish bar with the nicest and most entertaining oyster shucker (or the "mother shucker" as he liked to say). We ate about 12 oysters and what seemed like a pound of crawfish, learning the techniques to eat these deliciously seasoned shell fish (video below!)
Commanders Palace // Since it was my birthday, we decided to class it up and go to Commanders Palace which is one of the most well known restaurants in the Garden District of New Orleans. We began with a drink at the bar while we were waiting for our table, which you get to by walking through the kitchen where you could see all the food being prepared and presented. The drinks were delicious and the meal even better. We ordered the goat cheese and thyme grits, and a citrus salad to start, both were amazing. Cris and I both ordered fish entrees, which were very very good. Then since it was birthday, we got two desserts, because when in NOLA. The bread pudding and the strawberry shortcake were well worth the calories.
Mahony's Po-Boy Shop // The next day we decided to take a historic tour of the garden district and cemetery's. The tour was a lot of fun and we learned a bunch about the area! Afterward we walked over to Magazine Street, which is full of shops and restaurants. We realized we had not yet had a Po Boy yet, so we stumbled upon this spot called Mahony's that had outdoor seating, cheap drinks and a variety of po-boys to choose from (I got the shrimp). It was the perfect way to finish off the day in the garden district.
Sucre // To satify our sweet tooth on the walk home, we stopped in this little place called Sucre to get a variety of gelato flavors. The weather had gotten a lot warmer and we were dying for a cold treat, especially after the gin and tonics I was downing at lunch.
Felix's Oyster Bar // This was our last dinner in New Orleans and we new we wanted to go to an oyster bar. A lot of people had told me to go the Acme, however the line was absurd and we were starving so we settled with the cute bar across the street called Felix's. This place is no frills, but we had a ton of oysters, and oyster Rockefeller's. We also split a sausage and dirty rice dish which was the perfect amount of food and flavor.
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone // This was a bar that we had wanted to go to since the bar itself rotates like a carousel would. The Hotel Monteleone is a gorgeous hotel and the bar was very inviting, with a lot of antiques, including the carousel. Cris and I got sufficiently tipsy after his two whiskeys, and my dirty martinis, and then proceeded to treat ourselves to one last batch of beignets at Cafe Du Monde!
And that was that! Luckily we walked a ton (we were averaging about 8-10 miles a day) which made up for all the food we were consuming. I would recommend all the places above and I can't wait to go back and explore more of the city and its glorious food.
Any other favorites?