Monday, July 18, 2016

New Orleans Trip 2016: Where the good eats happened!

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to visit. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen my NOLA Top 10 List & a few extra tips post. This trip, Alex & I went exploring with the help of the 2016 New Orleans Official Visitors Guide & the wonderful support of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. I have quite a bit to share, but lets start with one of the greatest things about NOLA…the food. All opinions are my own & are very much shared by my traveling companion- my husband Alex.
The Best Creme Brûlée Ever. Tableau Restaurant, NOLA

Gilled Gulf Fish @ Tableau Restaurant, NOLA

This restaurant is a MUST! Everything about it was perfect. The ambiance, the staff (our waiter- Keith- gave us the best recommendations!), and the food were just wonderful. What really sparked my interest is when I was reading the menu and I came across the EAT FIT NOLA approved dishes which is an initiative that highlights the smart choices on the menu for those of us who are being mindful of healthy eating and healthy options while dining out. Alex and I tried the Truffled Crab Fingers for an appetizer. Alex had the Roasted Duck Breast: Blackberry gastrique, Creole mustard reduction, arugula & local blackberry salad, baguette and I had the Gilled Gulf Fish:Tamarind glazed, local summer vegetable ragout, spicy chilies, mirliton slaw. These were all good, but let me tell you something. Keith suggested we try the Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée and I will not lie- IT WAS THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. Well done Tableau & thank you for the memorable dining experience!

Truffled Crab Fingers @ Tableau Restaurant, NOLA

Court of Two Sisters

Alex & I agreed after going to the Court of Two Sisters that the jazz brunch they offer would be a new tradition every time we are in New Orleans. I cannot express how impressive of a selection of Cajun & Creole food they had here. Their cocktails & dessert options were fantastic. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it, but our waiter Alvin suggested that we try the turtle soup. He told us to put a teaspoon of sherry in it and even with my reservations beforehand, there was no denying that it was very good and the suggestion about the sherry was a great one. Terrific food and wonderful jazz in a beautiful restaurant, this dining experience is a must. Alex told me that this was his favorite place to dine out of all of the places we went during the trip. It is a good idea to make reservations.

Alex's First Mint Julep. Great Cocktails!
Bread Pudding & Homemade Ice Cream

So much good food to choose from!
The Cold Bar. The picture just
does not do it justice!

In the French Quarter next to Jackson Square is the wonderful Stanley Restaurant. We were looking for someplace that had breakfast served all day and this is the place to go if you are having a late start to the day (for example, after running with the bulls in New Orleans). The coffee tasted exceptionally good & the apple fritters are too good to pass up. Alex and I split one after we had our breakfast, which consisted of Eggs Stella ~ Cornmeal-Crusted Soft-Shell Crab, Poached Eggs, Canadian Bacon, and Hollandaise on Toasted English Muffin and Eggs Benedict Poor Boy ~ Poached Eggs, Canadian Bacon and Creole Hollandaise on Toasted French Bread.

The Eggs Stella @ Stanley Restaurant in the French Quarter.

I dream about crawfish etoufee when I am not in New Orleans. Alex & I got our fix for crawfish etoufee at 801 Royal on our way back to Hotel St. Pierre and it was fantastic. The etoufee was really good and we both tried the “Beer of the Hood” which is a mysterious concoction that pairs well with Cajun/creole.

The Seafood Omelet at Daisy Dukes.

Honorable Mentions: Mulates & The Crazy Lobster & Daisy Dukes. We had great food and great service at Mulates and The Crazy Lobster is a neat place to sit and eat and watch the cargo ships as they pass by on the Mississippi River. We absolutely can’t come to New Orleans without going to Daisy Dukes for breakfast. They serve the best Seafood Omelet ever. The service is always good. The food is always good.

NEXT UP: NOLA: Activities & Tips 2016

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