After about 6 long years I finally made it back to New Orleans! This will be mostly just highlights of things that come to mind...
Last time I was there was with a few friends for Mardi Gras in '03 and this time it was with my wife and another couple for French Quarter Fest. My wife was a NOLA virgin and the other couple had one NOLA virgin and one who had been once, but didn't stay in the French Quarter too much since she was with a friend who lived outside the city. The oldest me, is 36, and the rest a couple to a few years younger. However, the way we put away hurricanes, hand grenades, Abita's, and other concoctions you would think we were a bunch of college kids! This is also our first leg of our "drinking world tour", we are going to Oktoberfest in Germany, then Prague, and then Austria later this year. So lets say we like to put them away with the best of them and we figured we better do it now before we/our livers can't do it much longer…which is coming fast :)
We left Boston at the crack of dawn and was in New Orleans and at our hotel by around 2pm
We stayed at the Prince Conti and had a good experience there. My review should be posted shortly for those who want further info.
ACME Oyster House (twice) - there was a line each time, as always, but we never waited too long since there were 4 of us. The oysters were amazing, so tender and fresh! We had grilled oysters for the first time too and they were amazing as everyone says. Love the cocktail sauce there! There other food is equally as good.
Cafe Du Monde - stopped twice...amazing! A favorite obscure Jimmy Buffett song about sums it up...
"...Well the coffee is strong
at the Cafe Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch;
But just like a fool, when those
sweet goodies cool, I ate 'til I ate way too much..."
Speaking of Jimmy...
Margaritaville - stopped in for an app of "gator bites". I had them once before but had to let the wife give them a go. My wife thought they tasted like chicken...go figure...
Coop's Place - had to eat here after all the great reports. There was a line here too for dinner but we ended up with seats at the bar pretty quick. Not the friendliest of folk, or at least the 1 bartender of the 2 that night, but the food was good. I had the sampler plate and I enjoyed it although all the tastes kind of all blended together.
Central Grocery - Had to get a muffaletta. My wife has been wanting one since I told her about them and we waited in line for about 10-15 mins. There was a line there every day. Wife and I got a Half to share but could have eaten a Full no problem. We wanted to save room for some other FQF food samplings. Actually, I had Frank's Muff at the Fest tent the same day to compare. Tough call on the better one...more meat in Frank's, better olive salad at Central Grocery.
Oceana - Stopped here for an appetizer one night. Had some more oysters (very good, regular cocktail sauce) and alligator sausage. Alligator sausage was really good and the spicy sauce made it!
French Quarter Fest Food Tents - So many to try and I so wish I could eat more!! We each had a couple of dishes and each one was very good to amazing. I had some grilled shrimp with cheesy bacon grits that was very good. I can't remember what everyone else got but from what I got a bite of it was amazing. I also got a order of crawfish that I have been wanting at one of the tents near the US Mint building. They had crates and crates of them! I ended up with a good amount (guess was about 1 1/2 - 2 pds) with a potato, corn, and a piece of sausage which was $7. They were very good and nicely spiced, not too spicy but a nice flavor. I would love to do it like I knew a lot of you do…boil'em up and dump it out on a newspaper covered picnic table with a keg of ice cold brew. I will trade a New England Lobster Boil for a "real" crawfish boil…hahahaha.
I think that about sums up the food…will post more soon...