We had a great long weekend in New Orleans! We headed to Alexandria after work last Fri and then Sat morning some friends met us and we headed on into New Orleans.
We stopped at Crabby Jacks in Jefferson on the way in for fried shrimp (very good) and cochon de lait poboys-tender and juicy but a little too saucy and sweet for us with a side of so so macncheese but really good fries. This place was packed so we sat outside where there are 2 tables against the building on the edge of the parking lot.
On to the Inn on St Ann, first time to stay here, lobby wasn't special but our 2nd floor double queen room was large with 15+ft ceilings a huge closet and nice sized bathroom with beautiful floors and good bedding/beds. Friends were across the street in Marie Levaux cottages facing the courtyard in a small but well prices queen room-also lovely. Staff were friendly the entire stay. We moved to the balcony suite after our first 2 nights and the private balcony on St Ann was fantastic, the room was quite large with a full living room, again with the 15ft+ ceilings and 3 huge windows. We'd stay here again happily.
On to Lafittes for hurricanes and frozen purple adult slushy-yummy. Walked through the Market and down Decatur, the FQ was hopping, stopped in for a couple of beers and then to El Gato Negro for delicious magaritas. Tipsy and tired we needed a rest. Dinner at Melange in the Marigny was disappointing-my cocktail was too strong to be tasty, cheese board and bread were great, cream cheese crab cake entree was good but no sides and 2 crab cakes isn't really an entre to me, hubs shrimp and grits were lifeless and bland-we skipped dessert. Walked around the Marigny a bit and there's a handmade market Thurs-Sunday which had neat stuff, bought a cool leather cuff then on to Lafittes for more drinks and on to Mae Bailey's for more drinks-see a theme, this will be a problem tomorrow!
Sunday, up later than planned for a FQ walk, stopped through Croissant D'or for a snack then walked more, drug hubs out of bed to get dressed to meet friends at Coops for lunch. I know some folks don't like their service-we've always had pretty good to really good service, not fancy by any means but we really like their food and prices are great! Had fried crab stuffed peppers, shared bowl of gumbo-love it! Hubs had fried chicken, I had shrimp and fried grits-rich and fabulous, friends shared shrimp and fried grits and shared the peppers and had some hair of the dog via bloody mary! On to shop a bit along Decatur then to MRB to meet Sjcal28 and her hubs, fun chatting then hubs and I headed to an art fair in a park at Claiborne and Carrolton-then stuck in football traffic on way back to rest a bit. Dinner at Acme was good, I really like their Peachmaker poboy! Fries with gravy and cheese were good but soooo salty, shrimp poboys and the roast beef and ham poboys were well liked too. On to Kerry's Irish pub but too full to drink, walked around and back to Mae Bailey's for more drinks and some Cougars were hitting on our hubs while they sat at bar to watch tv-funny! Walking down Bourbon and run into Sjcal28 and her hubs and we all head to Lafittes-many hurricanes were drunk as well as frozen egg nogs-not by me, I'm done for the night! We called it quits a little before 2am.
Monday our friends had to leave by 8am, we slept longer, I headed out for a walk and a biscuit at Johnnys and was kind enough to bring hubs one back. Dressed and on to Confedaracy of Cruisers for the culinary bike tour-LOVED it! Started in Marigny up to Lil Dizzy's for fried chicken and french bread-nice crust and very juicy. On to Liuzza's by the Track where I had a gumbo religious experience-I think I heard the Angels sing! Spicy and perfect-much love! We also shared the bbq shrimp poboy which was a mess of greatness but glad we shared as I'm getting full! On to Parkway for roast beef poboy and rum cake-we've been here twice before and love it! Biked to and thru City Park and the oaks were lovely! Last stop at Morning Call for fantastic cocoa and beignets-seriously good stuff! Biked back, walked a bit and rested a while. Not hungry until about 10pm so Verti Marte here we come for chicken strips, lasagna, baked macnchees (oh my) and au gratin potatoes-how do you not love this place?!?! Early night for us!
Tuesday, up and to Rouses for chilled sparkling wine and on to Surrey's for fresh OJ, french toast, side of bacon for me-yum, hubs had biscuits and gravy with eggs. Walked-crooked since tipsy- along Marigny then drove further down and shopped more then drove down even further to check out more of it. Shopped Jackson Sq and Royal a while then time to rest. Headed to Mandinas for dinner-full of locals so we're excited but I just found it ok, crab finders were pretty good but more of a butter sauce than wine sauce as listed, good fried shrimp were plentiful but fries were frozen and terrible, hubs got steak-I knew this was a mistake but whatever, he liked it well enough, I found it overcooked and bland as could be! Walked around a bit and on to Angelo Brocato for gelato-yum, the BEST praline gelato ever!
Wednesday, up early to walk around, pick up Croissant D'or to bring home, picked up some candy from Southern Candy makers and headed home.
Notice we missed Red Gravy, I didn't realized they're closed on Tuesday!!!!! Hangover on Sunday and late start Monday put me behind but SJcal28 and I both had Red Gravy plans for Tuesday until I looked at the website and found they're closed. I can't believe I missed Red Gravy this trip-I wanted to try the fried chicken and had been thinking about those Red Velvet pancakes since last December!!
Time just flies in New Orleans, we never get to see and do and eat all that we want or plan but like everyone says, just a reason to keep coming back!