Dining Report: Mosca's, Central Grocery, Morning Call
I visited my family in New Orleans this past weekend to attend a wedding. Was only in town for a few days, but we had one fantastic meal at Mosca's. My sister had the bright idea to hire a limo for the trip out and back--it's not easily accesible from the city except by car, and it's a long trip out--so we didn't have to worry about driving home. The absolute highlight of the meal was the Oysters Mosca, which are oysters baked in breadcrumbs, garlic, oil, and cheese, and it's simply out of this world. We had two helpings for the table. We also had Grande Chicken, which was wonderfully herby and tangy without being too spicy. I only had a piece of white meat, but it seemed slightly overcooked to me, which was my only beef with the whole meal. We ate in the front room, which was buzzing. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, though I do think the lights in the front room were too bright. Anyone else agree?
The next day we had Central Grocery muffalettas at about 2 in the afternoon. They were as good as they've always been. The place was packed and I waited in line dutifully for about 20 minutes, then for about 5 minutes while they made my 4 sandwiches. Plenty of tourists in the line. In my opinion, this is the ONLY muffaletta in town. The secret, I think, is in their bread.
The morning I left the city, I had beignets at Morning Call in Metairie (in a strip mall off Severn Ave.) My brother believes that the beignets at Morning Call are actually better--fluffier, softer, fresher, more consistent--than the beignets at Cafe Du Monde. I tend to agree with him, at least Post-K, that they are the best beignets in the city. However, Cafe Du Monde has Morning Call licked in terms of "total experience." And, it's much closer to where most visitors will be staying. Still, if you have a car and are willing to head out to Metairie, Morning Call is worth a stop.
And when you're out there, go to Parran's, which makes some of the best poboys in the area. Haven't been back since the storm--still wonderful, anyone?