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Trip Report, 8/18 - 8/24/07

dcata25 Aug 28, 2007 07:36 AM

We just got back from our week stay at my favorite city in the world.

Riche. Saturday for a light lunch. Onion soup was good. Fried oysters very good. The mussels and pomes frittes were very good. The lobster and cheddar melt sandwich needed some lobster on it. Wouldn’t order it again. Service from our favorite waiter, Jonathan, was superb.

K-Paul’s. Saturday night for Mom’s birthday dinner at K-Paul’s. As usual, service and food were top notch. We go here every time we come down.

Commander’s Palace.. Sunday, we went to Commander’s Palace for brunch. It was our first time there even though this was our 30th trip down to NOLA. The food was divine, however I did have to send back my barbeque shrimp appetizer, the shrimp were a bit raw. Fried oysters were very good. My dish was shrimp with angel hair pasta which was just okay. My husband’s steak was unbelievable, the melding of the flavors. He didn’t even need a steak knife to cut it. Creole cheesecake for desert was okay.. The service was a bit off, waiting for cocktails took quite awhile. However, they were extremely busy. The place was packed. The chef signed our menu for my Mom’s birthday, “Keep Eating Creole.” We would definitely return again.

Grande Isle.. Sunday night for a light supper. This place is bad!! I ordered the potted crab with shallot butter. The crab was literally swimming in butter. Nasty. My Mom got the cold seafood platter. She said the crab had a funny taste and the peel and eat shrimp were unpeelable. Oysters on the platter were fine. Bread they brought out was hard as a rock. The onion rings were the only decent thing that came out of their kitchen. Would only go back here for their raw oyster special when it returns.

Drago’s at the Hilton for lunch. I have to say the oysters are not quite up to par compared to the ones in Metairie. They were not smoked at all. They even didn't have that blackening look to them. They were barely cooked and floating in way too much butter. I would definitely not get them again at the Hilton. We had the Creole tomatoes topped with shrimp which was quite tasty. We also had their shrimp and corn bisque which is very good. Service was a bit off and the place was not busy at all.

Bambu in Harrah’s.. After a few drinks, the food in this place is passable. They do have good pot stickers and good fried rice (had those sober in the past). It is good for a quick bite if you happen to be in the casino.

Palace Café. We always go here every time we come down. I have to say this time was a total disappointment. The service was not that good and they weren’t that busy. The only part of the meal that was enjoyable was the crab meat cheesecake and the brie baked in phyllo dough as appetizers. All our entrees were disappointments.

Irene’s. Top notch for food and service as usual. We return again and again always on Thursdays as this is when Irene makes her veal Osco Buco and my hubby must have it! I had the chicken rosé Marino, wonderful as usual. For dessert, we split her wonderful Creole cream cheese cake.

Restaurant August for dinner. This was our first time to August and will definitely not be our last. Divine is the only word I can say about this place. Everything we tasted was speculator. They brought out a mushroom truffle risotto to start, amazing. We got the gnocchi, wonderful. I had John’s drum dish with champagne butter foam which is the dish he won with on the seafood challenge on the Food Network. His flavors are outstanding. The service was incredible and meeting John for the second time (we had met him on an earlier trip while we were eating at Riche) was quite enjoyable.

All in all, the trip had more positives than negatives and we are planning on returning in October for our birthdays to feast some more!!!!