In town Oct. 28-30th, what to eat?
My husband and I will be passing through and staying for 2 nights later this month. What delicious seafood, po-boy, muffaletta and cajun or creole places are the best? The muffaletta is for the drive on our way back to Dallas so it doesn't need to be in New Orleans if the best is on my way. Also are there any places that are better this time of the year vs. other seasons?
Just returned last week and this is my review.
Arrived late on Sunday and grabbed some fried alligator, oysters and shrimp on Bourbon St.
Breakfast Monday was at Brennan's. Although many people seem very disappointed we had very tasty, be it overpriced, breakfasts. I had the Eggs Hussarde which was prepared perfectly. My eggs were that perfect custard consistency and the two sauces complimented the dish wonderfully. The hollandaise was rich and creamy with a delightful taste of butter. the other sauce ( don't remember what it was called) was more savory, but equally good. My husband had the Oyster Benedict and it too was was very nice. it was better when I added it to my eggs however. The spice bloody mary's were great too. I love those string beans!
Lunch was at Parkway. I had a roast beef po boy, dressed, and was satisfied, more than actually. My husband had the alligator sausage po boy and it was delicious as well.
Dinner we decided was going to nice, the nicest in town, so we heard. We made 9:30pm reservations at Restaurant August (our choice, b/c we like eating late) and were seated immediately. The waiter, a Australian man, greeted us and took our drink orders. As foodies we had numerous questions to ask, and were some what disappointed with the waiter's answers. First we ask about the 5 course chef's menu. He told us that we would be eating until 1am, not our question, and then proceeded to give us some listless descriptions of what we would be eating, and then promptly recommended a 3 course tasting menu at the bottom. We of course made mention that he clearly didn't want to stay until 1am, and he replied "We would love to stay w/ you until 1am." We opted out on both counts. The appetizers were at 2 levels. My husband ordered the truffle gnoccoli and it was divine. This was a top notch appetizer not to be missed. I ordered the foie gras 3 ways and was disappointed. It was absolutely nothing like I expected. It was not plump little livers, it was more like 3 different versions of pate. the first was tongue roulade. It was all right, but not sublime. The second was a liver mousse en crue. Again tasty, but wouldn't call it foie gras. The third was a little ball, fired on the outside and melty on the inside. this was served with a marmalade of some sort. I liked this best of the three. I would say my appetizer was good, but not great and not over the top delicious like my husband's appetizer was. The entrees were also at two different levels. My husband had a trout he swears is the best piece of fish he has eaten in the US. I had backstrap of rabbit wrapped in bacon. The bacon was so smoky that it overwhelmed the rabbit, which may as well have been chicken. I thought the sauce with it and the presentation was very nice, but was let down-again. The restaurant was beautiful, the presentation lovely and the food decent on my plates and outstanding on my husband's plates. The service disappointed. Because we chose a later seating we were treated like T.G.I. Friday's guests. the food served, removed and the next dish was brought right away. In fine dining I like a minute to sit b/w courses, sip some wine and discuss what we had just enjoyed. Not one second of breathing room. So I advise not being the last seating at this place.
Go to August by all means. It was one of the best meals we have had in NOLA and we have been there 31 times. Top of the line, divine!! 2 Apps, 2 entrees, 2 martinis each, 2 expresso, and one dessert ran us $200 and worth every penny. Can't wait until January to go back!!
The absolute BEST place for a po-boy is Crabby Jack's - owned by the guy who owns Jacques-Imo's. It's a rundown looking place on Jefferson Highway, but the slow roasted duck poboys are the best anywhere! The shrimp or roast beef are equally as good - but get a regular, not large because they are huge! The seafood platters are amazing as well.
Crabby Jacks - 428 Jefferson Highway, zip code 70121; phone 504-833-2722
That duck po boy sounds divine. I will certainly give that a try.
Parkway seems to be a noted as the best po boy around by many, so I'll give them a try for an oyster or RB po boy. Mothers gets a thumbs down by most so they're out.
I have heard that Arnaud's is a favorite from someone at work who's dad come sfrom New Orleans, but was worried that after Katrina it may not be up to snuff. I have read that August is fabulous, but don't want to mess around w/ that kind of fine dining, and fine dining prices, if that isn't the case.
Thanks for the tips. I will certainly supply feedback upon my return. anymore confirmations on the above would be great or any word on August would be nice too.
The duck po boy is great, ask them to add swiss cheese to it if you fancy. Note - it is MESSY! have a ton of napkins and a fork and knife but damn is it good. I ate them probably two to three times a week when I went to Tulane. Also, try the fish tacos there, unreal, and the blackened fish w/ shrimp remoulade special as a po boy.
Believe it or not, that is a very wide topic! I will try and help you. If you want a dressy dinner with Creole food, try Galatoire's, Arnaud's or Commander's Palace. For a po-boy, you have many options. Downtown is Mother's on Poydras St. If you are there during the week, you will see po-boy places all over the central business district. If you venture uptown, try Guy's po-boys on Magazine and Leontine St or a The Grocery right on St. Charles Ave and 8th or 7th. Cannot remember the cross street.
For moderately priced, casual Louisiana creole/cajun, I would direct you to Jacques-Imos, Mandina's, Dick and Jenny's, Grande Isle, or Cochon.
I'm sure you've heard central grocery for muffalettas.
Seasonally speaking - we are now in the months ending in R and as such I would highly recommend that you have raw oysters if you like them. There are a bunch of places I think are pretty equivalent but I like Felix's best - they have raw oysters, oyster and shrimp poboys, and other basic New Orleans food.
You might be able to give us a little more information regarding what you're looking for -- neighborhood, price range... if you have preferences.