We arrived this past Wednesday and after a brief walk, headed over to Coop's for lunch.
A bit more of a dive than I had expected but the food did not disappoint. Started with a bloody mary that was just perfectly spiced. Wife ordered a BLT and I have to admit that I've never seen another one with 10 pieces of bacon. She loves her bacon and should we say, she was in hog heaven.
The shrimp and oyster po-boys that others had were also quite plump. Good food and good value, mix in a sassy waitress/bartender and you've got a fun place.
Thanks to all the reviews, we had dinner reservations as Brigtsen's. 8:00 but we arrived early and they had no problems seating us. The restaurant is in a old house out at the end of the St. Charles streetcar line, we took a taxi about $20 with tip for 4.
Very friendly and attentive staff and food was out of this world!
We had the crawfish with a black pepper biscuit and shrimp remoulade for apps.
Dinner entrees were:
Duck, a sheepshead special, seafood platter and a catfish appetizer.
I will try and post of a picture of the duck.
It was a very special meal and a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Day 2 we had a early breakfast at Petunia's.
It was a bit pricey but convenient and nothing memorable.
Nex was lunch at CP and we sure enjoyed the $.25 martinis.
Entrees included veal and shrimp and more catfish.
Of course, the bread pudding was ordered as I'm pretty sure that SWMBO only went there to get the dessert.
Dinner, let's move on as the other couple insisted that we have drinks overlooking Bourbon Street and that privilege got us one of the worst meals I've ever had at some bar. Just awful and I was so #$#%.
Day 3, Swamp tour at a Place called Honey Swamp. It was awesome. 2 solid hours out on the pearl river with what had to be a biologist, probably not, but sure seemed dam smart.
Dinner was at the Gumbo Shop and it was okay, more catfish, crawfish etoufee and chicken dishes, friends were beginning to be fished out. Certainly got us a back on budget as it is very reasonably priced.
Late night at Snug Harbour to see Mr. Marsalis. What a tiny venue and it's all about music. I'm not sure I could have gotten a 2nd drink if I had wanted one.
Day 4, Cafe du monde and off to the Houmas house. Entering place, not sure I would drive out there again, but we were headed out of town and it's only about 40 minutes from the airport. We had lunch at the Cabin house. Pretty good, massive quantities of food.
Red beans and rice, my wife's 4th meal of catfish, a roast beef po-boy and an omelette were the choices. Again, no complaints.
New Orleans was great and we were glad to return again after about 10 years. The city seemed a bit dead but we arrived mid week and the week before the beginning of Jazz fest.
There were a few pirate in town for a festival and the ones we met were alot of fun.
OK, you are obligated to tell us where the Day 2 dinner was, and what was wrong with it.
Next, you are close. It is "Honey Island Swamp," home of the "Honey Island Swamp MONSTER." My guess is that mention was made of this "Big-Foot-like" creature, but have not actually been on the tour.
PS Thanks for the reviews.
re: Bill Hunt
You gave the opportunity to crow a little bit---if ever you run across the select sect COTHISM ("Church of The Honey Island Swamp Monster") you may see their logo, a primitive drawing of a young woman praying to a steaming blob of something on a table. The blob is a brisket...and it's mine; I cooked it.
My claim to fame.