New for 2009?
Hi - My boyfriend and I've visited New Orleans twice -- once in 2007, once in 2008. We're planning a trip for early April. Anything new or newly excellent that we should try? Or a good old stand-by that is highly recommended?
We've been to:
Acme Oyster House
Cafe du Monde
Commander's Palace (we walked around the cemetery there after and saw Noah Wylie)
Coop's (mmmm jambalaya)
Brennan's (for dessert)
Mona's Cafe (I think that's the name, on Frenchman)
lots of other random places that I can't remember
We eat everything and would like to probably have one awesome dinner and try to save $$ on everything else. We'll be staying in the Quarter or nearby. Oh, and my boyfriend loves soup, so if anyone has a great soup recommendation, do tell. =)
maybe new to you are Arabesque, Cochon, Rambla. Patois, MiLa, Luke, il Posto, Stein's Deli, J'Anita's.
great soups: sunchoke and cauliflower at Iris, gumbo ya-ya at Mr. B's, seafood gumbo at Muriel's, crawfish spinach bisque at Jamila's Cafe, lemongrass crab bisque at Sara's in the Riverbend, bouillabaisse at Cafe Minh, cream of oyster rockefeller at Brigtsen's, turtle soup at Mandina's. and though not a soup, the lamb stew at Lola's on Esplanade is killer.
re: edible complex
I must have been on an off night. I didn't think it was horrible, but everything was kind so-so. The Mediterranean type stuff was fine, but not as good as Lebanon's or Mona's or most Lebanese places. The escargot were fine, but not as good as Nanou. The bread was ok, the service was ok, etc. etc. So we just never got around to giving it another shot. I wonder if others had similar experiences, or if maybe the location was a problem?
Wow, what did you order at Stanley. IMO the Reuben is the best thing they have and it's only around $10. Throw in a $5 cup of their gumbo, which has large chunks of 4 different kinds of meats (Andouille, Shrimp, Duck, and oysters?) Thats plenty enough and high quality food for the price. I'd say it's a perfect place to go.