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N.O. Trip report

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missylee Jan 25, 2009 04:06 PM

Just got back from NOLA and have just enough time to post a quick report.
Saturday: came in early and went to Cafe Du Monde for coffee but the line was super long. We went to Napoleon House instead right as it was opening. I had the muffaletta and hubby had gumbo. Both were just okay, however we enjoyed the atmosphere and would return for that and the drinks (Pimms Cup).
Next we walked around and bit and headed back to Cafe du Monde where the line was much shorter. I had iced cafe au lait and beignets which were AWESOME as always.
We went on the cocktail tour and it was soooo much fun and full of interesting info. We went to the following bars and had the following drinks:
Tujague's-Tujague's lemonade (tart/ refreshing)
Laffites Blacksmith-hurricane
Laffite in exile-(not going to say the name as it is inapropriate)
Muriels-Pimms Cup
Pirates Bar-green fairy
French 75- Sazerac
I would definitely recommend this tour. I plan on doing it again next trip. They say that it is different every time. After that we staggered back to the hotel to get ready for dinner
Dinner at Cochon. We had Fried Alligator tail, deviled crab, and ribs for appetizers. Of the 3, the crab was my favorite with the ribs coming in 2nd. The alligator was disappointing, all you could taste was the fried breading and sauce. I really don't know why I expected anything different as everytime I have eaten fried gator all I taste is breading but oh well! As an entree I had the oven-roasted gulf fish which was very good.
Sunday-
We had brunch at Muriels which was great, poached eggs on andouille and sweet potato cakes w/ tabasco hollandaise. A perfect combo of sweet and salty.
For a late lunch (after doing a Hurrican Katrina tour) we stopped by Johnny's Po-boy and had a Roast Beef, Salami, Ham Poboy. It was perfection with tender meat, just enough au jus, and fresh bread...KILLER.
Dinner that night was supposed to be at Galatoires but I am ashamed to say we walked around on Bourbon, found a great Zydeco band, and had too many beers to feel like going back and getting dressed for dinner. We opted for a lucky dog and late night snack of oysters and catfish at Felix. I have BIG regrets about missing out on Galatoires,...next time I guess. My poor hubby kept hitting himself on the head and asking "how could I have chosen a lucky dog over Galatoires, stupid, stupid, stupid" (no offense to lucky dogs or Felix because both were great!)
Monday- Cafe du monde again for coffee then on to Lukes for lunch. This was really our favorite of the trip, such a great place!!! We started with P&J oysters, littleneck clams, and mussels....delicious and fresh. I had the cochon de lait sandwich which melted in my mouth and was enough for 3 people. The fries were perfectly hot and crispy. My husband ordered the white bean and duck cassoulet slow cooked with pork sausages, smoked bacon and duck confit. Another winner. We both ordered the house brewed beers which were perfect with the meal. My only regret was that I couldn't eat more!
All in all, it was a great trip and I cannot wait to come back. I bringing my brother next time for his Senior trip/ 18 birthday and we will definitely be hitting Galatoires then!!!

  1. Bill Hunt Jan 26, 2009 06:13 PM

    Interesting and informative review. Sounds like you had too much fun.

    Now, the specter of the Lucky Dog, over Galatoire’s will hang over you, like an albatross around your neck, until you make amends. On your next trip, you MUST do Galatoire’s, and all will be forgiven [Grin].

    Thanks,

    Hunt

    1. CEfromLA Jan 26, 2009 09:47 AM

      Do you have a website for the cocktail tour?

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      1. re: CEfromLA
        edible complex Jan 26, 2009 10:09 AM

        http://www.graylineneworleans.com/cocktail.shtml

        also check out:
        http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2005-03-30-big-boozy_x.htm
        http://www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org/
        http://www.southernfood.org/

      2. edible complex Jan 25, 2009 04:38 PM

        great report. get the Obituary Cocktail book for your next trip. It's fun to go hopping to each bar and try their signature drink and have the bartenders sign your book.cheers!
        http://www.obituarycocktail.net/msfe/...

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