looking for specific food items in nola
im taking my boyfriend to nola for three days to celebrate his 30th birthday. he is a vegetarian (ovo-lacto) and hes allergic to mushrooms.
he likes cheesy, bready things, potatoes in all forms, and fried eggplant. im looking for some casual day places to take him, as well as a nicer place for his actual bday. we're not looking for "best restaurant" destinations, necessarily, b/c we're from nyc and now live in san francisco, so we have many world-renowned restaurants at our fingertips (and we're doing a pre-bday celebration with his parents at daniel bouluds place in vegas). what im really looking for are places that are going to do new orleans cooking really, really well, or provide a southern twist on classic comfort foods. and also be at least mildly veggie friendly. unfortunately, we wont be there for brunch, but would LOVE breakfast suggestions.
some specific requests below (including a couple non-veggie ones for me)...thank you so much!
beignets (besides cafe du monde...we're going here)
mac n cheese
shrimp n grits
poached or fried eggs w/ new orleans flavors
sugar cured bacon
There are no other sweet Beignets than Cafe DuMond. Try Elizabeth;s in the Bywater for breakfast and be sure to get the Callas (rice cinnamon fried dough) very good. Get some Muffelata spread (olive salad) from Central Grocery and see of they will sell you a loaf of bread and get some cheese and make a veggie sandwich, they also sell a good stuffed artichoke. I think they have buttermilk biscuits at Mother's, Elizabeths should also have them. Crawfish are out of season right now unless they are inported from China.
re: Burger Boy
It has nothing to do with Katrina, as most pond raised crawfish come from areas completely unaffected by K. It's more about profit & weather....we had a very wet October, relatively warm weather, and some producers will push the season to get the $$$ that early crawfish command.
Galatoire's has eggplant sticks that you dip in powdered sugar. No kidding. It's good. My veg friend was very happy with her eggs sardou, they have several egg dishes they can make.
I'm waiting with bated breath for the good hash brown recs, I haven't found any yet. Lots of places do the big potato chunks w/ cajun seasoning, which is good, but not hash browns.
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Go Bennachin, an african restaurant (I wanna say Gambian?) that has many wonderful vegetarian dishes. And African cuisine had a strong influence on the cooking that defines New Orleans so it's cool to compare.
Mac n cheese: Lil Dizzy's in Treme, for sure, best mac I've ever had. It was at brunch so you could scoop as much as you wanted!
bread pudding: the souffle at Commander's Palace. Holy moly
Lil Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116