Trip Report w/toddler 6/11-15
We're back and we had a wonderful time thanks to all of the great suggestions! Once again we stuffed ourselves, but barely scraped the list of places we intended to eat.
Day one we rolled in around 2 pm and headed to Bourbon Street for the obligatory Bloody Mary at Molly's (one of the best in town, imho) and disgustingly delicious Hurricane at Pat O'Briens.
We ended up at one of the burger joints I've been wanting to try for ages, Port O'Call. Burgers were tasty and loaded baked potato was out of this world - especially with all of that cheddar cheese piled up on top. I particularly loved their mixed drinks and the toddler had a blast. Service was spotty, no surprise there. I'm curious about the other burger place in the Quarter for comparison as it seems to have a more exciting menu.
The next morning we discovered a fantastic pastry shop off Magazine in the Garden District. The name is escaping me, but breakfast was a crusty loaf of French bread and pastries in the comfort of our rental apartment. The bread was some of the best I've had and I'm still kicking myself for not bringing it home to freeze. We also had a really remarkable chocolate croissant from there.
Lunch was at Domilese. I'd been before but our travelmate hadn't and it was on her list. The bread was just as chewy and the roast beef as delicious as I'd remember. Had my po'boy dressed and with gravy.
We hit Magazine and stopped at Sucre and Bee Sweet. Two out of the five of us are in the pastry field as our profession and we thought Bee Sweet had some decent cupcakes. Our pastries from Sucre were lovely to look at, but virtually inedible. The toddler refused to eat them, though he can be discerning with sweets. :)
Dinner was at Dick & Jennys. We were told we'd be seated around 8:30 and ended up being sat close to 10. They were out of most everything we'd hoped to try. We had cancelled a res at NOLA for this visit since we had fond memories from a previous experience. The hostess/owner? was very sweet and did her best to make up for a series of unfortunate events, and that's all I'll say on the matter. We did appreciate her efforts, but I regret spending a precious meal here.
The next day brunch was at Commander's Palace. Turtle soup was seasoned to perfection and after a bit of a wait for the Bloody Mary's we were treated to complimentary drinks all around. Other notable 1st course was the Blackberry Creme Brulee French Toast. Super fresh berries and beautiful presentation.
They sat us at a beautiful corner table looking out the windows and the toddler had the corner to himself. Everyone was thrilled with their meals, some had a benedict spinoff, toddler had the pancake and another had the Eggs Cochon De Lait. The latter was uber spicy, I would have preferred if it hadn't set my mouth on fire, but I wasn't the one who ordered it. :D
Dessert was a mint chocolate ice cream which had a chocolate lattice and florentine on top. Toddler and I shared and loved it, I'm certain the ice cream was housemade. Others had the bread pudding and Pecan Pie. We spent the whole meal talking about how much we enjoyed it, and the rest of the day as well. :)
I'm a big fan of Commander's brunch and think that it's a great value for the prix fixe brunch. Our bill with several rounds of drinks for 5 people was less than $200 while we spent much more the previous night at D&Js for a lackluster meal and experience.
We left the toddler with the nanny and went out for drinks that night and ended up having a super late night greasy spoon meal at a place on St. Charles that has a laundromat in it. It wasn't bad and watching the world cup talking to the bartender who'd been there for 15 years topped the night off.
The next day was breakfast at Camellia Grill. Another place we'd been to but was on our friend's list. I didn't love it as much as I did the first time. I had a waffle and it was pretty boring, but hubby got a really great ham and cheese omelette that I ended up digging in to. Our friends had pecan pie for dessert and a month later they are still talking about it saying it was the best dessert of their life! I should have stolen a bite.
We hit up St. James Cheese Company for lunch and shared a cheese platter and discovered a new favorite cheese: Delice de Bourgine. The service was mildly aloof but the cheese more than made up for it. I was drooling over all of the sandwiches and the toddler had the best grilled cheese I've ever tasted on nutty wheat bread with sharp cheddar oozing out of the sides and crispy where it hit the pan. We wanted more but we had to save room for...
The Creole Creamery. Toddler had his first ice cream cone, bubblegum flavored, and I had some sort of praline ice cream. The ice cream was delicious and hit the spot on a cool day. Service was great and I wanted to try so many flavors but they limit the tastings. :) Got a cute toddler T as a memory.
Dinner that night was at Jacque Imo's which was so fantastic, it deserves it's own post. I'll save it for the morning.
If you've read this far, I'm not sure why I'm so verbose tonight, but I want to thank y'all again for all of the guidance on the chow. :)
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Thanks for the post. Glad you enjoyed! The burger/laundromat on St. Charles was probably Igor's (can't think of anything else fitting that description). I love La Boulangerie. It's a great find for fresh bread and pastries. And aren't those omelettes at Camellia fantastic?!
4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115