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beck123 Jan 13, 2011 07:48 PM

Our trip was awesome! Thanks for all the advice everyone!
Here is what/where we ate:

Thursday-
Raw oysters and some Abita's at Felix's
Port of Call for giant cheeseburgers and monsoons! Really delicious, but I kind of think our Bobcat Bite might just have them beat. :)

Friday-
Galatoire's for Friday lunch!
I did indeed wear a dress, and the husband wore a coat (not any of the lovely coats suggested by some posters in my previous question...) but no tie. Thank goodness we did, all the men were wearing coats, and the ladies were all very well dressed!
Our server was Shannon. She was awesome! We followed her lead and asked what was good that day...it worked out pretty darn well!
I got Frost, the monthly cocktail, and a martini. The martinis are the best!
They come with an entire dish of assorted olives, pickled onions and lemon twists!
I nearly died of joy just from that. :)
Then we got the food!
Appetizers- oysters en brochette- spot on indeed, yum!
Grand goute- shrimp remoulade and crabmeat maison- oh yeah.
We shared souffle potatoes, which were amazing. I had never had them before, and I was blown away by their puffy, golden brown deliciousness.
Gumbo with duck- which was amazing and had a nice, rich brown roux with extremely tender slices of duck. mmmmm.
Entrees- grilled pompano with crabmeat and grilled redfish with crabmeat yvonne.
Dessert- bread pudding and pecan cake with coffee ice cream
Everything was great, and the atmosphere of a busy Friday lunch was certainly not to missed. It was truly like a super happy cocktail party! I couldn't believe how many bottles of wines/martinis the business suit guys put away. Does anyone go back to work after Friday lunch??
Hope to repeat this next year!

Dinner- Pimm's Cups at Napoleon House, Sashimi at Yuki Izakaya and Souffle potatoes and Sazeracs at French75. I believe there may have been more oysters in there somewhere. And lots of Abitas on Frenchmen street- we saw Kermit Ruffins at the Blue Nile. What a rocking show! Loved it.

Saturday-
Lunch at American Sector
Portions were a bit too big for me. I ate maybe half my short rib sloppy joe, which was yummy! The fries were awesome. My husband somehow managed to wolf down a serving of meatloaf the size of a ribeye steak. And we split a coffee caramel milkshake!
Dinner- Boo fries, raw oysters and abitas at Acme Oyster- then later in the evening we split a fried oyster platter at Remoulade, lol.

Sunday-
Brunch at Mr. B's Bistro
We each started off with gumbo. He got the gumbo ya ya, I got the seafood gumbo. Mine was good, but I liked his better! Apparently I like the dark, spicy gumbos best.
He got the prime rib po boy and i got the barbequed shrimp. Words can't even describe the awesomeness of that dish, or the hilarity and necessity of the big white bib they tie on you! OMG it was beyond amazing. That sauce...I could drink it. We split bread pudding for dessert.

Dinner- Souffle potatoes at Hermes Bar. And the very nice waiter gave us a tour of all their dining rooms! What a gorgeous restaurant, wow! We have to actually eat there next time. We went to the beautiful Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. I got the French Quarter, which was delicious! Like a nice pear lemonade. We went to the Carousel Bar too, which is now my favorite bar ever. You rotate slowly, while sipping a nice strong drink and watching the street go by! I got a Vieux Carre. Pretty sure we got more raw oysters at Felix's or Acme...
Went to Irvin Mayfield's and Fritzel's for more jazz.

Monday-
Lunch at Commander's Palace! I love Commander's. Got the .25 cent lunch martinis!
Husband got the pork chop special, which came with turtle soup and souffle bread pudding. I got the special with gumbo and cochon po' boy. I loved the gumbo, it had a nice dark roux and lots of seafood. I was not as thrilled with the po' boy, although it was certainly not awful. The meat was very good, and the relish they served with it was great, but overall it was a bit too gloppy for me. The souffle bread pudding was beyond good. It's really the best dessert, aside from bananas foster at Arnaud's which we h ad last year.

Dinner was at Acme Oyster again. I got more raw oysters, husband got an oyster po boy. And more boo fries. Those things are so freaking good!
Went to Lafitte's for Hurricanes.
Tuesday-
Breakfast at Stanley. He got the breakfast po boy, I got eggs stella. All eggs benedict should really have fried oysters on them. It is kind of a crime to NOT have fried oysters on eggs benedict.

Then I cried, because it was time to go. :(

We had the best time, and got some incredible food! My faves- Galatoire, and getting to try all 3 grand old restaurants souffle potatoes. How could we have not tried that last time? I thought they were just french fries. Our friend here, who is from NOLA, informed us that we should try them. Also, trying all the different kinds of gumbo! Bread pudding souffle. And all the really awesome cocktails.

Everyday except Tues (it was closed) we got breakfast at Croissant D'or. I really miss that place. Their pastries are outstanding!

In case you can't tell from all that we ate, I am hitting the gym hard this week! But- it was absolutely worth it. Wish I could go back in time and do it all over again. :) NOLA is truly blessed with amazing restaurants.
Thanks again everyone who posted on my other messages!

(Note- we did do things other than eat...we went to: Musee Conti Wax Museum, WW2 Museum, Ferry to Algiers, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Garden District, Lafayette #1, and St. Louis #1. Plus we walked around the quarter a ton, and took a carriage tour!)

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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Vieux Carre Restaurant
201 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    smilingal Feb 4, 2011 05:37 PM

    Thanks so much for the fun and interesting review! I am getting so excited for our trip next month.
    Blue nile and Irvin Mayfields are on our list as well - what are these places like? There will be six of us. Are there tables? A cover charge? An admission charge? A set show time?

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      beck123 Feb 4, 2011 06:11 PM

      I believe Blue Nile generally charges a cover for their shows. It was around 10 bucks each to see KERMIT RUFFINS- a bargain, because the man is awesome. Both places had set show times when we were there. There is no cover for Irvin Mayfield's, but there may have been a one drink minimum. Drinks at IM were excellent. I got an amazing pear martini. There was a complimentary dish of wasabi peanuts, yum! There were nice, loungey tables and chairs at IM. Blue Nile has some tables, but is mostly standing, at least downstairs. IM was laid back, Blue Nile was hip and wild! We loved both. Try to see Kermit while you are there, he rules.

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      Blue Nile
      532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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        smilingal Feb 5, 2011 06:50 PM

        thanks! I am going to check out if there are line-ups and where Kermit Ruffins might be when we visit.

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          beck123 Feb 7, 2011 05:09 PM

          The best place to check lineups is wwoz.org. Kermit usually plays Thursdays out at Vaughn's. Definitely want to try going there next time! He plays other venues too.
          Oh, just realized the drink I got at Irvin's was NOT the pear thing, it was this really awesome watermelon jalepeno martini thing, lol. Easy to get the drinks confused, I guess. :)

    2. Bill Hunt Jan 16, 2011 06:42 PM

      As for the rec. to focus in on a dish, and rather follow it round town, and into the near-by environs, we have done that several times.

      One trip was nothing but fried shrimp, and we had in every dinner, and most lunches. Do not recall any for breakfast, but this was quite some time ago.

      On another trip, we did the same with gumbo - almost every meal.

      In the end, each of those trips was excellent. We encountered good to excellent in both of those categories, and still fondly recount those trips.

      Guess that it does help, that we lived in NOLA for quite a while (wife is a native), and then that we do get over, as often as we do. Though on those trips we might have missed some good restaurants, the food that we DID have, was so good, that we'll never regret it.

      There are several other dishes, that would be good fodder for such explorations.

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

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        beck123 Feb 4, 2011 06:15 PM

        It was an amazing trip! I can't wait to go back again. :) Hopefully next time we go, things will have bounced back from the oil spill a bit. Who wouldn't focus on souffle potatoes? They are freaking awesome! Mmmmmm. Bearnaise sauce!

      2. Bill Hunt Jan 16, 2011 06:36 PM

        Beck123,

        Sounds like you had fun, and that is the best part of it. Any visitor to NOLA should leave with a big smile (and maybe a few extra pounds... ).

        Thank you for your comprehensive report. It will benefit others in the future.

        Appreciated,

        Hunt

        1. texasredtop Jan 14, 2011 07:53 AM

          The "business suits" were in Galatoire's on a Wednesday at 2:30 in the same condition - lol. They were having a grand old time too. Loved it.

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          Galatoire's Restaurant
          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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            Bigrayok Jan 15, 2011 08:18 PM

            I have only been to Galatoire's twice but the Pompano with crabmeat is one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. I enjoy reading positive trip reports like this. It reminds me of my New Orleans restaurant experiences which have always been good.

            Bigray in Ok

          2. kukubura Jan 14, 2011 06:57 AM

            I heartily approve of this trip report! Now my belly's rumbling!

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              JazzyB Jan 14, 2011 05:42 AM

              Great post! Thanks for coming.

              1. edible complex Jan 14, 2011 05:38 AM

                good on you!
                to answer, no, most do not work Friday afternoon. we work hard and play harder.

                also love the Carousel Bar. always take a spin after a Mr. B's lunch.

                po boys are messy. unless I'm elbow deep and use a roll of paper towels, I'm not happy. I don't think I would be comfortable eating one at Commander's, plus I would save anyone else from witnessing the sacrificial po boy.

                only one other comment...hurry back!

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