Just got back from the weekend trip and had a great time! Thanks again to everyone's help and a big thank you to the City. We are looking forward to our next visit!
Now for the recap and reviews - it's going to sound boring since everything was great!
Lunch - Butcher - Complete yum. Had the braised pulled pork sandwich, the gambino, a side of boudin, and a side of mac n' cheese. It was the first time I've had boudin and enjoyed it. MNC was really rich and the pancetta is a nice add.
Dinner - Feast - Appetizers of snails, parsley salad with pork jowl, and shrimp. All very good - the salad and the shrimp were the highlights. Mains - Drum with lentils and pork shoulder. The proteins were cooked perfectly with great seasonings. Really good portions. The sides were good on their own, but it didn't completely go well with the dish. This was really evident with the drum and lentils. The lentils overpowered the fish a bit. The polenta with the pork was fine, but the polenta didn't add too much. We had drinks as well and that was one point of complaint - the mixed drinks were not that good.
Post dinner - drinks at the Avenue Pub - wonderful place. Had a couple rounds on the balcony and watched the traffic along St. Charles.
Post drinks - Buther part 2 - hot dog served all the way. Yes, I was a little drunk at the time so a late night hot dog with some booze is always the best way to finish a night - so not surprisingly - I enjoyed the hot dog. The sausage was delicious as the chili. I thought the bun was the best part of it.
Breakfast - Stanley - Got there before the morning rush and had a table along Chartres. Wonderful coffee. had the eggs stella (eggs benedict with oysters). The hollandaise was flavorful, although I prefer mine a little thicker, but it tasted perfect with the dish. Wife had the bananas foster french toast. sugar overload! so rich. I really liked the ice cream and am regretting not going back to get a milk shake. A great breakfast though and really happy we got there before the rush.
Lunch - Yo Mama's - crawfish and gumbo. got my crawfish and enjoyed each one. nice and lightly seasoned. Gumbo was fine as the crawfish was our main meal.
Dinner - Le Foret - our splurge meal. Top to bottom, one of best fine dining experiences. Service was great and well timed. very attentive. We had the tasting menu. The highlights were the grilled flounder with corn pudding, oysters, veal shortbreads, and the sorbet. The mango sorbet was absolutely amazing. We got really greedy and ordered the chocolate souffle at the end. It was over the top good and pushed us into complete food coma, but it was worth it. We had wine pairings a long the way and the waiter did a great job with that. needless to say we had a nice walk to the hotel basking in a fine evening.
Breakfast - well, not really breakfast since we slept in a bit - coffee at PJ's. saw an argument that almost broke out to a fight. someone had the case of the Monday's!
Lunch - Commander's Palace - we did our duty and had the 3 martini lunch. I went with the 3 course creole lunch and the wife had the 2 course and added dessert. The onion tart was good, particularly the shaved asparagus. The trio of soups was nice. The highlight being the fish and tomato bisque. The gumbo was rich and had a lot of depth. The turtle soup was good, but not as good as the others. The second course came with the soft shell crab and the fish cakes. the soft shell crab had a nice crust and the salad on it balanced the dish nicely. The fish cakes were really good as well. A bit heavy and the mango/avocado salad helped. It could have been a bit better with a little more crunch, possibly jicama. Dessert was the bread pudding souffle and the strawberry shortcake. all you have to say about that is wow. both were amazing.
dinner - Mahoney's - roast beef and grilled shrimp po'boys. Roast beef was good, but I was hoping for a bit more gravy. the grilled shrimp was amazing. the fried green tomato with it was a perfect touch.
dinner - Tracey's - half and half po'boy (fried oyster and shrimp) - yum. bread was nice and light. both oysters and shrimp were a good size. a nice complement to the sandwiches at Mahoney's
Late night - Felix - *sigh* - we were hungry, in the French Quarter, it was late....this was our last stop. Had the catfish, gumbo, and half dozen oysters. The oysters lacked flavor and were still gritty. the catfish was a little cold, so not that great. The gumbo was ok. yeah,disappointing to finish on that, but almost felt obligated to do it....
Anyway - great trip, great people, lovely time. Thanks again for everyone's help. See you next time!
Forgot to mention - on a non-food related item - one of the best tours we have ever done was at the St. Louis Cemetery put on by Save Our Cemeteries. The guide (Jeanne ?) was very knowledgeable and thorough. She gave a history lesson about the city, cemetery, and culture. Highly recommend it.