First three days in New Orleans -- long report
I just spent 6 amazing days at a conference in New Orleans. Great meals with wonderful friends in a delightful city -- thanks NOLA! On to the food...
Late lunch -- Cochon Butcher. This was the first of my many visits to CB. Stayed at at Convention Center hotel, so I happily became a regular here. Buckstrap bacon melt w/ greens, pickled peppers and swiss served w chips and pickles. Holy crap. This was a game-changer of a sandwich. Perfect combo of flavors and textures. The chips are ideal w/ the perfect amount of salt. But those pickles...I'll be chasing those perfect pickles for the rest of my life. Also on the side, the Brussels sprouts marinated in vinegar, chili flakes and mint. So. Freaking. Good.
Dinner -- Mosca's. Friends and I rented a party bus and made the trek to Mosca's. We shared crab salad, 2 spaghetti bordelaise, several sausage w potatoes, couple of oysters Mosca, couple of chicken a la Grande, and a few shrimp Mosca. All of it was delightful, garlicy, and perfect for sharing among friends. Not the best food of the trip, but a fabulous NOLA experience in a neighborhood I’ve never explored.
Wednesday (aka, Fried Chicken Day):
Breakfast – Stanley! Had the vaunted bananas foster French toast with vanilla ice cream and a side of bacon. French toast was good, but a little too much w/ the custardy soft bread and rich vanilla ice cream. Gave the ice cream to my companion, which she promptly added to her coffee. The bacon was flaccid and uneaten.
Early lunch – Coop’s. I love everything about this place, but especially the fried chicken with rabbit jambalaya. This is my favorite fried chicken anywhere.
Later lunch – Willie Mae’s Scotch House. Delicious fried chicken, better than most anywhere, but the least of the three chickens I’d have on Wednesday. The line was a little much.
Dinner – Jacques-Imo’s. Group of 15, we had reservations and were seated immediately in the annex. We shared apps – alligator cheesecake, fried grits, fried green tomatoes, fried roast beef po boy, rabbit tenderloin, bbq shrimp. Three of us shared two entrees, the fried chicken and the Gozilla Meets Fried Green Tomatoes (a stack of FGT, fried soft shell crab, and crabmeat dressing). The three of us barely made a dent in the two meals. Both enormous, decadent and yummy.
Lunch – Cochon. First of two lunches here. The table shared the crab artichoke stuffed crab, shrimp with chow chow, and the oyster roast. I had the oyster and bacon sandwich w/ mac and cheese, greens, and marinate cucumbers for the table. That sandwich was insanely good, but not as mind blowing as the bacon sandwich next door. The cucumbers, on the other hand, were my favorite side. Such crisp, clear flavors that balanced the richness of the other dishes.
Dinner – Brigtsen’s. One of my favorites in the city, and this meal did not disappoint. Went straight to the duck. My god, that’s the best duck ever, anywhere. Stuck my fork in all the other dishes on the table, and each was spectacular. My only letdown was the bread pudding…I should have asked about raisins. All the other desserts were excellent.
The next three days in New Orleans coming soon!
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