Sazeracs ALL AROUND! (trip report)
Soooo we just got back from New Orleans last night after spending 6 nights there. The weather was SO gorgeous! I love sun. I MISS sun.
Everything started a little poorly with our flight being delayed...and then our luggage being trapped in Atlanta. We checked into our hotel, and there was plastic tarp on the floor outside the room, so we asked at the desk if there was construction. We were assured it was just a little painting, not to worry, and so we decided to walk over to Coop's for a late night snack.
Coop's always has good food, in my opinion. However, everything seemed to be conspiring against us. We arrived at Coop's and were physically blocked from entering by a large man who was being shouted at by one of his companions. We skirted around them, and walked to the bar where we asked if we should wait or sit anywhere (the place was mostly empty). The girl who had been shouting at the man loudly told us to wait, and then said we could sit anywhere. Apparently, she worked there. She went back to the table, drank some more wine with her buddies, and loudly "joked" about how customers were so annoying. She threw some menus at us and sat back down. A group of five came in, and she shouted at them to wait outside, and never went to get them. We moved to the bar, ordered (jumbalaya supreme for me, crawfish po boy for G.), and all was well. I just hope that crazy girl gets fired, because she was ridiculous!!
After that, things were great. Thursday we had a late lunch at Acme Oyster House (where I had an awesome crawfish po boy, we shared a dozen grilled oysters, and G. had jumbalaya). We debated getting more oysters but decided not to. Later that evening we had pizza from a place on St. Louis.
Friday was lunch at Commander's. I decided to get some exercise in, so I ran the half mile (haha) to Cafe du Monde for pre-Commander's beignets. At Commander's, we sat in the courtyard, which was gorgeous. All my worrying about what to wear was for naught, though, as there were people in JEANS all over the place!!! They were all young twenty-something hipsters, so I guess they thought they could do what they wanted. I ordered turtle soup, a fish, and bread pudding souffle. IT was delicious, OF course. G. ordered turtle soup, the Commander's salad, and the quail. His was also delicious. That evening we ate at Felix's Oyster house, which was all right.
Saturday I went to see Titanic 3D, obviously. It was great! I had Felipe's tacos before hand, which were AWESOME. They fry their shrimp and serve them with a cabbage slaw and sauce that is just...omg. I loved it. We went back for dinner that night, and their margaritas are good too. Then because I am a pig we ate at Acme way later as well...nom nom I had a crawfish po boy and G. had a softshell crab po boy. Delicious.
Sunday we had brunch at Atchafalaya. That place is so cute! Their cocktails were awesome, too. I had crawfish, fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, crystal potatoes, and boudin cakes. G. had something similar...I don't remember...it was SO good. I finished almost every single bite. Later that evening (like wayyyyy later) we went to a place called Yo Mama's on St. Peter's, where I had a baked potato and G. had a burger. Both were good.
Monday we had Johnny's po boys (crawfish and catfish) and later...my favorite, Felipe's!
Tuesday we had muffulettas from Central Grocery. The woman who helped me was VERY nice. We ate them in the courtyard of the hotel...and then G. proposed! =D Great ending to the vacation.
I had one from Crescent City Brewhouse which was suprisingly decent. I got in the habit of ordering them with sprite (will discuss in a minute) but did not need it with this one.
Next up: Commander's. They make 'em strong, and not too sweet, and soooo delicious. I had two.
Tonique: this was a hit as well. The drink was so smooth...yum.
Atchafalaya: theirs was similar to Commander's in its lack of sweetness. They served it with ice. I also had a cocktail called an Isabelle here that had fresh grapefruit juice and gin. Awesome.
Old Absinthe House: now here is why I needed sprite...theirs is gross! I am so glad I tried this drink other places! Theirs tastes like medicine.
Carousel Bar: by far my favorite. I asked for it to go, and the bar tender was pleasant about serving me. I ordered one regular and one made with Cognac (as they were made way back before the phylloxera in Europe), but preferred the regular.
Tujague's: I realize one should drink a sazerac in a glass glass, but I don't need a snooty lecture about it. The bartender here gave me one, and was not friendly when I informed him that I did know how i should drink it, but that I had to go. His cocktail was not as good as Carousel Bar's. And HMMPH, he was a snot.
NOLA: This was delicious as well, but by this point I'd had two from Carousel Bar, one from Tujague's...yeah. I sazeracked out. =)
Sorry so long, thanks for reading!
It sounds as though you are hell-bent on keeping teh Peychaud Bitters gang in business, for which we are all grateful. Crescent City Brewhouse suprises me but that is not a drink I normally geet except a few places anyway. Commander's finally got their formula down about thirty years ago, when the drink started to become popular again, and I don't think it has changed much if at all. I'd have voted or the Sazerac Bar in teh Roosevelt with teh caveat I have noted before: ask them to cut back on the sugar a little bit. I've had those guys over there hit it in perfect balance on numerous occasions.
Very glad Commander's was pleasing although the deshabille sartorial situation, while more common, is deplorable.
Love the exercise plan: run a 1/2 mile to Cafe Du Monde. Brilliant! And yes, people underdress to CP but that's no excuse to follow suit. Sounds like you had a great trip. The Tujague's experience sounds interesting. I wonder if you had the same bartender we had. He was ornery as hell but we were drinking in and won him over.