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Trip Report: 4 days in New Orleans - days 1-2

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I spent 4 days in New Orleans last month - was supposed to be 2, but thanks to New England weather, I got stuck a couple extra days. Not that I'm complaining! I did a lot of CH research in advance, and wanted to post my trip report.

I'm going to split this into 2, as it will be LONG. I ate and drank a TON - especially on day 1, when I thought I was only on a 2-day trip. But it was awesome.

WEDNESDAY:

Lunch at Cochon Butcher - Cabbed it directly here from the airport. I want to go back 10 times and try EVERY thing. Mufaletta - WOW. Marinated brussels sprouts - tasty

Dinner "crawl":
Peche - Fabulous bartender, love the decor, I should have just stayed here all night. Sampled 2 each of 3 oysters, from Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Verdict: I really am an Atlantic oyster gal.

Herbsainte - Super cute and upscale, very San Fran/Philly-esque feel to it. Also nice bartender. Chicken-andouille gumbo - rich, tasty.

SoBou - SO LOUD. The bartender had quite the flair for drama.... not really my thing, as it resulted in me being ignored while she told long stories of cocktail origins to her captive audience. I had the hogs head tamale - served openface, quite delicious.

Kingfish - It felt New Orleans-y but not kitschy. Tried the bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with chorizo and cheese. Yum. Wish I had tried the smoked rabbit gumbo.

(I wanted to try more "New Orleans food" throughout the night, but it's all so heavy when you're restaurant-hopping. Like the sweet potato beignets with foie fondue at SoBou.)

Met up with a friend and went to the Carousel Bar. Yeah, I don't like moving in circles while drinking.

Then we wandered around Bourbon just to say we did- stopped at Galatoire's for drinks.

THURSDAY:
Lunch:
Emeril's - BBQ shrimp were rich and delicious and the rosemary biscuit should be illegal it's so good. Buffalo duck wings were gigantic, like turkey size, and fairly tasty but not amazing. Nice crispy skin.

Peche - Yes, again. Smoked fish sandwich was incredible. The lovely gentlemen (one customer, one off-duty bartender) sitting next to me recommended it, and also gave me a taste of their fried bread - also awesome. I would eat here everyday if I lived in NO.

Dinner:
Work event at Ruth's Chris. The steak bruschetta was tasty. Other than that, I did not eat.

After the event:

Restaurant August - huitlacoche agnolotti with smoked rabbit and chiles. YES PLEASE. I should have also tried the hot buttered crab and burrata cornbread tart or the gnocchi with blue crab and truffles. BUT I was on a mission so I went to:

Luke - Bistro-Epcot feel, didn't love it. Rabbit and chicken liver pate was nice but nothing special. Slowwwww bartender - by the time she took my card etc, it was 10:53 and I tried to go over to Domenica but got there at 11:01 and they were closed. Boo.

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