Last week Nick and I have a few days off from work so we decided to take a quick trip to New Orleans. We had never been and the food, architecture, and culture intrigued us. Now because of Covid lots of the normal entertainment and restaurants are not open yet so we did a lot of research before going. Many restaurants are only open on certain days and have very limited capacities so if you’re planing to go sometime soon make sure you call them before going. But regardless of the limitations we found so many good eats and it was well worth the trip!
Our first stop was of course to get Beignets!!!
Beignets are a staple of New Orleans. Lots of restaurants have their own version but Cafe Du Monde is definitely the most famous. They have several locations but the location in the French Quarters is the best one. It’s open 24 hours and during normal times often has very long lines. However with Covid the inside dinning is closed and they serve you through a window and have the food already made and stored in a box. Our first taste of beignets were good but not amazing as they weren’t super fresh. We later had Cafe Beignets which was made fresh for us and it was AMAZING!
Don’t worry we did A LOT of walking to work off the food we had! And a lot of the meals we split so we could taste lots of different things.
For dinner we head to Coterie restaurant and oyster bar!
We had the shrimp platter and the taste of New Orleans plate. The New Orleans plate had Crawfish Etouffee, chicken sausage jambalaya, and gumbo. Everything was amazing!! And the staff was very good!!! The restaurant is very popular so I highly recommend arriving a half hour before you’d actually like to eat because we did have to wait because they were at maximum capacity.
The next day we had breakfast at Luke’s which is located at the Hilton on St Charles.
We had the chicken biscuit served with grits and a BLT sandwich. Now neither of us had ever had grits before and we loved them! They were cheesy and had little pieces of jalapeño. And the chicken biscuit had a pepper jelly and it was so tasty.
After walking all around the garden district (which is amazing and I highly recommend you go there) we had a brief beignet snack and frozen coffee. This batch from Cafe Du Monde was much better!
While walking in the French quarter the day before we had smelled something delicious! We spotted the French Market. They have their pots of fish cooking in the window so you can smell the spices all around while you’re walking the quarters. So we stopped their for lunch and had a shrimp po boy and red beans and rice.
The red beans and rice had such amazing flavor!!!
For our final even we headed to Oceana! Oceana was the busiest restaurant we went to while we were there. But so worth it!
We split fried oysters and jambalaya! With the jambalaya they had collard greens on the side and shockingly we finished them all! Never in a million years did we think we would like collard greens but whatever they did to prepare them it was spectacular! And for dessert we had our favorite thing of the whole visit! Bread pudding!!! It was mouth watering and you can’t miss eating it if you’re in New Orleans! The bread was so moist and is served with vanilla ice cream topped with a praline bourbon sauce! ￼
Our last day we gathered our souvenirs￼ and got to enjoy one last experience at the Palace cafe!
The Palace cafe is part of the Brennan group which is several restaurants in New Orleans. The group includes The Palace cafe, The Commanders Palace, Brennan’s, and Dickie Brennan’s steakhouse. We would have loved to have eaten at the Commanders palace but at this moment it is only open for take out.
Anyways we tried the Turtle Soup, Gumbo, Banana foster, and their bread pudding. My Husband loved the turtle soup which they top with sherry. It’s very similar to a ground beef texture. The Gumbo had shrimp and oysters in it. Now I enjoyed the fried oysters from the previous night however I was not a fan of these oysters. They had a very strong taste and I didn’t like the rubbery texture. But the gumbo it self was delicious. The banana foster was super yummy. Now their bread pudding was served with a white chocolate ganache and although it was tasty we had been spoiled but the last nights pudding so it wasn’t a fair comparison.
Overall the trip was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed all the food. It’s very different from any other place we had been and we are still drooling over all the flavors. If anyone had anyone questions feel free to shoot me an email! ￼