Adventure, Beignet, Bourbon Street, Cafe du Monde, Drago's Resturant, Duck, French Quarter, Funnel Cake, Holy Architecture Batman!, Hotel Monteleone, Le Bayou Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Mr. B's Bistro, New Orleans, Oyster, Rabbit, Royal Street
The week of the 13th I ventured down to New Orleans on a work conference. A close friend of mine also works at the same company so we went down half a day early and bummed around the French Quarter. I took a ton of photos (holy architecture Batman!) and truly enjoyed my time down there.
Since there is so much to mention I am only going to focus on the food in this blog (there will be another post about Ghosts & Bars plus VooDoo & Shopping).
We landed around noon on Monday and per a recommendation by the door man we had lunch at Mr. B’s Bistro. The duck springrolls (filled with duck confit, shiitake mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese; served with sweet ginger-garlic dipping sauce) were our choice and they were delicious! It was my first time eating duck. = )
We also tried the world acclaimed beignets of Cafe du Monde… which turned out to be nothing more than glorified Funnel Cake.
For lunch on Tuesday we headed a block or so down Royal Street to a little cafe called ‘Cafe Beignet’ which (in my humble opinion) had MUCH better beignets then Cafe du Monde–closer to a doughnut then funnel cake–light and fluffy too. Also, they had outdoor seating and a resident cat–which made the dinning experience that much better! Along with my beignets I had the poor-boy sandwich (french bread roll filled with roast beef smothered in gravy) and it was delish! (as a note, some co-workers went to Cafe Beignet on Bourbon Street and had a bad experience. So if you try them stick with the Royal Street location)
Unbeknownst to me work had planned for some of us to have dinner at Mr. B’s Bistro on Tuesday night, so back again I went.
Since I was in a strange city (and work was paying) I went outside my comfort zone and tried rabbit for the first time. To me it tasted like a mix of chicken and pork-chops–so yummy in my book. Dessert was the fabulous bread pudding. I definitely give this restaurant two thumbs up!
We ventured around the corner to Bourbon Street for Wednesday’s lunch at Le Bayou Restaurant and Oyster Bar. I had a blacken chicken sandwich and my friend had a poor-boy sandwich. Both were amazing. Overall in New Orleans we received outstanding customer service but I have to say that Le Bayou stood out even among the rest. Really friendly and genuine!
Our last meal in New Orleans was a large group dinner with all of my fellow conference attendees. We ate at Drago’s Restaurant from a pre-selected menu. Out of all of our dining locations this was my least favorite food-wise. We had an appetizer of charbroiled oysters that were amazing–and I generally do not like seafood. But for my main dish I had chicken that I give an ‘eh’ rating too. Overall a good experience but can’t really compare to all of the amazing dishes and service that we received throughout the rest of our trip.
- Adventures in the French Quarter – The Food (moderatelyadventuresomegirl.wordpress.com)