We tired out a new sushi place yesterday. The sushi was delicious, and then I got sick. Is it bad that I actually want to go back and try it one more time? Anywho, I didn’t post yesterday about the food we had in New Orleans because food was the last thing I wanted to see.
Today is a different day though, as I have already stuffed my face with a plate of red sauce pasta, sun dried tomatoes, and capers. Bring on the food! And some drinks too.
I had a list of restaurants that I wanted to try out. Luis had no input, he was just along for the food ride. Even though we went during the slow season, many of the places were booked or overbooked, like Bayona. Still upset that we didn’t get to try as many places as I had hoped for.
We tired our best to experience authentic cajun cuisine and stayed away from the burger, french fry, and nacho places.
Our first stop Royal House Oyster Bar on Royal Street.
We had crab claws sautéed in a lemon garlic butter sauce, along with crab bisque and french onion soup (soups not pictured). Luis still talks about this dish. I guess I will have to learn to make it. It was a good dish to kick off our first meal on our first visit to New Orleans.
This place had all sorts of oyster plates, and for a good price, which made me really wish I liked oysters. I have tired them many times, all different kinds of ways, and I can’t. It’s one of the only things I do not like to eat, but I keep trying.
I really love how most of the restaurants had huge doorways throughout the building so you can sit outside, but your really inside, and either people watch or just enjoy the weather.
Our plan was to have small plates and move onto the next place, but then the strangest thing happened. As we walked around the blocks to the next stop, we realized we were full. Instead we found a spot to sit, have a drink, and listened to music from way before we were born.
Of course, I had to pick up a box of pralines for dessert when we got back to our hotel.
The next day, we started off our French Quarter wanderlust with a spicy Bloody Mary, garnished with pickled green beans. New Orleans had some of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had.
Soon after we came across Café Du Monde for beignets and iced coffee as an afternoon snack. I dare you to come out of there without having powered sugar on your shirt or pants!
A lady behind us was complaining about the price, but for about $6.00 (what we spent) I thought it was great.
Later in the day we went over to the Garden District to try out a restaurant called Cochon (which means pig in French) that locals were raving about on a blog that I found.
The first thing I must say is… I would take another 5 hour drive just to eat at this place again. Not only are the servers very enthusiastic to explain what the Chefs have prepared, which is refreshing by the way, but everything is fresh and local, and you could tell that the Chefs and cooks take their time and put lots of love and care into their creations.
I love hand crafted drinks with mixes that I have never thought would go together. Luis had a drink called The Swinekiller, made with gin, rhubarb bitters, and limeade. I had The Trotter Jennings, with vodka, Prosecco, St. Germain, lemon juice, mint, and plum bitters.
Fried alligator with chili garlic aioli.
The waiter sold us on this dish, and I am happy that he did. It is braised pork cheeks (pork cheeks are my favorite by the way) with sauerkraut potato cakes, applesauce and goat feta. Amazing.
Fried boudin with pickled peppers. I really enjoyed Cochon’s version of boudin. Not as spicy as other boudin, and really clean and full of flavor.
As we were leaving New Orleans, we stopped into Don’s Specialty Meats in Lafayette for one last plate of boudin and cracklin. We have a famous bar and grill up the street from where we live that was featured on that TV show; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri that has awesome boudin and armadillo eggs. I will have to post about it later. This boudin had a kick and was really good.
Good thing we bought some bourbon and praline coated pecans at Evan’s Creole Candy Factory before we left to help cool down our mouth from the boudin.
This weekend Luis and I are taking it easy and staying in, or maybe we will go fishing. Something relaxing, no driving!