I recently flew down to New Orleans, and I immediately fell in love with this city. The weather was wonderful, the neighborhoods were historic and charming, great music everywhere, and the people of Nola had Southern Hospitality seeping out their pores, but what really made this City for me was the FOOD! I had the pleasure to chow down on some delicious food in the Dirty South, and I can’t wait to go back. I definitely have put this at the top of my lists when it comes to vacation spots.
Here are some of the following culinary delights I indulged in on my trip to the Big Easy.
The Red Fin Grill restaurant caught my friends and I attention on our first day because they were doing a pre-fixe lunch menu’s and during lunch when you ordered an Entrée there were $1 Martini’s and $1 Bloody Mary’s. Score! I ordered the shrimp and lobster bisque soup, and fresh tuna. I love seafood so this bisque had me on cloud nine. There was good chunks of lobster in my bowl and I was glad they didn’t skimp on the shrimps. The tuna was smooth as butter, and the fresh mangos that were underneath was a great pairing for the dish
You can’t go to New Orleans without having crawfish! So it’s not the easiest food to eat, but man are those suckers are to die for when they are properly seasoned. I like to add hot sauce too mine to give them a little kick.
In New Orleans every restaurant has a dish where crawfish is added, and at Copeland’s cheesecake Bistro on St. Charles I indulged in this shrimp and crawfish pizza that was sensational. I think seafood on a pizza is the best, and the crust was not too thick or then..
You could say just right! There was a pesto sauce on top that made a great pairing for the seafood, and as you can see their portions are pretty big. I couldn’t go to a restaurant with the name cheesecake in it, and not have dessert. The white chocolate cheesecake with the homemade gram cracker crust was to die for. Not too buttery which I like!
Hands down these are the best sweet potato fries I have ever had. You could actually taste the vegetable itself. They weren’t fried, and their true flavor shined through. Not a bad way to start a meal! (They were my appetizer)
I could have not come all the way to New Orleans and not have beignets, and no other place to get them then at the famous Café Du Monde in the French Quarters. I have never seen so much powered sugar before, and I was in heaven! The dough was sweet and hot, and had all my taste buds tap dancing. They went really good with the Irish Coffee I washed them down with.
Now this is a Po’ Boy! Shrimps galore with swiss cheese, roast beef drippings, and red cabbage with a special sauce all on a baguette. This sandwich was a perfect ten in my book, and you can never go wrong with hush puppies on the side. I wonder why kind of cornmeal they use.
I went to New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. during Happy Hour so I couldn’t resist getting a $2 Schooner of Abita Ale which is one of Nola’s local brews.
I was on the cable car going sightseeing and a women told me I had to go to Voodoo BBQ St. Charles street, and I sure enough went a couple of days later and I’m so glad I did. My brisket was so tender and juicy it didn’t even need any BBQ sauce. The sauce that I had for my meat was tangy but not too hot that it took the focus off the brisket, and my baked beans had a hint of molasses in them which I really liked and will have to duplicate. The potato salad was good as well. I like having chunks of potato in mine, and it was light and creamy with just the amount of mayonnaise.
In the airport on my way back to Seattle is where I got this gator sausage link. I was upset that it didn’t come with a bun but this was great. I saw them throw the link in the deep fryer, and minutes later it was on my plate. Very plump and juicy. I wish I could buy this is in a store here in Seattle. I think it would be great grilled. I dipped mine is some mustard and was one happy foodie leaving New Orleans?Have you ever been to New Orleans? If So, what did you think of the food?