Phil and I are off to New Orleans today through Sunday. We’ll probably only do dinner tonight, by the time we arrive, so we’re really talking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, returning Sunday night. So three solid days of eating, walking, exploring. I’m excited! I’ve never been. We’ll be staying at the International House Hotel. I know it’s located in the Central Business District, but I prefer that to a hotel in the Quarter. The problem with districts called "Quarters" is that while they sound all French and quaint, really what it means is, roaches. This is not my rule. Don’t be mad at me. So I’ll be a stone’s throw away from the party.
Let the recommendations begin. Where are good spots for us to take photos? What can we not miss? Here’s what I’ve heard so far:
Zea’s Rotisserie Grill: It was explained to me this way: Yeah, I know, it brings to mind the image of some Boston Market shite when you see that name, but I assure you it’s not. It’s yummy food that has Southern touch without everything being deep fried. Don’t get me wrong, I love fried, in a big way, but you can go to Remoulade, Arnaud’s, Chartre House Cafe, Gumbo Shop, all of those New Orleans’ classics, and find yourself eating pretty standard fare over and over again. I also like Zea because it’s out in the Warehouse District, which is a different part of the city that most people don’t get around to seeing. And between the CBD and the Warehouse District, you can do some moseying about and see the kinds of houses that make you wish you were a Cajun belle.
Cafe du Monde… I’ve heard it’s "just okay," and to hit up other cafes for beignets and chicory coffee.
Check out Lillet and Le Petit Grocery.
We’re going to find a way to see the Lower Ninth Ward.
What about Brigtsens?
Any other recommendations are appreciated. Where’s the best bread pudding?