Food Finds: New Orleans
Highlights of my recent whirlwind weekend in New Orleans.
This breakfast and lunch spot on Dryades St just a few blocks off of St. Charles is the perfect place for a casual lunch or drinks with friends. The menu ranges from paninis and salads to a full line of coffee and dessert. I can personally vouch for the Italian Hero panini, the beet & walnut salad and the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie.
This uptown neighborhood bistro has a well thought out seasonal menu that is sure to please everyone at the table. We finished everything before any chance of pictures, but I can highly recommend the jumbo lump crab with horseradish aioli with beets, the drum fish over vegetable risotto and Louisiana crawfish and mascapone ravioli with wilted leeks in a brandy, oven dried tomato and herb cream.
This crowded night spot is a New Orleans classic for generous portions of all of your Creole and Cajun favorites. Don’t let the “lousy food” sign fool you – even after a few drinks the blackened redfish, fried chicken and fried green tomatoes will remind you where you are.
This bar on the up-and-coming Freret St has a good vibe, an amazing outdoor space and expertly mixed cocktails. The back wall houses an impressive variety of liquor (the website does it some justice) and can supply the ingredients for everything from your basic rum and coke to a Champagne Opportunity #3 (which I also recommend).