EAT New Orleans!

Whether you are visiting New Orleans, Louisiana for the Mardi Gras Carnival season, or taking in a New Orleans Saints football match, or simply enjoying a romantic weekend at one of the Vieux Carré’s historic hotels, leave plenty of time to eat New Orleans!

When I travel, either here or abroad, my destinations are determined by food. Yes, attractions factor in to my choice of places to visit, but I always eat my way through a city. Luckily for me, New Orleans is less than 80 miles from my home. No other city in the world has more culinary offerings waiting to be had than The Big Easy.

I could literally write a book on the best restaurants in NOLA, what to sip and sample, and what to gorge on, but instead I share with you a taste of some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Oysters:

“In 1910, before Satchmo had ever formed his first band, the Acme Café was opened on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Acme has been pleasing the palates of discriminating diners ever since.”

Acme Oyster House

724 Iberville Street (504) 522 – 5973 Website: http://www.acmeoyster.com/ Twitter: @AcmeOyster

And …

Live entertainment and dining with the most beautiful views of the Mississippi River!

Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar

620 Decatur Street, 1A (504) 333 – 6914  Website: http: http://www.jaxnola.com/  Twitter: @JAXNOLA

Brunch:

Steeped in elegance and charm, Court of Two Sisters has an aristocratic lure for visitors to the crescent city. Don’t miss the Jazz brunch in the lovely courtyard, nor the sumptuous turtle soup!

Court of Two Sisters

613 Royal Street (504) 522 – 7261  Website: http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/  Twitter: @CourtTwoSisters

And…

“Brennan’s is both historic and contemporary, proof that fine dining remains proudly relevant. As other cities lose their traditional restaurants to lifestyle changes in a fast-paced world, New Orleans continues to embrace and support the grand establishments that perpetuate this art.” And there is absolutely nothing I can add to that!

Brennan’s

417 Royal Street (504) 525 – 9711  Website: http://www.brennansneworleans.com/

Brennan’s Bananas Foster Recipe

SINGLE BATCH (SERVES 2-4)

  • 1 Ounce Butter
  • 1⁄2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1⁄4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄2 Ounces Banana Liqueur
  • 1 1⁄2 Ounces Aged Rum
  • 1⁄2 Banana Per Customer

DOUBLE BATCH (SERVES 5-8)

  • 2 Ounce Butter
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar 1⁄2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Ounces Banana Liqueur 1 1⁄2 Ounces Aged Rum
  • 1⁄2 Banana Per Customer

METHOD

  • Combine butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé́ pan.
  • As the butter melts under medium heat, add the banana liquor and stir to combine.
  • As the sauce starts to cook, peel and add the bananas to the pan.
  • Cook the bananas until they begin to soften (about 1-2 minutes)
  • Tilt back the pan to slightly heat the far edge. Once hot carefully add the rum, and tilt the pan toward the flame, to ignite the rum.
  • Stir the sauce to ensure that all of the alcohol cooks out.
  • Serve cooked bananas over ice cream and top with the sauce in the pan.

Muffaletta

“Located on Decatur Street in the middle of New Orleans’ French Quarter, we’re a third generation, old-fashioned grocery store founded in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant who is famous for creating the muffuletta.” Psst! They deliver nationwide!

Central Grocery

923 Decatur Street (504) 523-1620 Website: http://www.centralgrocerynola.com/

Po-Boys

“Mother’s Restaurant opened its doors in 1938 on Poydras Street’s “Restaurant Row”, situated between a thriving waterfront and the courthouse.” I have fond childhood memories of peering over the counter on my tiptoes so I could see my fried shrimp poboy being assembled.

Mother’s Restaurant

401 Poydras Street (504) 523-9656 Website: http://www.mothersrestaurant.net

Beignets

This French pastry is deep-fried and smothered in powdered sugar, and best enjoyed with a steaming cup of dark roasted coffee. Everyone knows to head over to Café du Monde and take-a-load-off across from Jackson Square.

Café du Monde

800 Decatur Street (504) 525-4544 Website: http://cafedumonde.com/

Bread Pudding

“Commander’s Palace, nestled in the middle of the tree-lined Garden District, has been a New Orleans landmark since 1880. Known for the award-winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere, the history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans’ storied past and has been the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm.”

Commander’s Palace

1403 Washington Avenue (504) 899-8221 Website: http://www.commanderspalace.com/ Twitter: @Commanders_NOLA

Huckleberry Pancakes

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

2 eggs
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tbsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 to 2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preparation:
In a medium bowl combine eggs, butter and vanilla extract. In another medium bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Gently whisk the egg mixture with the dry ingredients until just combined (a few lumps may remain). Do not over work.

Allow mixture to rest 1/2 to 1 hour before cooking.

To cook, heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heavy bottomed skillet or a griddle over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to coat the bottom of the skillet evenly. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto 3 to 4 spots on the skillet and cook the pancake until large bubbles begin to appear, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden brown on the second side. Repeat with remaining batter, using remaining 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil as necessary.

Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 oz. white chocolate, chopped
2 oz. huckleberries (or other fresh berry)
mint leaves to garnish
confectioner’s sugar to garnish
honeycomb for garnish
1 oz. candied pecans

Preparation:

Sprinkle pancakes with white chocolate and huckleberries and garnish with sprig of mint leaves. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Candied pecans may be served with pancakes.

Steaks

The best steaks in NOLA are found at the Chophouse. Stop by and say hello to Barbara, Jerry and Greg Greenbaum!

Chophouse New Orleans

322 Magazine Street (504) 522-7902  Website: http://www.chophousenola.com/  Twitter: @chophousenola

Cocktail

The Hurricane

PatOBrien-Hurricane“Pat O’Brien converted his speakeasy to a legitimate drinking establishment in the 600 block of St. Peter Street called, of course, Pat O’Brien’s.” Sip the world famous Hurricane in the outdoor courtyard that captures the charm and ambiance that is the quintessential New Orleans and remember: “Have Fun” at Pat O’s!

Pat O’Brien’s Bar, Inc

718 St. Peter Street (504) 525-4823 Toll Free: (800) 597-4823   Website: http://shop.patobriens.com/ Twitter: @PatOBriensBar

How to Make an authentic Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane

In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix

  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Rum or a good Amber/Gold Rum
  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
  • Fill with crushed ice
  • Garnish with an orange and cherry

Fried Chicken

The aromas of Mississippi and Louisiana cuisine emanating from the kitchen fill the air in the historic Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. In 2005, Ms. Willie Mae Seaton was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.” Serving “America’s Best Fried Chicken” since 1957!

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

2401 St. Ann Street (504) 822-9503  Website: http://www.williemaesnola.com/ Twitter: @WillieMaesNOLA

Red Bean and Rice

Opening in 1990, The Praline Connection serves “down-home” cajun-creole style soul food at affordable prices and features three generations of “Pure-D-Goodness”.

The Praline Connection Restaurant

542 Frenchmen Street (504) 943-3934   Website: http://www.pralineconnection.com/

Jambalaya

The Old Coffeepot Restaurant was established in 1894, and has been known to serve one of the best breakfasts in New Orleans. Try the red jambalaya that begins with an herb crusted, oven-roasted chicken and finished with homemade tomato sauce. Plus, they are located right next door to Pat O’Brien’s!

The Old Coffeepot Restaurant

714 Saint Peter Street (504) 524-3500  Website: http://www.theoldcoffeepot.com/

 

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