This past fall I had the awesome opportunity to take a short trip down to New Orleans (affectionately known as NOLA). I’m not going to go through my whole trip because, let’s be real, all you really wanna know is some foodie spots to hit up right?
Well I’ve selected my top 3 spots within the French Quarter that must be included in any trip you make to NOLA.
Cafe Du Monde:
Gotta stop here even if it’s just to say you did, but the beignets won’t let you down either. The beignets are wonderfully fresh and create a poof of icing sugar with every bite. I was there on a hot day and therefore opted for an iced latte which was delicious (though I don’t claim to be a coffee connoisseur).
Cafe du Monde’s history makes it a NOLA landmark. It was originally established as a small coffee stand in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. I visited their expanded original location. The menu is simple, consisting of dark roasted coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, and fresh squeezed orange juice. The coffee is only served as either black or as a cafe au lait. In 1988 iced coffee and soft drinks were introduced to the menu. Website HERE.
The Carousel Bar and Lounge, Hotel Monteleone:
The most enchanting bar I’ve ever been too. Located within the historic Hotel Monteleone (the hotel was established in 1886, The Carousel bar has been in operation for 65 years) the Carousel bar is the perfect carousel for adults. Pick one of the intricately painted stools and order one of the wonderfully executed cocktails while you take a spin. One cocktail allows you to complete approximately 2 full rotations. Just the bar and customer stools move making for an interesting work environment for the bartenders as they constantly need to adapt to their customers moving along. Website HERE.
This was most definitely a culinary experience unlike any other I have experienced. At Galatoire’s the menu is considered just a suggestion or guideline. Basically use it to come up with ideas for what your ideal meal would be and then order away. As I was told, “fried chicken is not on the menu, but if fried chicken is what you want then we will fry some up”. Regulars here don’t even look at the menu but rather order along the lines of, ” tonight I’m feeling like a couple of lamb chops with some crab au gratin and maybe some greens on the side… oh and don’t forget some sauce for the lamb”.
While a historic spot in NOLA (founded in 1905), their approach at customer service and the dining experience is certainly cutting edge. They appear formal in their black and white suits and impeccable manners but no other fine restaurant will put the patron’s culinary experience first like Galatoire’s. Website HERE.
What ended up on my plate: (each incredible in it’s own way)
- Oysters Rockefeller: oysters on the half shell, herbsaint scented spinach
- Duck Crepe: roasted duck, homemade boursin cheese, port-cherry reduction, pistachios
- Lamb Chops with Marchand de Vin
- Lyonnaise Potatoes
- Crabmeat au Gratin