Life in N'awlins: the Recap
New Orleans. Probaaaaably one of my favorite cities on earth to date. Not only do they do a phenomenal doorway, they also lowkey have brunch in a choke-hold. And not to play favorites, but brunch is arguably the best meal of the week(end)--you also didn't hear that from me.
Anyway, I went to New Orleans last weekend to celebrate a friends' birthday and I've compiled a few of the best places to grab eats for all your Cajun and creole pleasures.
I mean seriously, when your taste buds love you like mine does me. You'll understand why this trip was a necessity. Everyday I woke up wanting to, not only move permanently,but with dreams of openingsome underground coffee house/lounge by day and bar by night that'll just play live jazz renditions of old school hip hop and r&b, allllllll day.
So let's get to it.
This trip included a bomb-ass catfish po-boy, red beans & rice and a fried shrimp/calamari plate from, Mother's. Because when you know, you know. Literally, everyone we stopped for recommendations sent us this way and we were NOT let down.
Whilst sizing up the neighborhood in the garden district we ventured waaaaaay up Magazine St. to quintessential New Orleans and ran into a little eatery called Ignatius, where the locals eat. And omg have you ever tried gator? They make SUCH a delicious appetizer plate (hello, happy hour!) and my taste buds went crazy.
They had outdoor sidewalk seating for all the people watcher's out there and the interior had a very traditional atmosphere. You'll definitely feel like this place has been around since the 1800's because it HAS. (the building anyway) It was here that I indulged in all the authentic n'awlins foods, I had a roast beef po' boy with fries and and Bayou Sampler that included creole jambalaya, red beans, crawfish étouffée, and white rice. This was pretty much a perfect day.
The next day's adventure brought us here.
You guys know I'm usually home cooked meals over every restaurant exceptthis place was basically my kitchen. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar. This place is a must stop. Multiple times if you can. Literally, everything on my plate was my version of a happy meal. Wait, let me take a moment to just woosah.
Ok, I'm back, but YA'LL. I started with the mimosa of my dreams, and it was frozen. I had two, and am now a firm believer that mimosas should never not be frozen. Then (pictured below) we had possibly the best thing I've ever put in my mouth. Char-grilled Oysters.
They were grilled with garlic, herbs, butter and Parmesan & Romano cheeses and looooooots of love. They areBAE. For my entree I went with the lightly fried oysters set on two poached eggs and a fried green tomato, topped with Creole hollandaise sauce and served with hash browns. Just WOW. My fork then made it to my friend's plate, with the crab cake benedict. Her lump crab cake looked a little lonely (don't judge!) She also had 2 grilled asparagus served aside a homemade biscuit, topped with tomato, prosciutto, a poached egg and their Creole hollandaise sauce, served with Superior grits. Pretty tasty stuff.
Currently, drowling so I must'n go on. Here are the rest of my loves:
five words: Have dinner in the courtyard. my life was made. this weekend needs to include a bomb beignet, for sure. and garlic truffle fries, not traditional to New Orleans but what the world needs now.
It’s MARCH. This is so wild and before we know it we will be barbecuing and drinking cocktails. So if you happen to squeeze in a get-a-way, New Orleans should definitely be on the radar.
until next time -xxo