11/1/12 - 11/4/12
And now, the post that everyone has been waiting for – the food. New Orleans is known for its food culture, so trying to decide where to eat among so many fantastic options is a challenge and I dare say there is no single list of “must eat” places. So I will simply share some of the food spots that we enjoyed during our weekend in NOLA.
- Deanie’s Seafood. After a very full day of plantation and swamp touring on Friday, we were in the mood for something low key and convenient. The French Quarter location of Deanie’s Seafood fit the bill. It was within walking distance of our hotel, we did not need reservations (although we did have a bit of a wait), and the atmosphere was casual. Our meal started with perfectly seasoned boiled potatoes rather than the standard bread or rolls. The seafood dishes we ordered were fresh and flavorful. Of course, I was somewhat partial to my choice of the crab stuffed shrimp, but I don’ think any of us left less than happy and completely full. Of course, my dad’s “half” platter of seafood was enough to feed the entire table and more, so he may have left a bit beyond full! Good thing we had a walk back to the hotel to work off about 2% of the calories we consumed.
- Domenica. After several consecutive meals of seafood and/or Cajun or Creole food, we were looking for a change of pace for our Saturday evening dinner. Domenica is located in the beautiful and historic Roosevelt Hotel. The décor was modern, yet cozy and provided the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy gourmet Italian. We began our meal by sharing an antipasti platter replete with house cured meat, cheese, and various accompaniments. We also shared a side of the fried kale, which was palatably paired with lemon and Parmesan. Domenica is best known for their pizzas, so my pick was the basil pesto pizza with goat cheese. The crust was exactly the right amount of crispy and the toppings were perfectly proportioned. My only regret was that I was not able to try two pizzas – the white pizza was equally tempting. Clay went with one of their seasonal specialties – a cheesy polenta topped with wild boar sausage and vegetables. Everything was so delicious. Domenica offered some unique dishes that are not found at your average Italian restaurant, dishes such as tagliatelle with rabbit and porcini mushrooms, risotto with house made blood sausage, stracci with oxtail, and even wood roasted goat. This would definitely be a place I would revisit because there were so many more things I really wanted to try.
- Coquette. New Orleans is synonymous with Sunday morning brunch. I missed out on Commander’s Palace reservations, but still wanted somewhere in the Garden District. Coquette was ideal! The restaurant was charming and warm on a cool and rainy Sunday morning. The menu changes seasonally, so the options are thoughtful and fresh. The portion sizes were perfect for sampling several dishes. I chose a cinnamon roll to start, but my dad’s fried oysters were equally delectable. My main course was the eggs Benedict – on toast and made with pork confit. Clay chose the fancier than usual chicken and waffles. Not pictured but also thoroughly enjoyed were the biscuits and gravy, homemade apple “poptart,” and the shrimp and grits. Brunch at Coquette was the consummate way to end our time in New Orleans.
Next up, our amazing and wonderful and sunny and relaxing and all-too-short trip to Aruba!