New Orleans Restaurant Scene
Y'all there are some good eats in N'Awlins. The List mentions several restaurants and I walked past all of them at some point (NOLA, Galatoire's, Acme Oyster House, etc.), but only ate at Napoleon House.
I did eat at plenty of delicious places, though, and apart from the famous seafood (which you know of which I cannot partake) tried the local specialties.
I rolled into town pretty late, checked into the hotel and asked for some close places for a quick dinner. I ended up at Frank's on Decatur where I had my very first muffaletta.
Muffaletta is traditionally made with all sorts of stuff I don't normally eat - capicola, salami, ham, provolone, olive salad, and olive oil. They are round loaves about 9 - 10 inches in diameter. I ordered half and can tell you that a quarter would've been sufficient. That thing was huge!
The waitress also had an excellent recommendation for a beverage and is the one who steered me to Cafe Beignet.
The next day was Mardi Gras!
I had brunch at Cafe Beignet
One thing I hadn't planned on was that a lot of places close on Mardi Gras Day - I had planned to eat dinner at Napoleon House, but it was closed. I ended up at the French Market Cafe where I had a turkey po' boy.
It was possibly the best thing I ate in New Orleans. (And I don't want to hear anything from the peanut gallery about my love of turkey sandwiches!)
Ash Wednesday I headed to Cafe Du Monde for breakfast
And went to Napoleon House for dinner and had a roast beef po' boy and their famous Pimms Cup
It was really, really good ... but that turkey po' boy was still the best!
I should also mention that all the enclosed restaurants were really dark inside. Which helps if you're eating unfamiliar food and don't really want to get a good look at how pink that meat is. :)
After Napoleon House I had some time to kill before the concert at Preservation Hall so I went to Old Coffee Pot Gumbo for dessert. I didn't take a picture, but had the richest, chocolatey-ist cake ever. OCPG has been featured on Food Network - I thought it looked familiar, but didn't realized why until I walked in and you can actually order a sampler of the dishes featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
So, I ate my way through New Orleans and it was delicious!