Our first stop was the Market Cafe where we had the best Bloody Mary's, or salad in a glass as my friend, Pam Bennett calls this drink. We also had a side of the roasted potatoes. Since we had luncheon reservations at NOLA's, we didn't want to have the breakfast buffet even though we were very tempted.
We shopped our way through the Farmer's Market, toured the Maigny and had a second Bloody Mary at one of our favorite Quarter bars, The Gazebo, where we regrouped and listened to great jazz.
We ended up ordering Shrimp Remi as an appetizer, a panini for Gene and Shrimp Grits for me. Gene tried the Aperol Negroni and I opted for a Sazerac, my first and I really liked it. The food was, of course, simply amazing and we ate slowly to make the experience last. We got talking with a couple next to us and it turns out the young mom taught in the same school district in St. Louis from which my daughter attended high school. Small world.
We met up with Steve and Dee Dee back at the hotel and we unpacked while they grabbed some lunch at what was to become a fun evening drinking place, Pere Antoines, just around the corner. The gal who tended bar was so warm and welcoming, we returned there a couple of times more during our stay.
Later that evening we headed to a lovely restaurant near our hotel to watch the Derby and have an appetizer or two along with libations. We loved the atmosphere at Muriel's. The fried green tomatoes were wonderful and enough to serve us for our dinner that evening. After a roam up Bourbon, it back to our rooms and sleep.
We worked up that day's appetite with some retail therapy on Decatur, pausing briefly at The Gazebo for New Orleans style "lemonade" and something wonderful called an ice cream daiquiri.
The Boudin Balls and the Grilled Oysters as appetizers were so good, we ordered seconds on the oysters.
Now it is close to a cardinal sin not to have beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde and , not wanting to insult anyone nor sin more than we already had, we headed out Monday morning for our share.
Steve and DeeDee are avid watchers of Dives Diners etc. and try to eat at one of the featured restaurants as they travel. This little house is located in Treme and while was on St. Anne like our hotel was over a mile or two away so we took a cab. The place has been in the same family for generations and is currently run by the grand or maybe great grand daughter of the first owner, Willie Mae. There is very limited seating and by the time we got there about 45 min. after it had opened for the lunch crowd, the line outside had formed.
The dish of choice and the one Willie Mae's is most famous for is the chicken so that is what we all had...be still my heart. THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN EVER.
I chose a side of rice and green beans....yum.
We read, napped, roamed a bit after we got back and had drinks pool side wiling away the afternoon and digesting our excellent lunch.
We headed back to Pere Antoine's for early evening drinks and discussed where to dine. We were dodging some rain showers so wanted to stay close to home. We ended up at an old favorite, The Coffee Pot and, needless to say, we all ate light. Steve and I had the sampler of some New Orleans standards, DeeDee had one of the bisques and Gene chose a hamburger. We had dined here often in the past and always sat in the courtyard. The rain forced us indoors and it was not quite the same. The food also was not a authentic as we remembered it but good never the less. Steve and Dee Dee had an early departure as they drove from St. Louis and wanted to be rested so we headed home again after one more stop.
I may have one more post with some random shots not included in the previous N.O. posts and will decide when I get a chance to finish downloading more pics off my phone. Meanwhile, Bon Appetite
P.S. The recipes for most of the menu items from NOLA's and Delmonicos are available with a search for Emeril and a look at menus from his restaurants. So far we are gathering ingredients for Boudin balls and the grilled oysters. I'll let you know how they turn out.