On our recent trip to New Orleans we tried some new restaurants and went back to old favorites.
Breakfast was included with our hotel stay, so we only ended up eating lunch and dinner out. Here are some places that we ate during our 3 days in New Orleans.
Café Du Monde
During peak times, like Saturday morning, the wait time to get in to Cafe Du Monde would be about 45 minutes or more. If you go to the take out window on the side, you can avoid standing in the long lines and eat the beignets on a park bench away from the crowds.
It is possible to go there when there is no line as we went on a Friday afternoon around 1:30 and was able to walk right in. Save yourself the aggregation of the long line and go off time, they are open 24 hours.
Our beignets were hot right out of the fryer and covered in powdered suger. I have never had them that fresh before. Don’t think about the calories you are consuming, just savior every bite. I could have eaten all three, so I was glad J was there to help me. You get three beignets for $2.73 plus tax, cash only.
Central Grocery Company
The Central Grocery Company is a grocery store that makes excellent muffuletta. There is limited counter seating to eat in, but we purchased our sandwich to go. They are open daily from 9-5 and can get busy at lunchtime. We bought a 1 / 2 muffuletta, which was plenty large enough for two people. There were no lines when we walked in and ordered. They must have them prepackaged, as we got it immediately without waiting. This is one of those places you have to try when in New Orleans. I forgot to take a picture as I ate it at the airport. It was good. 😉
The Cafe Reconcile is a nonprofit restaurant located in the Garden District, only a couple blocks from the street car. This place offers training to at risk youth to make a change in their lives to break the cycle of poverty, become productive and contribute to society.
The restaurant provided friendly service with delicious New Orleans food at good prices. We had the Shrimp Po’Boy. The bread was really fresh and the sandwich was tasty. If you are in the area, go and support a good cause and enjoy the food.
The night before we went by Deanie’s Seafood and the line was very long. The next day we went earlier around 4:00 p.m. and was able to walk right in. We ordered the 1 / 2 Seafood platter to share and it was more than enough for two people. There was so much food we could not eat it all. The food was yummy and the service was good. I would definitely go back.
Lucy Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant
Saturday night we decided to try food in the warehouse district and get away from the crowds in the French Quarter. We were on our way to another restaurant that our concierge recommended when we came across Lucy Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant. Instead of walking another couple of blocks, we decided to give it a try. There were plenty of people both inside and outside enjoying drinks and dinner. There were no tables available outside and we ended up inside. We got there just in time, because after we ordered, the place filled up with locals and tourists. Music was too loud and with all the customers made it hard to hear each other talk. J had the Mahi sandwich and I had the Jamaican Jerked Chicken.
Antoine’s Restaurant was on our list to try this time and we decided to go for the fixed price lunch menu offering a 3 course meal for $20.16. No dress code required. Service was outstanding, the setting was elegant and the food was delightful. The 25 cent cocktail of the day was lemon drop.
I had the Fall Salad, French Cut Pork Chop with Sweet Potatoes (it’s under the pork chop) and Pecan Bread Pudding. J had the Butternut Squash Bisque, Breaded Veal and Chocolate Ganache Cake. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal and glad we went at lunch instead of dealing with the crowds for dinner. An amazing experience and look forward to dining with them again.
TIP: It was much easier to get in at the higher end places for lunch then stand in the long lines for dinner.
We also went to Muriels Restaurant which you can read about it here.
I have to throw this bar in on my list as I read about the Carousel Bar before I came and knew I had to go there. We went four times before we were able to get a seat at the bar. You could get tables around the bar, but the experience of sitting at the bar as it went around was what made we want to go there. The drinks are expensive, as my chocolate martini was $15, but we enjoyed spending time talking to others at the bar.
The bar is located in the Hotel Monteleone. The 25 seat Merry Go Round bar was recently named by Vogue Living as one of the top 20 bars in the world due to the revolving carousel and comprehensive list of cocktails. This bar is always busy so plan accordingly.