When we arrived in the French Quarter, I could smell the gumbo and the red beans and rice. My stomach started to growl and hunger pains took over all common sense. We quickly unloaded the car and set off on foot to find a bite to eat. When I’m hungry, I tend to be a bit finiky and prefer to choose a restaurant based on three things.
1. The aroma as I stand in front of the restaurant.
2. What items are covered on the menu card shown in the streetside display case.
3. If I can see inside, does it look like an apetizing environment to spend a few hours eating.
(Yes, I said a few hours… Ever since I went to Paris, I treat eating a meal alot more like an experience as the French do and alot less like the American style McDonald’s faster food is better.)
The first night because we were really in a hurry to get some chow in our bellies we walked a couple blocks around the quarter and my nose landed us in a relatively empty dining room. The folks at the Napoleon House were very friendly. They gave us a great list of live music venues and must see tips. Our drinks were stiff and the sampler of the most famous tastes of NOLA was the perfect way to get us started. We had a bit of red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya. All great Creole tastes that stick on your palate and your memory for days to come.
500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA
The second day, after nursing a hang over with a hot cafe late and order of bengnets from Cafe Du Monde, we decided to wander around the French Quarter and take in the sights. We had a great dinner recommendation from the owners of the world famous Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar. So around 5:10 we poped over to the corner of St. Philip and Chartres. There in a small inconspicuous dining room, we consumed some of the best Italian cuisine in NOLA. They have an excellent wine selection both by the glass and bottle. Our server recommended an excellend cabernet to accompany my steak… which was prepared perfectly.
539 Saint Philip Street
New Orleans, LA