When in NOLA...
This last weekend in July I spent it deep in the bayou diving into some seriously delicious New Orleans cuisine. Clarence and I were there for our friend's wedding and we took advantage of the weekend to try out different restaurants. This was my first time in NOLA and I was crazy with excitement to eat just about everything in sight. I had always heard this city was for food lovers!
We started off the weekend on Friday with dinner at Oceana Grill located on Conti St. The place is big with a couple floors. We were seated promptly and both host and waiter were very friendly. I opted for the Blackened Cat Fish Po' Boy & Clarence went for the Fried Cat Fish Special. Both were INSANE. If you're looking for a laid back atmosphere with a ton of cool wall art & patio this is it. I didn’t drink anything here but I took my time with that Po' Boy! I didn’t want it to ever end. Mind you, I'm not the biggest cat fish fan but this? Lord! http://www.oceanagrill.com/Home
On Saturday morning we decided to head to Luke Brassier on St. Charles Ave. Though a little on the pricy end, this place was delicious. A mix of French & German plates resulted in the best brunch to date. I ordered the Pressed Pig Sandwich. Clarence had the Jumbo Loui Shrimp "En Cocotte".
Their Bellinis were amazing and service impeccable. If you're looking for mouth watering brunch this spot is for you.
Later that evening we were looking for a good spot to get char grilled oysters. I had never even heard of them until that weekend. It sparked my curiosity so I decided to ask some of our local friends. Some mentioned Acme, but others shared that though Acme is good, its mostly a tourist trap. That turned me off since I much prefer local spots. Our friends recommended Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar on Iberville St. in the French Quarter so we headed towards it. Once there we noticed a small line outside the restaurant (across the street was Acme with an INSANE line, no thanks). The line went quickly and we were seated in less than 20min. Once inside we opted for the bar. We ordered 2 Oyster Shooters and good Lord! I thought I had ordered shots but they're actually drinks that I guess you can shoot back? I sipped mine instead...and Clarence's; yes they were that good. I decided to start off with 1/2 dozen reg oysters & 1/2 dozen char grilled. I didn't know if I'd like them so happy medium, I guess. Once I had the char grilled oysters I was hooked! I proceeded to get another 1/2 dozen. I wanted all the char grilled oysters New Orleans could produce!
They came with bread dripping in butter and garlic. I could've stayed there and finished 3 dozen in one sitting but Clarence cares about my well-being and cholesterol level so we moved on.
We walked the streets of the French Quarter in search of beignets, since I clearly have a black hole for a stomach. We had heard about Cafe du Monde but again I dont like touristy spots so we decided to go with a local recommendation, Cafe Biegnet on Royal St., also in the French Quarter. This cafe was truly the cutest little thing. It had live classical music playing all while you sipped on delicious coffee and spell binding beignets.
I almost felt like I was in Paris somewhere and those little evil powdered desserts UGH!! They got the best of me!
To wrap up our trip we went to Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar on St. Charles Ave for Sunday Brunch. This by far was the BEST food we had had all weekend and that's saying something. I ordered a frozen mimosa (WOW!) and the Crab Cake Benedict. Clarence stuck to his weekend favorite, Shrimp & Grits. I couldn't help myself and order 1/2 of the Char Grilled Oysters as an appetizer. They were delectable, I'm telling you all, I left addicted to those things! The restaurant atmosphere was lively and an ideal place for large parties. Service was very friendly and prompt. It's a short Uber ride away from the French Quarter. I HIGHLY recommend it, you wont be disappointed. I was so full of this brunch I didn't eat until late that evening at the airport. Check them out at http://www.superiorseafoodnola.com/
I was so sad to leave but at the same time I knew if I stayed all my time at the gym as of late would be completely null and void. I needed some self control, which totally left me once I bit into that Po' Boy back in Oceana Grill. These were only a few places among so many others. I loved NOLA and will for sure be back sooner than later.