36 Hours of Eating in New Orleans

Life’s been catching up to me, so I’ve been neglecting this blog, but now it’s time for me catch up. Exactly a week ago, I was driving my car from Virginia to Dallas. I have no idea why I thought that was a good idea, considering how much I hate road trips, but honestly, it was not bad at all. Thanks to my awesome boyfriend who helped me drive half the time. And thanks to Girl on the Train, which kept us entertained and awake the whole time. For this trip, we made pit stops in Atlanta and New Orleans. I’ve never been to New Orleans nor Atlanta, but I was more excited about New Orleans because of two words: cajun. food.

We had more time in New Orleans and you guessed it, all we did was eat, eat and eat. It was a marathon. I was on a serious mission to try as many restaurants as possible in the city. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed at some of the restaurants we’ve tried. I guess this means we have to go back and eat more. Anyways, here’s a list of restaurants we tried:

1. Felix’s Restaurant Oyster & Bar (4/5) — Located right across the famous Acme Oyster House, Felix’s is another restaurant people frequent for oysters, in particular the chargrilled oysters. Felix’s is also the restaurant people go to when Acme’s line gets too long and supposedly serves oysters that are just as good. Now I’ve never had chargrilled oysters, but after trying them here, I am in LOVE. These are so good, they’re nothing like raw oysters. They are half oysters chargrilled with cheese, garlic and butter and are served with french bread.

chargrilled oyste

2. Erin Rose (3/5) — Stopped here after Felix’s to give our stomachs a break. Got the famous frozen Irish Coffee, which tastes like a frappuccino (so nothing too great). Given how much Yelpers are raving about this drink, I expected more. My boyfriend got the bloody mary, which is not good — it’s too watered down and lacking the savory tomato flavor.

3. Oceana Grill (3/5) — I saw how highly this restaurant is rated on TripAdvisor, so decided to eat here for some classic Cajun food. I got the gumbo, and my boyfriend got the alligator sausage po’ boy. Sadly, everything was disappointing. The gumbo isn’t as flavorful as I’d like — it was lacking that cajun kick! The alligator po’ boy just looked sad, it needed more meat, salad and umpth. The bread was also stale and hard to eat. Not really sure what the hype is about.

4. Cafe Du Monde (4.5/5) — Finally, a restaurant a that lives up to its hype! Came here at 10 p.m. and did not have to wait at all. While these beignets are the bomb-dot-com, they are not worth waiting more than 15 minutes for. Considering that it’s open 24 hours, I recommend going off hours.

a New Orleans classic

a New Orleans classic

5. Stanley (4/5) — A famous brunch spot located in the heart of the French Quarter. Expect a long wait, but if you have time, just put your name and # down, and they’ll call you when a table is ready. For drinks, my boyfriend got the bloody mary. I don’t even like bloody marys, but I actually like this one. It’s savory and flavorful, but does not taste like tomato soup. I got the blood orange italian soda, which does not taste like blood orange. For entrees, I got the famous Beaux Bridge Benedict, and my boyfriend got the Eggs Stanley with fried oysters. The Beaux Bridge Benedict has a layer of some kind of mashed potatoes that looks like pulled pork, but tastes great with the poached egg. Also, instead of english muffins, they use a Texas-style toast bread for the dish! Unfortunately, my eggs were slightly overcooked; however, my boyfriend’s eggs were perfectly poached! Also, the breading used for the fried oysters are nicely crisp and tasty.

how brunch should look like

how brunch should look like

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