On a recent trip to New Orleans, 007, Princess Van Gogh and I had the pleasure of hanging out in some the city’s most famous haunts. We were guests of an art auction where our dinners were included; so we took the opportunity to splurge on phenomenal treats, lunches, desserts and cocktails throughout the Big Easy. You can read about the rest of the trip here.
Café Du Monde
This lovely coffee and beignet shop has been in New Orleans for over 150 years. It is a landmark within the French Quarter. A cube of dough is fried and then smothered in powdered sugar. It is quite bewitching and normally served with coffee and chicory. The day was way too hot for coffee, so we opted for ice-cold water. Some cool day, when I’m back in New Orleans, I’ll have the coffee. I can only imagine how delicious the two are together.
A restaurant destination that is hard to get in without a reservation, Brennan’s is where the dessert, Banana’s Foster was born. Princess Van Gogh discovered a little secret. If you go between the lunch and dinner hours when the restaurant is closed, the bar is still open and they will serve you the famous Banana’s Foster. The bartender suggested we have it with Sazerac, but it was way too strong for me. All I can say is it is quite the spiritual experience.
Out of This World Cocktails
When you are tired and hot and still a bit spooked by the haunted city of New Orleans; stop into one of the many famous restaurants of the city and enjoy a different kind of spirit. The most world-renowned is the Hurricane made famous by a bartender at Pat O’Brien’s. It is fruity and cold and so refreshing.
If the memory of disastrous hurricanes doesn’t settle your nerves, then try the Pimm’s Cup. This is a lemony cocktail that’s been around since the 1800’s. We tried this at Hermes Bar at Antoine’s.
Should you like your spirits so strong that they’ll knock you into next week while looking both ways to Sunday, then have a taste of Sazerac with your Banana’s Foster. I ordered it, but it was just too strong for my taste. It does come highly recommended, though. Diet Coke tastes just as good!
La Petite Grocery
Lovely ambiance at La Petite Grocery in NOLA. This building was constructed in the late 1800’s as a specialty store. Located in the Jefferson City area of New Orleans, they sold butter, tea and coffee.
Excellent menu, but we came with a recommendation from a friend.
And boy was she right! The blue crab beignets are the most heavenly seafood dish you will ever try! Delicious!
New Orleans is known for their restaurants and the few we got to try over a weekend were not disappointing. I can’t wait to go back and try more. Where have you eaten in New Orleans?
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