After that light lunch at MRB, I decided to check out the well oiled operation at Cafe DuMonde. I think the thing that makes it very easy to serve and DuMonde is the very small menu, which includes only beignets to eat and only a few things to drink. Of course, a powdery, sugary mess comes out after you order but it’s a good powdery, sugary mess. It is pretty clear that Cafe DuMonde was a very touristy place, but aside from that a great place to get a quick coffee and pastry in the morning. I especially like the operation of this place, servers basically run the show. They take your order, powder your beignet, get your drinks and finally act as your cashier. Of course lines can stretch really long throughout the day but they move very fast. There is no one hostess, you’ll just need to hunt for an open table and seat yourself. Someone will be along shortly to clean your table and get your order.
Everyone kept saying, “You gotta go find a crawdad boil, it’s the best thing ever”. I’ve never heard of such a thing so I ask around and everyone is like “Oh, its too early in the season for crawdads”. So needless to say I wasn’t having any luck finding one of these things. I did some searching online which yielded no results and then one day, around lunch time, I stumbled upon this place advertising the boil. A quick search yielded some positive reviews so I decided to give it a whirl. MRB’s has a chill dark bar up front with a bar dog who saw my camera and quickly put his sunglasses on ran away. (much in the same way that Brooke Shields did a few days earlier when I stumbled upon her brunching it up in the French Quarter. I had my camera at my hip but little did she know I’d be more interested in shooting her plate than her face). In the back of the restaurant sits a partially shaded patio area with an outdoor bar and an area where this place does its grilling and big batches of crawdad boil. The crawdads themselves were spicy and juicy. I had a choice between 1 pound or 3 pounds. When asked if I could eat 3 pounds, the chef said, “Oh, yeah, no problem”. I was a little intimidated but like all good shellfish, more than half of their weight is their armor. It was more like a snack…or I guess a light lunch. Can’t wait to do it again!
515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Located on a beautiful small alleyway of the French Quarter, lined with trees is a little restaurant with an open kitchen and a tiny inside dining area, called Green Goddess. Outside of the dining room is an quaint open-air dining area where the majority of the diners will sit. The food is fantastic, and the Chef, Chris Debarr, is a character, to say the least. To top off the amazingness of this place, they have an out-of-this-world, knock-your-socks-off Bacon Sundae! I wanted to eat a second one!
Lafcadio’s Creole Curry Lamb Baklava – savory lamb & mirliton baklava baked in Jamaican coconut curry, with curried walnuts & local honey
“Notorious” Bacon Sundae – Pecan praline ice cream with a creamy bacon caramel sauce carrying a bit of both Pink Himalayan & Black Lava Salts, & micro-planed Nueske’s Applewood Bacon, layered with whipped cream
Baguette = a long thin loaf of French bread
Po’ Boy = Poor Boy = Sandwich on a french-like baguette
Dressed = Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo
It all just kind of comes down to fancy ways to make a sandwich. just a different name. In fact, there are at least 13 different names for a sandwich in the USA. The most recognizable Po’ boys are made with Roast Beef, Shrimp or oysters. However there seems to be limitless types of ways to make the sandwich. The one in the picture is a combination of shrimp and roast beef in gravy. Parkway Bakery and Tavern in Mid-City may lack in character of their establishment (plastic tables stretched across a concrete patio area) but more than make up for it in flavor. It appears to be a fan-favorite among residents in New Orleans.
As I said in the previous post, New Orleans invented the cocktail. The Napoleon House perfected it. The must tries here are Pimm’s Cup, Dark & Stormy and Sazerac. Love all three. The food here is decent, although, I’ve had a better muffaletta. Still though, this is a great place to chill on a sunny and warm afternoon with a ice cold drink and a book. This place is so old and beautiful. Loaded with character. I found myself gravitating to this place anytime I was thirsty.
There seems to be a million ways to make a Pimm’s cup. I like the way Napoleon House does it:
1.) 1 shot of Pimm’s No. 1 into a high ball glass over ice.
2.) Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
3.) Top with Soda
4.) Garnish with a half cucumber slice.
edit: I think its important to note that the cocktail was not really invented in New Orleans. In fact, I don’t think that that debate has been settled yet. However, NOLA has made several cocktails famous, and have been called “The Birthplace of the Cocktail” by many.
Bar & Dining Area
Bust of Napoleon Bonaparte – this building was given to Napoleon as an option to escape exile from France in the early 1800′s. He of course, didn’t take it.