Hungry in New Orleans

The French Quarter is a legendary neighborhood in a vibrant city.  The architecture is elegant, the bars have no closing time, music pulsates from every nook and cranny, and no place in New Orleans claims more restaurants per square foot.

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street
St. Louis Cathedral | Jackson Square

 

The French Quarter makes up 78 square blocks.  We walked most of it and found some great restaurants along the way.

Antoine’s

Antoine’s opened it’s doors in 1840 and is one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the United States.  This place is old school cool and has been the birthplace of several classic dishes like Oyster’s Rockefeller and Eggs Sardou.  Everyone who’s anyone has eaten here including several US presidents and even the Pope.

Antoine's
Antoine’s

The restaurant houses wine storage for 25,000 bottles and has 15 dining rooms that can seat up to 800 people.

The Large Annex | One of 15 Dining Rooms

Each dining room is decorated according to a theme, many of them referencing a Mardi Gras krewe such as Maison Verte, Twelfth Night, or Rex.

The Rex Room
The Rex Room

 

Lunch at Antoine’s is a bargain, 3 courses for $20.17 and martinis for a QUARTER!

Escargots à la Bourguignonne at Antoine’s

 

Felix’s

Another New Orleans tradition, Felix’s opened in the 1940’s and quickly drew a devoted following.

Felix's Oyster Bar
Felix’s Oyster Bar

 

They have one of the best happy hours in The Quarter, offer a free beer with every dozen oysters purchased, and have a potent Bloody Mary.

Felix's Bloody Mary | New Orleans
Momma Colburn had a couple of these beauties

 

All of their oysters are local, they arrive straight from the beds, and never spend time in an off-site storage facility.  We enjoyed them both iced on the half shell and hot off the grill.

 

 

 

Angeline

Just steps from our hotel was Angeline Restaurant, one of the cities most popular spots and one of the places I most wanted to check out.

Seasonal Southern at Angeline New Orleans
Seasonal Southern

 

“Elevated Southern Fare” is the focus here and the Smoked Pork Cheeks and Rabbit Leg Milanese were both highlights.

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Crispy Smoked Pork Cheeks with Cornbread Puree and Satsuma
Rabbit Leg Milanese | Angeline Restaurant | New Orleans
Rabbit Leg Milanese with Bacon Braised Collards, Spoon Bread, and Tomato Gravy

 

Brennan’s

As a kid, I saw an episode of “Great Chefs’ which featured a chef preparing Turtle Soup. It seemed foreign, odd, and interesting. The TV segment always stuck with me I’ve wanted to eat at Brennan’s ever since.

To celebrate my birthday, my Mom and I enjoyed a leisurely brunch and I finally had my chance to sample the Turtle Soup.  Thanks, Mom!

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Brennan’s Turtle Soup with Grated Egg, Brown Butter Spinach and Sherry

 

Brennan’s has an old world sophistication and elegance that must be experienced to be appreciated.  This place is POLISHED and it was a joy to watch the front of the house staff work their magic.

The service at Brennan’s was polished and professional

 

And the food?  We’re still talking about it.  Sure it was “just brunch,” but it was perfect.

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Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Poached Egg, Country Ham, Hollandaise

 

Central Grocery

One of man’s greatest creations, the muffuletta sandwich, was created right here, at Central Grocery.

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Central Grocery | Home of the Original Muffuletta

In 1906, owner Salvatore Lupo split a sesame bread loaf and stuffed it with Salami, Ham, Mortadella, Swiss Cheese, Provolone, and a marinated olive salad with pickled celery, cauliflower, carrot, oregano, and garlic.

 

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Quarter, half, and whole Muffulettas are sold

 

Central Grocery opens its doors at 9 am and there was already a small line when we arrived at 8:45.  Unfortunately, the bread delivery was late that day so we waited almost an hour to order and eat.

It was worth it.

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The Iconic Muffuletta Sandwich | Central Grocery

 

Cafe du Monde

No trip to The French Quarter is complete without a visit to Cafe du Monde, the renowned open-air coffee shop on Decatur street.

It’s yet another New Orleans landmark, known for its Cafe au Lait and Beignets.

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Open 24 Hours per Day

 

The menu here is simple, dark-roasted coffee with chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, hot chocolate, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. The coffee is served either black or au lait (with heated milk). 

Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and only closes for  Christmas Day and when the occasional hurricane passes too close to the city.

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Cafe au Lait and Beignets at Cafe du Monde

 

The beignets are served with a thick coating of powdered sugar and sold in orders of three.  It’s super touristy but it’s an awesome spot, we stopped her three times during our visit.

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