Help me have a good time...
Posted 04 June 2008 - 06:14 PM
Here's the deal. I may be having major surgery in Nola next year. I would be staying there for over three weeks. During most of that time I will either be in the hospital or in a suite recovering (bedridden). I am hoping to have my husband bring some great local food to me.
Before that time though, I will be going with my husband for the consultation. I am hoping to spend a night or two there. (We are thinking of staying at the Monteleone. Unless, you all tell me it is a bit run-down and you would stay ___.)
I would really like to go out to eat someplace nice one night. Where ever has the best food. I know that could be a number of places, but I need direction. I would also love a good brunch, and a few local casual places with good eats. Please help me, it will also be our 10 year anniversary celebration.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:52 AM
I'll tell you what I liked:
Arnaud's. Not considered one of the top-line restaurants, but it was my experience that many of the highly rated restaurants were highly overrated. I liked the wait staff in particular, they made lovely recommendations. I like to ask for recommendations and I HATE it when I get bad ones or half-hearted ones. I had a dessert that was a very light crepe, filled with cream cheese and rolled into a tube about the size of your finger. Covered with a brown sugar/butter/pecan sauce and with whipped cream on the side. Would never have chosen this from the menu, the waitress recommended it, and it was divine. An amazing taste and texture. I liked the physical space very much. Open, airy, classic New Orleans.
Nola. I was suprised by this. I wasn't crazy about the atmosphere but the service was very nice and the food was exceptional. I had fried chicken served on a bed of mashed sweet potato with (again) a brown sugar/pecan flavor in there. The mixture of the crispy texture with the smooth mashed swee' taters, the mixture of the sweet and the salty was just divine. Loved it.
I would have loved to have tried Bayona.
I have been in the Monteleone ground floor, not the rooms -- I can't spead for them. The location is right and the hotel is nice -- home to the famous carousel bar that does indeed spin as you drink. I did not care for my Sazerac there. Arnaud's made a superior Sazerac.
Have a happy anniversary!
Posted 07 June 2008 - 02:10 PM