New Orleans or Nawlins* Highlights
New Orleans is amazing weekend getaway any time of the year. I happened to go in October of 2015 and March of 2016 and both times offered a different experience. I had amazing friends to share with me both times. I also gained a few pounds from all of the amazing food we ate as well. Here are some of the highlights.
Ruby Red Slipper is a fantastic brunch place with multiple locations in New Orleans, and one location in Pensacola, Florida. Living in the panhandle of Florida (which I did not know existed prior to moving here) puts me really close to New Orleans, so I’ve gone a time or two and both times visited this amazing restaurant.
I am very much a “bruncher” by nature and this place has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if what you crave is sweet or savory, Ruby Red Slipper is definitely a pleaser. First, let talk about the food…which is orgasmic.
On the first morning, April was our server (she was the awesome!). She introduced three specials. All of us got of the one of specials they offered. I got the crawfish dish, which was creamy and delicious. I added salt, pepper, and tabasco (for a little added kick) and it was perfect. My sisters got the other 2 featured specials, which were strawberry and white chocolate pancakes and stuffed french toast. I tasted theirs, but enjoyed mine more. April gave us other suggestions which were amazing (some are photoed below).
The second morning, we had a different server (and missed April). I got the Mix and Match Eggs Benedict. One was the “Chicken St. Charles” and the other was the “Eggs Cochon.” Both were delicious. The Chicken St. Charles was savory and creamy. It came with what was called a “pork tasso cream sauce” that was over a fried chicken breast, with a poached egg between a biscuit. The Eggs Cochon was still savory, but lighter than the Chicken St. Charles. It was described as a slow-cooked, apple braised pork debris with two poached eggs between a biscuit with hollandaise sauce. STUFFED was an understatement, but after a night on Bourbon St. it was exactly what I needed.
The Bacon Bloody Mary
BACON. –Need I say more? Can you even go wrong with anything involving bacon? This is seriously breakfast in a cup! I am not even a fan of Bloody Mary’s but this was so delicious, it’s the first thing I ask for (with a water) when I come here. It has other goodies (limes, picked green beans aka “dilly beans,” lemons, and olives) that garnish it as well, which make the perfect snack throughout and at the end. TO DIE FOR!
Per April’s suggestion, we stopped by Molly’s to have a Frozen Irish Coffee 0_o! WOW! The Frozen Irish Coffee was so delicious, we actually stopped here twice. It went very well with the hot beignet from Cafe Du Monde. This is definitely a must-have when we go back 🙂
April told us the best fried chicken came from Coop’s. It was conveniently located next door to Molly’s. When we passed it earlier in the day it was less busy and we thought dinner would be the same. We waited for what seemed like forever (and sipped our second round of Frozen Irish Coffee’s in the mean time) before we sat and ate. Our server was laid back and pretty easy going. We ended up getting the Fried Chicken, Rabbit Jambalaya, and Coleslaw. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Rabbit Jambalaya, but the Fried Chicken was awesome!
Park Bakery and Tavern–delicious sweet potato fries and beef gravy. This was the FIRST stop. I wish I had taken pictures, but I was too busy devouring the amazingness that came from this place. The line usually wraps the building, but you can read all about their interesting history on the back of their menu while you wait!
Cafe Du Monde— It goes without saying, the beignets were amazing. The French Quarter location has a ridiculously long line that moves pretty quickly. The beignets pair well with the “Chicory Coffee” or the Frozen Irish Coffee from Molly’s. We ate them in the nearby park area, while watching a “street show” of acrobatic dancers.
Port Of Call–The things immediately came to mind when I think of this place, crowded, small, and a looooonnng wait. I was told this was the best burger in New Orleans. Let me be clear The longest time I had ever waited to eat a burger. It was good, but to be honest it was not the best burger I had ever had. My burger was dry, but after waiting 45 minutes after a 3 1/2 hour drive, I devoured it. It came with a cheese potato, which was nothing to write home about, but I am adding it to this list, because I’d like to go back and try it again under different circumstances.