I spent three weeks in New Orleans in May and stayed at the B&W Courtyards 2425 Chartres Street in the Marigny (504-324-3396 or 800-585-5731). (see below) The hosts, Rob and Kevin were great. I had a one bedroom apartment in the back with full kitchen so I did a lot of cooking in my place to save costs and also enjoy local food. The place was full of nice antiques and art. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city. It also only a few blocks form Frenchmen Street and beyond that the French Quarter.
For food I tried a few new places those I experienced before. Here are some of my experiences. The Bayou Boogaloo Festival in Mid-City on Bayou St. John had great food vendors. It is an annual event and covered is a separate post last weekend as is the food vendors at the Art Mart that is a monthly event and was also covered last weekend.
The New Olreans Cake Cafe and Bakery is across the street from B & W Courtyards. I had anumber of meals there. Below you can see their shrimp and grtis. crab salad, and eggs and grits with boudin suasage.
Mimi’s a Marigny - I went here twice because of the great food and music. They have great Spanish tapas. The first time I had shrimp with creole sauce, calamari with saffron cream sauce, mushroom manchego cheese tart. The second time I had shrimp with creole sauce, calamari with saffron cream sauce, and more. It is located at 2601 Royal Street (504) 872-9868
Luizza’s – Great Italian and Creole food. As their site says, “A Mid-City landmark since 1947, is only minutes from the French Quarter and Central Business District.The aroma is unmistakable as you walk in the door of the neighborhood bar and restaurant. This family operated restaurant is treasured by locals for its recipes of down-home Louisiana, Cajun, authentic Italian and seafood dishes. This is a place where locals of all descriptions, taxi drivers, businessmen on their lunch hour to tourists and conventioners, all come to try some real New Orleans/Italian hospitality.” I had fifed green tomatoes with shrimp roumelaide. It is located at 3636 Bienville Street (504) 482-9120
MiLa for dinner is a very high end place and pricy but good. I had smoked redfish salad, crab salad at the bar. MILa stand for Mississippi Louisiana. MiLa is the culmination of both the marriage of chefs Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing and their respective home states cuisines-Mississippi and Louisiana. This was my first time there. It is located at 817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.
Upperline is place I have been several times and is still good. Their duck three ways is great an dno longer on the menu but they did it fo rme anyway. It is located at 1413 Upperline Street. (504) 891-9822.
Bacchanlal is a wine shop where you buy your wine and they have a food vendor providing greta food along with music. I saw the Mark Welky Trio. It is located at 600 Poland Avenue 504-948-9111
Patois - is the best place to eat in the mid to high end. It is located at 6078 Laurel St, on the corner of Laurel and Webster 504 895 9441
Dante’s Kitchen - I had spoon bread, escargot, gulf fish, sweet potatoes, coffee custard. It was all good. The name comes from the street it is located - 736 Dante Street, New Orleans, 70118 at the corner of Dante and River Road, (504) 861-3121
Stanley’s – I had walked by the place many times but because it was on Jackson Square I had assumed it was a tourist place. The food was actually excellent. I had a variation on Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs sitting on top of some boudin sausage from Charlie T’s in the Lafayette area, hollandaise sauce and French bread. It is now on my list of places to trust in the Quarter. We also had fried oysters and onion strings.
Then there was Dong Phuongthe great Vietnamese bakery and restaurant as you can see below. NOLA.com writes: “It's also one of New Orleans' finest purveyors of Vietnamese cuisine. The bakery is crowded at midday with customers snatching up fresh-baked banh mi, the Vietnamese-style French bread; banh mi thit, the sandwiches known locally as Vietnamese po-boys; and an array of exotic sweets -- mung bean bars that taste like Fig Newtons, gummy candies made from steamed yucca -- that will make you squint with wonder. The adjacent restaurant excels at steamy noodle soups.” We had some of each. It is located at 14207 Chef Menteur Highway, 504.254.0296.