Kelly the Culinarian: What We Ate: New Orleans Edition

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What We Ate: New Orleans Edition

The food in the Big Easy was fantastic. I didn't hold back one bit and I'm glad. There was just so much to try! Here are a few of the tasty travels we encountered.

On our first morning, I wanted beignets. Bad. I hear they're what New Orleans is known for and positively heavenly. We went to Cafe Beignet and split an order of beignets and the Creole hash, which was a breakfast platter of scrambled eggs, french bread and fried potato squares with anduille sausage and jalapeno. The beignets were light and pillowy, fried to perfection. I enjoyed them, but essentially, they're just doughnuts without a hole. The hash was tasty and filling.

We also tried Cafe du Monde, which is known for its chicory coffee and beignets. We didn't order beignets there because by the time we got there, it was 900 degrees, plus humidity. The iced coffee was good, but I didn't taste the difference with the chicory.

Next, we had po'boys at Mother's, which is what they're known for. Tim ordered the Famous Ferdi, which is the dish that brought the Travel Channel to this place and is the one I snapped a photo of. I ordered the turkey po'boy, and both were delicious but super filing. That French bread expands in your stomach.

Our favorite place, hands down, was the World Famous N'awlins Cafe. It's an adorable stand in the French Market that serves up authentic cajun food. I ordered the jumbalaya, which contained chicken, shrimp and sausage with a side of French garlic bread. It was heavenly. I didn't even want to share because Tim quickly agreed mine was better. He had the crawfish etouffe, which was tasty, but paled in comparison to my dish. It might not look so hot in that photo, but trust me, it was amazing.

Finally, we ate a sampler platter at the Storyville Restaurant, which is in the French Quarter. This dish let us taste alligator, crawfish pies, meat pies, Creole eggrolls and boudin patties, which are pork, rice and spice patties deep fried. I wasn't a fan. The alligator rocked though.

1 comment:

stephanie said...

yummm! cajun food is hands down my favorite!