Louisiana has been one of my favorite states to visit in a while. New Orleans, for me, is the place to go when you want to eat REAL good. Creole food tops my charts. From the red beans to the jambalaya and everything else in between— there is no better dining than that good ole’ classic creole cuisine!
While visiting with Joey (my fiancée), we visited Arnaud’s right on Bourbon Street to celebrate our 7 year Anniversary. Joey had reserved a marvelous table right by the window— so we can see the people of Bourbon Street walk (or crawl) by! It was awesome! There was an exquisite live jazz band playing and they would go to each and every table and play a song of your choice. It was sweet heavenly music to my ears!
For starters, we ordered the famous ‘French 75’ cocktail— which is made with Courvoisier VS, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Moet and Chandon Champagne. Truly, a spectacular concoction! For appetizer, I had a seafood gumbo, which was mouth-watering delicious and for the entrée, I ordered the Filet Mignon Charlemond (cooked medium). The Grilled center-cut filet came with a rich Mushroom Sauce and topped with Béarnaise Sauce. For dessert, we had the only dessert you should ever really eat there— Bananas Foster. The dessert in itself has it’s own culinary experience as it is sautéed in butter with cinnamon and brown sugar with flamed rum and served over French vanilla ice cream. Overall, the entire dining experience was 5-stars! We look forward to returning real soon!
The following day we visited Drago’s for lunch, specifically to try the famous charbroiled oysters everyone continuously raves about. Even though I’ve never been one to enjoy oysters, I have to say I probably ate a full dozen of these (maybe more) on my own! I can’t even describe how delicious they are. I believe they’re made with truffle oil and parmesan. Either way, they are absolutely and undeniably one of the best things I have ever tried! I didn’t enjoy my entree or bisque as much as I enjoyed this. As a matter of fact, if I ever return, this is the ONLY thing I am eating at Drago’s. It is totally worth the hype!
Another fabulous low-key spot to eat lunch at is Mulate’s! This was actually the first place we stopped at upon arriving to New Orleans after a very long 16-hour drive from Miami. The food was absolutely delicious! For sure, you need to have those red beans and rice! OMG! My mouth waters just thinking about it. Honestly, everything I ate there was spectacular. Here is a brief list of some of the must-have platters!
- Fried Gator (yes, try it!)
- Handcut onion rings
- Red beans and rice
- Mulate’s Jambalaya
The only thing I was unable to visit and I seriously regret not making sufficient time for it, was Café Du Monde. Because I was in New Orleans on business matters, I couldn’t go to all the places on my list— however, that’s just the excuse I need to return to this beautiful and historical place! I will most certainly go back for those pastries and enjoy a lovely breakfast at CDM!
Overall, I had a marvelous time in New Orleans. The locals are kind and the city is filled with energy that pulses through your veins every waking moment. I loved every minute spent there and I can’t wait to go back!