As you can probably tell, NOLA was all about foodie adventures. My boyfriend and I took a quick trip to the Big Easy for four days to take part in the NYE celebrations and fulfill our creole food cravings. Almost every day was planned out based on which eateries I wanted to try the most. I think the huge plus about staying in the French Quarter is that everything is in walking distance of the hotel (we stayed at the W), and I think the main attraction really is walking around the many little streets in the quarter and eating and drinking away your day. The quarter was much larger than I expected it to be and you can find many streets that aren't full of other tourists; it was very charming (and fun of course) in my opinion.
Skipping straight to the point here with a list of notable food spots on this trip:
Galatoire's: We loved this restaurant! Galatoire's was recommended to us by a friend of ours that is a local in the Big Easy. It's a French/Creole family fine dining restaurant right on Bourbon st. I think it's a beautiful contrast to the hustle and bustle of the party scene right outside the restaurant, while inside the ambiance is very classic and classy (must dress appropriately), YET to our pleasant surprise it's a riot inside. Everyone was openly having a blast inside on the first floor seating and we really got a sense of the NoLa spirit here that we were so looking forward to. As for the food itself, it was delicious and comforting and just so inviting. Our favorites were the eggplant au gratin, grilled fish topped with shrimp étoufée, and oysters Rockefeller. Neither of us have had the oysters prepared this way before, but it was awesome! It may look green/black and not appealing but it was so delicious and unique. I would highly recommend Galatoire's.
Cafe du Monde: I think it goes without saying that no NoLa trip is complete without paying a visit to Cafe du Monde and ordering a heaping stack of fresh, hot, beignets and a cup of Cafe Au Lait. Don't let the long lines deter you, it moves fast and there is always a line at any hour, so just go. The beignets are really, really, good.
Restaurant R'evolution: Very beautiful restaurant in the French Quarter with overall great food. If I were to do it again, I would skip the full dinner experience and just sit in the bar area and order the Triptych of Quail. The quail is perfectly prepared three ways: Southern-fried, Boudin-stuffed, and Absinthe-glazed. Each quail was delicious. I would definitely go here again just for that dish.
Herbsaint: This restaurant is just a 10 minute walk outside of the French quarter and the food is a nice break from all the cajun/creole food you've probably eaten by this point in your trip. They have great cocktails and the French food here is amazing. My favorites of the night were the Rabbit Fricassee, Duck Confit with Dirty Rice, and their Herbsaint Champagne cocktail.
Willie Mae's Scotch House: The neighborhood is pretty sketch (I'd suggest cabbing it from the French Quarter even though it doesn't look far), and the lines are damn long (waited 1.5 hours), but as promised the fried chicken is awesome. The sides were good but nothing spectacular, but the chicken is good and I loveeee fried chicken.
Carousel Bar: The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone is so charming and such a cool spot to grab a drink. It's a real, (slowly) moving carousel in the gorgeous Monteleone hotel. Must visit!
Happy eating y'all and as they say in NoLa, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"