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- NOLA Restaurant534 Saint Louis St. New Orleans, LA 70130
- Palace Cafe605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Palace CafeI enjoyed this restaurant for its simple, Southern charm. The fresh baguettes served with butter are a warm welcome, and their prices are reasonable.Do yourself a favor and get the white chocolate ... read morebread pudding. It has a fabulous texture and the white chocolate isn't overpowering; definitely a must-try.Recommended for:
- Luke333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended LukeA John Besh restaurant, Lüke pays homage to the grand old French and German brasseries that were once hugely popular in New Orleans. A mix of casual yet classy, modern yet vintage, with Southern ... read morehospitality ever present and food and drinks that delight the senses. I was floored. While everything on the menu looked tantalizing, three out of four of us decided to get their daily changing 3-course Express Menu for $23. Best decision ever. I had crawfish bisque as my soup selection, and it was fantastic - a yummy little crawfish with its tiny head poking out of a delicious pool of flavorful bisque. The Friday dinner special was a Redfish "Court-Bouillon" with crab, shrimp, oysters and rice served in a skillet. The generous portions of seafood tasted so fresh, and the cajun sauce was so delicious that I polished off my entire plate with my bread. For dessert, we had Brendan's bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and hot buttered pecan sauce which was heaven in a bowl. Bread pudding is my favorite dessert, and Lüke surely blew away my tastebuds with it. And all this for ONLY $23!! Lüke's classic New Orleans cocktails were also made to perfection. The French 75, St. Charles Streetcar and Sazerac were all wonderful.
- Central Grocery923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Central GroceryBe forewarned: Their muffuletta sandwich is a MONSTER. Don't be overzealous and order a whole sandwich to yourself. Or even half for that matter. You should only be able to stomach a quarter of one, ... read morethe rest to be shared with 3 other friends. Expect there to be a crowd here, but not a long wait. Since it is a cold sandwich, they have a ton of them pre-made and wrapped up, so ordering is a cinch. The deli also sells the ingredients of the muffuletta (olive salad, capicola, salami, mortadella, emmentaler, and provolone) for people who want to make the sandwich at home. You can eat your sandwich inside on one of the counters or take it down the street to Cafe Du Monde and have it along with some beignets. Don't forget to grab a bottle of Barq's too!Recommended for:Foodies
- Jacques-Imo's Cafe8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118recommended Jacques-Imo's CafeIf authentic N'awlins comfort food is what you're looking for, then this is where you want to get it. Get the watermelon mojito, which is one of their signature drinks served in a plastic Crabby Jack ... read morecup so you can walk around outside with it if you needed to. Bits of watermelon (watch out for the seeds) and mint make it a challenge to drink through the straw, but it's oh so refreshing. A total creeper drink though - you'll down it like juice and feel the effects later. As for the food, the alligator cheesecake is a must. Don't question, just do it. Fried green tomatoes, snails and mussels are also excellent starters. While the menu is full of mouth watering choices, I went straight for the fried chicken plate. Because of course, how could I not have my favorite food in Louisiana?! And lordy, was that fried chicken the tastiest fried chicken I have ever had. I ordered dark meat, and it came with two drumsticks and two thighs. OMG, the meat was so juicy and the skin was perfectly crispy. I chose shoestring fries and rice and beans for my two sides, and I was in heaven. The plate was such a hearty portion (as were all of the entrees), it could feed at least two people. The place is so casual, it's like dining in someone's home. Even the servers were wearing their street clothes. Service was laid back but attentive. And they even surprised us with spinach salad with fried oysters and a duo of desserts - creme brulee and strawberry shortcake - all on the house! We were fortunate enough to be able to make reservations because we had a party of five (they only take reservations for groups of 5+), so we didn't have to endure any crazy wait whatsoever. We happened to sit next to the window where a couple was waiting outside the entire time we had our dinner. So be prepared to wait (and pad your belly before showing up) if you don't have reservations. Just grab some watermelon mojitos while you wait... it will be worth it!