Day one of my New Orleans vacation has started with a bang thanks to Café Du Monde . The beignets were amazing and the vibe was pure new orleans. I will say i wish they had more powdered sugor tho… lol jk ;) This is a must for anybody visiting the city
I just couldnt pass up eating at the place that invented the muffaletta on my vacation to New Orleans. The sandwich is huge so for anybody trying it for the first time… get a half for yourself or split the whole. I would throw on a tomato and some lettuce if I invented it… but other than that it was yummy :)
Wrapping up my first day in new orleans I found myself at Irene’s Cuisine for dinner. We had reservations so we were seated quickly and the staff was very friendly.
The night began with a complimentary serving of bruschetta which tasted delicious. A loaf of fresh baked bread came out next and it was so delicious I wanted a loaf all to myself . I ordered the cannelloni and topped it with a mountain of tableside grated parmesan cheese. The cannelloni ended up being one of the favorite plates on the table. I had the opportunity to also try the osso buco and lamb shanks, both of which were delicious. I got the creole cream cheese cake for dessert and loved every bite.
Irenes was the perfect way to end my first day in New Orleans and can easily see why it is in the top ten.
Started my second day in New Orleans with breakfast at Croissant D’Or Patisserie. Make sure you bring cash for orders under $20 bc they wont take a debit card. I got the chicken salad baguette which ended up being amazing. the chicken salad was perfect and the baguette was light and airy with a good crumb. I got to try a lillte bite of a cherry danish which was just as delicious and on a seperate trip I’ve had the apple croissant and the raspberry croissants. The raspberry croissant is great but the apple croissant left me wishing there were more apple filling.
This was the perfect way to start my second day :)
Mexican food isnt easy to come by in the french quarter but I wouldnt be much of a food reviewer if I didnt at least hit up one mexican restaurant while on vacation here. So, on my second day in New Orleans I found myself at El Gato Negro for lunch and found the place to have a cool cantina vibe and a very friendly staff.
The chips were light, crispy, salty and delicious but the salsa was too mild for my taste. The tableside guacomole was delicious and made up for the salsas shortcomings.
I sampled the pulled pork tacos and the carne asada plate both of which were fantastic. The pulled pork taco werent prepared carnitas style and they were a little drier than I like but a little sour cream made them perfect. The carne asada plate was amazing, they used ribeye instead of flank or skirt steak. The meat was juicy, tender and perfectly seasoned. A bowl of chorizo salsa is served on the side and serves as a great topping. The plate is served with a side of beans and rice which couldnt be anymore boring or bland but overall the carne asada plate at el gato negro landed in my top five favorites carne asadas ever.
Lunchtime at El Gato Negro was great and I will be sure to visit everytime im in New Orleans
On my third day in New Orleans I have found myself at Bayona for lunch. Make sure you get here before 1:30 becasue they close for a few hours to setup for dinner and the prices go even higher. We had reservations and were seated promptly upon arrival and found the staff to be attentive and friendly.
For lunch there was a pre-set menu for $25 and I got to choose three dishes from a long list of options. I started my lunch with smoked salmon macaroni and asparagus, followed by a chicken tamale, then wrapped up everything with a bowl of vanilla ice cream. The smoked salmon macaroni was delicious, and I dont even like seafood. The star of the experience was by far the chicken tamale. I didnt expect much of a tamale from bayona but they really blew me away. The tamale was perfect in every way possible and was served with a side of black bean puree that was mindblowing. I loved the dish enough to say its the best tamale I’ve ever had… and the best preperation for black beans Ive ever had. The ice cream ended up being two scoops of average ice cream and left me wishing I had been more adventurous with my last choice.
I would say the only complaints I had after leaving were high prices and small portions. With that aside, overall bayona surpassed my expectations and I easily recommend.
On my last night in New Orleans I stopped in the Market Café . Right away I could tell they were understaffed and we were in for a wait. There was a live jazz band playing but they werent anything worth remembering.
I ordered the jambalaya and as expected waited a while before the plate arrived. The jambalaya was good but nothing outstanding… Ive honestly had better in Charlotte. We ended up waiting around again before being able to pay and leave… so overall I would say with below average service, mediocre food and a band I could have done without… I wouldnt recommend the Market Cafe.