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Des Moines, Iowa
August 17, 2005
From journal 3-Week Business Trip to the French Quarter
July 31, 2002
From journal New Orleans in summer
LOS ANGELES, California
August 11, 2001
From journal New Orleans, Let the Good Times Roll
May 17, 2001
It was an intriguing place. Supposedly, the house was built by French loyalists in the hopes that it would be used by Napoleon himself after he was rescued from exile on the isle of Elba! However, some people like to point out that the building was not built until a couple of years after Napoleon's death. It had a definite "house" quality to it with all the different little rooms, vaulted ceilings, and windows and doors that opened onto the bustling street.
It also reminded my Europe traveling buddy and I of a French restaurant... including the semi-rude waiter! The menu consisted of typical New Orleans fare: Po' Boys, Muffalattas, gumbo, and some other types of food that looked very good as well (Greek salads, salmon, eggplant sandwich, Spinach-Artichoke dip etc). I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, and eventually decided on the muffalatta. They seemed to have an extensive wine collection also. Some of the people at my table had ordered appetizers and salads, so I got to try the very cheesy Spinach-Artichoke dip (which didn't come with enough dipping bread), which was good, and I also tried the greek salad, which was also very good.
When our food arrived, it was almost an hour after we had ordered. We cut them some slack, since we were such a large party. They said every dish is individually prepared, we weren't in a big hurry, and we were enjoying the ambiance. However, when the waiter didn't come refill any of our drinks for the rest of the meal, we weren't very happy. My muffalatta (a whole one is $10, and I split it) was warm and on wonderfully thick foccocia bread (I think), and had the typical muffalotta meats, cheese, and olive spread. It was delicious and filling!
Overall, the service wasn't that great, but the food and atmosphere were excellent and the prices were really affordable. Also, on a side note: with the classical music, darkness, and quietness, it would definitely be a good place for an affordable and romantic date.
From journal Jazz Fest Weekend in New Orleans