A December 2003 trip
to New Orleans by diminor1929
Quote: This was our third year spending the holidays in the City That Care Forgot-beautiful New Orleans. There were still more things to see, restaurants to try, and fun to be had!
When we moved to the lower end of St. Charles Ave, we took the streetcar ( for a day pass - unlimited rides). We traversed both ends of St. Charles Avenue to restaurants and attractions. On a few occasions, we took a cab, which was quite reasonable (and an adventure in itself - the N.O. cab drivers are quite colorful in their own respect).
Hotel | "Maison Du Puy"
There are lovely,intimate tables in the courtyard where one can enjoy drinks and meals.
There are two restaurants in Maison Du Puy; the French Quarter Bistro and the world-famous "Dominiques" (see review).
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 10, 2004
Maison Dupuy Hotel
1001 RUE TOULOUSE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Restaurant | "Jazz Brunch at Dominique's"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
1001 Toulouse St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
+1 504 522-8800
This world-class chef really lives up to his reputation. The food is described as French with Caribbean influence, but it is absolutely indescribable.
The meal started with a complimentary crab salad appetizer that was a tiny morsel of the crustacean, but fresh with a hint of cilantro.
Our party opted for salads rather than appetizers, as we had been eating rather heavily and needed some greens. The ladies went with a duck confit over greens wrapped in crispy prosciutto. I have never tasted anything quite like it. The guys both had an assortment of mesclun greens topped with 8-year-old balsamic vinaigrette (they raved about it).
Entrees sampled were: a Maine lobster served with a crispy plantain spring roll with roasted corn and lobster nage; pheasant stuffed with veal cheeks and chanterelle mushrooms with a sweet potato gnocchi, and snapper with a shrimp papaya sauce and hearts of palm served on a banana leaf. These entrees were so overwhelmingly delicious that we could barely speak as we devoured them. The wine list was sensational and the wine suggested by our adorable and knowledgeable hostess, Alicia, was a winner.
Now for the best part: the desserts! Alicia and our server, Cory, informed us when we ordered that the only chocolate dessert on the menu was a souffle that would require 20-25 minutes to prepare.They recommended we order it with our meal. Of course, we did, and were we ever glad... it was out-of-this-world! Other desserts equally outstanding that we sampled were ginger ice cream with fresh pineapple served in a phyllo pastry cup and a trio of three housemade sorbets (mango, passion fruit and raspberry) that were presented beautifully and provided a colorful and tasty ending to the meal.
Chef Dominique is a native of the island of Mauritius and he is getting (and deserves) rave reviews for his outstanding culinary contribution to New Orleans. This place is a winner.
Restaurant | "Upperline"
The menu was composed of various traditional New Orleans and Louisiana favorites with a tempting tasting portion (for$36) that included six tasting-size portions of items like duck etoufee, corn cakes with pepper jelly, andouille gumbo, turtle soup, fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce, bread pudding and pecan pie. Unfortunately, we had had a rather large lunch and none of us felt able, in good conscious, to tackle such a repast. We did sample the fried green tomatoes (of movie fame). They were delightfully crisp and the spicy remoulade sauce was the perfect compliment. We also sampled spicy shrimp with jalapeno cornbread (the cornbread was four-stars!) and crispy oysters with aioli. Two of us decided on Cane River shrimp (a house specialty. The men went with Towman's Duck (I tasted it-yum), and Salmon with Spinach. It was all a delight to the senses, but we had not a speck of room left for dessert, although they sounded terrific. Never eat a large lunch and plan to eat a large dinner in New Orleans! Our reservations had been made for 6:30pm, which was way too early to accommodate our appetites.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2004
1413 Upperline St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
+1 504 891 9919
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2004
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 565 8027
#1-The Gazebo Cafe
An outdoor cafe with live jazz next to the French Market, this place stole the lead out from under Lafitte's Bar in the 2003 visit. Glenn required several samplings on a variety of days, prepared by bartender Cody, to make his decision. They also make a great Louisiana Lemonade and Mudslide. Try the appetizer sampler with your drinks (popcorn shrimp and crawfish and fried alligator sausage).
This dark,dingy hole in the wall is touted as the oldest bar in the French Quarter and is reputed to be haunted. This is perfectly believable. But it is a great place to stop in for a drink...Glenn loved the hurricanes here so much he collected a set of eight "to-go" glasses with the Lafitte logo. That's devotion. Can't wait to use them as water goblets at our next dinner party.
#3 Tied for Third Place
Former #1 spot - The French Market Cafe on Decatur Street (across from French Market). Still good but not AS good as #1 and #2.
The Old Coffee Pot - The site of our very "first hurricane" it seems to be the one we remember most. For Capt. Glenn, this spot will always be a favorite - not only for the hurricanes but for the great catfish po'boys and friendly, down-home service. (see review in dining)
Honorable Mention - In a class by itself - Jaques-Imo's. Not only is the bartender super...the drink is great and is served with much personality and gusto!
Last Place - Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes
While the atmosphere with the dueling pianos and courtyard may be fun, the Hurricanes SUCK. So does the mix that they sell. Highly overrated - Yuck!
Places where you don't want to request a Hurricane:
Upperline - "No - we definitely don't make those here..."
Dominiques - "NO...sorry" (with a good-humored and only slightly condescending look)
Liuzza's - "We don't make them here...but I'll make you one anyway, hon" (and it wasn't bad).
Joey K's - "Margaritas and beer only..."
Windsor Court Hotel - Bartender just chuckles and shakes his head..."How about a Cosmo?" (which was fabulous!)
Dante's Kitchen - "Are you kidding...those are made only for tourists. Locals never drink that stuff!"
And there you have it...one man's look at the most famous drink in New Orleans - the Hurricane. But don't trust Glenn's opinion - take your own tour and find the perfect Hurricane for yourself. Write down the places you go...after one, it's easy to lose track!