There are so many great restaurants and amazing chefs in New Orleans – which is one of the many reasons I adore this vibrant city.
After dropping our nephews in Slidell, we arrived in New Orleans in perfect time for dinner, and discovered the breezy, peaceful courtyard at the adorable Evangeline along Decatur Street. Specializing in fresh, seasonal cuisine, everything is made from scratch and delivered to the table with a smile.
The morning found us once again enjoying coffee and beignets at the familiar and famous New Orleans landmark, Cafe Du Monde, which has been serving up wonderful deliciousness since the early 1860’s.
After a walk through the French Market and along the river, Mum and my Aunt took a two hour cruise along the Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez. A little further along on the riverfront is the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas, where we enjoyed the Amazon Exhibit, Gulf of Mexico Exhibit and the Mississippi River Gallery, as well as the large variety of fish and sharks, seahorses, jellyfish and amphibians.
Kingfish, at 337 Chartres was a lovely place for lunch.
After being reassured that all was well during a hurried phone call with my husband, who had just dropped our daughter at camp, I ordered the Louisiana Peach and Plum Salad with mixed greens, spiced pecans, blue cheese and an inventive sweet tea vinaigrette, which Mum and I shared.
After a quick look at the shops, which was all the boys could tolerate, we called into The Court of Two Sisters, which Mum remembered fondly (http://www.courtoftwosisters.com).
The restaurant is named for sisters Emma and Bertha Camors, who owned a shop at the location, providing many of New Orleans finest ladies with Mardi Gras costumes, formal gowns, lace and perfumes imported from Paris.
– the gorgeous interior of the Court of Two Sisters – the property has been significant in New Orleans since 1726
It started pouring with rain as we reached the restaurant, but we enjoyed the lovely ambiance, being dry, cozy and well looked after, our delightful waiters and the Jalapeño Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Duck Breast with a Wild Berry Gastrique.
We had to experience live New Orleans jazz at the exceptional, iconic Preservation Hall, and then, right around the corner, we sampled the fun surroundings at Pat O’Brien’s, which was converted from a speakeasy to a legitimate drinking establishment at the end of Prohibition in 1933.
We also sampled the famous, rum based Hurricane, the Alligator Tenderloin Bites served with Honey Creole Mustard Sauce and the Bread Pudding covered in a rich warm Whiskey Sauce.
The last stop before the hotel was a little nondescript bar Deja Vu, where although they have been removed from the menu, will serve the most wonderfully delicious Cajun Meat Pies on request.