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bayona1

Chef Susan Spicer never ceases to amaze with her unique culinary creations, combining tastes from Italy, France, Spain, North Africa, and various areas around the United States. The restaurant is situated in the heart of the French Quarter, housed in a charming 200-year-old creole cottage with a beautiful courtyard.  My husband, Judge, often says that the best meal he’s ever had was at Bayona. The menu changes regularly, providing diners with a unique culinary experience during each visit. Cozy, romantic, beautifully decorated dining rooms await you. Favorite dishes include Veal sweetbreads, Duck Liver Pate, Cream of Garlic soup, Crispy Smoked Quail Salad, Sautéed Pompano, Fennel Pepper-crusted Lamb Loin, Seared Scallops, Hazelnut and Almond Dacquoise (dessert cake).

Address 430 Dauphine St New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone (504)525-4455
Website http://www.bayona.com

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irenesnola

Housed in a new location on Bienville St, Irene’s remains one of the most desired dining spots in the city. The restaurant is owned by Irene DiPietro, with many of her family members assisting in its day-to-day operations. It offers an array of Sicilian-inspired dishes, ranging from Oysters Irene to Lasagna Bolognese, with many delectable options in-between!  Guests begin their culinary experience with a complimentary serving of bruschetta. The wait staff is extremely attentive and knowledgeable.  The atmosphere is typical Italian—loud and festive, with an array of mouth-watering aromas filling the air. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of wines, with a concentration on Italian fine wines. I can honestly say that we have had such great times and delicious food during each of our numerous visits. Take a minute to visit the website to read about Irene’s family story and history of the restaurant.  Being of Sicilian decent, it was quite interesting to me!

Address 529 Bienville Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 529-8811
Website http://irenesnola.com

 

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dsire1

Situated in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Desire Oyster Bar is located on the corner of Bourbon St and Bienville St. It offers its guests flavorful Creole and Cajun eats in a casual, relaxed setting in the heart of the French Quarter.  Take a seat at the raw bar for delicious shucked raw or chargrilled oysters or at one of the tables in their beautifully redesigned (2015) dining room.

Judge and I often pop into this establishment while strolling around the French Quarter. I am a self-proclaimed roast beef po’ boy addict!  This is one of my favorite roast beef po’boys in the city. The Hot Roast Beef and Gravy Po’boy is perfectly displayed on a plate, with the debris (morsels of beef that fall, as it’s roasting, to the bottom of the pan) gravy placed on the side in a ramekin. This allows for the diner to pour the gravy over the sandwich just prior to consuming it, which prevents the bread from becoming too soggy.  It’s traditionally a very messy sandwich, calling for the availability of numerous napkins!! In addition to the delicious roast beef po’ boy, they offer an array of other dishes. In particular, the cornmeal-battered shrimp and oysters (offered on a po’boy/platter/atop a salad) are generous in size and perfectly fried to a gentle crisp.

Address 300 Bourbon St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 553-2281
Website http://www.sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans/desireoysterbar

 

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mrbistro

Judge and I often forget about this little gem in the French Quarter. The other day, we were walking around the city and decided on a whim to dine here.  We were able to grab a couple of seats at the bar.  Our evening started off with the Buster Crab and Crispy Fried Oysters, followed by the Baby Iceberg Lettuce and Beet Salad. We then shared an entrée portion of the Mr. B’s Barbequed Shrimp, which included our own personal aprons. The food was perfectly prepared and the atmosphere lively and festive!

Side note: Mr. B’s is famous for its Barbequed Shrimp.  The exact recipe can be found here: http://www.mrbsbistro.com/recipes_shrimp.php

Judge has prepared this recipe for our family several times and I will attest to its perfection!! Don’t forget lots of crispy French bread for dipping!! The amount of butter will probably set you back a bit in the weight/cardiac health department, but I promise it will be totally worth it!!

Address 201 Royal St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 523-2078
Website http://www.mrbsbistro.com/
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grisgris

1800 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504)272-0241
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Such a fitting name for this eating establishment! You are guaranteed to bring upon yourself a delicious dining experience! Opening its doors in August of 2018 under the direction of owner and Executive Chef Eric Cook (formerly of Commander’s Palace, Tommy’s Cuisine, American Sector and Bourbon House), Gris Gris has been wowing its guests with traditional New Orleans cuisine served in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the “Chef’s Table” on the first floor, you’ll be fascinated watching Cook run the inner-workings of his fine-tuned kitchen operation. The staff appeared to be having fun under the direction of the respectful yet get-down-to-business executive chef. Cook is also quite engaging with his guests as he personally presents each dish along your culinary journey. You also have the added benefit of watching dishes being plated prior to deciding on your own personal menu selections. Other seating options include a second-floor dining room and large bar, as well as, beautiful patio seating.

Personal favorite dishes include the Oyster BLT (basically a deconstructed BLT accompanied by fried oysters—awesomeness!!), Pork Belly and Watermelon (a strange, but perfectly-suited combination), Cast Iron Seared Fish and Shrimp (served with fresh zucchini and squash-somewhat healthy alternative) and the Creole Redfish Court-Bouillon (a whole creole-fried redfish served with a deliciously rich tomato sauce, popcorn rice and a charred lemon half).  Complete your meal with one of the three dessert options: bread pudding, a creamy praline pecan pie or a slice of the chocolate cheesecake.

Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are highly recommended. Private dining and event space is available in the Samedi Room, a two-floored area showcasing a private kitchen, private bathroom, private balconies and a beautiful wooden 12 seat capacity dining table. Check out the restaurant’s website for pics!

Get your Gris Gris on and mosey on down to this “popular with the locals” dining establishment!!

This is our favorite area of the city, more subdued and artsy!

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carre, is the epicenter of the city of New Orleans. It’s home to Bourbon St, incredible architecture, eclectic street performers, and numerous hotels, bars and restaurants.

  • Visit Jackson Square
  • Attend Mass or tour St Louis Cathedral
  • Check out local artists displaying their work in Jackson Square
  • Take a horse and carriage ride
  • Visit Café Du Monde for an order of beignets and a cup of café au lait
  • Walk along the mighty Mississippi River
  • Take a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
  • Have lunch with the resident ghost at Muriel’s
  • Check out the many art galleries along Chartres and Royal Streets
  • Take a Ghost Tour
  • Visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  • Find a place to enjoy a dozen raw or chargrilled oysters and a cold beer
  • Dress up in your fancy attire and snag a table at Galatoire’s
  • Stop for a moment and tip a street performer (some of them are fascinating and oh so talented, others not so much)
  • Buy local produce and souvenirs at the French Market
  • Try the infamously scrumptious brisket at Tujaque’s
  • Purchase a funky, not-so-politically correct t-shirt at one of the many souvenir shops
  • Do a body shot at Coyote Ugly (or not!!!)
  • Enjoy a romantic meal, in a semi-private booth, while listening to live jazz at the Bombay Club
  • Visit the Museum of Death (if you’re into that kind of sick stuff!)
  • Take a bike or Segway tour
  • Suck down a Hand Grenade or a Hurricane
  • Listen to talented musicians at Preservation Hall or The House of Blues
  • Sip on a cocktail while rotating around the Carousel Bar
  • Be a rebel and walk around the city with an open container of alcohol
  • Women-show your tatas for a nice pair of beads (or not!!)
  • Men-the same rules don’t apply to you so keep it contained or end up in Central Lockup
  • Just be yourself (within reason) and have a splendid time!!

 

Mama's Red Gravy Recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Yellow Onions (finely chopped)
  • 5 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 (6 oz) cans Tomato Paste
  • 1 (30 oz) can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1 (2 oz) can Anchovies with Capers or Flat Fillets secret ingredient—don’t leave it out!
  • 1/2 tsp Anise Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary Leaves
  • 4 Cups water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Warm olive oil in a large pot (preferably a cast iron pot). Add finely chopped onions, garlic and parsley.   Saute onions until clear. Add tomato paste, cook until dark red in color (approx. 10 mins), stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add tomato sauce, sugar (optional) and anchovies (including the oil). Stir well and cook for approximately 15 minutes. Add all seasonings and water. Stir well. Cook slowly over med/low heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. If sauce becomes too thick, add water to achieve desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

-Remember that the anchovies are naturally salty; therefore, wait for a bit to add additional salt.
-Sugar is optional, but it does tone down the bite of the tomato sauce/paste. My precious mother added sugar to EVERYTHING!!!
-My family has always referred to this sauce as red gravy. Most of you probably call it spaghetti sauce. That?s a debate topic for a later post!
-This recipe makes a pretty large quantity of red gravy. I often double the recipe and freeze the excess in quart-sized zipper bags for later use.
Buon Appetito!!!

I would categorize Doris Metropolitan as a Mediterranean steakhouse and a darn delicious one at that!! The ambiance is second to none, with mostly white walls lined with fine bottles of wine, chic lighting and elegance that you will surely enjoy! They are known for their dry-aged beef and extensive wine offerings. Highly recommend the Beetroot appetizer! The restaurant also houses its own butchery.

Name Doris Metropolitan
Address 620 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 267-3500
Website URL http://dorismetropolitan.com/en/new-orleans

 

Serving traditional French Creole cuisine in a uniquely New Orleans atmosphere. Dining at Galatoire’s is all about the experience! The key to achieving this experience is to secure a table in the main lower-level dining room, which is often not an easy task. Patrons who frequent this establishment have developed a relationship with a server, who then provides his or her contact information to be used to secure a future table. Reservations are taken only for the second-floor dining room.

Galatoire’s is one of the few restaurants in the city that enforces a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket after 5pm every evening and all day Sunday. If you arrive without a jacket, they will gladly provide you with one from their private stash. The dress code for lunch is business casual, with gentlemen being required to wear collared shirts.

Restaurant Name Galatoire’s
Address 209 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 525-2021
Website www.galatoires.com
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