I was traveling with a coworker, and on our first night as we strolled around the French Quarter, we decided we really needed a cocktail and some supper. We looked at a few menus, and she said to me, "I'm not picky at all, you can decide." And I said, "Weeeeeeell, I'm too picky and we could walk around all night looking at menus." So, I got out my trusty iPhone, which led us to Lüke for sazeracs, shrimp and grits and étouffée. It was a brilliant way to start off the trip and set the tone for the fabulous eating and drinking that ensued.
For the sake of posterity, what I ate + drank in NOLA:
Sazeracs + Etouffée
Winner for the best meal of the trip. The étouffée was perfect, and because it was my first dinner in New Orleans, all other meals were compared to this one.
Schrute Farm cocktail with vodka, dry curaçao, beet lemonade and muddled cilantro
Sparkling Mermaid cocktail with guava berry liqueur, Pama, orange juice and cava
The site of my first to go cup in New Orleans. I couldn't finish my drink before my dinner reservation at another restaurant, and the waitress said no problem and dumped my drink into a plastic cup!
The Rub - rye, apple cider vinegar, Angostura bitters and simple syrup - very smooth and very tasty.
Wood fired oysters with chili garlic butter - sadly no photo because I devoured these, but there were sooooo good!
Muffuletta + Coke
The requisite Beignets
A lot like sopapillas only with powdered sugar on top. I'm glad I tried them, but I prefer sopas!
The BEST grapefruit cocktail ever!
Roasted cauliflower with whipped feta
Octopus carpaccio with fennel and lemon
Pizza (with a lot of meat that I don't remember...)
Winner of the best cocktail. Unfortunately, I do not remember what is in this amazing drink, but it was tart and a little bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor and a gorgeous color. I could drink these all night.
Bruschetta with goat cheese, roasted butternut squash and kale pesto
My goal was definitely accomplished. I'm looking forward to more good eating in NOLA when I go back with Andrew. Surely, there will be some repeats from this list on the next trip!