Aaron and I grew up visiting New Orleans on occasion when we were kids. It was a destination to bring out of town guests and a way view Louisiana culture first hand. Yung and I flew there last week to stay with Aaron for a few days. It was my first time spending more than 48 hours in the city, and also the first time I clogged up a toilet. Yes, ya’ll. Aaron is now the proud owner of 3 plungers, and we are all experts at toilet unclogging. It took 12 hours to solve (A REAL conundrum), and I don’t think the toilet has ever been cleaner.
Other than our bathroom fun, we did some touristy things and had some yummy food. There is so much more to New Orleans besides the French Quarter, and we enjoyed getting to know the city a little better. Miraculously, we ran 3/4 of the days we visited in Audubon Park. I am obsessed with big oak trees with Spanish moss. New Orleans also happens to be a very colorful city. Has anyone else noticed that? I loved seeing the brightly colored homes with large porches surrounded by lush greenery.
A good portion of our time was spent checking out restaurants, and here are some favorites that we tried during our trip:
- Cafe Du Monde: You cannot (or should not) leave New Orleans without eating beignets and drinking cafe au lait. Cafe Du Monde is in the heart of the French Quarter, and a great option for an out of this world fried donut experience.
- Morning Call: My preferred location to get beignets. Right inside City Park, and adjacent to the sculpture garden.
- Pierre Maspero’s: We ate here in the French Quarter, and it was actually pretty good. Southern Creole at its best. Really delicious pistoulettes. A bit over priced, but expected, as it is right in the tourist hub.
- Parasol’s: Poboys! Really delicious.
- Kin: Teeny little ramen restaurant.
- Dong Phuong Bakery: Omg ya’ll. Here’s what happened, we went in, got some pate chaud (if you’re like me and didn’t know what a pate chaud is…go straight to Dong Phuong), ate them all in our car, and then ran in to get more.
- District Donuts: We had breakfast here, but we’ve heard the sliders are good too.
- Rue de la Course: Cool coffee shop
- Willie Mae’s Scotch House: Not fried chicken for the poor, but actually pretty decent.
- Hansen’s Sno Bliz: Snow cones! Expect a line. They have very unique fruit flavors. And try the grapefruit and coconut!
- Atomic Burger: This looks like In and Out vs Sonic vs Whataburger, but it is not! We tried the slider box, so we tasted all the different burgers. Fries are GOOD! Edamame is available for those that are watching their figure.
Thanks for a great time, NOLA. Catch you on the flip side.