New Orleans Restaurant Round-Up (Part One)

Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde is just to the right of this picture.

Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde is just to the right of this picture.

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Do you see this powdered sugar?!

Do you see this powdered sugar?!

1. Cafe Du Monde

Oh, Cafe Du Monde, what high hopes I had for you! The place that 'everyone MUST go' to try a famous beignet. Lets get something straight here, a beignet is basically just deliciously fried dough topped with more icing sugar then one person should ever consume; so it's never going to be BAD. However, after visiting Cafe Beignet (see below) this place just didn't compare. I'm an atmosphere person and for anyone who has happened to walk by Cafe Du Monde in Jackson Square, I'm sure you witnessed the endless lines of people waiting to get their hands on one of these famous beignets. I'll give them credit, the line moved exceptionally fast and I was still able to sip on my hurricane from Pat O'Briens, because its New Orleans and that's what people do. Once we made it to the front of the line, we were quickly hurried towards any table that had just emptied, leaving us sitting in a mess of icing sugar from the family that had just left. The waitress was quick to clean the mess and take our order. This is where the story gets good. Our beautiful, world-famous beignet arrives! And I quickly think to myself, how the heck do people eat these things? Who cares, we're on vacation - lets dig in! Ha! As I pick up my first bite I am immediately covered in icing sugar from head-to-toe. No joke, icing sugar is like the STD of the baking world. We start to look around and pick up on others strategies. The table of women beside us are in a fit of laughter as they all lean as far over the table as they can to take their next bite. As I glance towards Tyler with a huge bite in his mouth, I can't help but burst out in a laugh, which is followed by a huge POOF and an icing sugar cloud that surrounds our whole table. For this story alone, I'm happy that we went to Cafe Du Monde and I would encourage others to go and give it a try. You just have to!
Note: Do not wear anything black here, white would be ideal.

What we ate

  • A Beignet of course!

 

Fried Kale and Roasted Cauliflower with whipped feta

Fried Kale and Roasted Cauliflower with whipped feta

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

2. Domenica

I know, I know, I go to New Orleans on vacation and end up eating at an Italian restaurant, what's up with that? I'll tell you whats up with that. Domenica was an all-around amazing experience. From the attentive and extremely friendly wait-staff to the amazing food and homey atmosphere, I could eat here every night. We happened to walk by the following night to see our waiter conversing with a new table and I have to admit I was a little jealous. This was the first of two Chef Alon Shaya restaurants I tried in New Orleans and I've got to say, it's no wonder this man wins awards!
Note: Get limoncello with dessert.

What we ate

  • Roasted cauliflower with sea salt and whipped feta
  • Fried tuscan kale with pine nuts, tomato and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Prosciutto pizza with tomato, fresh mozzarella, arugula
  • Special tiramisu

My Menu Favourite

  • The pizza crust was amazing! The fried kale was also pretty great.

 

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Beignets and a breakfast sandwich!

Beignets and a breakfast sandwich!

Mmmm Iced Cafe Mocha...

Mmmm Iced Cafe Mocha...

3. Cafe Beignet

It's 10 a.m. on Bourbon St. The sidewalks are being hosed down from the amount of booze, bodily fluids and who knows what else hit them the night before. The street is mostly filled with tourists, the odd homeless person and that guy that just never went to bed. We hear some live jazz and wander in that direction. In an oasis between strip joints and 24-hour bars you'll find Musical Legends Park and behind that is where you'll find Cafe Beignet. Always bustling with people and a little hard to snag a seat, Cafe Beignet is the perfect little courtyard to start your day in. We managed to get a seat in the sunshine and enjoyed some live music while waiting for our food to arrive. These beignets, while to an untrained eye might seem underwhelming, were so delicious! They were warm on the inside and they had the perfect amount of icing sugar-to-donut ratio. Also, they serve three in one order, what more can I say! We learned from our experience at Cafe Du Monde and used a fork and knife this time around. Not as much fun but I managed to keep my clothes clean!
Note: Order an Iced Cafe Mocha to wash it all down, Mmmm!

What we ate

  • An order of Beignets
  • Breakfast sandwich on a croissant with scrambled eggs, bacon and white cheddar

My Menu Favourite

  • The Beignets! However, the croissant on the breakfast sandwich was super flaky and delicious as well.

 

FoodFest!

FoodFest!

Cherry Snoball.

Cherry Snoball.

Grape Snoball.

Grape Snoball.

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Baked Alaska from Antoine's

Baked Alaska from Antoine's

4. NOLA FoodFest

FoodFest is a weekend-long food festival that takes up four blocks in the French Quarter and offers hometown eats from all across America. The booths offered anything from Texas BBQ and Arizona Cheese Tamales to the famous Baked Alaska served at Antoine's restaurant in New Orleans. If we weren't still full from the three beignets at breakfast I think we would have tried a few more dishes!

What we ate

  • Blackened Catfish Po'boy with creole sauce
  • Snoballs from Plum St. Snoballs!

My Menu Favourite

  • The Snoball!