New Orleans Restaurant Round-Up (Part Two)

And the eating continued...

4. Latitude 29

Latitude 29 was a pleasant little surprise after a two-hour Drink and Learn tour in the French Quarter. Even though we were not totally in need of another drink, we were very much in need of a plate of food. This little tiki bar was recommended to us by our tour guide and unexpectedly served up some of the best steak and frites I've ever had. I mean, I was a little tipsy but I still stand behind this meal 100%. The steak was so deliciously tender and the fries were cut shoestring style, piping hot and nice and crispy! Mmmm....Immediately after we finished, I glanced at Tyler to ask if it would be ridiculous to order another serving. Unfortunately, we did not.
Note: If you don't mind drinking something sweet, try their signature Latitude 29. I've also heard that they make one of the best 'tiki-style' hurricanes in the city. Be sure to go in the afternoon to take advantage of the Happy Hour menu like we did.

What we we

  • Steak and Frites
  • Latitude 29 Tiki Drinks

My Menu Favourite

  • Steak and Frites

5. Mais Arepas

After months of Instagram stalking and drooling over my iPhone, I finally got to try some of the amazing food being served at this quaint little Columbian-Creole restaurant. Since I've been home, people continue to ask what my favourite restaurant was in New Orleans, and I would have to say that Mais Arepas takes the win! The type of food served here is so different from anything I've had, or would make at home, that it blew me away. I've seen a lot of Instagram hype over these so-called 'Arepas' but never had the chance to try one myself, and let me tell you I think I picked one of the best places to have my first. The meat was tender, the arepa was freshly made, hot and delicious and the whole thing was so flavorful that my taste buds couldn't even handle it. They also serve pitchers of red sangria, which is always a win in my books.
Note: They have pictures of all their menu items on Facebook. If you simply click on the menu item that you are drooling over in their handy 'Menu' app, it will pop-up with a picture!

What we ate

  • Ceviche de Camaron - Jumbo Louisiana shrimp marinated in citrus, red onions, tomatoes, jalapeños & cilantro. Served over avocado.
  • Cerda Arepa - Colombian-style pulled pork, maduros, pickled onions & cotija cheese.
  • Carnicera Arepa - Grilled skirt steak, maduros, avocado & cranberry beans (cooked with pork belly).
  • A pitcher of red sangria

My Menu Favourite

  • Cerda Arepa - Colombian-style pulled pork, maduros, pickled onions & cotija cheese.

District Donuts Instagram feed the day we visited.

6. District Donuts

Ok, if you really want to be hangry, jealous and hating the fact that these amazing donuts aren't just around the block from you every morning, then do what I did and follow @districtdonuts on Instagram. Each day it's like a little punch in the stomach that says, 'Hey, look at me, I'm a gourmet freshly-dipped cookie dough donut and you can't have me.' But sometimes, I like to eat things with my eyes and so yes, they continue to torment me day in and day out. I started following District Donuts around mid-January, so by the time the end of March rolled around and I set foot in New Orleans, I had to have one of these crazy donuts! And after two rounds of beignets in the days before, my stomach was ready for the challenge. I'll have to say that I was a little disappointed that 'Today's Donuts' didn't include the root beer float, cookie dough, banana split or peanut butter cup flavours, however I won't hold it against them for the mere fact that they have created these flavours in the first place.
Note: Although the donuts were mouth-watering, I think my favourite part of this meal was the breakfast sandwich! I would give my left arm for some more of that miso praline maple bacon.

What we ate

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Donut
  • Miso Praline Maple Bacon and Egg Biscuit
  • Almond Joy Donut

My Menu Favourite

  • Miso Praline Maple Bacon and Egg Biscuit

 

7. Dat Dog

We came across Dat Dog while touring down Magazine Street in New Orlean's Garden District. It was a hot, sunny day and the large, bright-coloured patio seemed to be calling our names. There were SO many places that I could have ate on this street; Arana Taqueria, Salu, Riginelli's Pizzeria - just to name a few. However, Dat Dog seemed entertaining and laid-back, which was exactly what we were looking for. It was nothing fancy, but I got to sit on a patio in the sun and so I was more then happy. They serve mostly gourmet hotdogs and french fries, hence the name, and by gourmet I mean alligator, crawfish and duck sausages served in a fresh bun and topped with whatever you would like, for no extra charge! Not to worry for those of you that don't like to venture too far away from your pork hotdog with ketchup, they also have a ton of mainstream options.
Note: Try one of their homemade sodas from the bar and if you don't know what to get on your 'dog', let the kitchen dress it for you!

What we ate

  • Gator Dog dressed by the kitchen
  • Crawfish Dog with Creole Mustard and some other things I can't remember...
  • Cheddar Bacon Ranch French Fries

My Menu Favourite

  • Cheddar Bacon Ranch French Fries

8. Shaya

As I mentioned in Part One of the New Orleans Restaurant Round-Up, Domenica was the first of two Chef Alon Shaya restaurants I ate at during my trip, can you guess what the other one was? You got it, Shaya! Chef Alon hits the mark again with an amazing atmosphere, friendly wait staff and a unique variety of modern Israeli cuisine. To start, guest are offered pita pillows hot out of the brick oven that is located in the back corner of the restaurant. Don't worry if you eat the whole thing in mere seconds because it will continued to be offered all throughout the meal. The hummus, oh the hummus! It's whipped so fine that not a single grain of chickpea remains - amazing! Not to mention the falafels, pickled veggies, roasted beets and babka for dessert. Everyone needs some Shaya in their life!
Note: It's quite fancy in here, dress up if you're looking to fit in.

What we ate

  • Curried Fried Cauliflower Hummus with caramelized onions, cilantro and mint
  • Roasted Beets with yogurt, dill and black pepper
  • Pickled Vegetables, red onion, cauliflower, and cucumbers
  • Falafel, cabbage salad and cucumber tzatziki
  • Warm Chocolate Babka with poppy seeds, tahini and halva ice cream

My Menu Favorite

  • It's a tie between the Cauliflower Hummus and the Warm Chocolate Babka