When we arrived in New Orleans all bets of maintaining some semblance of diet self control went right out the window. In fact, we consciously decided that we intended to eat our way through this amazing city.
Beignets in New Orleans
First we just HAD to try beignets as everyone we knew recommended them. So we immediately headed for the famous Cafe DuMonde only to realize that everyone else went there too. There were two lines, both down the next block. Ain't nobody got time for that!
So we walked a block back down Decatur St to New Orleans Famous Beignets and Coffee.
We stood third in line for an assortment of flakey southern pastries. We ordered sweet original, peach-filled, and a pig-noy (sausage on a stick wrapped in beignet deliciousness). Everything was fresh and delicious, and tasted even better knowing we escaped the ridiculous tourist frenzy down the street.
Dinner and Live Jazz Music in New Orleans
This is a must-do for everyone, but we discovered that finding just the right place is harder than you might think. We started our search on Frenchman Street and ended up at Maison watching the talented New Orleans Jazz Vipers play.
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Don't read that wrong, there's tons of live jazz in the city. I'm commenting on the fact that it's hard to find a place with a killer mid-range menu where the music isn't deafeningly loud and the seating isn't so cramped that your neighbor might put their elbow in your gumbo.
Maison has a small, creative dinner menu. I ordered the glazed duck with andouille cornbread stuffing and spicy cabbage. The bread pudding here was the best I've ever had! Save room for it! And don't forget to look up from your plate and enjoy the live tap dancers and people swing dancing. Such a cool vibe here.
Where to get a Po'Boy in New Orleans
If you're in the French Quarter stop into NOLA Po'Boys for an authentic southern sandwich.
Signs say their fried meat Po'Boys are spicy, but we split the savory roast beef one, and it isn't spicy at all. Bring your appetite, roll up your sleeves, and grab a few napkins for this one!
Breakfast in the Garden District
Every online search for breakfast in the Garden District turns up a cute little place called Surreys, so that's where we headed on our last morning in Nola. When we arrived (11am on a Thursday) there was a 2-hour. I simply refuse to wait that long for a meal so we went a few blocks down the road to District Donuts Sliders and Brew.
Along with bomb gourmet Donuts, and chocolate milk on tap, Nick got a savory pork belly slider and immediately regretted only ordering one.
I tried their Monte Cristo "Croquenut" griddled donut sandwich. It's basically a hot ham, havarti, and dijon sandwich on an unglazed donut topped with powdered sugar and raspberry jam. Epic eating!