My friends Julie & Barbara had never been to New Orleans. Neither had my husband, Patrick. So about a month or so ago we decided to take a road trip. After a visit to our local AAA office, we planned our route and on Easter Sunday we headed out in our friend’s Prius and off we went.
We took a day and half to get there and settled in to our great 2 bedroom suite at the Staybridge Suites on Tchoupotoulas Street right at the edge of the French Quarter. After a short rest, we took a walk down by the river and into the French Quarter and foundour first music spot at Cafe Beignet where a fun Dixie jazz band from Germany were playing. Later on, it was crawfish etouffee, gumbo, red beans and rice, fried green tomatoes and biscuits at a local 24 hour spot called Daisy Dukes. This was a great introduction to the tasty treats waiting for us all over town.
My one and only must go to restaurant was Cochon where I had been a few years earlier with my friend, Debbie. It has become one of NOLA’s top eateries and after another fantastic meal there, I know why. We had wood fired oysters with garlic butter, grilled shrimp with chow chow, onion braised pork cheeks with grits, favas, radishes & crushed herbs, grilled pork shoulder with pimento cheese & celery salad, smoked ham hock with red beans, rice & pickled peppers, louisiana cochon with turnips, cabbage & cracklins, rabbit & dumplings with sides of smothered greens and lima beans. To say we had enough food is an understatement. Everything was cooked wonderfully and each taste was distinct and special. Of course, my favorite had to be the cochon with cracklins. MMM good! We thought we’d try for dessert but nothing on the menu jumped out at us. Probably because our stomachs were quite happy.
By the next day, the 4 of us, who generally eat very healthy foods and not much fried food at all, were ready for some cleansing. The way we did this was by eating lots of oysters for the remainder of the trip. Wherever we went, I ordered oysters and had my fix of those by the end of our time in NOLA.
While eating in New Orleans is definitely a top priority we did get in a lot of walking and even dancing to the music that was all over town. I’ll be looking forward to our next visit.All the best, Zita