I had the good fortune to get invited to a destination wedding in New Orleans earlier this year and jumped at the chance to go. I mean, with so many different cultural influences and cuisines, what better city is there for a food lover? So here’s just a sample of all the indulgences I partook in while on vacation:
First things first, no trip to New Orleans is complete without eating beignets at the famous Cafe du Monde. They’re also known for their unique coffee blended with chicory. Get it “Au Lait” (mixed with hot milk) or a frozen slushie version like I did, because it was HOT out!
The heat was leaving us quite thirsty, and since New Orleans is the birthplace of many of our “classic cocktails”, we decided to check out the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. We got some bar snacks & ordered the namesake drink – Sazerac – made with Rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and herbsaint.
Oysters are another New Orleans staple. Raw, baked, grilled, charbroiled – doesn’t matter how you eat them, just as long as you do! We got some amazing wood-fired ones at Cochon. Don’t miss their signature pork dish, Louisiana Cochon. And make sure you save room for dessert – the fried banana split is to die for (which I paired with an excellent Black Maple Hill Rye from their extensive bourbon list)!
New Orleans is also the birthplace to Bananas Foster, a dessert made from bananas & vanilla ice cream and a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum & banana liqueur. We popped into The Ruby Slipper for brunch and I ordered up some delicious Bananas Foster french toast. Inspired by the most famous ruby slipper wearer in history (because “There’s no place like home!”), the owners of the Ruby Slipper started the restaurant as a way to welcome back to the city all those who were displaced during Hurricane Katrina and to show their gratitude for their city.
Of course, what kind of burger blogger would I be without testing out the local burger scene? The Company Burger is at the top of every NOLA’s best burger list so I went and checked it out. With a concept similar to Shake Shack, they also serve up hot dogs, milkshakes, beer and burgers. I opted for the namesake Company Burger: two patties cooked through topped with American cheese, housemade b&b pickles, and red onions on a toasted bun. I also got sweet potato fries and another Southern classic: pork rinds & pimento cheese.
So my last meal entry might not exactly be associated with New Orleans, but it is a New Orleans staple. Raising Cane’s chicken fingers is the official chicken of the New Orleans Saints football team and since Sunday was a game day, we had to partake. If you’re not familiar with Cane’s, it’s real simple: They serve fresh, never frozen chicken fingers, crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, texas toast and their own secret ingredient Cane sauce. We split a “Caniac” – a 6 piece box and honestly, I could have eaten a whole one myself. It’s just so good!
I hope you guys enjoyed the visual tour of my New Orleans trip and that bombarding you guys with all the delicious food I ate while I was away makes up for the posts that I missed. We should be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week (provided there’s not another foreign dignitary or a hurricane shutting down the city!)