The Crescent City

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Places I like (or don't like) to hit when I find myself in New Orleans.
  • 4.0 Sterne

    I'm not sure how I've missed reviewing Brennan's, but time to remedy that. Granted, it's been a few years since I've been, including one visit pre-Katrina. Anyway...

    My experience was absolutely fabulous. The service was impeccable, the food was tasty, and the ambiance couldn't be beat. I'm not sure if they still do this, but they used to have a 3 course prix fixe menu for brunch consisting of 3 courses and a "bottomless" mimosa. I got the creole onion soup, similar to a French onion, but with a bit more kick to it, shrimp sardou, and the crepes fitzgerald for dessert. I'd eat hollandaise on a brick and theirs was particularly good. I disagree that it's used to mask "poor quality" ingredients. It's a traditional French sauce that's actually fairly difficult to make well and a staple of most New Orleans cooking. Complaining about hollandaise is like complaining about a New Orleans restaurant serving red beans & rice on a Monday.

    Should I find myself back in New Orleans, I would definitely stop here again. Sure, it's pricey, but it's a lot of fun to get a little dressed up and waste a Saturday morning/early afternoon eating and drinking more calories than should be legal.

  • 500 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    Hookah Cafe is a fun place to hang out, have a few cocktails, and enjoy the ambiance. They also have belly dancers on occasion, which is a nice diversion and break from unsolicited live music. I try to go at least once when I'm down there. I don't smoke, so I can't say how the whole hookah situation works out. The people I was with seemed to enjoy it, though, so I'll defer to them.

    I always enjoyed the Bananas Foster martini and the fried goat cheese small plate. Only in New Orleans could you get a drink that's actually largely faithful to the dish that inspired it. It's in a touristy part of town, but all the times I went, it was only moderately crowded. I guess with so many options, it spreads people out a bit more. It can be a bit on the pricey side and I think they require a minimum number of people to order a hookah (but I could be wrong), so keep that in mind if you decide to go.

  • 923 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    Okay, so I don't particularly like salami or olives. Or both together on a sandwich. However, my native New Orleanean boyfriend insisted that I try it. When in Rome...

    It was good. I was actually really surprised that I liked it. I didn't love it and I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another one unless someone I was with wanted it. It's definitely big enough for two people, maybe even three. The bread was probably my favorite part of it all. I could eat that all day. It's also reasonably priced, which is another plus. I'm sure it's a lot better if you actuall like salami and olives together on a sandwich, but hey, if I managed to eat a quarter of it, there has to be some kind of voodoo in it.

  • 610 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    As is already established, I have a lot of tattoos. I got my 6th tattoo here in December '07. They're in a busy and touristy area of the French Quarter, which I'm sure is both a blessing and a curse. My host and I had been drinking down the street at Hookah Cafe and , I decided it would be a *great* idea to get a fleur de lis tattooed on my left wrist.

    The shop itself was clean and well run. They only took cash for tattoos, but since they had taken my id, I had to send my friend to the bar next door with my ATM card to get the necessary cash. The guy working the counter was friendly and helpful. I don't recall the name of the guy who tattooed me, but he did a fine job.

    I give the shop three stars because everything was just "fine". I would've appreciated it if they'd allowed me to have my id back so I could've gone and gotten the cash myself. The tattoo itself was a faithful rendering of flash, but nothing really special. The line work was a bit shaky, but not horrible. I eventually ended up having it covered up for unrelated reasons.

    If you go, I'm sure you'll have a "fine" experience.

  • 3605 S Carrollton Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Vereinigte Staaten
    2.0 Sterne

    My (ex) boyfriend's family sung the praises of this place. They kept saying what a great Chinese restaurant it was. The last night I was in town for one of my visits, they took me there for dinner. I love Chinese food, so I was pretty happy to go.

    Now, why only two stars? It gave me the WORST indigestion ever. I was in pain for a good 24 hours after I ate there. It was the first and only time that's happened when I've eaten Chinese, so I can only assume that the problem was with their preparation rather than the fact I just can't tolerate certain ingredients. Definitely wouldn't go back and probably wouldn't recommend it to someone else.

  • 3102 Magazine St
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    Cheap, great looking shoes. Every time I visit New Orleans, I have to stop here. I usually come out with 2-3 pairs and my wallet not much lighter than when I came in. I've had some pairs for several years and still get compliments on them when I wear them. They've got every style and they're more trendy, but hey, for $20/pair, I'll chase a trend.

    I like to find stuff on my own, so the service was just fine. It was usually fairly slow when I would go in there, so checking out was fast and I was happily on my way with my new purchases. Now we just need one (or twelve) of these in Atlanta.

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