Just coming back from a quick weekend in NOLA. We stayed at the Hyatt French Quarter. It was a great location and the hotel looks really good from the re-model. Very comfortable stay.
We started off with a drink and quick bite from Saints & Sinners. Nothing to really write about. Expensive drink and mediocre crab cake but wanted to check it out. I wouldn’t bother again.
We did GW Fins for dinner and it was outstanding from start to finish. The whole weekend was for our anniversary and GW Fins had some cute confetti and a special take home menu printed for us. We had the lobster dumpings – which were so delicious we ate them before we could even comment on them! Entrées were the sautéed John Dory – which was melt in your fantastic. And the Swordfish – cooked to perfection. The meal was delicious and the restaurant definitely lived up to my expectations. From there it was on to dance with the devil – aka Pat O’Brien. Great night!
The next day was brunch at Commander’s Palace. My husband had never been and he was so impressed. They really rolled out the red carpet (as always) and made us feel like they had opened that day just for us. The food seemed to just keep coming and the jazz was so fun. We spent over 2 hours just smiling and eating. Then it was just exploring the Quarter and shopping around. We had reservations at Muriel’s that night but were honestly so full from our brunch and the formality of it – we decided to for go and opted for a burger and a beer on Bourbon Street partly because the lure of college football was too great with all the TV’s in Bayou Burgers. And honestly – the meal was really good. Cold Abita in a frosty mug and a thick burger in melty cheese was just what we were craving.
The next morning was brunch at Red Gravy – which was the meal I most was excited about. We just had to wait about 10 min for a seat, which wasn’t bad. After experiencing all the wonderful service in the prior meals, it was a bit shocking to start hearing “no” as soon as we walked through the door. I had read so much about the Polpetta Omelet but was quickly told it wasn’t on the Sunday Brunch menu and I couldn’t get it. Ok – that was fine – there was a lot of other yummy looking choices. One table next to us had asked to split their check and there was a fuss about that with the wait staff. One person at the door told them it was fine but the waitress had a fit and called out the girl at the door loudly about it. Kind of a awkward moment in the dining for them and those around them. After seeing another table order the chicken and waffles – that was what my husband decided on. I chose the benedict. After the food came out – my husband got a leg and a thigh with his dish. He’s a white meat fan and had saw the other two tables get breasts with their meal so he asked if he could get white meat and was told they didn’t have any. So all in all – the food was good but a few of the circumstances didn’t leave me with that great experience feeling. I’d probably try it again but would be more than likely to try a different place first.
As always – can’t wait to get back to NOLA. Time to start planning the next trip!