To return to NO after a 20 year hiatus was a test of "what was" to "what is" to the extreme. We sandwiched two days before and after a cruise in our favorite city. The weather was horrible so our plans turned to New Orleans most prominent activity, eating
Primarily on the strength of the reviews here we hailed a cab and headed to the Treme. I couldn't believe it cost ten bucks to get there, but remember I live in a place that doesn't even have cabs. The rather unassuming exterior didn't scream greatness but the food overcame all.
The place as less than pristine, the remnants of what was a hectic lunch were on the floor, confirmed when the Charming Bride dropped an ear ring and were close to hands and knees to find it. The server was very pleasant. The menu is simple but clear. We could tell from the smells wafting through the very small establishment we were in for a treat.
She ordered the chicken with a side of butter beans. I had the smothered veal with red beans and rice. We both had cornbread.
The chicken had a coating that was heavy, but unbelievably good. Without reserve the best fried chicken I have ever eaten. The butter beans were sweet and snappy at the same time. The veal had a kick to it that i can still taste The red beans and rice were good enough to be a meal of their own. The cornbread had a tang to it that the Charming Bride, an accomplished cook on her own, attributed to the meal. I don't know the source nor do I care. I was ready to move in.
In my humble opinion, I don't think I can ever come to NO without lunch here.
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