Besides all of the sightseeing, wandering, and photography that took place over the course of three days, there was a lot of eating done over the course of three days, as well. Like, no-crumb-left-behind-kind of eating. We were all really excited to try New Orleans and southern cuisine because it wasn’t familiar and they have a lot unique dishes and recipes. Sure, you can get food anywhere, but the experience is all part of the journey.
Obviously, we needed beignets, stat. The most popular destination in New Orleans to get your beignets in Café du Monde and it is also the biggest tourist attraction in the city. You can stand in line for hours waiting just to get a tiny table inside the cramped (but adorable) eating area, or go around back and to the walk-though beignet window (yes, that is a thing) which only took about twenty minutes. Another great place and far less crowded to get your beignets in Café Beignet New Orleans. There are a few Cafes around the city serving beignets, coffee, and other delicious pastries.
After the beignets, we started our food journey at the Court of Two Sisters were we ate an all you can eat buffet style brunch while listening to an amazing jazz band. It was a great way to dive into food (literally) and try a little bit of everything we wanted to eat at once to see what we liked and what we weren't totally sold on yet.
Another priority for our taste buds and food experience-must was eating on cast iron balcony. It’s all about the esthetics and the environment, people. We ate at two amazing balcony bars: Cornet and Royal House. At Cornet we had the taste of New Orleans again and tried a little bit of everything: gumbo, jambalaya, and even crawfish mac & cheese (which was hands down my favorite). We just sat in the in center of the balcony, listened to the wild sounds of Bourbon Street below us, and enjoyed the sun. At Royal House, the streets below won’t be as noisy or crowded as Bourbon so you can relax while enjoying your meal. Get in early for dinner, because by the line starts to form outside door and around the corner after seven.
And the last place to eat that is a must is Castnet for seafood and fried food. It is about a twenty-minute drive outside of the city (from the French Quarters) but is worth the drive. The place was packed and everyone wanted the same thing: crawfish. It was insane and completely worth the wait. You can sit inside or sit outside under an umbrella all while enjoying your fresh or fried food.
Well, I'm hungry now.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
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