We had a few days of work/play in New Orleans and wanted to share some of our favorite dishes. We were with work folks much of the time and hated to go all-out nerd and take proper photos, so these iPhone photos will have to do. Highlights we visited were Peche, Root, Couchon, and Drago… oh and Cane and Table for beverages. Really, it’s kinda hard to go wrong, but I strongly recommend that you take time to get to know the most highly recommended places before you visit and at least try to have one or two stand-out places. We didn’t make it to Dookie Chase, and the fine Vietmanese places (milkfish, pho orchid), HerbSaint, Troups’ Meatery, Maurepas, Sylvain, GW Fins, or Boucherie… but we wanted to save some for next time.
Everything at Couchon was perfect! Shown here is the Pork Jowl/Arugula Salad, Louisiana Couchon, Pork Rinds, Cabbage, and Turnips, And Meyer Lemon Tart
Root was our kinda place. We waited at the bar for our table and saw some very creative dishes going by and on the wall were their latest pickles and vinegars. Shown is the Backyard Bonfire (click for ingredients), the daily Amuse, a mixed charcuterie, sausage, and pickle platter… all house-cured and amazing, I’d forget everything that was on it but let me just say it was blow-your-head-off good! and we ate on leftovers the rest of the trip, we had no idea it was going to be such a large platter. Then crispy pigs ears, which, if I’m honest, were a little under-seasoned for my taste and Miso Buttermilk Biscuits with unreal Tea Brined Wings. GO HERE IF YOU GO TO NOLA!!
Drago made the list just because it was our first stop and first taste of NOLA with a Pasta-laya and Shrimp Po-Boy.
There was lots more, and here’s some random photos. You will definitely come back full, tired, and hung-over if you go!