Maybe I just don’t get all the hype, but I didn’t think this place was anything special. First of all you order at the counter to staff who aren’t very helpful – the woman supposed to be taking our order was conversing with another employee about how she needed some aspirin because she was so hungover! Our group ordered a variety of dishes including their special po’ boys, fried chicken po’ boys, jambalaya and bread pudding. The place wasn’t crowded when we were there, but it took forever to get our food! When it finally came, some was better than others. Two of us had fried chicken po’ boys and they looked nothing alike. My daughter’s contained thin pieces of chicken, overcooked and dry. Mine was better, but only because the pieces of chicken were thicker. The bread pudding was not “to die for” as I read in a review, rather it was wet and contained what I’m sure is canned fruit cocktail. The one thing I can say is that those who ordered jambalaya liked it and the portions were huge.
Friday ladies lunch at Galatoire’s is an event. People line up early to put their name on a list for either of two seatings. We were late, I guess, because by 10:15 we were already assigned to the second seating. Lucky for us, our friends had openings, so we got into the early seating after all. The food was delicious and the service, once again, impeccable. This is why both Commander’s Palace and Galatoire’s show up on every list of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Try the Crabmeat au Gratin for a rich, creamy seafood delight. Their Black Bottom Pecan Pie is maybe the best thing we ate in New Orleans, or ever for that matter! I wish I had the recipe!
For our last dinner in New Orleans we chose the Court of Two Sisters. The lovely courtyard setting has earned this restaurant the award for “Best Outdoor Dining in New Orleans”. The waitstaff shows Southern hospitality at its best. The food was good, but not great, prompting my husband to speculate that many of these New Orleans restaurants are living on their reputation. If I ever do find myself in New Orleans again, I would try this place for brunch as it has garnered many awards for best brunch.
After dinner we walked down to Frenchman’s Street to find a place we could go for a drink and hear some jazz. You’d think this would be easy, but we had a 20-year-old in our party, so that limited where we could get in. Frenchman’s Street is purported to house many clubs where jazz groups play and there was indeed music coming out of many doors. However, it was already later on a Sunday night, so the musicians stop playing considerably earlier than on weekends. We did find a place we could all go in and enjoyed listening to some music for a little while. Take note, though, that this is not a neighborhood you want to walk to alone at night. It’s advisable to take a taxi.