Saturday, January 05, 2008

My NOLA Cuisine

New Orleans is famous for its food, and deservedly so. I've eaten in many places across the globe and I still have yet to find one place that, on the whole, compares to the food one can get here.

Sometimes I sit around and ponder what would be the best food combinations for each meal of the day. What follows is The Huck Upchuck's dream menu, with some alternatve options, for the day.

Cafe-au-lait from Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter
Croissants from La Boulangerie Bakery on Magazine Street
Huevos Rancheros from the Bluebird Cafe on Prytania Street
Pecan Waffles from Camellia Grill on Carrolton Ave.

Option 1:
Crab Fingers in Butter/Wine Sauce from Mandina's on Canal St.
Fried Oyster/Shrimp Half-n-Half Po-Boy from Crabby Jack's on Claiborne/Jefferson
Cornbread from Dunbar's (formerly on Freret St., now serving in Loyola's Law School Cafeteria)
Lebanese Iced Tea from Mona's Cafe on Carrollton Ave.

Option 2:
Fried Onion Rings from Liuzza's on Bienville
White Beans and Shrimp over Rice from Cafe Reconcile
Side Ceasar Salad at Ignatius Restaurant on Magazine
Frozen mug Rootbeer at Frostop's on Claiborne

Option 1:
Frozen Margaritas at Vera Cruz Restaurant on Maple Street
Grilled Garlic Shrimp at Lola's Restaurant on Esplanade Ave.
Carnitas, Beef, and Chorizo Tacos at Taqueria Corona on Magazine St.
Cup Custard at Galatoire's Restaurant on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter

Option 2:
Apple Martinis at Galatoire's Restaurant.
Baguettes with Garlic Butter at Lola's Restaurant on Esplanade Ave.
Fried Grits at Jacques-Imos Restaurant on Oak Street
Turtle Soup at Commander's Palace Restaurant on Washington Ave.
Green Salad at Reginelli's Pizzeria on Magazine Street
Cinnamon Smoked Port Tenderloin at Peristyle Restaurant on Dumaine Street (Peristyle Chef Tom Wolfe used to have a fantastic Double Cut Pork Chop at the now defunct Wolfe's of New Orleans Restaurant on Pontchartrain Blvd. in Lakeview)
Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce at Commander's Palace on Washington Ave. (The absolute best damn dessert in the entire universe. Honest to God. No kidding. Seriously.)

I could put together probably 10 more complete menu lists. There's so much good food I'm leaving out: Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House in the French Quarter, the Alligator Sausage Po-Boy at Ignatius, The Bacon and Cheese Omelet at Camellia Grill (and its Grill-warmed Pecan Pie), the Crawfish Etouffee at Mulate's, the Central Grocery's muffuletta, etc., etc. But I think the above list is pretty darn good. If you follow any of the options listed above for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in any one day, you'd be about as close to heavan as one can get on earth.

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