Deanie’s Seafood

Sometimes you visit a restaurant and select a dish you want, versus the one that the restaurant is screaming at you to order.  And you almost always lose! My experience at Deannie’s began at 9 p.m. on a Friday evening, and there was quite a wait even at this late hour. When I was finally seated, I was greeted with a bowl of what appeared to be small red potatoes, instead of bread. When I inquired about the weird bread, I was informed they actually were small red potatoes, and meant to be eaten by hand, with a bit of butter and salt, to taste.

Deanies Seafood - Red Potatoes

My mistake was in ordering the pasta dish, instead of one of the fried platters, which is their specialty. The shrimp was delicious, and had the added luxury of having the tails removed. The sauce, or roux as they say in French parts, was flavorful, but not pleasing. Instead, it was loaded with oil, which became less appetizing as I reached the bottom of the bowl.

Deanies Seafood - Shrimp Pasta

I wanted to try their bread pudding, as a way to tap into what they do well, and was pleasantly surprised. The nice round of pudding was topped with a delicous sauce and a copious amount of finely slivered almonds. Now if I could just take back the dumb choice I made for a main dish!

Deanies Seafood - Bread Pudding

The dining room décor is worth a mention.  The space itself is wide open, but you don’t feel overwhelmed by it.  The wall art is pleasing and the kitchen opens up smartly to the rest of the space.

Deanies Seafood - Open Interior

Deanies Seafood - Roux Mosaic

Deanies Seafood - Interior into Kitchen

Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it

Deanie’s Seafood
www.deanies.com
841 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Brennan’s

Eating at a Brennan’s is actually not difficult. The extended family owns many restaurants in and around New Orleans, including the famous Commander’s Palace. However, eating at the original Brennan’s, is a wonderful experience.

Brennans - Exterior with Awning

The ambiance of each of the many dining rooms is special, as is the courtyard, which though outdoors, is fully surrounded by the indoor dining spaces.  Take a look at the restaurant Web site to see the many photos that show how beautiful this space is after the recent renovation.  When discussing my experience with a friend who visited 10 years ago, it’s obviously much changed.

Brennans - My Dining Room

Brennans - Enclosed Courtyard

If you visit at lunch, you order from the combined breakfast/lunch menu.  It’s a bit egg heavy, which surprised me a bit.  I decided if that’s their focus, then it should be mine, too.

Brennans - Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Since I’d already enjoyed a seafood gumbo at Acme Oyster House, I wanted to try it at a fine dining restaurant as well. It tasted about the same, which is to say I enjoyed it very much.  In a confession, perhaps I don’t know the different degrees of excellence of gumbo, like I do foods that I eat more often.  Or, perhaps, I’ve just had the good stuff, which is fine by me.

Brennans - Seafood Gumbo

The main dish was a Croque Madame, elevated by Serrano ham, delicious artisan bread, a tiny touch of black truffle, and a duck egg on top. It was the best Croque, Madame or Monsieur, I have ever had.

Brennans - Croque Madame

The dessert was a tiny round of triple chocolate cake, served with chickory-flavored coffee. Unless you go to Starbucks, it’s hard to escape this style of coffee when in New Orleans.  Again, go with it!

Brennans - Dessert and Coffee

In a restaurant where even lunch runs around $40, you expect a fine level of service and quality of food. Brennan’s didn’t disappoint in any way. The servers spoke reverentially of “Chef”, who is Slade Rushing.  He gets my bow as well.

Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it

Brennan’s
www.brennansneworleans.com
417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Café du Monde

Café du Monde is famous for coffee and beignets, and not much else. Its menu fits on the side of a napkin holder, listing several additional beverages to have in addition to coffee.  You have Hobson’s choice for something to eat, beignets.  I found it especially entertaining that their souvenir list is quite a lot longer, both listed on the window of the indoor enclosure, and as evidenced by their medium-sized gift shop across the street.  I’m a sucker for coffee mugs, so I did buy my beverage in a ceramic mug to keep after I departed.

Café du Monde - Outdoor Tables

Café du Monde - The Menu

I guess if you do two things well, stick to them! The chickory-flavored coffee is delicious, as are the warm beignets topped with powdered sugar. I dined here in the mid-evening for a light supper, after eating a pretty filling lunch. Perhaps it’s because I was here mid-week and slightly off season, but this part of the French Quarter, right next to St Louis Park, was dead at 9 p.m. and even a bit creepy.

Café du Monde - Beignets

I enjoyed my visit, though you’d think an establishment open since 1862 could do better than their graffiti-covered, cramped bathroom, covered with slogans about poorly paid and treated staff.

Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it

Café du Monde
www.cafedumonde.com
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Acme Oyster House

Acme was the common restaurant mentioned by everyone who has visited New Orleans. It seems to be more famous for cooked oysters than raw, although I wasn’t interested in having either. It’s also famous for having long lines. I fortunately arrived between meals, and since they serve non-stop, I got seated within 5 minutes.

Acme Oyster House - Exterior

Though the menu was fairly compact, almost every dish was its own enticement. I wanted to try one of their gumbos in addition to a main dish. I had a cup of seafood gumbo, which was perfectly seasoned and delicious. The main dish was a Half and Half Poboy, with shrimp on one side and a fish filet on the other. I finally discovered what McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was trying to be, though it fails miserably!

I was so hungry for the Poboy that I forgot to take a picture until the sandwich was already half-devoured.  Even the picture of the gumbo below had a preliminary “spoon dunk”.  Sometimes discipline goes right out the window when you are so hungry and the food is so good!

Acme Oyster House - Seafood Gumbo

The décor is pretty sparse, and the meal is served efficiently to get you fed and on your way, to allow others to do the same. I did not feel rushed by any of the staff, but it’s not the place where you would feel comfortable to linger.

Acme is famous for a reason, and any time a restaurant has been open for over 100 years, they have to be doing a lot of things right.

Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it

Acme Oyster House
www.acmeoyster.com
724 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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