I’m just back from a business trip to New Orleans, and above all else, I ate like a queen. Here are a couple of mini-reviews of my favorite restaurants!
870 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
From start to finish, this dinner was flawless. My group of business people had an early dinner reservation, so the restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived. However, service was on the spot, friendly, and full of information. Our server, Rayne, was attentive, funny, and managed our group with aplomb. We started with carpaccio, ricotta bruschetta, and the affetatti misti platter – plenty to for everyone to taste and enjoy. Oh, and the bread was fantastic.
Rayne explained that the pasta portions were sized for tasting, so several of us shared various courses. I had an out-of-this world manicotti – served with a shredded pork ragu that melted in my mouth – and the pasta was perfect – the cheese made a wee crust on the top and every taste melded like magic. Others had the Gnudi, which were a dream in sage butter, and the spaghetti carbonara which was light and beautifully flavored.
For an entree I shared the hangar steak which was impeccably, delectably cooked – an absolute dead-perfect medium rare. I’m such a steak temperature snob that I nearly weep when a restaurant gets it this right. The flavor was perfect.
The wine and beverage list was lovely as well – I tried two whites and a delectable red and all were fantastic. Their selection includes some regions and varietals that are a little out of the ordinary, and priced comfortably.
800 Common St
New Orleans, LA 70112
This restaurant was right across from my hotel, so we gave it a shot. Clean, new-looking and crisp, with friendly staff and tasty, tasty food. We had egg and Gruyere sandwiches – big portions and very tasty. We decided we needed “breakfast dessert” so we got a Nutella and banana crepe, and devastated ourselves!
The coffee is the fantastic Illy brand – this place is a winner.
Ruby Slipper Cafe
200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ate at both locations while in New Orleans on a business trip, and loved both meals. I had the Louisianan Omlette the first time, and absolutely loved it. Had the regular breakfast the second time – the potatoes are perfect – crisp and delicious. Great coffee, tasty bacon, and apparently the Bananas Foster Pan Perdu is heaven on a plate – according to a fellow diner. Give it a try!