I love New Orleans Food

There was no escaping being a foodie growing up in New Orleans and having several family members involved in the culinary field, from working as a chef or being passionate about cooking. My grandfather and Daddy were passionate cooks and deserving of the title chef. Both had careers and worked long hours, but they cooked delicious meals and tasty baked desserts when they were home. On the weekends, my grandfather, Papa, would get up earlier to go fishing, come back, and cook a delicious breakfast spread all before 9 am. We would be awakened by the aroma of fresh coffee and chicory brewing, buttery buttermilk biscuits, thick slices of ham sizzling in the cast iron skillet, red eye gravy, pan-fried salmon croquettes, and thick buttery grits. Most of the women in my family were chefs at various restaurants in the French Quarter. My Mama worked evenings at the French Market restaurant and would bring home leftovers such as gumbo, turtle soup, pasta dishes with various sauces, seafood, and all sorts of desserts. I enjoyed waking up to those doggie bags and eating whatever it was; my little one would turn her nose at items such as Oysters, Rockefeller, and Banana Foster.

I inherited the love of cooking and feeding people at five years old. My first kitchen experience with the help of my Mama was baking cheese curls made from commodity cheese and powdered eggs. It was tastier than I thought, but I made it. I have been hooked since. When I was older, I opened a home catering business, followed by a brick-and-mortar restaurant. I enjoyed every minute, but the work wore on my body. I injured my wrist flipping frying baskets and piping icing on cakes and I hurt my back. The long hours away from home, wrist surgery, and the death of one of my business partners resulted in the restaurant’s closure.

Finally, after years of working in the culinary business and being the family cook, I deserve to indulge in someone else’s cooking. And I have been doing just so. I love all kinds of food and am open to trying new foods. But I absolutely love New Orleans cuisine. You can not duplicate New Orleans’s flavors, making it hard to be away from my city. When I’m out of town, I seek out New Orleans-style restaurants, but I am usually disappointed. When I travel, I find that seeking out that city is known for a better dining experience. I would leave food reviews only if the food were delicious. It is not okay with me to leave a bad restaurant review because there are several reasons that the cook or chef sent out low-quality food. I do not feel that food is “nasty” if you dislike that particular item or dish. A staffing issue often happens on the busiest days or a new cook is on the line. Now, I am a believer in good customer service. If restaurant staff provides poor service, I will report it to the owner or corporate.

But whether I’m home partaking of my New Orleans favorites or traveling, I dine out and take pictures of my meals. So with that being said, here are a few pictures of what I devoured in two New Orleans months.


Ruby Slipper

https://www.therubyslippercafe.net/

Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict. I looked so good I couldn’t resist eating before taking a pic; it was worth it too.

Anita’s Grill

A New Orleans local favorite known for serving authentic soul and comfort food at affordable prices. Locals go after a night of partying for the breakfast specials featuring thick, creamy hot buttery grits. The grits, OMG, I do not know how grits can be so good!

http://worldfamousanitasgrill.com/

Steak, grits, and eggs, red bean & rice, over easy eggs, grits, and hot sausage patty.

Cafe Bienville

Permanently closed

Eggs Bienville: Crab Cake Benedict
Baked Meringue Nest with Berries

FULTON ST. BISTRO

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-orleans-riverfront/dining/fulton-st-bistro-bar

Seafood Pasta, Crabmeat dip, crawfish beignets, and pomme Frites

Broiled Crawfish, Smoked Sausage, Corn, and Potatoes

Essence Festival Vendor

Seafood Nachos, and it was delicious!

JAEGER’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE

https://jaegersseafood.com/

Oysters Happy Hour Charbroiled Oysters.
Go on Sundays for the $24.99 lobster special- it comes with potatoes, corn & a side salad. 

Raw Oysters

New Orleans Creole Cookery

http://neworleanscreolecookery.com/

Bayou Shrimp Pasta with Fried Shrimp and a crawfish mushroom sauce. I usually get my sauteed, you know, the traditional way, but the fried Shrimp added texture which was a good thing.
My favorite Hickory Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with garlic herb fries.
Crabmeat and Eggplant Stack, fried eggplant, crabmeat stuffing, and fried green tomatoes covered with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce.
Blackened Redfish, Jambalaya, and string beans

Basil’s Restaurant

Crab Dip at Basil’s is my favorite. It’s loaded with crab meat!

Chef Rodney

https://www.instagram.com/rodchefing/?hl=en

Stuffed Bell Peppers
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French Toast Bites w/Berries at Biscuits & Buns w/Chef Rodney

Deanie’s Seafood

Deanie’s is a must for locals and tourists!

http://www.deanies.com/

New Orleans Trio: Crawfish Etouffee, Seafood Gumbo and Shrimp Creole
Crawfish Ravioli
Seafood Platter at Deanie’s, featuring Stuffed Crab & Crab Meat. Stuffed Shrimp is so delicious!

Chef Linda Green

https://m.facebook.com/ChefLindaGreen

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Ms. Linda’s Shrimp & Beef Yaka Mein

Cafe Du Monde

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Beignets and Café au lait

https://fritai.com/

Fritai

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Fried Redfish Rice & Beans, Vegetables, Green Plantains, and creole sauce.

Biscuits & Buns on Banks

https://biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com/home

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Big Breakfast: Buttermilk Waffles, Grits, Bacon, and Scrambled Eggs
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Fried Chicken, home fries & Buttermilk Biscuits

Café Dauphine

Temporarily closed

Fried Catfish, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, and Red Beans & Rice

Desire Oyster Bar

Bread Pudding with Sweet Cream Sauce
Soft Shell Crab BLT

Crawfish Festival

Crawfish

Danielle’s New Orleans Style Snowballs

https://danielles-new-orleans-style-snoballs.business.site

Brandy w/condensed milk & Tiger blood w/ice cream condensed milk and whipped cream

NOLA PoBoy’s

https://www.facebook.com/NolaPoboys/

Food, New Orleans, Restaurants
Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwich
King Cake

Marrow’s NOLA

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Melba’s New Orleans

https://www.melbas.com/

Shrimp Poboy

The Rum House

https://www.therumhouse.com/
TACO TRIFECTA: Blackened Mahi Mahi, JERK CHICKEN & CURRY-ROASTED CAULIFLOWER with Fried Plantains

Grand Isle Restaurant

Charbroiled Oysters
Seafood Boil: Shrimp, Smoked Sausage, Corn, and Mushrooms

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Sausage and Cornbread Muffin
Fried Chicken, French Fries, Fried Okra, and Cornbread

THE COUNTRY CLUB New Orleans Restaurant

https://thecountryclubneworleans.com/

SHRIMP ALA PLANCHA
Louisiana white Shrimp, falafel, pickled vegetables & mint
chutney
TASTING OF CHOCOLATES
cuffed banana with sweet cream ice cream
White chocolate mousse, Brazilian Brigadeiro & mini moon pies
Fried Bananas and Ice Cream

Dooky Chase Restaurant

https://www.dookychaserestaurants.com/

Z’herbes Gumbo

THE HALF SHELL ON THE BAYOU

/http://halfshellonthebayou.com/

Seafood Gumbo
Central Grocery
Muffaletta

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