A few weeks ago we decided to spend a long week-end in New Orleans and enjoyed every minute.
We checked into a lovely hotel, The Windsor Court 300 Gravier Street. the hotel is a block from the French Quarter and perfect hideaway from all the crowds. The hotel has a nice swimming pool to spend the late afternoon when the sun dips behind the surrounding buildings.
The first day I sent walking the streets, watching the people, going to the many art galleries and getting a lay of the land Including a nice lunch at the bar of The Adelaide Cafe, across the street from our hotel. Carl went fishing for Red fish with a guide he had met. His fishing was a good adventure, he caught over 20 fish, catch and release, and I found all the places I wanted to take him back to the next day.
We had a dinner at “M Bistro”, not the best dinner but great Jazz in the hotel bar next to the dining room. The next day we walked the river front, explored the back streets of The French Quarter and spent the afternoon getting massages in the hotel spa.
Dinner was at a small neighborhood restaurant called Serendipty, I had read an article in a wine magazine and it lived up to its review. Serendipty is a few miles outside of town so make sure to arrange a cab. I had an amazing herb salad with shrimp and it was just the start of a great simple dinner. (504-407-0818).
The next day we had an early breakfast in the hotel, did a little shopping at the many shope and then made our way to lunch at Nola–534 ST Louis Street. Nola is one of the many restaurants owned by Emeril and lives up to it reputation of great southern food. We shared a couple of starters and a main course. the staff was happy to split the main course for us since the servings are very large and we needed to save room for dessert. Plus we had dinner reservations later and had to have time to digest.
Dinner was at R’evolution–this restaurant is very upscale and the attention to detail is much more like what you would experience in New York or San Francisco than what you expect for New Orleans. R’evolution has one of the top wine lists we saw. Presented on an ipad with wines as high as $10,000 for a big bottle of special french wine. We started the meal by ordering their BBQ oysters served on a pink salt block. We could have eaten a dozen of these beautiful warm oysters but had more choices coming, including a great bottle of wine. If you are interested ina perfect meal this is a place not to miss.
The next day we needed some exercise so went to rent bikes at Free Wheelin, http://www.neworleansbiketour.com, it is $25.00 for 4 hours. We did a grand tour and used up every minute of our 4 hours. The bikes are new and easy to ride, especially since the city is so flat you can ride forever. They have good bike lanes and the owner helped us plan our trip. We stopped for lunch at a great oyster bar called “Peche Seafood Grill” 800 Magazine Street– 504-522-1744–, worth trying.
The next day we had to go back to Commanders Palace for lunch before leaving for our late afternoon flight, it had been years since we had been and it is still creating great food.