It wasn't hard to convince us to return to New Orleans.
When Mason called more than year ago to say he and Kristen were engaged, we were thrilled both for them and, honestly, for ourselves, because we knew it meant we'd be returning to New Orleans.
It had been two years since we last visited New Orleans and it that was two years too long. So in late March, we made the flight down, got in a cab driven by a man named Beauchant (like something out of central casting) and were speedily deposited in the French Quarter, where we planned to stay for four nights (which later becomes five nights, but that's a different story).
We had decided to add some extra days on to the trip, since much of the weekend would be spent at wedding festivities. And we had only one item on our agenda: eating. So we sketched out a plan for where to eat, made few reservations, and got to it.
Here are the meals we loved on this visit to New Orleans, along with a list at the bottom of our full New Orleans recommendations from over the years. All the photos are quick iPhone pics we snapped at meals.
Be warned: this is a caloric ride.
Galatoire's lunch: our starting place for New Orleans dining
We started our New Orleans visit at the famous Galatoire's Friday lunch (we're convinced 99% of this restaurant's popularity is that Southern people just love saying the name). As advertised it was loud, bustling and fun on a Friday afternoon, with a dining room full of locals and tourists. We ordered a trio of Shrimp Remoulade, Crabmeat Maison and Oysters en Brochette (pictured left above), and followed it with a fish topped with Crabmeat Yvonne (a mix of crab, mushrooms and artichoke). As an aside, the new Saveur features the restaurant's recipe for Remoulade Blanc if you want to try it at home.