Headed to New Orleans

Folks, I’m headed to New Orleans. I’ve lived  in the United States for 10 years, and I have never been to New Orleans. Shameful, I know.

But I’ve done my homework, asked friends who swear New Orleans is the ultimate foodie town, and I’ve come up with a list of places I absolutely want to get lost in. After reading Tom Sietsema’s “Postcard” from NE, how can one not dine at Cochon? Just look at these items on the menu:

  • Fried alligator with chili garlic aioli
  • Deep fat fried hog head cheese with field beans and ravigote
  • Smoked beef brisket with horseradish potato salad

And if these delicacies somehow fail to capture your attention, Cochon’s co-0wner and chef Stephen Stryjewski just won the James Beard Award as Best Chef: South.

My friend Wesley also suggested some very interesting spot I can’t wait to try out:

Domilise Sandwich Shop & Bar, which a commenter eloquently characterized as “the Quintisential New Orleans hole-in-the-wall excperience … They emptied the kitchen sink into my shrimp Po Beaux.” Yep. I’m going.

Court of Two Sisters‘ Jazz Brunch. The buffet’s selections change with the season and with the time of day. In the afternoon, for example, one can find Creole jambalaya, turtle soup, Duck a l’Orange and Shrimp Etouffee in addition to omelets and Eggs Benedict.

NOLA, one of Emeril’s best known restaurants. Bam! I’m there.

If you have any suggestions, please send them along.

Gotta finish packing! See you in The Big Easy!

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