Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Orleans Trip, Part 3

by guest slogger Paul Trapani
Our second day's breakfast was at Petunia’s (817 St. Louis St., 504-522-6440) Street, which everyone considers their secret out-of-the-way breakfast place, even though it's listed in all the tourist literature. The sausage breakfast comes with homemade andouille and boudin, a mess of scrambled eggs and home fries. We also had some kind of eggs benedict with crab meat. Portions sizes are outrageous (next time we’ll share a single dish).

Then on to the amazing Cajun fried chicken at Coop’s (1109 Decatur St., 504-525-9053) for a late lunch. Rabbit and sausage jambalaya were also great, as was the cole slaw. I loved this place because people sitting at the bar were passionately discussing recipes the way people in New York talk about sports teams. They pour the full suite of local Abita beers, so you can try several as you listen in.

Occasionally between eating and drinking, one needs daytime diversion. I recommend paying a visit to Mardi Gras World), where you get to see lots of the parade floats up close. You have to shell out for a tour to see more than just a few floats, but it’s worth it and lots of fun.

Dinner was at Cafe Adelaide (in the Loews Hotel at 300 Polydras St., 504-595-3305). Drinks from the Swizzle Stick Bar were outstanding, especially the Swizzle Stick and Chocolate Martini.

Highlights of the meal were shrimp and tasso corndogs and salad with strawberries and vanilla onions.

Shrimp with smoky grits were also great - especially the grits - but unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo!

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