Gumbo is my new favorite thing. The crab and shrimp gumbo at Brennan's is very good, the seafood gumbo at Peche, which just won the James Beard award for best new restaurant in the South, is to die for, the andouille and chicken gumbo at NOLA, Emeril Lagasse's restaurant, is delicious, but my favorite gumbo is Frank's, a family-owned joint that's been around since the 1960's. Their muffuletta, a typical New Orleans sandwich made with thick bread, olives, a mixture of cheeses, salami and ham, and their gumbo are worth it. Next time you're in New Orleans, order a cup of gumbo and a half muffuletta (it's enourmous enough).
|Street band on Bourbon Street. 35 degrees fahrenheit and still going!|
We had a far more agreeable experience at Morning Call, a place that's been around for 142 years. They also serve beignets and cafe au lait and believe me, it's a far more pleasant experience than Cafe du Monde. Here, instead of a chaotic mess, you eat at a pristine marble bar, and instead of servers with dirty hands topping your beignets with pounds of sugar, the servers at Morning Call offer a confectioners sugar canister to give you the choice of the amount of sugar you'd like to top your fried dough. Because let's be honest, that's all they are, those little beignets, fried dough. Nothing to toot anyone's horn about.
|Morning Call moved from the French Quarter to City Park after Hurricane Katrina.|
|Oak Alley Plantation|
|Treme brass band at Tipitina's|