My girlfriends and I decided to take a weekend trip to New Orleans aka a foodie’s paradise. Each day spent in NOLA was full of filling foods. Here are some of the highlights and disappointments of each day.
My friends and I decided to stay at the is eclectic hostel called Madame Isabelle’s House and on the board of recommendations was a restaurant called The Ruby Slipper Cafe in the Marigny. This eatery is only open for breakfast and lunch. We arrive around 1:00, so I decided to go with lunch, immediately my attention was grabbed by The Big Bacon (a burger of course). The burger was just alright; nothing too special but it was acceptable. The best part of the burger was the pig candy bacon and the fries.
Greedy Girl Rating: 6.5/10
For dinner that night we went to a restaurant that I have heard so much about. We initially chose Cafe Maspero for the cheap daiquiris, but unfortunately, their frozen drink machine was broken. But this did not deter from me having a fabulous meal. Since I’m in love with fried shrimp I had to go with the Shrimp Plate and since I was in NOLA I had to get a hurricane to drink. Since the hurricane came out first, I’ll start with that. This drink was so tall and strong; it would make Jimmy Buffet proud.
Greedy Girl Rating: 10/10
This delicious drink was followed by an even better meal. The shrimp was lightly battered and seasoned to perfection with cajun spices. This dish did New Orleans justice.
Greedy Girl Rating: 9/10
The next stop on my NOLA food train was a small restaurant, Cafe Fleur de Lis. At this place, my love for brunch and my love for burgers were mouthwateringly combined. The Wake-Up!Burger was just what the doctor ordered after a long night of Bourbon St. and Frenchman St.
This burger is severed with hashbrowns, a sunny side up egg, lettuce, pickles and onions. When ordering the burger, I felt like it could be taken to the next level by adding bacon. When the waitress served me the burger, she said that she was jealous, and she had every right to be. This burger was so incredibly delicious and filling. So good that I had the rare thought of fries not even being necessary.
Greedy Girl Rating: 8.9/10
For dinner, my friends and I decided to be a little more frugal with our spending. We chose to eat at Vieux Carre Pizzeria. The location is off of Bourbon St. so it was a perfect place to start our night off. The pizza was fairly priced at about $2-$5 a slice depending on the type of pizza you choose. Since I am a carnivore at heart, naturally I chose the meat lovers pizza.
This was one of the best pizzas that I have ever had. The crust, the sauce, the cheese, and the meats just flowed so perfectly together. And the slices were so big that I could not finish the meal.
Greedy Girl Rating: 9.5/10
And for my last in New Orleans, my friends and I knew we had to have some Cajun seafood one last time. On the recommendation from someone at our hostel, we went to Coop’s Place for the best fried chicken. I had such high hopes for this meal, but I was completely let down. I had the shrimp plate and I added a fried chicken thigh. This has to be one of the blandest versions of “Cajun” food I have ever had. The chicken looked very promising but as we all know looks can be deceiving: the chicken tasted as if it had no seasoning on it.
As for the shrimp the batter on the shrimp was so bland and usually thickly coated like a boneless chicken wing. And the fries were hot but felt stale. I could not even bring myself to finish the plate. The only saving grace was a fast service.
Greedy Girl Rating: 3/10
But luckily Cafe du Monde saved the day. I knew that beignets would be a perfect way to end my time in New Orleans and the Cafe du Monde is a must. The cafe was full of people per usual, but our beignets still came out hot and fresh but seemed to be slightly overcooked.
Greedy Girl Rating: 8.5/10
Mark Twain once said, “New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”
Boy was he right.
Until the next meal,
Greedy Gut Girl