Marcus and I recently took a trip to New Orleans for a little getaway. This was my second trip to New Orleans in 6 months (if that says anything about how great the city is!) My family and I celebrated Christmas there together last year. Unfortunately Marcus was deployed at the time and couldn’t make it, so we decided to go back together. He loves food just as much as I do and simply had to get try the cuisine after hearing so much about it!
My pregnant self and I happily obliged.
New Orleans is an easy 8 hour drive from Jacksonville. We dropped our dog, Ava, off at the vet first thing Thursday morning, hit the road, and arrived in the city around 5PM. Just in time to eat! We stayed at the Wyndham hotel inside the French Quarter- the perfect location within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants.
Our first stop was Olde Nola Cookery on Bourbon Street for a quick bite to eat. We purposely wanted to “save room for treats” we knew we’d come across while exploring the French Quarter.
I had the crab cakes smothered with crawfish and Marcus had a sampler plate of all the city favorites: gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalya. Both were delicious!! Possibly the best crab cakes I’ve ever had…and also to deepest fried.
Our view from our table was interesting, to say the least.
Nothing says “Welcome to New Orleans” like a neon demon cat thing! What else would you expect on Bourbon Street?!
After dinner we wandered the streets and soon found ourselves at Jackson Square.
Cafe Du Monde, home of the infamous beignets, sits across the street from Jackson Square. Good thing we saved room for more treats.
Anyone and everyone who’s been to New Orleans will tell you to try the beignets. Specifically from Cafe Du Monde. They’re great, but- and don’t hate me for saying this- they’re a liiiitle overhyped in my opinion. Imagine square puffs of funnel cake and you have yourself a beignet. Still delicious though! Pour a mountain of sugar on anything and it’s bound to be good.
Our bellies full of sweets, we walked along the Mississippi River and the French Quarter until nightfall. By that time Bourbon Street was ready for the night crowd!
Don’t let the sparseness of people in this photo fool you, the street was actually very crowded for a Thursday night. New Orleans knows how to party!
Talk to you soon,
Have you ever been to New Orleans? What was your favorite part of the city?