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The Good, The Bad And The Downright Unedible

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 18:44
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You all know by now I visited New Orleans earlier this month One of the things I was most excited about was the food, as I am when I travel anywhere. In my eyes, food can make or break a vacation. 


I don’t really like jambalaya, gumbo or etouffe, which might be a mistake to get psyched up over other foods. I really was looking forward to the seafood on its own, but I really didn’t feel like it held up to expectations. There was almost no singular dining experience that stood out to me on this trip and, while it didn’t ruin it, it didn’t add value to my trip in any way. 

District Donuts in the Garden District: Worth it, but not the carrot cake doughnut

Aside from the staple dishes that were heaped with flavor, I felt that everything else was lacking. Why aren’t there more seasonings? I don’t get it. I also don’t get the rave reviews I’ve heard from people I know that have gone before me. 

Cafe Beignet on Bourbon: Beignets and coffee are good, sandwiches are meh. There’s free live jazz though!


Maybe it’s just my personal preferences, or maybe drinking helps the food be more enjoyable. I’m certainly not trying to offend anyone who loves New Orleans foods. Perhaps I just had much higher expectations, considering the Southern brunch spot here at home has much better dishes than almost anything I ate during the week I was gone.

La Davina Cafe: Affogato (gelato with espresso over it) is a-maz-ing

Restaurant at Oak Alley Plantation: Breakfast was delicious

We aren’t drinkers and I barely had any booze while I was in the Big Easy. Obviously, that puts me in the minority, but it is what it is.

Voodoo BBQ: This was recommended by our Uber driver, but it’s a quick service restaurant. My po’boy was yummy.

Court of the Five Sisters: Brunch buffet. Lots of options and the courtyard is beautiful, but probably not worth the price.

Some of my venue choices were influenced by other travelers, some by Groupon, one by people we met, a few from my own research and a couple on-the-fly, so we had a good range of dining experiences to choose from and we couldn’t necessarily blame any one person for not being satisfied, since it was such a mix.

Chartres House Cafe: Chosen on-the-fly for the balcony seating. The fried alligator was awesome. 
The hushpuppies were good, but the shrimp tasted like it was rinsed in dirty dishwater. Pass.
It’s been a while since we have had such a meh experience with foods at a destination. In fact, we may not have been that disappointed since the first time we visited Paris and didn’t research our options at all. That was in 2006.
Have you ever been disappointed by your dining experiences on vacation? Stay tuned for part 2 on Saturday.

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