Ok, got a minute so I thought I'd throw up my NOLA food reviews and pics:
Flew in on the 29th and I decided I was going to do a cuban sandwich & cuban coffee taste test at MIA. Way there - La Carreta (gate D37 IIRC) - good bread, pork was a bit dry, ham was nice, but they didn't press it enough for my tastes (I like it more melted myself). 6 out of 10 Rambo's. Coffee was a bit gritty but had a nice taste.
Got in and immediately started eating. First stop - Mr. B's - We sidled up to the bar and had the fried oysters and bbq shrimp. The oysters were AMAZING. Neither of us had had fried oysters before and with the hollandaise sauce they really blew our minds. The bbq shrimp were incredible. I'd never seen shrimp that big before and I think they put crack in that sauce. I literally ate a loaf and a half of bread soaking it all up. Both winners.
Then, on to Drago's for their charbroiled oysters. I'd been asking everyone I met where to eat and this place got mentioned several times. A bit of a letdown IMO. There was too much of a burnt taste for me. Would not recommend.
30th - Woke up and hit Cafe Dumond for chicory coffee and bignets. Those things are really fucking tasty. There was a massive line outside but I walked right in and found an empty table in the restaurant. The coffee? Not so much. I really don't prefer wood in my coffee.
Then, a muffalata at Central Grocery - Tasty, but too much bread for that little meat/olive crap. A bit greasy too. A few people told me Napoleon House had better muffies so I'll have to try that next time.
For dinner we hit Mother's. No line, thankfully, and we sat down in under 10. Their crawfish etoufee was fucking incredible. Easily the best savory food I ate the entire trip. The fried chicken was a letdown. There wasn't any seasoning in the breading. I've had better down here. The Ferdi sandwich was also a miss. Basically a ham and roastbeef sub with their Debris (the meat that falls into the cooking liquid when making their roastbeef.) I suspect there was just too much going on with this thing. We had their cabbage and potato salad as sides. The cabbage was very good (probably because it had chunks of their ham in it) and the potato salad was tasty as well.
Our late night stop was Luke's. I'd been told their shrimp and grits was off the chain. It didn't disappoint. Served on a cast iron skillet it was 6 big shrimp and tiny chunks of sausage over thick cut grits. Excellent flavors. I'd eat that again in a heartbeat. Their crab bisque sucked. So did their mixed drinks. Still, the place was cozy and the food seemed good, so I'd recommend it.
31st - I'd been told that Cafe Bignet had better bignet's than Dumonde, so that was breakfast. Verdict? That guy was an asshole. Dumonde rules. But, Bignet had better coffee (mostly because they serve something other than that chicory garbage) and was a cozy little spot.
Afterwards it was onto Coop's for their rabbit and sausage jambalya and fried chicken. Chicken was better than Mother's but I still don't see what all the fuss is about. The jambalya was really good though. You couldn't really make out the rabbit flavors but it was deep and hearty. Recommended.
Dinner was oysters - First it was Acme and then Felix. At Acme we waited about 20 minutes and sat at the bar. Had a dozen oysters and half dozen charbroiled (had to give them another shot). The oysters were good, if a bit gritty, and the charbroiled weren't as bad as Drago's but still not my cup of tea. Overall, it was good but not great. I saw several people eating their fried oyster poboy's and all said they were tasty.
Ok, then we went to Felix. This is now my favorite restaurant ever. I fucking loved this place. Huge line outside but we walked right in and stood at the bar. No chairs, you stand. And they serve you the oysters on the half shell right on the bar. Plates are reserved for the "fancy folk" at the tables. They have ketchup and horseradish separate to mix your own cocktail sauce. Oysters were cheap as shit and as long as you stand there, they'll keep on dishing them out for you. The oysters were better than Acme IMO and we were just chillin at the bar rappin with the brothers. I've never seen so many fucking oysters in my life. Not even at the local markets/whole foods. It was incredible. And some of them were HUGE. I had one that took me three bites to work through. And cheap too. A dozen was $12 and, in reality, they'll end up giving you a few more than a dozen. Especially if you're nice to them.
New year's day my roommate wanted to go on a nostalgia tour, so our first stop was Mr. B's for more fried oysters. Verdict - not as good as the second time around. Then, Felix again. Even better than the first time. My boy behind the counter was there and we were chillin out for a while. Be careful over there though, before you know it they'll have served you 50 oysters. Fucking things are easy to eat! So my roommate had to leave early but I was taking the 6AM flight out. Since he's not a sweet eater I had to go on a dessert tour myself.
First stop - Emeril's. Beautiful restaurant, amazing looking food. I sat at the bar and ordered the banana cream pie. I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW FUCKING TASTY THIS IS. Easily the best dessert I've ever had. I was literally moaning at the bar while eating this. Also, probably because I'd had no sleep. But that's a story for DT.
Next - on the way back from Emeril's I hit Bon Ton Cafe - renowned city wide for their bread pudding. Also awesome. A big brick of bread pudding topped with this amazing whiskey sauce. It literally tastes like there's a bottle of whiskey in there. So fucking good.
After a quick pit stop I hit up Brennan's for banana's foster. I have to admit that this was a bit of a letdown. First off, they don't even use their own ice cream. Its Blue Bell. I hate BB ice cream (high fructose corn syrup garbage). Secondly, in reality, its just a bowl of ice cream with banana's and a brown sugar rum sauce on top. I suppose I was expecting more caramelization, or chunks of sugar, or something. It was tasty, but more for the spectacle of watching them mix it up for you.
When I got back into MIA I had a cuban and coffee at Cafe Versailles (D7 IIRC). Much better sandwich and coffee experience. I had them press it twice so it was nice and crispy on the outside and melty on the inside.