3112, 2014

Café Amelie | New Orleans, LA

By |December 31st, 2014|Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Cafe Amelie New Orleans

cafe amelie wasn’t on our radar until we walked by the restaurant on our ghost and vampire walking tour.  the shrimp and grits was what grabbed our attention.  i had to try it.

we ordered:

  • jumbo lump crab cake ($15) – served with baby greens and citrus drizzle.  they were not lying when they said “jumbo”.  very good crab cake.
  • shrimp & grits ($13) – corn and andouille maque choux
  • skillet roasted duck breast ($29) – sweet potato hash, green beans, apricot pepper glaze

Cafe Amelie New Orleans

so the shrimp and grits were incredible and everything we wanted it to be!  the shrimp had great flavor. the corn sauce… uh-mazing. everything together was just perfect.  i wish i had a better photo for you but we came here late at night, right before it closed. sorry, folks!

Cafe Amelie New Orleans

the glazed duck was also amazing! great, sweet glaze.  the duck was perfectly cooked.

  • food:  this was one of our favorite meals in nola!  everything was wonderful and we can’t rave about it more!  so glad we were able to squeeze in a reservation on our last night!
  • service:  everyone was so nice and attentive.
  • ambience:  this place is stupid cute. great romantic spot.  i wish we would’ve gone here for a lunch or early dinner so that we could have enjoyed the patio area (lit up by christmas lights at night).
  • overall:  food was excellent, service was wonderful and the ambience was the cherry on top!  moderate to expensive price range (make this one of the special meals).  we highly recommend cafe amelie if you are in town and looking great food.

Café Amelie
912 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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3012, 2014

Bar Tonique | New Orleans, LA

By |December 30th, 2014|Bars, Food|0 Comments

Bar Tonique New Orleans

we owe a lot of our trip to our buddy, mark, since he took us around to all the great bars in nola and made some amazing recommendations for food and drinks.

we went to visit his bar, bar tonique, while he was working because he was raving about the bloody mary! great thing about this place is their $5 drink of the day!  the bacon bloody mary is a saturday special.  apparently this sells out so get there earlier.

Bar Tonique New Orleans

solid bloody mary.  one of the best bloody marys we have ever had.  no dispute.  cocktails here are great.  mark made me a refreshing, spicy drink (my go-to).

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mark doin’ his magic.

Bar Tonique New Orleans

overall:  if you are looking for a great cocktail lounge/bar a little outside of the french quarter, come to bar tonique.  specialty: hand-crafted cocktails… expansive menu. they will take care of you.  oh, and mark was voted nola’s hottest up and coming bartenders. no big deal.

Bar Tonique
820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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2912, 2014

Cane and Table | New Orleans, LA

By |December 29th, 2014|Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Cane & Table New Orleans

this is another great recommendation from our buddy mark (so we decided to stop by after venturing to coop’s place for our fried chicken).  we came here during an awkward time… well after lunch and too early for dinner.  so they were only serving small plates.

we ordered:

  • peas n rice ($9) – island peas. local andouille sausage. rice.
  • crispy rum ribs ($17) – pork. el dorado 3-yr rum. papaya chutney. sambal.
  • avocado salad ($14) – avocado. jerked crab fingers. pecan smoked salt. marinated cherry tomatoes

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we knew this place would be good since our friend, mark, had been spot on with his recommendations but we didn’t anticipate how good.

the peas n rice small plate was not what we expected…  basically it looked like beans.  we were thinking… did we get the wrong order?  oh well because the beans were bomb!  so flavorful!

Cane & Table New Orleans

the avocado salad was refreshing! exactly what we needed for our crispy ribs and beans.

Cane & Table New Orleans

last but absolutely not least, the real MVP–the deep-fried ribs. yep. deep-fried. ribs.  fell off the bone.  great sauce that smacks you in the face.  everything i wanted these to be.

like i said, we knew this place would be good.  we just didn’t expect this place to serve the most memorable dish of the trip!

Cane & Table New Orleans

  • food:  everything we ordered was excellent!  we can’t stop talking about the ribs!
  • ambience:  we sat in the courtyard area.  super cute spot especially on a warm day.  bar is chic.  dark woods, distressed walls with some exposed brick and emerald-green accents.  we dig it.
  • service:  service with a smile is always a good sign.
  • overall:  ribs were spectacular!  no, this place is not the cheapest but well worth it in my opinion.  some people will have a heart attack when they read $17 for 6 baby ribs… but trust me, they are a must try. get ready for some mind explosion.

Cane and Table
1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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2812, 2014

Verti Marte | New Orleans, LA

By |December 28th, 2014|Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Venti New Orleans

came here after our ghost and vampire tour.  this place is a small market that makes sandwiches in the back.  we saw that it had a ton of reviews so we thought why not?

this is a classic case of “don’t judge a book by its cover.”  we ordered the poboy sandwich.  it took us a minute to decide what to order since there is a huge menu!

Venti New Orleans

the sandwich does not look pretty… none of us thought we would love it. but we were so wrong.  it is delicious! super packed with flavor.  what sauce is it?!! this is the kind of sandwich that you eat quickly since it is on the messier side but watch out since it comes out piping hot.

  • service: uber friendly
  • ambience: small market lit by fluorescent lighting (excuse the horrible photos… all i had was my iphone).  there are two standing tables in the back of you want to scarf your sandwich down like we did.
  • overall:  great, cheap sandwich! i would recommend this any day.  like many have said before, pictures do not do it justice.  oh! and this is open late night!

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70195

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2612, 2014

Peche Seafood Grill | New Orleans, LA

By |December 26th, 2014|Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel|0 Comments

Peche New Orleans

came here on the recommendation of our friend, mark.  we initially had booked a res with luke but decided to come here instead.  what we ordered for the four of us:

  • shrimp toast ($7)
  • smoked tuna dip ($7)
  • fried bread w/ sea salt ($5)
  • hushpuppies ($6)
  • seafood gumbo ($9)
  • crab & jalapeno capellini ($14)
  • spicy ground shrimp & noodles ($12)

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we were wondering why fried bread was on the menu… we were obviously just being foolish.  we should know better than to question a chef who won a james beard award.  these were little balls of heaven! crispy, hot, and awesome.

Peche New Orleans

shrimp toast was a twist on what we expected.  the shrimp was fried together into one piece and placed on top of toast.  the texture reminded me asian shrimp balls on sugar cane sticks (anyone know what i’m talking about?)  it was good!  the pickles added the needed sweet/sour taste to cut the fat.

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smoked tuna dip was good and came in a huge portion.  it did get a little overwhelming after a while but still good. we had to ask for more crackers to finish it up.  we think crackers were good but crispy bread would’ve been better.

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hushpuppies were okay.  make sure you dip it in the sauce.

Peche New Orleans

seafood gumbo.  kyle really liked this one.

Peche New Orleans

spicy ground shrimp & noodles (above) were so tasty!  noodles were cooked al dente.  sauce was incredible.  i wanted to slurp it up. the crab and jalapeno capellini looks bland but it is also equally fantastic!

Peche New Orleans

  • food:  we loved the food here.  this was my favorite meal!  notable dishes: pasta dishes were uh-mazing.  make sure you get the fried bread.
  • ambience:  awesome, industrial-looking, yet charming space.  exposed wood beams and brick. high ceilings.  lots of natural light.  natural woods.  very refreshing from anything you will encounter on bourbon street.  since it is a big open floor plan, the restaurant would be able to accommodate larger parties.
  • service:  service was good but i will say that we felt a little tension when we told the waiter no dessert for us.
  • location:  this is walkable from the french quarter (we did it on the way back).  5 minute drive vs. 15 minute walk.
  • overall:  we fell in love with peche.  everything was delicious! items on the menu sound relatively simple but trust us when we say, you will be blown away by how well prepared everything is.  flavors are well thought out, packing a great punch to your taste buds.  fyi – peche has received the james beard award… well deserved awards (best new restaurant and best chef).  thanks mark, for introducing us!

Peche Seafood Grill
800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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