Verti Marte | New Orleans, LA

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

Peche Seafood Grill | New Orleans, LA

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

Commander’s Palace | New Orleans, LA

Commander's Palace New Orleans

commander’s palace was one place that we needed to make a reservation a week before our arrival. it’s a pretty popular tourist destination winning the masses over with its southern charm.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

their menu has a lot going on. there is an a la carte lunch menu, a 3-course lunch menu, and a 2-course lunch menu.

we went with:

  • a 3-course lunch menu ($34) that comes with creole gumbo, chicory coffee lacquered quail, and the bread pudding souffle
  • a 2-course lunch menu ($22) that comes with the cochon de lait cassoulet and a soup or salad. darci went with a soup – the gumbo. the cochon cassoulet is a bourbon glazed pork shoulder with boudin, white bean purée and crispy onion rings over a grilled ciabatta.
  • turtle soup ($8.50) – this is their famous soup that takes 3 days to make.
  • croque madame ($19)
  • pork prime rib ($25) – slow roasted rack of pork, crispy root chips, braised red cabbage and granny smith apples with buffalo honey green peppercorn jus
  • cheesecake ($3) – on the denser side.
  • apple crisp ($9.50) – my favorite of the desserts.
  • sazerac ($12.25)

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this was kyle’s favorite sazerac out of the gazillion he tried over the course of our trip. very well made.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

the pork prime rib was massive and actually pretty moist despite how dry it looks. the cabbage with the peppercorn jus was tasty. good flavor.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

andrew ordered the croque madame. he thought it was good.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

the quail was excellent! uh-mazing flavor. the quail was perfectly cooked. this dish killed it.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

the cochon de lait cassoulet looks like a pork hash. this was actually my favorite. bold. great texture. i was a fan.

Commander's Palace New Orleans

onto the dessert: the apple crisp was my favorite dessert. the souffle was on the eggy side. it just didn’t hit the spot for us. the cheesecake was pretty dense and didn’t blow our minds.

  • food: overall, food was good. the turtle soup and gumbo were okay. the quail and pork hash were our favorite main dishes. these were the ones that came with the pre-set menu. so my advice is to go with the 3-course or the 2-course lunch menus fo sho. oh, and don’t forget to order a 25 cent martini! we aren’t normally fans of martinis but for 25 cents, we would be fans of anything. if you are into sazeracs, order one here.
  • ambience: this place has been around since 1880. despite being pretty old, the building is extremely charming. there is a strict dress code. no jeans, no sandals. they explain this when you call to make a reservation. this is a really nice place for special occasions!
  • service: excellent service. excellent.
  • location: this was a little trek from the french quarter. it was a $20 cab ride. not bad. the good thing is that it is located across the street from the lafayette cemetery, which was a landmark we wanted to visit.
  • overall: this place stands out for it’s service, which is what most people say about this place. the food was good with decently sized portions. yes, it is on the pricier side but an experience i would say is worth it.

Commander’s Palace
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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By | December 24th, 2014 | Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel | 0 Comments

Acme Oyster House | New Orleans, LA

Acme Oyster New Orleans

oh, acme. we were going to pass you up since you seemed like such a tourist trap. a) you are right off of bourbon street in the french quarter. b) there is always a line outside your establishment. c) you have thousands and thousands of fans.

we strategically planned our eating adventure to hit this place when it first opened its doors (the websites say it opens at 11am but we strolled in well before that… 10am maybe?) yep. oysters for breakfast… we’ve done worse.

we decided to order:

  • chargrilled oysters (full dozen) $19.99. this comes with a side. we chose gumbo.
  • side of jambalaya $3.99

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the oysters. no, we didn’t do the raw ones. just because we felt like we could get raw oysters anywhere. (you probably disagree) what we did want to try were the chargrilled oysters. we wanted to know what the hype was all about!

they come out hot. as in you should wait a sec before diving in. they are pretty special. i have no idea what makes them so delicious… there is no description on their menu! the only thing i can offer is that there is lots of butter, white wine and cheese.

since this kyle’s favorite meal in nola, we came back here a second time (i know! unheard of when one is traveling) to eat it again!

Acme Oyster New Orleans

great, great jambalaya. bold flavor and not soggy. we were fans.

Acme Oyster New Orleans

the gumbo was good but we liked the jambalaya more.

Acme Oyster New Orleans

  • food: delicious! there is a reason why this place has been around for 100 years… their gem–chargrilled oysters.
  • service: quick. wouldn’t say we received the best service but they are trying to churn people outta here so it is understandable.
  • ambience: this place is a lot bigger than i anticipated. picnic-like looking tables. casual setting with an oyster bar. we would have loved to be seated at the oyster bar but were unable to secure seats during either visit.
  • overall: we loved our meal here. i would recommend coming early in the morning to try this place. otherwise, you will be dealing with long lines that never seem to die down… even at 2 in the morning.

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

By | December 18th, 2014 | Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel | 0 Comments

Killer Poboys | New Orleans, LA

we heard that the shrimp poboy here was out of this world. we made sure we tried this bad boy during our trip.

Killer Poboys New Orleans

  • verdict: we thought it was just ok. since everyone was saying that this sandwich was freaking amazing, we were expecting some sort of flavor explosion (nope) and amazing bread (not really). the sandwich came with 3 jumbo shrimp, which we thought were rather bland. the bread was meh. not soft (like fresh bread) but not crunchy either (like a toasted baguette). if anything, it was kind of reminded me of stale baguette? ouch. for $15 a sandwich (shrimp poboy based on market price), we find this pretty expensive. call us crazy but we have had better. way better.
  • ambience: killer poboys is tucked in the back of the erin rose bar (yep, where you get the frozen irish coffee). super dark. grungy looking. two high tables (we took our sandwiches to go).
  • service: just ok. don’t expect a happy, friendly conversation. they are busy making your sandwich (which takes them awhile).
  • overall: we really wanted to love this place but thought the sandwiches were just okay. nothing mindblowing. with that said, we understand why many people do (our friend mark is a huge fan). this place could’ve been such a gem. i) location behind a bar…hole in the wall (literally). ii) small, focused menu. iii) twist on a classic (banh mi) too bad we didn’t fall in love.

tip: bring yo cash. this place will not accept cards.

Killer Poboys
811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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By | December 15th, 2014 | Food, New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel | 0 Comments