November and December eating was in the French Quarter, which I rarely do because of how annoying it is to get to with parking and now the Bourbon Street construction. But invitations from other people will get me out of my slump every time.
Mr. B’s Bistro is known for their barbecued shrimp, so naturally, that’s what I got. I would get it again in a heartbeat!! The sauce was so good that had I been in different company, I’d have sopped it all up with all the bread left on the table and then licked the bowl. But since I was there for a lunch meeting I decided to act like I had some sense. As an appetizer, I got the Gumbo Ya Ya. I enjoyed it, but something about the flavor made it seem like something was missing; nothing I could pinpoint. Thought it was salt. I added it. It wasn’t the salt. *shrug* Maybe it was just a new flavor. For dessert I had:lemon icebox cake (Delicious!) And though I tasted some of the other desserts, except the bread pudding, I liked my choice best.
I went to Galatoire’s for dinner for a friend’s birthday, and since it was the holidays everyone there was dressed festively, even saw a few ugly christmas sweater-suits. We sat in the main dining room, which apparently doesn’t take reservations and can be tricky to get a seat in. I failed a bit on the picture department, but I was enjoying the eating part, so… We got a bunch of things to share, and then we each got a separate something for ourselves. For appetizers we had: Soufflé potatoes (potato puffs with béarnaise sauce) , oysters rockefeller, and I think we had Galatoire Goute (crabmeat maison and shrimp remoulade). I had a cup of duck and andouille gumbo, and then we shared the Stuffed Eggplant and I think the Crabmeat Yvonne. I say I think because there are a lot of crabmeat dishes and I wasn’t listening when it was ordered. The Stuffed Eggplant had Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp, béchamel sauce, and green onions inside a grilled egggplant. The Crabmeat Yvonne was Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, green onions, and meuniére sauce.
There was nothing I put in my mouth that wasn’t delicious. So much seafood, so much sauce, so much delicious! The oysters rockefeller had at least 3 oysters on each half shell underneath the mound of spinach. I tasted a friend’s escargot as well and that was also perfect. The only thing I probably wouldn’t waste belly space on the next time would be the gumbo, but I’d be interested in trying their turtle soup.