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30 Restaurants: Palace Café & Country Club

Palace Café This is a place I’ve passed by countless times–for a long time without ever giving it a thought as to whether I should eat there. A few years ago I started thinking that I really should make a plan to go and check it out, and stick around downtown for awhile, which isn’t something I do very often. It finally became a convenient thing to do once I’d made movie plans at Canal Place. I’d finish class around 5 PM, already be downtown, go to Palace Cafe for dinner, and then pop over to see Wakanda Forever! (i.e. Black Panther). I wasn’t terribly hungry when I came, so I just got a couple different appetizers and dessert. I started with the crabmeat cheesecake (which had a pecan crust, mushroom sauté, and creole meunière sauce)–I don’t know that I loved this, but it was interesting. I also got a cup of gumbo that was very good. For dessert we got Bananas Foster with the whole table side performance. It was cool and our waitress gave …

30 Restaurants: Munch Factory & Coco Hut

January was eating at black-owned restaurants. Munch Factory The Munch Factory recently moved from Gentilly to the Lower Garden District, which made my visit that much more likely. I decided to take myself on a date and dine alone while reading the Audre Lorde I reported on in a past post. This place is (sadly) one of fewer and fewer restaurants run and owned by New Orleans natives; particularly by young Black locals. It’s been called ‘contemporary Creole’ food, but I just call it damn delicious! I didn’t get to try much during this visit, because I was alone and couldn’t take bites from my husband’s plate if he had come, but everything I ate was lick-the-plate good. The gumbo is hands down my favorite in the city. I’ve gone back again, had the gumbo again, and my feelings are the same. Then I had blackened redfish served on grit cakes, topped with jumbo lump crab meat. Perfection. My mouth is watering thinking about it. On that second visit with a group of people, in …

30 Restaurants: Mr. B’s Bistro & Galatoire’s

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 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 …

30 Restaurants: Compère Lapin & Casamentos

In October I hit up a couple more restaurants on my list. Compère Lapin Everyone’s been talking about Compère Lapin and its chef, Nina Compton, and since she’s a WOC, that sealed the deal on my going. I went for lunch with my husband for our anniversary. While I’d been preparing my stomach based on looking at the dinner menu, the lunch menu didn’t disappoint. First of all, the biscuits they serve as their complementary bread…I could’ve just eaten those for the whole meal. Perfectly flakey and buttery and then the additional butter on top was just the icing on the cake. We always order so we can try the most items without killing ourselves or our budget. For an appetizer we got the cold smoked tuna tartar with avocado and crispy bananas and the radicchio & endive salad. As a second I got the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi and cashes and he got the drum with apples, collard greens, and fennel. The appetizers were tasty, the tuna tartar was good but nothing …

30 Restaurants: Dooky Chase & Drip Affogato

Part of my journey to 30 is to eat my way through 30 restaurants/eateries that I’ve never been to that either just seem like an interesting place or have been raved about by other people. The first two places I scratched off my list of 30 restaurants were visited for my birthday back in August. Dooky Chase: Despite living here for six years, I never managed to make it here. It was so nice!! Great ambiance, beautiful artwork, table settings with nice dishes and linens. What was really fascinating about dining here was thinking about all of the remarkable people who sat in these same rooms, from as recently as President Obama going backwards in time to the many civil rights activists, famous musicians, artists, and actors. It’s like eating in a time capsule. Not to mention all the beautiful artwork. The food was delicious, of course. I had a cup of gumbo and the shrimp clemençeau, both of which I’d order again in a second. I didn’t meet Leah Chase; it was move-in weekend …