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Trip Report Weekend Restaurant Romp in the Crescent City…a New Orleans Trip Report

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I traveled with my mom for a long weekend in New Orleans in mid-November, taking advantage of the Veteran’s Day holiday and a pretty reasonable airfare on Delta we made it a long weekend in the Crescent City. Here is our trip report….

Wednesday, November 11th

With tropical storm Ida bringing pounding rain to the SC lowcountry we wondered if we would even be able to fly out of Savannah. The answer was YES! We left Savannah on a Delta flight at 9am and made a smooth connection in Atlanta, arriving in New Orleans 20 minutes early at 1pm.

We took a taxi from the airport ($33) to The Dauphine Orleans Hotel at 415 Rue Dauphine in the French Quarter (www.DauphineOrleans.com). Thanks to Fodorite Starrs for the hotel recommendation, we were not disappointed. It was a great location. We could walk to everything in the French Quarter and just a few blocks from Canal Street and the Central Business District with plenty of street car options for getting around. I was able to book a double room for $119 per night. The room was comfortable and clean and had everything we needed. There was free wi-fi in the room and a continental breakfast buffet was included in the price.

At about 2:30 we decided to venture out to find something to eat since we were hungry. We found our way to the Napoleon House Bar and Café at 500 Chartres Street (www.napoleonhouse.com) and stopped in to have our first taste of a muffuletta sandwich and a Pimms cup. Boy did that Pimm’s go down smoothly! We ordered a whole sandwich to share and had it heated a very tasty first dish in New Orleans.

Now we were ready to walk. We went into St. Louis Cathedral and then to the French Market to poke around. We spent some time walking along the Mississippi River taking lots of pictures.

A brief stop back at the hotel and then at 6:30pm we walked over to the newly renovated Roosevelt Hotel (definitely worth a look!) to have a glass (or 2!) of wine at the Sazerac Bar in the hotel. The place was packed, but we found a spot at the bar and ordered a couple glasses of wine.

Just before 8pm we walked about 3 steps to Domenica, a new Chef John Besh restaurant, located inside the Roosevelt hotel. The address is 124 Baronne Street and the website is www.domenicarestaurant.com

This restaurant opened in early September. We had an absolutely fantastic meal here. It’s John Besh’s version of an Italian restaurant…I hesitate to call it a trattoria, maybe a modern-ish trattoria is a good description. The interior was sleek but comfortable, a big open room with wooden tables and a nice looking bar area.

Our server, Addison, was just adorable, very good at his job, and knew the menu very well. We had a bottle of Orvieto Classico and an antipasti dish of fried eggplant bocconcini with goat cheese and aged balsamic; these were individual bite size pieces. For the main course I had a winner with the goat (yes goat!) with mushrooms, served in a casserole dish, it was so tender I did not need a knife to cut the meat. Mom had the chicken involtini, stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese served with garlicky spinach and we had a side order of roasted rosemary potatoes. We ended the meal with espresso served with little biscotti.

As we were finishing the espresso I noticed another table getting limoncello, so we asked Addison about it. They make their own limoncello so we decided to start our weekend off right with a digestivo…let me say that I have had some good limoncello in the past, but this…this, was nectar of the gods…so smooth, so tasty, like nothing I have ever had. And, Addison mentioned that in the summer months they make fig limoncello… hmmm…a good reason to come back to New Orleans in the warmer months! We were full and very happy and walked back to the hotel and slept like logs.

Stay tuned for a morning of beignets! :-D

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