HISTORIC FAUBOURG MARIGNY HAS SOME VERY DELICIOUS FOOD
Another trip to the New Orleans area, you would swear my Guatemalan wife is suggesting we move there. Regardless, I do enjoy NOLA, learning the history and seeing the architecture as well as drown in all its culture.
Yes, I know most of you come here for Mardi Gras or to lose your memory on Bourbon street, but I promise you there is so much more to do here and truly enjoy.
Let’s start with some of the places I stop to eat. I can promise you if you search hard enough you will find some of the best food places to eat and thoroughly enjoy a mix of centuries and cultures in their food. I have comprised a few below but I assure you as I continue to take the 8-hour drive out to New Orleans I will be updating the list.
One morning We got up and took a Walkabout (Borrowing from the Australians) and we came upon a little cafe:
COZY BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER: WHO DAT COFFEE CAFE
Let me assure you, that you must make a stop here, there is a dish there called, Not Ya Mama’s Cornbread and I promise they ain’t lying. This is the most delicious, creamy, delightful mouth of decadence you can eat and become so extremely full for breakfast and forgive yourself for gaining weight because it is that good.
Another plate we tried was their Cajun Scramble. Normal breakfast plate with that True Cajun seasoning that makes New Orleans and its surrounding Area famous. Extremely satisfying and I will return for more next time I am in town. I have to come back for their Lunches and their Dinner Plates!
IN THE MOOD FOR HOT DOG: DAT DOG
Okay, now a little one off and not my norm. I’m a hamburger boy (Texas Raised) so hot dogs or Hawt Dawgs as you northerners say, is not something I waste time to stop and eat primarily because I can make them myself at home. BUT and I need to say BUT you need to try this place. Why? because you have never had a Dat Dog.
This place has every type of and flavor of hot dog that if you can’t find something you like, you are obviously dead! Wife & I have started buying two plates everywhere we go, so we can split it and get to sample more plates in these short visits. We had Alligator Sausage Dog and The Bacon Werewolf Dog…..Sorry for the Cliche here but you will be snapping and howling for more. Along with several local and non-local beers, you will be extremely happy you came by. The view from the balcony is the place to enjoy your feast!
SOUL FOOD MEAL: PRALINE CONNECTION
Now here is what you come to expect when you talk about deep south southern soul food cooking. When you have seen movies about the south or you think about what soul food is, you imagine mounds of red beans and rice, cornbread, turnip greens, fried chicken, crawfish etouffee, Jambalaya, smothered pork chop, etc. Let me tell you this place’s menu only makes me drool for more of the list and seems to be endless. We wanted everything but knew it just wasn’t possible so we settled for The Taste of Soul Platter.
Let me say that after having this plate if you don’t come out speaking one form of southern dialect you obviously have no taste buds! My little one was only eight months old and he even had the waitress proud of their home cooking. He ate everything right alongside both my wife and I and was getting mad because we were eating it too fast he wanted more. One more thing please take the time to ask the staff about the history of the place it is both heartwarming and truly what America is all about!
BEST POBOY: GENE’S POBOY’S
As I told you before I am a burger type of guy but I was told to make an effort and stop in at Gene’s Poboys. Now I won’t lie and tell you it’s a pretty building though many people do like pink it doesn’t really look like much. When people tell you Queen B (ie Beyonce) eats here, it must be good enough for the wife. Well, I may joke a bit but the locals never lie about stuff like this, as they are obviously right about these PoBoys, damn good!
No matter which one you get they are all amazing. I dare not slow the staff down to ask stupid questions they run that place like they are going to war to serve an army. This will make more sense when you get there. I won’t even attempt to suggest which PoBoy taste better, primarily because I may need to return for some of their Fried Shrimp, Fish, and yes one of their Burgers!
WALKING DISTANCE & GOOD FOOD
I know these are just a few suggestions on food in this funky neighborhood but it’s not because there is not more, we have only stayed in the Marigny once. It’s close walking distance from the Quarter so no excuse not to try these places. Tell us more places to try and I will update as soon as I have another favorite.